(Closed) *Spin-Off* Help from Corporate Bees on a Clothing Budget?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  +1 i was going to ask if you had any nordstrom rack’s near you! what about ann taylor loft or outlet? they have nice suits too.

 

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

I really love Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft. They have sales pretty often and if you have an outlet near you, you can get even more discounts.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@beachbride1216:  Jcrew has wonderful sales (additional 30% of sale prices) every 2 months or so. And Banana Republic often has 40% off one item. I get most of my clothes from these two stores on sale. Also Saks outlet and Neimans outlets have great high quality discounted suiting. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

+1 for Ann Taylor and LOFT.  The outlets have some decent stuff, but be careful, it’s not all the same quality.  LOFT is a lot younger looking, but you can still put together a professional outfit.  Don’t buy anything that isn’t 40% off.  Maybe 30% off if you really like it.  🙂  They have sales every weekend for at least 30% off everything or some specefic category of stuff, it seems.  I just got an email about shorts and crops.  Today I’m wearing a nice shell from LOFT and really comfy pants from Ann Taylor clearance (which is on and off at both an extra 40 or 50% off) with a shrug from Macy’s. 

Talbots has some nice tailored pieces and good sales, too.  Depending on your style and shape you’ll find somewhere that fits you and your look best.  I can wear long pants, but not jackets from LOFT.  Ann Taylor and Talbots jackets fit me well.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@beachbride1216:  omg there’s an ikea and a rack right next door to each other? i would be in shopping heaven! lol the rack is also really good for finding shoes!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Also, I would look into trying to rearrange items you already have. I understand you work in suit oriented environment – but do you have to wear a jacket?

Can you take a skirt/suit – toss the jacket and use a cardigan? Then add a flowy top tucked into the skirt?

What about adding accessories like scarfs or statement necklaces? these can also help to spruce up an outfit that used to be dull.

Re-imagining pieces in different combinations saves me a lot of money – it also helps so I don’t get bored. I actually owned a lot of worthington items as well but slowly (each check) I would go buy a cute top from express and mix it into the rotation. I really like how this works for me.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@beachbride1216:  i think it’s a really good thing i don’t live near that mall. lol

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@suburbian:  +1

 

Also, hit up consignment shops.  We have a higher end consignment shop near me (she only accepts certain brands/labels/designers) and the prices are reasonable.  The clothes are always gently used (some even brand new) and I’m sure you can find some great looking work pieces there.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I work in the corporate world, too.

What I normally do is get shirts and things like cardigans from Banana Republic Outlet or J Crew Outlet.

Anthropologie has good sales, but it’s best to only get their classic looking things there, as some of their pieces can be kind of casual/trendy.

Suits can come from consignment stores and ebay. If you spring for Chanel or something, make sure you are getting it from a reputable seller so that it won’t be fake.

You can get nice leather bags at the Coach outlet online. I am normally not a fan of Coach, but my sister recently gave me one and I actually kind of like it, especially since it doesn’t have the giant C logo splashed all across it.

Start out with shoes in black, khaki/neutral, grey, and red. This should get you by for awhile. Michael Kors makes a pretty comfortable high heel–don’t cheap out in the shoes department, even if you have to buy them used, because your feet will hate you. If you don’t mind a lower heel, a friend of mine wears Capezio dance shoes to work because she has bad knees. Some look professional enough for any office environment, just make sure you get the ones with actual soles.

If you plan on wearing skirts with bare legs and not tanning, a can of Sally Hanson Airbrushed Legs will be your new best friend.

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@beachbride1216:  sounds silly but pinterest really helped me to update my style recently.

My workplace is a little more laid back so I get to wear colored dress pants, dressy shirt and flats/heels. Then I have a bunch of statement jewelry I bought for super cheap. I look on pinterest each morning to find a new way to mix up stuff I owned.

They have cute suit ideas as well. Look for common denominators that fit your style and pick one up at a time. (e.g. a black and white chevron blouse) but also make sure your list of basics (black, khki, navy, grey skirt and matching heels) is up to date – then anything you get will look stylish and put together while not costing you the cost of a brand new suit everytime.

But a stylish friend to help you shop is SUPER useful! Plus, after you do it a few times you get the hang of it and then you can do it on your own. 🙂

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