Sunday, July 28, 2013

Let's Work: Plus-size Career Wear

 Image Credit: Lane Bryant
Finding the right work appropriate yet not boring outfits can be daunting and annoying. Who likes to shop for things they know they’re only going to where to work? Business casual with no jeans allowed and Business formal dress codes annoy me. I like dressing nice, but I HATE being told how to dress. And no jeans????? What is this 1969? I can’t. Jeans have a come a long way and are a staple in my life. There should be no reason why I can’t wear jeans when I sit at my desk all day and no clients or customers are seeing me. But, I digress. No matter what office environment you work in, there are lots of options out there to look professional yet trendy.

First, every women needs to have the career wardrobe staples. These are classic items that can be mixed and matched as foundations for any outfit. They are:
  • White button-down blouse
  • Black blazer (preferably tailored to fit perfectly)
  • Black dress pants (preferably tailored to fit perfectly) 
  • Pencil skirt
  • Nice pair of jeans (for casual Fridays)
  • Black pumps
  • Nice pair of flat shoes
  • Cardigan
  • Shift dress

Once you have these items you can mix and match and always be good to go.

Below are my top 10 picks for places with the best career wear:
1. Lane Bryant
4. Evans

5. Kiyonna

10. Torrid
What other stores did I miss?

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