• Wardrobe Query: 5 Places to Find Work Appropriate Clothes for Young Professionals

    Cheri V writes, “Hey FBD crew! I was wondering if you guys could give me some help. I’m moving to London in a few months to start law school and I’m looking for stores (both online and brick & mortar) in either the UK or the US that have stylish trousers and general work appropriate clothes for young professionals, particularly high waisted pants, wide legged pants, and peg leg pants in classic patterns. I have looked at Asos, Dorothy Perkins, Topshop, and Miss Selfridge but all of the above have very limited supplies. Would you mind giving some suggestions? Thanks so much, you guys are the best!”

    8 keshia from dallas
    Sure! It’s been a little while since I’ve worked a corporate gig, but I do have some thoughts! Read on:
    1. Zara
    zara tailored blazer and pants
    From trendy, ripped from the runway pieces, to basics, Zara pretty much has all you need to stock your professional wardrobe. Prices are reasonable, and quality is decent.
    zara printed dress
    Right now they’re having a pretty sweet sale, so hop on over to check ’em out. They have online retail, so feel free to shop from wherever you are.

    2. Express

    Express Editor Pant
    Raise your hand if you’ve ever owned a pair of Express Editor Pants! The tailored trousers pretty much fit anyone, ring in at under $100, and come in a host of fun colors and fabrications.
    express editor pant blue

    Aside from loads of dress pants (shop here), Express has button downs, blazers, and pretty much all you need to look cute for your corporate job.
    express portofino shirt
    Shop here:

    3. J.Crew
    1035 j.crew jacket in wool
    J.Crew has become more expensive over the years, though you can’t deny the quality and allure of their office perfect pieces.
    j.crew 1035 jacket in wool

    Splurge on their suits or patrol their sale for cardigans, tops, and dresses in bright colors and bold patterns. Bonus: peruse their shoe and bag section. It really is one stop shopping at J.Crew.
    j. crew ruffle hem dress blue
    Shop here:

    4. Ann Taylor
    ann taylor work pieces
    Confession: the one time I worked in retail, I worked at Ann Taylor! And while I still have pretty awful memories from my short stint, I do remember that their work pieces were pretty proper.
    ann taylor spring 2014 lookbook
    It seems they’ve gotten exceedingly more stylish over the years with prim pencil skirts and sassy dresses.
    ann taylor spring 2014 lookbook 0
    See what they have on tap here:

    5. Banana Republic

    Banana Republic is an old faithful when it comes to work ready separates.
    They frequently collaborate with high end designers to infuse their basics with extra style. Their sales are seemingly never ending, so you can always get the look for less.
    See what they have in store here:

    That does it! Where do you guys like to shop for your work clothes?
    Adetokunbo from Brooklyn
    Leave a list of your faves in the comments.


    Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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