- 2 years ago
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
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.
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!