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MM.LaFleurLike a lot of people who work in offices where the temperature is either too cold or too hot and hardly ever just right, I keep a sweater on the back of my chair at all times.
It comes in especially handy in the summer when I'm dressed appropriately for the temperature outside, but not for the somehow-arctic temperature inside.
Until recently, I used a navy Club Monaco bomber I bought on sale a couple summers ago. But I ultimately wanted something a little more versatile and easier to throw on over my blouses with flowy sleeves.
That's how I stumbled upon MM.LaFleur, a clothing brand that makes everything from dresses to pants to blazers and more with the professional woman's needs in mind.
I reached out to MM.LaFleur earlier this year to see if they'd let the women on the Insider Picks team take its popular Bento Box for a spin. The Bento Box is a box of workwear staples handpicked for each customer by a discerning MM stylist based on a short quiz of workwear preferences, prices, and office atmosphere. Women can try on their selections at home, keep what they like, and text a number to get UPS to pick up and return what they don't. They're only charged for what they keep, and 70% of MM.LaFleur's customers are repeat clients. You can read Insider Picks' full review of the box here.
My Bento Box arrived neatly packed with a couple dresses and skirts, a few blouses, a pair of pants, and the Morandi 2.0 sweater.
Since Business Insider's dress code is fairly casual, I didn't have much need for the pencil skirts and structured dresses they sent me, so I ended up returning all of those. But the Morandi 2.0 sweater is just the thing to have on hand at my desk when I need an extra layer. The sweater is made of a super-soft and machine-washable Merino wool and comes in a neutral almond color. It has a subtle shawl collar that lends it more structure and a kimono-inspired silhouette that looks good whether you wrap the tie around your waist, leave it undone, or tie it up in the back. I tend to wear mine open.
If there's a perfect "desk sweater" out there for women, this might be it.
The only thing not perfect about it is its price. At $265, it's a lot more than I typically spend on sweaters, but for one that's going to sit at my desk all year long and that I wear constantly because I find it so flattering and versatile, I think it's worth it. I did the math and if I wear the sweater three times a week for 49 weeks out of the year, it comes out to $1.80 per wear after one year. After two years, its cost per wear drops to $0.90.
Granted, I'm totally aware this is a luxury purchase no matter how I try to justify it to myself, and that there are plenty of cheaper options. Everlane's Soft Cotton Square Cardigan for $88 and Of Mercer's reversible Reade Jardigan for $115 are a couple options to consider for women on a tighter budget. But if you're someone who invests in their work clothes and has struggled to find a desk sweater that has everything you want, I can't recommend MM.LaFleur's enough — it checks all my boxes.