Row 1: Zero Maria Cornejo Mini Eve Grace Dress, $350 (sale); Freckled Blouse, $98; Zara Synthetic Leather Tee, $30 (sale). Row 2: Norma Kamali Straight Jersey Skirt, $12 (in-store only); Plenty by Tracy Reese Draped Frock, $158; Seychelles Romance Boots, $80 (sale).
While prepping for job interviews, I realized I don’t have many “office” clothes (my current job’s dress code is jeans & a nice t-shirt). So I’ve been thinking about how to dress for interviews, and (I hope) my new position.
I’d like to look professional & competent, but not too corporate (since I’m in a creative field). Right now, I’m thinking bold prints, simple silhouettes, jewel tones framed by black basics, and a variety of textures (see above).
What do you like to wear to work, and where do you like to buy office clothes? More importantly for office dressing neophytes like me: what kind of unprofessional wardrobe mistakes do you see most often?
I definitely push the limits of ‘Casual’ office, I’ll admit. I don’t have a lot of money for wardrobe, so I always want my pieces to work for work or play. I shop a lot of discount shops like TJ Maxx, and some nice consignment shops. Rarely do I force myself into the mall. Makes me shudder just to think…
Love the boots you picked!
Lynell, I love your art! And I totally agree about outfits that work both in & out of the office. Also…the mall sucks. All those people and no windows.
I bought the boots. They’re v. high, but with nice details, and sturdy treads. The leather could be nicer, but overall I think they’re worth the sale price.
I’m with Lynell- I haunt consignment shops, TJ Maxx and Marshalls, and thrift shops. I thrift because if you have patience and a good eye you can find high-quality pieces and labels. I have things I would never be able to afford at their regular price. You end up spending the same amount on drycleaning. All that vintage…all that people watching…and no one will have what you have!
All really good recs, thanks guys!