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
What clothes should you add to your wardrobe before you attend law school? Reader N has a great question: I am in my mid-twenties and will be starting law school this fall. I’ve spent my time since undergrad traveling (living out of a backpack) and working with kids (only wearing clothes that could get messy). … Read More about What to Wear to Law School
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to step up your working wardrobe (and links have been updated below!), but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion from our Next Step series on the different tiers of professional clothing brands. How do you step up your working wardrobe … Read More about How to Step Up Your Working Wardrobe
2018 Update: We still think this is an interesting discussion about annual clothes budgets for working women — but here’s a more recent reader thread. Along these work wardrobe budget lines, you may also want to check out our latest discussion where we asked the readers: how long do you expect your clothes to last? … Read More about What’s YOUR Annual Clothes Budget?
2018 Update: Because so many of the below pieces are sold out, if you’re looking for advice on how to build a professional wardrobe for $150, you may instead want to check out our recent advice on how to buy an entire work wardrobe with no money. I know a lot of readers love Target … Read More about How to Build a Professional Wardrobe for $150
2019 Update: We still love these basic black pumps under $250 — but you may want to check out our most recent roundup of the best black heels for business attire instead. Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first … Read More about The Hunt: Basic Black Pumps Under $250
2018 Update: We still stand by this shopping equation, and we’ve made some updated graphics for it — but also note that the readers had a ton of great suggestions as well. You may also want to check out our most recent discussion on fashion math. We’ve talked before about how to get great deals … Read More about Tool of the Trade: A Shopping Equation
2018 Update: We still stand by the advice below on how to get great deals on workwear; you may also want to check out our latest discussion of how to get deals at discount clothing stores like Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx! Here’s my confession/boast: almost everything I own was bought on sale. My favorite Iisli … Read More about How to Get Great Deals on Workwear: 10 Online Shopping Tips
2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on where to find the best DD bras for cheap, but if you’re a busty professional, you may also want to check out some of our other content, including our most recent roundup of the best lingerie to buy at Nordstrom. We’re catching up on reader mail this … Read More about Reader Mail – How to Dress if You’re Busty and on a Budget
Can a basic black suit be found for under $200? We love reader mail — and this reader wonders about budget black suits! Hi folks – love your blog! I’m in a bind, hoping you might have some advice. I’m currently an at-home mom but I’m also an adjunct instructor at the university, and I … Read More about Can a basic black suit be found for under $200?