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
How do you step up your working wardrobe when you want to be considered for a promotion or raise? Reader U wonders for her business casual office… I work at a company where there are no strict guidelines to what we should wear. Most days, we are fine wearing casual to business casual. Even with … 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
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 one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic … 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
Here’s my confession/boast: almost everything I own was bought on sale. My favorite sweater jacket? Tried it on at Bergdorf’s when it cost $430, snapped it up at a winter sale a few months later for $150; then loved it so much I bought another one on HauteLook for $125. I’ve gotten pants from Banana … Read More about How to Get Great Deals on Workwear: 10 Online Shopping Tips
What are the best ways to save money on bras, particularly if you’re an unusual size like 32DD? Today’s reader wonders… I am a first year in law school, consequently I am broke. In reading your advice about dressing professionally for busty ladies, I met the same problem I always do. I am aware Neiman’s … Read More about How to Save Money on Bras 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?