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Work & Weekend Staples We SWEAR By

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    Every woman has that one piece — or two or three — that she relies on to get through the week. Sometimes they're comfort clothes (that pair of worn-in jeans that somehow never comes off Saturday to Sunday), and sometimes they're luxe (like a pair of leather pants that brings an unexpected edge to office dressing). Which is what makes these pieces so great: No matter how basic or outré a gal's everyday staple, it's always unique and personal.

    So, we asked three Refinery29 staffers to pick items from Nordstrom Rack that define their work and weekend styles. From a red cashmere sweater that lays an unexpected foundation, to a spiked necklace that makes a plain, professional sheath sing, check out the styles we look forward to wearing every day of the week.


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    Gabrielle Korn, Beauty Editor
    Her Work Staple: The Spiky Necklace


    "Since I started working on Refinery29's beauty team [a year and a half ago], I feel like my clothes have become more minimal and my makeup has become less minimal. So, more bright lipstick and more black clothing.

    "I'm sitting down at a desk all day, so I have to be comfortable. I also have a really long commute — a 20-minute walk to the subway and then an hour on the train. So, if my outfit's not good for schlepping, it's not going to work. I can't wear skinny jeans to work anymore! I've been wearing a lot of flowy pants and dresses — I love this black one because it's so swingy."

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    "This spiky necklace is pretty ferocious. I'm a sucker for anything with spikes, and this kind of chunky, punk-inspired necklace is a great way to take a classic outfit (black dress, black shoes) and make it feel a little edgier, a little more interesting. I think it's just a matter of being open to making a statement. Don't be afraid to wear something that's going to be really noticeable. It's okay if it's loud; you just have to like it."

    Shop more bold necklaces at Nordstrom Rack.

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    Her Weekend Staple: The Basic Beanie

    "I love a good beanie. I have, like, 10 of them. I'll wear my beanie all day — inside, too. I don't mess around!

    "You can be really dressed up and then put a beanie hat on, and it just makes [your outfit] cooler, less intentional. I also buy men's beanies, so they're a little slouchy. Wearing them looser also helps with hat head!"

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    "The main thing I've learned from having pastel hair is that it looks amazing with neutrals — black, brown, gray, taupe situations. I wouldn't wear a bright color beanie with this hair, but it looks so cool with understated hues. I would wear bright lipstick, though, to make it my own."

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    Sharon Yi, Senior Editor, Brand Experiences
    Her Work Staple: The Block-Heel Bootie

    "My work look is typically see-through blouses with dresses layered on top or just paired with a high-waisted skirt. And, I basically live in black boots through winter, since they go with everything and don't get totally destroyed on the dirty, snowy streets. Black also keeps the boots looking sophisticated, so I feel like I don't have to change out of them once I'm at work."