This is my favorite part! You aced the interview and now need a wardrobe that fits the company’s style. Whether it’s a place that lets you wear anything but gym clothes (like my last staff job) or wants every employee to suit up, your old wardrobe just won’t cut it. Time to go shopping! Here are five stores that will help you get the right pieces without breaking the bank (or looking like someone from an old episode on T.V. Land).
This isn’t just a store for your mom. One of my favorite outlets to shop at, Ann Taylor brings a mixed selection of classic cardigans,office-friendly separates, flattering dresses and unexpected prints. It’s great for basics. Plus, if you go to the outlet or to the retail store during bigger sales, you can’t beat the prices. I went during a major clearance event a month or so ago and picked up a new black and white dress for just $12!
You already know about my slight addiction to this with store. (My closet is probably 40 percent J.Crew factory right now.) While the jeans may be a little tight in some places, I haven’t had a problem with their dress pants, bright cardigans, variety of pencil skirts or printed tops. In fact, they made up my beginner work wardrobe. (My gray and black dress, shown above, is from here as well.) The best part: they seem to have a sale every few weeks so you don’t have to worry as much about the price tags.
Known to be chic and sometimes over-budget, this store is great for finding that one must-have suit or curvy girl dress pants. My favorite are the lightweight tops – perfect for summer days in the office! Shop the clearance section in-store for great finds on button-down tops, cute skirts and separates. In the mood to pay closer to retail? Wait until the whole store goes on sale (they often have 50 percent off days) or grab your college I.D. for an extra 15 percent off.
Yes, the go-to spot for festival gear can take care of the rest of your wardrobe as well. Look at H&M for the basics such as cardigans, camisoles and statement coats. Just make sure to get the pieces from their higher quality sections to make sure it will last a few seasons. I’ve found my best blazers here as well as my favorite statement two-tone trench coat. (Both are going on two years old!)
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I recently found this international store online and could not love it more! On top of fashion-forward shoes at reasonable prices (think $50 or less), they also have a series of bags to will give that tired work tote a chic upgrade for under $100. Don’t forget to peruse the sale section. You may just find a bag that resembles Celine, Zara or even Zac Posen at a fraction of the cost. (The store has also been covered by Refinery 29.)
Want a few more places to shop? I usually find printed dress pants at T.J.Maxx, cardigans at Old Navy and separates at Lord and Taylor.
Now, I want to hear from you! Where do you go for office-friendly looks?