Maybe you’re the same way. Once someone starts telling you there are rules about how to dress in the workplace, your rebellion whistle sounds off and you do everything, yes everything, to disobey those rules. What can I say? We’re human.
Instead of rules, when I choose work outfits, I like to think of classic ways of dressing that earn respect in the workplace but also allow for a pop of color.
Where to Find Colorful Work Outfits
The first key to building a stylish business casual wardrobe, is to know where to shop. Here are the my 7 favorite online shops to find business casual and vibrant work outfits (aka, save you from dying a slow death in a pair of mis-fit slacks and olive-colored silk shirts).
What’s To Love: Statement pieces
If you’re looking to spice up your classic workwear pieces, ZARA offers unique style selections to pair with your staple items. Savvy shoppers will love the blazers, skirts and dresses with unique cuts you might not find in a classic workwear shop.
What’s To Love: Classic, chic high-end workwear
Nordstrom is such a great one-stop-shop for house and home, especially when it comes to women’s workwear. Not only will you find a range of boutique and higher-end brands, but they have some amazing sales to keep inventory moving. If you are looking for a variety of vibrant work outfits options, whether suited-up or business casual, start here.
What’s To Love: Colorful, creative designs
I recently found Boden while shopping online for dresses and shirts. Goodness, do they have a stunning array of vibrant work outfits. One struggle I’ve had shopping for professional workwear is that I find great styles but not always great colors. Boden should be a first-stop for when shopping for colorful clothes. They’re a great way to spice up the wardrobe.
What’s To Love: Classic style, tailored cuts, reasonable colors
J. Crew is one of the classic women’s workwear stores. If I was only allowed to shop at 3 places for business casual work outfits, I’d pick 1.) J. Crew 2.) Banana Republic and 3.) Nordstrom. J. Crew offers some superb tailored jackets, pants and skirts that will work for more formal workplaces. I also like that they often offer flattering colors.
What’s To Love: Quintessential women’s business casual
If you’re a professional woman, you have to stop at Banana Republic. Regardless of what style you have, you’ll find quality slacks, shirts, trench coats and jackets. Will they be statement pieces? Maybe not. But can everyone eat proverbial wardrobe dessert all the time? No. Sometimes you have to have the boring old staple items too. Banana Republic is where you’ll want to begin for classic staple items.
What’s To Love: Shoes, shoes shoes … shoes
Once you are working a job that requires you to dress up for the office, shoe shopping goes to a whole new level. Sure, you can stick with simple black flats, but DSW will show you the array of so many other shoe options that are just as functional and compliment outfits better. Great shoes are a must-have. DSW is a great place to begin.