Where to Shop to Build Your Work Day Wardrobe

July 15, 2016

best stores for womens work wear

original photo c/o pink pot

Finding clothes to wear to work that don’t cost an arm and a leg can be a daunting task. Below is a round-up of the places I think are best for office wear. I’ve also picked out some favorite currently available items (so many beautiful pencil skirts!) from each of these stores. Enjoy!


SO many options. Nordstrom is the mecca for wear to work shopping. My personal favorite brands for office wear are Halogen & Anne Klein (both extremely affordable). I also love Theory (though their clothes are much more expensive).

Con: They have far more online than in store. This means a lot of shopping without trying on. If you are in America though, they have a free shipping & returns policy so buy a ton and just return what doesn’t fit! Shipping is $10 to Canada.

Some great options:

Club Monaco:  

Pro: Feminine work wear styles. High quality material.

Con: Expensive. I find that shopping their sale section online is that best way to get affordable items.

Some great options:


J Crew:

Pro: Timeless, Classic items. You can wear J Crew pieces season after season and still be fashionable.

Con: Expensive. Styles don’t fit all body types (I hear many women complain that J Crew just doesn’t fit them right. Try some items on and see how they feel for you).

Some great pieces:


J Crew Factory:

Pro: Affordable, classic pieces. Also- lots of “mix and match” items with different cuts of pants, skirts & blazers all in the same fabric/color.

Con: Lower quality material. I find the stitching is more likely to come undone, hemlines are more likely to fall, etc.

My favorite items right now:



Pro: Extremely affordable. “Trendy” items.

Con: Not much selection. Very fast turn around in products (ie. if you like it, buy it. It may not be there next week!)

My favorites:


White House Black Market:

Affordable. Very stylish.

Con: Some of their “work wear” items are not the most work appropriate – sometimes they make v-necks that are a little low, slits that are a little high, etc.

My top picks:

Ann Taylor:

Quality materials. They are also really quite good with returns and exchanges.

Con: Limited number of pieces each collection/season (only really a con if you’re planning on doing a large haul of work wear)

Some of my favorites:

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6 comments so far.

6 responses to “Where to Shop to Build Your Work Day Wardrobe”

  1. Lanae Bond says:

    Love all of those stores you showed!

  2. great tips! love your outfits! my favorite place to shop for work wear and stuff are Asos, Shopbop and Nordstrom for sure! pinned 🙂

  3. Sophie says:

    These are some great picks for working ladies. My favorite online go-to is Nordstrom. Their shipping is fast too.

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