Outfits for working bees

posted 1 month ago in Career
Post # 2
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

White House Black Market is one of my absolute favorites. And then also some of the places you already listed. 

Post # 3
1954 posts
Buzzing bee

caligurl12 :  COS has many great options; its minimalist style is appropriate for most work environments:

Post # 4
4176 posts
Honey bee

Nordstrom is usually my first stop.

Post # 5
1179 posts
Bumble bee

Express is good. TJ Maxx is hit or miss, but I’ve found some great work dresses there.

Post # 6
257 posts
Helper bee

Not sure if this is too casual, but I get most my work clothes at the Gap. This is something I’d wear, but we are a more laid back environment. They do have some dressier blouses and such. JCPenny also has some decent semi-formal work clothes. They’re not the most top notch quality, so I wouldn’t necessarily buy like suit pieces there. But for blouses, cardigans, etc. they are great and affordable! 

Post # 7
11 posts
  • Wedding: May 2018

I am also in a client-facing position, and nearly 90% of my work wardrobe comes from either Reiss or MM.LaFleur. I find that the quality (stitching and fabric) is much better than Ann Taylor, BR, and the like. While Reiss can be a little on the pricier side, they have amazing sales. It’s also sold at some Bloomingdale’s so you have take advantage of Bloomie’s sales too. The fabrics are beautiful and the dresses are very tailored and professional. 


Post # 8
4779 posts
Honey bee

caligurl12 :  I really like J Jill. Most of their stuff is more business casual, but the plain black pants are super comfy and are easy wash/wear without wrinkling. Their pencil skirts don’t ride up on me either. 

Post # 9
2453 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

caligurl12 :  I prefer to shop in person because I can be in between sizes so I never know what to order online, but I love Express. They always send out coupons and have great sales sometimes, so I rarely pay full price for anything there. I also love Alyx dresses at JC Penney and it looks like they have other nice career wear. 

Post # 10
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I’ve found nice pieces at…



Brooks Brothers



Neiman Marcus last call

Post # 11
1556 posts
Bumble bee

My go to’s that aren’t a specialty store. TM Lewin for blouses, J crew, Pin up Girl Clothing (some amazing seperates and dresses), ModCloth, Calvin Klein and The Outnet.

Post # 12
5948 posts
Bee Keeper

I love online shopping, but tend to prefer in-person shopping for clothes. 

I balance the budget by splurging on a handful of ‘good’ basics (black dress pants/ charcoal pencil skirt/ a few cashmere turtlenecks/ black heels, black ballet flats, knee length boots, ankle length boots)  and then adding to this with second hand/ thrift store ‘finds’ (some of my fave wardrobe pieces have cost less than $10) and accessories. 

I also like fun ‘pops’ of colour- ie an outfit put together with greys/ charcoals/ blacks paired with a red purse or aquamarine bangle bracelets or adding a splash of colour with a scarf. 

Post # 14
3395 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I really love Lord & Taylor, JCrew, and Nordstrom.  I find everything I need there for my conservative office.

Post # 15
44 posts

WHBM, Express, New York & Co., Nordstrom Rack. I also have some really cute sweaters from Venus.com that look nice with black skinny pants and flats or booties.

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