Post # 1
My company is having my team move from a smaller office in a neighborhood to one of the corporate downtown offices. Our current dress code is as casual as you can get – I typically wear jeans and a t-shirt and converse. The building downtown is some sort of mix between business casual and casual. Most people don’t wear jeans, but I don’t think I’d get stared at if I wore jeans and a nice sweater or something.
That being said, I do want to buy a bunch of business casual clothes just to feel a bit more professional when working downtown. Where do you buy your business casual clothes? Also, what types of shoes do you wear? I think I’d be okay in the office with my converse, but again, think I should upgrade my shoes slightly. I’m only 24 so most of my wardrobe comes from American Eagle and I think I need to step it up a bit from that haha.
Post # 2
New York & Company.
Girl…i’m 24 and I agree, step up your work attire game! 😀
I wear booties with slacks. They are comfy and go with the look.
So like: brown booties, slacks (sometimes black, sometimes a nice print), and either a blazer or just a nice top and a pendent necklace oh! and my tissot watch.
Post # 3
My office is business casual, but I dress on the more casual side of business casual. I wear flats almost every day. I have 5 pairs that I rotate through. Occasionally, I wear nice sandals. We aren’t allowed to wear jeans or sneakers. I like Old Navy for pants and sweaters/cardigans, and Express for tops. Most of my flats are from Target or Ross/Marshalls. I very, very rarely wear dresses. Good luck shopping 🙂
Post # 4
I get a lot of mine at Talbots. Most days (ie, no meetings with CEO or SVP), I can get away with a dressier jean and a nice twin-set or light sweater or something more polished looking than a t-shirt. I do a lot of skinny jeans with knee high boots in cooler weather (as so most women at my office). Talbots also has 3/4 sleeve jersey shirts that are technically a t-shirt but much more polished looking, in lots of colors. They’re great for layering.
Post # 5
fourthnoel : I don’t normally shop at Old Navy but they have inexpensive, cute “work pants” that come in a variety of colors/patterns. I also like the blouses from Express which also come in a variety of colors/patterns and I think they are usually on sale as well.
I rarely have to “dress up” for work (like two weeks out of the year), but when I do I usually just mix and match those pants and tops.
If you’re still going to wear jeans, I would wear dark denim as it looks nicer, a cute cami with a cardigan is always a safe look IMO.
If you want to seem more put together, I would probably swap out the converse for some cute flats, or some booties.
Post # 6
A nice blazer will improve anything. I got a $600 Theory blazer from Nordstrom Rack for like $200 and it would make jeans and a tshirt seem work ready.
My favorite work pants are from J Crew, Ann Taylor quality gets worse and worse but they have cute tops. I basically wear my Rothys flats at work exclusively now.
Post # 7
I’m in my late 20s but I’ve been getting my work clothes from LandsEnd for years now. They have some styles that are for younger women, and I’ve always found the quality really amazing. Their stuff lasts forever.
Post # 8
Mostly shop at Macy’s, but Express has great button downs as well. For shoes I usually just wear ballet flats (payless or Kohls).
Post # 9
I second Talbot’s. I always thought it was a store just for old ladies, but there’s actually a lot of cute stuff. For shoes, I usually wear booties.
Post # 10
Ann Taylor, Loft, J Jill, Talbots, are my go-tos and have been since my late 20s (now mid-30s). It’s not just old lady clothes! But actually my favorite pair of skinny black work pants are from costco lol.
Post # 11
Express is a pretty good place to start. Most of my stuff comes from TJ Maxx these days. Don’t wear converse. I usually wear heels, wedges, or booties.
Post # 12
fourthnoel : I LOVE Banana Republic for higher quality work clothes but I also have a TON of work clothes from H&M. I am 4’11” – 5′ and petite/athletic an I honestly can find clothes that I down swim in. I live for a 2 inch pump, pattern pants and a neutral blouse or light sweater with a large necklace.
Post # 13
I’m also going to throw in a suggestion for H&M too! Some of my favorite work pants have come from there and they’re very inexpensive and have held up for years. I’ve also found a lot of good, work-appropriate tops at Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, etc. I’m not someone that likes to spend a ton of money on clothes, ESPECIALLY work clothes, so I like those budget-friendly options.
Post # 14
Express, Loft, TJMaxx, Marshall’s, H&M, Macy’s, and Dillards
Post # 15
I basically buy all my stuff from Loft or Banana Republic. Both normally some sort of sale online which helps 😛