Post # 1
I am currently a hospital RN, so scrubs all day. My off duty style is more boho, flowy, ruffles,vests and big jewelry or jeans and tshirts so I own exactly one “business” outfit I wore for job interviews. I am starting grad school to be a family nurse practioner in January and I need suggestions on business attire to wear under a labcoat as that is our clinical dress code, not scrubs. I am super tall and a big girl and would like to start building some foundation wardrobe so I can hopefully build up slowly and find good prices. My main issue is being 6′ tall, heels are a no, new born giraffee coordination walking in them anyway but flats I can find dont seem to be office appropirate, especially in size 11-12. So anyone who wears business clothes, not like full suits but office clothes, especially docs or advanced practice nurse/physican assistance NOT in a hospital, I would love your suggestions! I am looking at stores like JcPenny, Dillards, Cato, preferably not really expensive but I do know good basic pieces arent cheap. And where you get them!
Post # 2
chasesgirl: here are some good flats that I bought in two colors (black and gold) to wear. I think they have them in a size 11, at least. I am in a similar position to you, transferring to business casual at the end of this school year, so I’m trying to build my wardrobe now.
i think The Limited has really great stuff, and generally affordable. I never buy anything full price there, they have 40% or 50% Off regularly. Those ankle pants with a blouse are perfect for business casual. They also have “Cassidy” and “drew” boot it pants which are nice with even a nicer cut tshirt….
pair with a long flowey tshirt. H and m has tons for about ten dollars and they actually look really nice
Post # 3
toothfairy910: I agree with The Limited. Their “Tall” pants are really long and have a large seam allowance if you need them even longer. You described yourself as as “big girl”, so I’m not sure if that means plus size or not, but The Limited online has greater selection in larger sizes. I would also recommend Dress Barn for pants, shirts, and dresses.
Post # 4
I agree with The Limited. Also would recommend Loft and New York and Company.
Post # 5
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I’m 6′ and get almost all my work clothes from NY and Co. They’re inexpensive and fairly good quality and they have great sales.
Post # 6
My mom’s an MD (private practice), and always looks so cute. I’m an Accountant and we do a lot of shopping together and dress kinda similar. I’d say generally anything sold at stores like Banana Republic, Club Monaco, LOFT, J. Crew, etc. We’re a thrifty family, and these stores can have some great sales. I actually have a separate inbox where I’m subscribed to my favorite stores’ email lists so I know exactly what’s On sale when I need outfits. For someone tall, my first thought would be some ankle dress pants (for example, J. Crew mini) with a cute blouse or fancy tee & flats.
Post # 7
Just one tip I learned when I started to dress wearing a lab coat in a previous position in the ER. Wear something washable on top. You can get away with pants that need dry cleaning but it is so much less expensive to wear a top or blouse that can be tossed in the wash. Accidents happen.
Post # 8
I’m a pharmacist with a similar dress code, and also tall. I buy a lot of my tops at Banana Republic – if you sign up for emails, they constantly send 40% off coupons. For pants, I like Ann Taylor, but my favorite pants are from Theory. So expensive, but I bought black and navy and get SO much use out of them. Old Navy has nice cardigans and The Gap has nice basics as well.
If you want to wear flats, its important to have your pants tailored appropriately, or else it looks sloppy and they get ripped on the bottom. You can always try ankle pants – The Limited has a cute ankle-fit pant that I really like.
For flat shoes, I swear by pointy-toed flats. To me, round-toed flats can look very college-esque and pointy toes are chic and modern. If you work in an office where everyone walks around a lot, you might find that Dansko shoes are appropriate. Ugly but functional. Let your coworkers dictate the office-appropriateness of Dansko shoes.
I love skirts, but I hate wearing them with a lab coat. It feels awkward to me, but you might feel differently. Sheath dresses with a cardigan are a good option as well, if you aren’t weirded out by the lab coat/skirt issues I have.
And my other advice – get 2 women’s lab coats and have them altered to fit you (esp the sleeves since you are tall). You will wear it every day, its nice to have a clean spare in case of a spill or while you are washing the other, and the tailored fit make a huge difference in your professional appearance. Its worth spending an extra $25 to have it fit perfectly.
I think this outfit is adorable (not me, from Pinterest). The shoes here aren’t my favorite, but Steve Madden makes super cute pointy toe flats that I swear by, in nude and black.
Post # 9
I’m in PA school and we wear business attire, but we don’t ever wear our white coats during class.
The best advice I got was from here actually. The Dexflex flats from Payless. They are really afforadable, cute, and comfortable! I always wear ankle pants or capris with them.
I live for Banana Republic and as a PP said, I constantly have a 40% off code. If you sign up for emails on their website, they will also send an additional code which often stacks with the 40% off one.
I also love Cardigans because they can easily dress up an outfit.
Post # 10
I am a nurse practitioner who works in a clinic and well-fitting pants are a good foundation. I usually find the ones at Express fit me the best, but I’m pretty petite, so you might have a different experience. As far as tops go, remember that a lab coat really covers you up. I shop at Banana Republic, Gap, Target, H&M and White House Black Market for the Majority of my tops. Your clinical setting while also dictate how professionally you dress. I work at a plastic surgery center with medical aesthetics, so we can dress a little more trendier than my husband who works in CT surgery. Good luck in school and studying for your boards!
Post # 11
Go to Nordstrom and chat with a personal stylist – it’s free! They can help you to pick some pieces that tie seamlessly with your personal style but are more professional. Plus, they do alterations for free and are pretty much the best company ever. Best case scenario is that you come out with a new wardrobe, worst case scenario is that you leave without anything, but at least knowing what cuts and colors look good on you. That’s a win-win!