Where do you buy your business casual attire?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
4232 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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fourthnoel :  Half of my closet is Express, and I rarely pay full price. They always have sales and send out coupons. I’ve also had really good luck with finding nice, affordable pieces at H&M. I have an interview coming up and found a few great options for outfits to wear that day (below). NY & Company can be very hit and miss for me but I have a good number of tops and sweaters from them, and I like Alyx brand dresses at JC Penney. If you’re in the mood to dig through the racks, stores like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s can have some good, affordable pieces for work as well. Someone else mentioned Old Navy for pants and I agree, I like their Pixie pants for work and I love DSW for shoes!    

Post # 17
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2020

I really like White House Black Market, but you’re a bit younger than me so maybe that’s not your kind of place. I think they have some pretty timeless stuff though.

Like others said though, Express/Banana Republic and any of the department stores. I make sure to watch for sales and buy stuff at a steep discount unless it’s an absolute emergency. Heels and a blazer can do wonders for a pair of skinny jeans and a nice blouse/t-shirt.

Also! I try really hard to not buy things that have to be dry cleaned or that will go out of style quickly.

Post # 18
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I love Banana Republic and Express. You can get a few pairs of slacks, several nice tops, and a couple of blazers and cardigans and be good to go for a while. Look up capsule wardrobes on Pinterest for some inspiration. My main work wardrobe cost about $500 total from Banana Republic Factory Outlet and consists of:

Bottoms: Black and olive green ankle slacks, olive green pencil skirt, gray sheath dress

Tops: 7 tops in gray, black, white, olive green, and burgandy (mix of short sleeve and sleeveless), olive green, burgandy and gray sweaters 

Jackets: One nice black blazer (looks like a suit with my black slacks), 3 cardigans in gray and black

Shoes: black and olive green flats 

Extras: Black tights, small colorful scarves, statement necklaces

I’m hard on shoes and HATE heels, so I opted for pointy toe flats from Payless. They are cheap since I ruin even expensive shoes very quickly, but the shape and material are nice enough to look professional. Booties are also good, or low heels if you like them. But if you’re used to wearing converse then you should try comfortable flats. 

The beauty of a capsule-like wardrobe is that all the tops can go with all the bottoms and jackets, so you can look like you have way more clothes than you do. I was like you with pretty much living in jeans and t-shirts, so this also takes the stress off because you don’t have to make outfits or think about what to wear. Just grab a top, bottom, and jacket (if needed) and go!

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