My Favorite Places to Shop for Affordable Work Wear

My Favorite Places to Shop for Affordable Work Wear

the details: bell-sleeve t-shirt / the ankle pant / black sandals / calf hair clutch / aviator sunglasses 


My Favorite Places to Shop for Affordable Work Wear

My Favorite Places to Shop for Affordable Work Wear

My Favorite Places to Shop for Affordable Work Wear

My Favorite Places to Shop for Affordable Work Wear

My Favorite Places to Shop for Affordable Work Wear

I am so thankful that I work at a company that allows jeans and t-shirt’s to be warn any day of the week, but that’s not the case for everybody. I do (on occasion) pull out my favorite slacks and something other than sneakers to meet with clients or to just look more “put together”. Plus, slacks are way comfier than jeans in my opinion.

When it comes down to it, wear-to-work clothing (i.e. slacks, pencil skirts, blazers, & blouses) is expensive. Once you’ve been working for a bit, it’s easier to add new work appropriate pieces to your closet because you’re used to your income, you’re able to budget, and you already have a bunch of work clothes so you only need to buy new pieces here and there to freshen up your wardrobe or replace items that are starting to look worn. For those that just graduated, started a new career path, or starting a new corporate job, buying an entire new work wardrobe (or at least enough clothes that people don’t realize you wore the same slacks three times last week) isn’t cheap and usually it’s not feasible. 

Even though it’s not always feasible, purchasing a work appropriate wardrobe is necessary no matter what industry you work in (unless you’re one of the lucky ducks that gets to work from home). Finding pieces that are affordable is key and when it comes to my wear-to-work pieces, I look for price and quality, which isn’t always easy.

Here’s where I always go running back to (especially when there are sales):


One of my favorite places to shop for my work and everyday wardrobe. The perfect mixture between classic pieces and recent trends in addition to quality and the fit of the pieces themselves are all factors that keep me coming back. J.Crew has amazing sales that are totally worth taking advantage of and I am known to stock up on my favorite items during them!

Ann Taylor

If you work in a corporate setting that requires you to dress smart casual or traditional, Ann Taylor is the place for you! They do incorporate recent trends into their pieces but they’re still corporate appropriate and allow you to express yourself as much as you can in a suit. I am a huge fan of their Devin Fit Pants (I drool over all of the styles) and pick up a few extra pairs every time they have a 40% off sale (which is right now!). 

Banana Republic

Banana Republic has so many amazing classic, feminine pieces that will make you wish your closet was filled with everything from their store. I’m a huge fan of their shoes and accessories for adding personality to your work wardrobe.


You can never say no to the prices at H&M, they’re just too good. While it might take you longer to find pieces that fit you correctly and are made from quality fabrics, H&M is a great spot to pick up basics, layering pieces, and dress pants, especially when you’re just starting off and on a tight budget.

J.Crew Factory

As a longtime lover of J.Crew, I am *obviosuly* a huge fan of their factory store. I typically turn to J.Crew Factory to purchase fun camis that I can layer under a cardigan or blazer, to try new trends, and to stock pile the Cotton Caryn Cardigan

Where are your favorite places to shop for afford work appropriate clothing?



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  1. 9.25.17

    Yes to all of these amazing stores and an even bigger YES to Boston, my home town <3. This was such a fab post and I'm loving those green pants!

    • 9.26.17
      Rachel said:

      YAY! Thanks girl, the color is so fun for fall!

  2. 9.25.17
    Annie said:

    Love this look! H&M always surprises me with their work wear. They have some great things!

    • 9.26.17
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Annie! They do have some cute pieces, it just takes some time to find them!

  3. 9.25.17
    Darrian said:

    Love those green pants and the details on that bell sleeve top are to die for!
    I also work for in a pretty casual environment but have recently been feeling the need to “dress for the job you want, not the job you have” so I’ve been looking to revamp my post-grad wardrobe.
    Great choices for shopping!


    • 9.26.17
      Rachel said:

      Love picking up dressier pieces every now and then, just to have them. The fit of this pair is so good, they’re super comfy too!

  4. 9.25.17
    Christina said:

    Yes – love the ones you listed (cute outfit btw!). Club Monaco also has really good stuff, I just wish it wasn’t so PRICEY!!! haha

    Christina |

    • 9.26.17
      Rachel said:

      I totally agree with you, they also have some killer jumpsuits!

  5. 9.25.17
    Kileen said:

    I love your business casual outfits and this green is so pretty on you girl!
    You look amazing!

    cute & little

    • 9.26.17
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Kileen!! Biz casual is my fave even though I typically wear jeans to work.

  6. 9.25.17
    Ruthie Ridley said:

    LOVE all these places too!! Such a great look!!

    • 9.26.17
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Ruthie!

  7. 9.25.17
    Steph said:

    I don’t generally have to dress up for work, but if I did, these are great picks! Love those green pants.


    • 9.26.17
      Rachel said:

      Thanks lady!

  8. 9.26.17
    Lauren said:

    What a cute look and a great list of suggestions!


  9. 9.26.17
    Laura Leigh said:

    Love love love these pants! And the background in these photos is amazing. Take me to Boston!


  10. 9.26.17

    Loft is one of my favorite places to shop for dressier pieces!

    Amanda ||

    • 9.26.17
      Rachel said:

      LOFT has some good stuff! Love their sales, too!

  11. 9.27.17
    Mariah said:

    Work clothes are such a struggle for me! I really need to get better at buying them. Slacks just rarely fit me! I love LOFT and J Crew! I really need to try Banana Republic.

  12. 9.29.17
    Liz said:

    I love the combo of the leopard and green! So cute!


  13. 10.2.17
    Kelsey said:

    The perfect work look! I love the green pants! xo

  14. 10.3.17
    Kristina said:

    Those are the perfect work pants- love that shade of green!

    xo, Kristina