(Closed) What do you wear to work? – AKA I need new clothes

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Pieces that you can mix and match…

When you try them on at the store, bend over and make sure the cleavage isn’t showing. My rule of them is no part of my “boob” should be showing, check the back (no back cleaveage) and although tighter pants are the norm, they don’t usually fly well in professional settings.

The best advice I can give is to get items tailored. It is so worth it and they will last forever. Don’t go by the size numbers, go by fit.

Black/grey pants, modest heels, neutral colored tops…

Post # 4
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@Gingersnap:Get little jackets or shrugs to wear over the tanks, if you have dressier shoes to pair with (nice) jeans, that helps.  I pretty much wear nice jeans in the winter. Summer I wear more capri or skimmer pants which I just found and love! They hit right at the knee which is more flattering on me than capris.

Dressyish tops go a long way in making jeans look better and I have a lot of lacy/stretchy material tanks that I wear with different jackets or shrugs. Makes life more simple!


Good luck on the job offer!

Post # 5
4383 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I buy lots of pretty shirts, and then short-sleeved or long-sleeved cardigans depending on the season. I have a few pairs of dress pants and a few skirts.

Where in Ontario are you?

Post # 6
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m 30, and have bought most of my work clothes at Express and LOFT since I started in my field.  My dress code is pretty casual, too.  I LOVE Express trouser jeans and Editor pants b/c they’re really versatile and go on sale every once in awhile.  I also love blazers (in “young” cuts/fits) and tops with a nice drape/distinctive sleeve, etc.  And SCARVES.  My co-workers know me as the one with the scarves. 

I think some great pieces to start with would be:

A black or khaki blazer to go over everything if needed

A couple of cute button-down shirts with detailing or nice colors

A pair of trouser jeans

A couple of pairs of dress pants

A neutral-color pencil skirt

A couple of light short-sleeve sweaters to wear alone or with the blazer.

Some basic wedges/low heels

A long cami or two to wear under things that might show your back/stomach (at least if you have a long torso like me)

Definitely don’t be afraid to look “young” as long as you look put-together at the same time. 





Post # 6
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

buy some neutral for pants/skirts and coverups. You can dress them up with fun tops and jewelery but still look more “serious”. Cardigans, fitted blazers, and trendy shrugs are my favourite business casual wear. Mix and matching is definitely the way to go. And layers are good cuz a lot of offices have crazy temperature differences.

If your on your feet a lot you’ll want closed toe black flats. But if you sitting a lot, I like heels so they just look so fantastic on us ladies. 

Post # 7
4822 posts
Honey bee

A good place to look is New York & Co. They have good business attire from casual to suits that are good for younger people.  Sign up for their email and they often have really good sales.

Post # 8
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My advice would be a couple of pairs of basic dress pants, black or gray, maybe some subtle pinstripes. Depending on how formal the workplace ultimately is, you can wear anything from a dress shirt to a knit top. I’ve had pretty good luck at Old Navy sometimes, though it’s not my favorite in general, because most of their stuff goes over well in a lot of settings. Again, depending on the specific tendencies of the workplace, I like dress shirts with nice jeans.

Good luck with the job!!

Post # 9
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wear dress pants/ skirts and cute (not-revealing) tops, often with cardigans.  I wear layers because some days I’m freezing and some days it’s really hot.  Oh, and I don’t know how much walking you’ll be doing, but flats tend to be good options.

Post # 10
1767 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Well, today I’m wearing a knee-length pleated navy skirt with a 60’s-esque off-white floral print that I bought on sale at Forever 21 for $9, and a 3/4 length off- white shirt with a boat neck I bought at walmart for $4. Plus navy flats. And I look pretty damn adorable.

I basically have black dress pants, grey dress pants, 2 black skirts, a few cute/printed skirts, a pair of black tights, and then sweaters/button ups/simple tops to wear them with. I also LOVE cardigans, and wear them over all of my tank tops that I own a LOT of. Then I have pointy black heels, round black heels, killer blue peep-toe heels, and several pairs of neutral flats.

I’d have more, except that I’m a poor college student and this office job is just a summer gig! But I’ve yet to wear the same thing twice!

Post # 11
1767 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

RAWR, double post.

Post # 12
2231 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you’re working in an office just have some good pieces for layering. Usually the AC is on so high all summer long in most buildings. 

You have some good suggestions above for basics. 

As for stores: Jacob, Mexx, RW& Co., Club Monaco (although pricey but they have good sales).. Winners! love Winners.. 

On basics I would spend a bit more. There’s nothing I hate more than a pair of pants that rips or a shirt that looks dingy after a few months. 

Also a pair of shoes you can walk to work in and then your ‘at work shoes’. Not running shoes but flats. Especially for the colder weather! I always wore real ass winter boots for my walk from the subway and then put on cute heels once I got inside. You should have seen my stash of shoes under my desk. 

Post # 13
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve recently fallen in love with Nordstrom Rack.  And you can find a lot of great (but pricey) basics at Banana Republic.  

Post # 14
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Good for you for investing in your work wardrobe!  I think especially as a new and young person dressing professionally is important.

For the fall/winter, I love to buy skirt suits.  RW&co has great prices, and I look for sales at Christmas.  I like to get flirty, fun skirt suits, which are professional but stylish.  Then you can mix and match—for more formal days in the office pair the skirts with sweaters, or the blazers with plain pants.  For ‘dress down days’ to keep up a professional appearance I wear my suit jackets with my jeans and t shirts. 

Then when the spring/summer comes I love to switch over to dresses.  I ALWAYS have my eye out for shortsleeve dresses that would be workplace appropriate.  They can be paired with  little cardigan for warmth in the mornings. Many of my skirt-suit bottoms have fabrics that I can wear in the summer with pretty blouses or even just a t-shirt and scarf.

AND, speaking of scarves:   a scarf will dress up every outfit and it will help too-tight or too-low shirts to hide. 

You can get a zillion scarves from ARDENE for super cheap. 

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