In our first post in our ethical shopping series, we rounded up several clothing brands made in the United States, mostly startups and small and/or independent labels, and in part two, we shared a list of mainstream, more widely available workwear brands that sell clothing made in North America or Europe. Today we’re looking at clothing that’s fair trade certified, as … Read More about Where to Find Fair Trade and Ethically-Sourced Clothing
Workwear Stores Off the Beaten Path
Every working woman knows the usual suspects for where to buy workwear: Ann Taylor, J.Crew, Banana Republic, and Nordstrom. While we love those stores too, we also have rounded up some of the best stores and brands for corporate style that are off the beaten path.
Whether you're looking for bespoke shops for dresses, indie brands, fashion start-ups, or just some new labels for workwear, we've got them all.
If you're looking for more vanilla options to help you build a work wardrobe, check out our series on what to buy at the best stores for women's work clothes; you may also want to check out our frequently updated Guide to Workwear Essentials (our top picks for products in each general category).
Updated images via Pexels / cottonbro.
“Made in USA,” Ethical Shopping, and Slow Fashion
Why It’s Important to Buy Clothing “Made in U.S.A.” John Oliver’s segment on Last Week Tonight, his HBO show, has brought “fast fashion” back into the news — two years after the horrifying Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 people. (The factory was linked to several well known U.S. and European clothing brands.) If you want to make ethical shopping … Read More about “Made in USA,” Ethical Shopping, and Slow Fashion
The Next Step: Professional Clothing Brands Across All Budget Points
A lot of people know where to go for inexpensive professional clothes — and then they know the brands that celebrities wear. But the middle ground for professional clothing brands can get confusing for people — particularly, how to step up your game when it comes to fashionable workwear. We talked a few weeks about … Read More about The Next Step: Professional Clothing Brands Across All Budget Points
The Best Blouses for the Busty
Which are the best blouses for those of us who are on the busty/hourglass side? We’ve talked about how to dress professionally if you’re busty and how to fix your own gaping shirts, as well as where to get bespoke dresses for work, but we haven’t totally talked about the best blouses for bustier women. … Read More about The Best Blouses for the Busty
How to Wear Dresses If You’re A Size 4 On Top and Size 12 on Bottom
Ladies, do you buy bespoke dresses and clothing? How else can you wear dresses if your top and bottom halves are very different sizes? Reader N wonders: I would like to wear dresses more frequently to the office, but I find it very difficult to find a good fit. I wear a size 4 to … Read More about How to Wear Dresses If You’re A Size 4 On Top and Size 12 on Bottom
Open Thread: The Best Stores in Asia for Professional Clothes?
We talked about the best stores in Europe for professional clothes… now let’s talk Asia! I’ve never been anywhere in Asia, but I’m dying to go. To those of you who’ve been: – Which are the best cities for shopping? (Do you agree with this Yahoo article?) – If you want a bespoke suit or … Read More about Open Thread: The Best Stores in Asia for Professional Clothes?
Open Thread: The Best European Stores for Professional Clothes?
Hooray summer — and vacation. For all of you going overseas this summer, I thought we’d have an open thread — which are the stores you simply must visit, especially for professional clothes and workwear? Even though, in many ways, we live in a global market (at least here in New York, SoHo often feels … Read More about Open Thread: The Best European Stores for Professional Clothes?