Does this title make sense? Maybe.
Anyway. I do a lot of shopping. I mean, a lot. A lot. I love clothes. You should see my closet. Maybe someday I will take a picture and show it to you. In fact, I should do that! But, it is tough to find nice, work appropriate, yet cute clothes that work well when you work in a more conservative work environment. This post is not about suits, but about business casual or more dressy business casual (one step below suits). If you need a suit, check out this post on suits.
So, where to begin?
You can't go wrong with a pencil skirt, shell, and cardigan or blazer. This is a bar none, standard dressy business casual outfit. It's all about mix and matching. Also, dresses. I have a ton of dresses. Dresses are so easy in the hot summer. Short sleeved dresses. Yes. So, from the perspective of a new gal, who has just graduated from college and is needing to get together a work wardrobe for the summer, what do you need, really?
1. One black pencil skirt.
2. One gray pencil skirt.
3. One khaki/beige pencil skirt.
4. One black blazer.
5. One white blazer.
6. One black short sleeved, work appropriate dress.
7. One black shell or dressy t-shirt.
8. One light gray shell or dressy t-shirt
9. One bright colored shell or dressy t-shirt.
10. One other work appropriate dress, short sleeved.
So, what do you get from the above? Lots of mix and match skirts, shells, and blazers. A couple of dresses that could also be coupled with a black or white blazer.
That's all a bit boring, right? But, it is really all you need to start out. So where can you get such basic items such as these?
1. Banana Republic. Sign up for their credit card. If you like the fit of their clothing, it is well worth it. Their sales are phenomenal, but depending on your size, you may not find your size on the sale racks. Also check out the Gap, BR's sister store. One of my favorite summer work dresses came from there, but it is really hit or miss as far as professional attire.
2. Ann Taylor Loft. Super cute stuff, high turnover, high sales. Wait it out if you can to get your desired items at cheap prices.
3. Ann Taylor. More expensive and a bit more chichi than the above, but again great sales.
4. J. Crew. Hit the sales, although they aren't as good as the above stores.
5. Department Stores. Yes, this is just number five. You know how it is. You hit those sales racks at Macy's or Nordstrom's and just start looking for deals. It's not easy to find.....