Every professional woman shops at Ann Taylor, J.Crew, and Banana Republic for workwear — but you’d be surprised to know how MANY other options there are.
I’m always inspired to see the number of workwear fashion start-ups and independent brands specializing in aspects of workwear.
Many of the founders have personally held corporate jobs, or created the brand to fill a gap in the market they saw. (If it doesn’t exist, create it, right?)
These are some of the workwear fashion start-ups and other companies on my radar — ladies, which companies are your radar? Which have you purchased from (or which are you eyeing)?
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Independent Boutiques for Workwear
Argent – “We make smarter workwear. Someone had to.”
Citizens’ Mark (eco-friendly) – “Modern suiting for a generation of socially conscious, empowered women on the rise.”
Executive Ponies (Australian company) – “For the girl bosses and business babes.”
Gurjot New York – “The first collection ever designed for businesswomen, by a businesswoman, providing the best quality, fit, and design.”
Kit and Ace – “Technical clothing for men and women.”
Layo-G – “A luxury brand that provides edgy, tailored clothing for modern day women.”
MM. LaFleur – “A wardrobe solution for professional women. MM.LaFleur creates luxury apparel and accessories with the same attention to detail as a high-end fashion house.”
Of Mercer – “[F]ashionable and work-appropriate dresses, blazers, suiting & accessories for desk to dinner and beyond.”
Pivotte – “[E]asy care & worry free clothing for women on-the-go. Shop updated classics in technical fabrics for work, play, travel & everything in between.”
Companies Perfecting the Office Dress
Nora Gardner – “Elevated essentials for work and beyond.”
Wallis Evera (eco friendly) – “Wallis Evera creates clothing to spark dialogue and inspire change toward a more sustainable future. We focus on hemp, the most eco-friendly fibre in existence.”
Companies Specializing in Blouses and Shirts for Work
The Shirt, by Rochelle Behrens – “The shirt reimagined for the perfect fit.”
Adea – “Adea sells women layering tops, lingerie, camisoles and other timeless wardrobe basics in lightweight, breathable Italian luxury fabrics.”
LeCou (dickeys) – “Our layering basics give you all of the look, and none of the bulk. Exclusive collar styles in cottons and silks.”
Companies Reimagining Pants for Work
Aella – “We combine the comfort of activewear and the polish of ready-to-wear to create your everyday uniform – starting from the bottom up, with the most comfortable 24/7 pants you’ll ever wear.”
Betabrand – “Home of Dress Pant Yoga Pants, Disco Hoodies, Bike to Work Pants, and tons more.”
Jeetly (petites) – “Petite clothing for professional women.”
Universal Standard (plus sizes) – “a plus-size inclusive brand of women’s modern essentials in sizes 10-28. The curve-loving label is designed to go from work to play.”
Brands to Keep an Eye Out For on Resale Sites
These smaller workwear brands have gone out of business since we wrote the article, but keep an eye out for them on resale sites!
Arkins (hemp) – “Arkins is a women’s wear clothing brand dedicated to sustainable fashion and made in the USA.”
Carrie Hammer (has sizes 0-36! and a few jackets that match dresses) – “Work dresses and made-to-measure, custom fashion for the modern professional woman.”
Elsa and Me – “Sweden born, New York-based, Nairobi-sewn made to measure women’s clothing.”
Emploi New York – “Shop for clothes for modern women, by the modern woman. Smart, stylish & sophisticated office dresses for you.”
The Unstainable® Workwear Collection from Elizabeth & Clarke (taking preorders) – “Using a similar process that a flower does to repel the morning dew, our tiny Unstainable® fibers keep spills suspended above the fabric, preventing stains.”
Project Gravitas (built-in shapers) – “Innovative women’s apparel – with a Core Collection Made in NYC with luxury fabrics and a patented built-in shapewear lining.”
Michaela Jedinak – “[C]lean cut, figure flattering and empowering dresses reflect contemporary classics and the latest trends. Over 50 exclusive styles.”
Tuxe Bodywear (bodysuits) – “Luxurious bodysuits, skirts and tights to keep women feeling confident and comfortable.”
Stock photo credit via Stencil.