High quality work clothes

posted 5 days ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I feel like I am always on here hyping COS but I just got this skirt for work and it’s great: https://www.cosstores.com/en_usd/women/skirts/product.slit-detailed-mid-length-skirt-midnight-blue.0730204001.html

A lot of my work clothes are from COS – I work in an image-conscious industry where bold silhouettes in neutral colors can carry you through every kind of event. Two caveats: sizing can be weird but they do free shipping + returns if you want to try a bunch of things at once. And I’ve heard from friends that their clothes don’t work as well for shorter women (I’m 6′)

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Add me to the COS fans list!  As glitterati said, their style is bold, and I would add minimalist. Great quality also. You might want to check out Everlane, yet another alternative for quality and work-appropriate options. 

Post # 4
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Wannabee

Over the years, Ann Taylor and LOFT have been my go-tos for quality work clothes, especially when they’re running 30-50% off sales. You can also find some good staples at the usual places like JCrew and Banana.

I’ve gotten sick of buying new clothes, though, so a few months ago I got an unlimited Rent the Runway subscription and never looked back. For a flat fee per month, you can get access to tons of high-quality clothes (for work and other occasions). Even better for me, my closet is no longer overflowing with clothes I don’t wear. It only works, though, if you typically spend more per month in clothes than the cost of a subscription. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I love this topic!! Haha, ironic if my ‘no shopping’ thread inspires people to shop. But if it’s long lasting quality clothing, hey, I’m all for it! 😂 I’m currently really into Sezane’s designs, where I can pick quality fabrics- like pure cotton or silk. I discovered them during pregnancy though, so can’t speak to their longevity yet since I haven’t worn them. The shirts are well stitched, but the silk at first glance seems a bit thin. I really love the way their skirts look, but I haven’t bought any. 

https://www.sezane.com/us/product/winter-collection/16191-celina-skirt?cou_Id=2049

Theory has been great, but I don’t have enough of a sample size to determine longevity. I’ve usually bought them on sale, but I may just buy far fewer and full price going forward. Luxe strategist also seems to like Equipment, which I’ve always considered a bit too pricey, but again, I may just go see the quality in store to determine if it’s worth buying. 

Yeah, if something is made of mostly nylon, rayon, polyester- it’s an instant no for me. It feels cheap and miserable on my body. And so many ‘nice’ brands with high price tags palm this stuff on you, simply because most consumers aren’t that discerning. 

For tops, has anyone tried Ravella? They look good and are home washable, but I’m a bit skeptical with silk?

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I recently started doing trunk club through Nordstrom. I am in a dilemma where I can articulate what I like but I don’t have the time or patience to go out and find it. And when I do, no one has my sizes or styles and I end up spending money on things I’m “meh” about.

I have only had a couple trunks so far but I am happy with it. You get a stylist and they send you 10 or so items according to your surveys and feedback about what you like to wear. You send back what you don’t like and they just charge you for what you keep. I am slowly building up and refreshing my wardrobe this way and loving some items that I would never pick out myself, just seeing it on the hanger. I thought the “stylist” was a robot or something but it turns out she is a real person that really reads my feedback.

Post # 7
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Worker bee

Another recommendation for Ann Taylor and Loft. I have had so much luck with finding well-made work clothes at both stores. They always have sales and I am able to get classic, effortless pieces that have held up nicely for the past 3 or 4 years. That being said, my work aesthetic is generally midi sheath dresses dressed up with pumps or down with ballet flats so not exactly the long skirts you mentioned. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

glitterati :   claroquesi :  Going to check out the Cos recommendation, ladies. I love that I see pure merino wool dresses at a sensible price range. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

My go to shops for work are Club Monaco and J Crew, I also shop at the Bay a lot

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I started purchasing work clothes at Boden (www.bodenusa.com) recently and I LOVE them. It’s all super high quality, and the skirts and dresses aren’t too short— which is something I find is a problem often with Ann Taylor, loft, and Banana Republic. I definitely recommend it!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Relat :  yeah, as a brand they are not big on synthetic materials so this is a bit of an outlier. It’s not dry clean recommended but I haven’t washed at home yet. I will probably hand wash and line dry. 

sparkosity :  I second this Boden recommendation! 

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