Post # 1
Hi! I’m 31, recent grad, now live in CA, work for a tech company. Fashion is not my thing, and looking for suggestions on what to wear to work! My style: used to be very laid back and bohemian, also like classic and sleek looks. Jennifer Aniston is a good example of sometimes bohemian, sometimes classic sexy sleek that I like. Not cutesy. Workplace vibe: anything goes really. Men wear a lot of button downs or polos and jeans. Women wear jeans and a top, a dress, whatever. It’s casual, but still classy, smart. Temperature is usually 70s (F).
I want to look professional, stylish, and attractive. In the past I felt like my style and ‘professional’ style were too different so my work clothes would end up pretty boring and didn’t feel like me. Now I’m looking for work clothes where I still feel attractive and like me!
Thanks for the help! 🙂 Pictures or comments all welcome! Hope this helps others too!
Post # 2
Have you checked Anthropologie? That sounds like your style. But it sounds like your style would be perfect for your new job
Post # 3
I shop at The Limited. I really like how their clothes fit and are stylish but relatively inexpensive.
Post # 5
I second the suggestion for LOFT, I’ve really started loving them as I get closer to 30. Professional but not frumpy, very good quality and well-fitted, and they usually have some sort of sale going. They have both basic office staples and more unique statement pieces. Anthropologie may be closer to your style, but they are a bit pricey for me. Modcloth and ASOS might be good to look through, you’ll just have to sort out a lot of things that may not fit what you’re looking for. H&M has decent quality officewear for the price. I do a lot of layering at work, both for comfort and style. I’ll wear simple black cigarette pants and a white silk tank and throw on a funky cardigan of some sort, a cool necklace, and leopard flats and my accessories are really what expresses my personality. I invest in well-fitted, quality staples like pants and simple sleeveless tops, and then I find more affordable layering pieces, shoes, and accessories that I can change out seasonally.
Post # 6
This sounds like my workplace. Casual but still professional. Some people dress more corporate and others like they are going for a nice lunch. I wear a mix of both – my usual stuff is:
– charcoal pencil skirt and printed blouse/shirt (sleeveless and not colloared) and black peep-toe flats
– navy or white denim knee length skirt with coordinated loose fitting sleeveless top
– maxi skirt (black with white pattern) and black tee with sandals
– black jeans with black peep toe flats and printed blouse
And then just whatever cardigan I take in for the week – its hot where I live so I only wear the cardie when it gets cold inside
Post # 8
These could be options to consider – some more casual, others a bit more dressy:
From Genuine People:
From Modern Citizen:
Post # 9
I can tell you what I feel comfortable with and starting doing for office wear…
I found I was comfortable in basic colored black, brown, tan or navy blue dress pants from the ‘working woman’ section of the store. But, I tend to like more trendy clothing. So, I would only buy my ‘pants or skirt’ from the traditional business wear department. I wanted to make sure nothing fit too tight or was cut too short, etc. Then I would buy my heels wherever I wished (a trandy shop maybe) as long as they were basic black, brown, tan or navy. And I would go to whatever trendy store I felt had what I usually liked to wear for my tops. But, I would not buy anything which would have been considered questionable in the workplace. It was all within reason.
This made me feel I was not wearing 100% in traditional hard core business clothing. Yet, I did tone down the pants and skirts.
I’m not 100% sure you will like it but you may find some pieces you like at LEARNERS NEW YORK, EXPRESS or NORDSTROM. NORDSTROM has a personal stylist which can work with you, I think MACYS has this service also. Someone can correct me if I am wrong about MACYS.