I love these two work looks from The Limited. Great examples of how you could be stylish and professional.
Growing up, we were told to wear suits and button up dress shirts, which I hate. I have a few left from my high school, college, and post college days of trying to get hired. My mother encouraged this growing up. Considering her upbringing and the philosophies of her generation, this comes as no surprise. She is neither wrong nor right, but things have definitely changed. Update your work wardrobe to include separates. Leave the predictable stiff dress shirt behind that costs you time in the morning because you have to iron it.
There are great benefits of no longer having to wear matching suits and dress shirts: saving money and the ability to mix and match separates. Keep one suit for interviews and about two to three dress shirts just in case, depending on your job industry.
Here are work wear items that repurpose themselves in so many ways and wear over and over:
- Blazer (black, navy, and/or gray. H&M is great for these)
- Pencil skirt (of any color)
- Camisoles and lightweight shirts of any color and style. Skip the cleavage, however
- Turtlenecks (fall and winter)
- Cropped fitted leather jacket (goes with skirts and pants. Flowy shirts make them feminine)
- Dress pants or my awesome option because I am tall, ankle length/cropped pants (booties!)
- Sheath dresses (go with any type of cardigan or jacket)
- Belts (thin and wide fasten at the waist around a cardigan or dress)
- Booties (can be worn with skirts and dresses)
- Pumps (Black and Camel are basic)
Places to shop for these items for less:
- Ross $
- Marshalls $$
- TJ Maxx $$
- Thrift stores $
- New York & Company $$
- The Limited $$$
Yes, shop at thrift stores. I tweeted this list a while. Here it is again: a list of thrift stores. I found most of my pencil skirts thrifting. Pencil skirts are timeless and most thrift stores have them. For $5 – $8, you will have a brand new skirt for your wardrobe.
Save yourself time in the morning by hanging all of your work clothing (fewer wrinkles). Buy washer and dryer safe clothing. I believe they call them Wash and Wear and Wrinkle-Free. Don’t be fooled. Some Wrinkle-Free clothing could use an iron.
Purchase almond or round toe pumps with a slight platform and great color. They are more comfortable and don’t date as quickly, if at all.
As always, don’t be afraid of a little tailoring, especially on thrift finds.