What is your annual clothing budget for 2020 — and how will you keep track? Do you already know how you want to spend that budget in terms of “holes” in your wardrobe?
2019 Update: We still stand by these recommendations for budget-friendly interview suits; links have also been updated as of Jan. 23, 2019. You may also want to check out our roundup of the best women’s suits of 2018 across every price point! Sure, we all know what work wardrobe essentials professional women are supposed to … Read More about The Hunt for Budget-Friendly Interview Suits
It’s a common problem for people just starting out — you may need to buy an entire work wardrobe with no money or an extremely limited budget. Short of relying on the kindness of parents (or using credit cards — please resist the urge to go into debt to build your work wardrobe!), what’s a … Read More about Affordable Office Attire: How to Buy an Entire Work Wardrobe With No Money
How can you make professional, stylish work outfits using suit separates? What are the do’s and don’ts of combining parts of the suits in your closet? Reader A asks… I’m a 2nd year law student in New York and will be starting work at a firm this this summer — I used your tips and articles throughout the interview process. … Read More about Putting Together Work Outfits Using Suit Separates
2018 Update: We still stand by these thoughts on upgrading weekend clothes — you may also want to check out our new series on weekend wear, including the most-loved denim. Welcome to what is probably our final “next step” feature, where we explore how to take the next step up in work clothes, office heels, stylish work … Read More about The Next Step: Upgrading Weekend Clothes
In our ongoing discussion on The Next Step — i.e., how to upgrade various areas of your life — a reader suggested we discuss how to upgrade your jewelry collection, and how to buy jewelry for work in general. Excellent idea, and I’m curious to hear what people say. (I swear, I intended this to … Read More about The Next Step: Jewelry
What are best practices for getting workwear at the thrift store? What are the pros and cons? Reader JP wonders: I’d love to see some people’s thoughts on THRIFTING. Macklemore seems to have popularized it. I’ve become an avid thrifter in the past year. This week I bought a Tory Burch shirt for $2. Curious … Read More about The Pros and Cons of Thrifting for Workwear
2018 Update: We still think this is a fascinating discussion on what purchases are worth the splurge, and where to save money — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion where we asked the readers: what are you a snob about? Something that I’ve wanted to do for a while is … Read More about What Purchases are Worth the Splurge — And What Aren’t?
What should you wear for your internship or summer associateship? Welcome to the first installment of our Summer Associate Series! Name aside, we hope this series will be helpful to ANY intern, whether you’re a law student or another woman interning in a conservative office for the summer. First up in our series: WHAT TO … Read More about Summer Associate Style: What to Wear For Your Internship
How do you “shop your closet”? It’s frequent advice from stylists and fashion magazines — but what does it really mean? I’ve noted before that one of my favorite weekend activities has always been to play “Closet,” meaning much the same. Reader R wonders… I know you have covered wardrobe basics before, but I … Read More about Playing “Closet”: How to Shop Your Closet and Find New Things
2017 Update: Links have been updated below for all of the work-appropriate t-shirts, but you may also want to check out our latest discussion of the best tees for layering. Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing … Read More about The Hunt: Work-Appropriate T-Shirts
Can you justify having multiples of the same kind of dress? Does the answer change if it’s from a “designer collaboration” (popularized by Target but seen at a lot of different budget-friendly stores)? Reader J wonders, particularly with respect to the recent Banana Republic/Issa collaboration: I kind of went wild and bought a bunch of … Read More about Buying Multiples… from a Designer Collaboration