(Closed) Work Attire, Body Issues & Letting Myself Go – Stepping up my game!

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Post # 2
964 posts
Busy bee

I recently relocated from South Florida to NYC, so a major climate shift. My old office was really casual, and I wore jeans everyday. My new office is a more conservative environment in Manhattan, so I really had to upgrade. 

If you’ve never used ThredUp, the online resale store, I really, really recommend it. I pretty much replaced my whole wardrobe when we moved, and it saved me a fortune. I also love New York & Company. They run sales constantly and I can get whole suits for like $75 if I time it right. 

Post # 4
1939 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

When budget is tight I shop from Asos as they have so many cheaper brands nicely curated, order and return is easy. 

Now, if money were no object two of the most stylish brands for work clothes that aren’t strict (and it sounds like you don’t need to wear suits exactly):

Pleats Please / Issey Miyake



You can just look at the brands and if you like that style search for cheap versions elsewhere (like Asos).



Post # 6
480 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I normally shop at thrift stores, go through every rack and look out for hidden gems. For items like work pants I do get them from express, but tops and jeans are almost all from Godwill. If thrifting isn’t your thing I would slowly purchase staple items of good quality that will last.

Post # 8
2315 posts
Buzzing bee

Before you go on a shopping spree take an honest look at your current wardrobe.  Is everything in good shape? Does it all fit well?  If so, I would look up capsule wardrobes on pinterest.  They have many combos of great pieces that make up the foundation of your wardrobe.  I often find that my old jeans and t’s just need to be combined in a new way, add a new accessory, or blazer to freshen it up, and BOOM!  Done!  also a new hair cut will work wonders too.    

Post # 10
4829 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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Lokie85 :  I agree that a really well tailored blazer can make all the difference!

For work clothes, I almost always go to Lord and Taylor.  They can be pricey, but if you catch a good sale, you can get high quality items reasonably that last years.  About body issues – wearing clothes that fit properly are definitely more flattering than drowning in big clothes.  Structured pieces may help you appreciate your body more 🙂

Post # 11
198 posts
Blushing bee

Have you ever tried using Poshmark?  It is a resale site where you can filter by brand, size, etc so once you know of a brand or item that you like you can search for clothes at a really good price.  I’m like you too, I hate to spend more than $20 on a shirt, but have found great deals that would have been much more in store.  It’s also a good site to use if you are looking to sell some of your old clothing if you like.

Post # 12
3131 posts
Sugar bee

General January sales advice.

If you normally spend $30 on a shirt don’t buy the shirt in the sales for $15.  Instead buy a $60 dollar shirt in the sales for $30.

This way you spend a normal amount of money on a shirt that is usually twice the price that will last three times as long and give you four times the pleasure.

General advice

You need one or two really good outfits but you might have to pay a little bit more for them.  You can vary things with accessories – jewellery, belts, bags.  Different jumpers, jackets and cardigans also help.  And boots.  Autumn and winter fashion = leather boots.

Specific advice

If you don’t like your body shape avoid belts, wear the same colour top and bottom (elongates your shape) and wear pretty earrings and necklaces. Flaunt something.  Neck, elbow, ears, knees.  You want to flatter but draw the line at disguise.  You also need to express your own personality.  So how about a black dress with black boots (small heel), brightly coloured cardigan or jacket, brightly coloured scarf tastefully tied around your neck, dangly earrings. 


Post # 13
2315 posts
Buzzing bee

I second missinthecity  suggestion on making sure your clothes are fit properly.  Find a good taylor that has good prices and take the time to get your clothes fitted correcly.  I like to shop at the outlets and then spend the extra $8-15 I saved to get the clothes fit to my body….it makes all the difference in the world.  

I also second 

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compassrose   suggestion about Poshmark.  It’s amazing what you find when you clean out your closet and I always list items I think others would enjoy up there.  It is a great way to make some cash on things you do not need to hold on to.  I havent done much buying from Poshmark, I have to try things on but every now and then I do find something I like and have had good experiencces.  

I Find great deals at JCP and recently I found Dress Barn has some stylish outfits!  

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