Professional Dress Help!

posted 10 months ago in Career
Post # 2
353 posts
Helper bee

anonbee4321 :  Get yourself a few pairs of nice blouses (express and the Loft have great affordable options). For shoes, if you aren’t a fan of flats maybe try some cute booties for the fall? They look great with both pants and skirts/dresses.

Post # 4
3598 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

anonbee4321 :  neutral colored pants made out if a fabric that has some stretch (maybe an ankle length). A pair of pointed toe flats. Stretchy tops with waterfall cardigas or jackets. Casual professional with comfortable fabrics that move with you should be what you are aiming for.

I’d never wear jeans to visit a client. Most people/clients you encounter will not know your workplace allows them and many will just judge you as unprofessional based on appearance alone.  Casual clothing in the workplace is a recent phenomenon. My dad wore suit and ties to university and my mum still feels weird wearing a skirt/dress and no stockings to dressier functions as a result of the more formal dress code of the past. I’m sure a lot of older people who lived in a time where professional attire was quite formal would give jeans and leggings the side eye…

Post # 5
470 posts
Helper bee

Go shop at Maurices, if you have them in your area. I’ve been buying TONS of my professional clothes there and what is awesome is that most of the tops, I can also use as casual “non-work” tops too. Also, shop at Target.. I have a pair of plain black flats I got from there. I also bought a pair of pointy-toed heels (both shoes are a shiny black) and I wear the heck out of them. The heel height is very work appropriate too. 

I think in some instances it is okay to wear jeans, my office has that whole “casual Friday” sort of vibe. I’ve bought some super adorable colored jeggings from Maurices that I can pair with my work blouses and wear during the week and they look super similar to like colored dress pants. I agree with the PPs about purchasing cardigans and stuff, I’d rather wear a cardigan than a blazer jacket anyday, but it depends on the situation on what you want to wear. 

Post # 6
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

anonbee4321 :  Nice dark jeans, black pants, or leggings and flats! I have about 5 pairs of flats from Target, and TJ Maxx, Ross and Marshalls are great options for work shirts! That’s where I get all of mine and don’t spend more than $20 per shirt. Usually $14.99-16.99. Do you have a store like Plato’s Closet or Hut8 where you live? It’s a consignment/resale store that buys clothes and re-sells them for cheaper. That would be a good budget friendly option as well!

Post # 8
470 posts
Helper bee

anonbee4321 :  Since you replied, I wanted to add –

I HIGHLY recommend Filly Flair (an online boutique) if you haven’t heard of them. I’m usually skeptical about ordering things online for the sake of sizing and how they’ll fit/look, but I’ve had so much luck on this site. They’re reasonably priced too, sometimes on the higher side due to being a boutique, but such cute clothes. 

Also, check out Charming Charlies for jewlery. Most of the time you can find super nice pieces there for a decent price, and good quality! 

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