Office Attire - basics?

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  1. GipsyQueen

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    So. Since I'm working full time for a semester this year, I actually have to buy some office attire since what I have now is enough for working twice a week. :p I don't want to work in jeans so I need to do some boring office cloths shopping. :'(
    I have no idea what I really need and how much. We're pretty casual for the most part - it's not like I wear suits or something. I have a blazer for when partners come in and such - I just don't have essentials. I have like 2 blouses and a pair of nice pants (that need to be replace, thanks Zora).
    SO... for you office people, what are some essentials I should stock up on? How much of everything do you generally use? What brands do you like. :)

    On a side note: I'm already dreading actually having to IRON things regularly. :'(
     
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    It depends on your office policies. I hate office clothes and don't wear them. Today I'm wearing skinny jeans, a baggy top, white sailor pumps! I only attempt to look smart when I go to court and its required. I'd hate to have to wear office clothes again....!!
     
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    There aren't really any policies (such a tiny office), but we get alot people coming in and out of the office, and I don't want to go in wearing my normal day to day jeans, like I do when I go in after Uni. :p I work in an architecture firm and will come along when we talk to customers and companies, so I want to look nice but still be able to go to construction sites without feeling like I'm totally over dressed. My boss/co-worker usually wears nice slacks and a nice suit jacket.
     
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    I deal with the public, but kids, carers etc. I chair meetings in jeans lol
     
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    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    My office warddrobe if it helps..
    (everything is a neutral color so everything matches lol which helps)

    - A pair of black skinny jeans (they are casual enough to be comfy/still casual in your office, but smart enough that paired with a blouse/blazer, you will look professional in a pinch) (I like GAP 1989 collection)
    - Pair of khakis (we all hate them but for some reason..darn do they come in handy) (I like Zara)
    - Black tailored work pants (I have two, one short enough to work with flats one long enough to work in heels) (gap)
    - Grey tailored work pants (gap)
    - Ballet flats/pair or basic black heels to keep in desk (My office is casual so I wear sneakers sometimes but I keep emergency shoes just in case lol they turn almost any outfit more professional) (gap)
    - Black blazer (gap)
    - Grey blazer (gap)
    - White blouses (two cotton: short sleeve/long sleeve, two silky: short sleeve, long sleeve) (gap)
    - Straight black pencil skirt (gap)
    - A LBD (little black dress) just incredibly versatile. (American apparel makes a great basic dress gotta find the kind!)
    - A few cardigans/smart sweaters in fun colors (most of the outfits here are neutrals, sweaters is where I have some leeway). Can be paired over a dress, can work with pants (Anthropology)
    - Black turtle neck (Gap)
    - White/black tshirts (american apparel makes good ones I really like)
    - High wasted printed skirts (Anthropology) I really enjoy silk floral or just fun printed skirts. They go great with blouses
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    I did most of my shopping at GAP lol the prices I've saved helped with the tailoring and I really like the quality.
    If I had one piece of advice for the world.. TAILOR YOUR CLOTHES it costs very little and makes a blazer/pants/jeans/shirt look AWESOME and much more professional and put together

    Extras I keep around to keep the wardrobe "fun"
    - Fun silk scarfs
    - Headbands (Anthropology makes great pretty work appropriate ones)
    - stockings
    - Pearls
    - Other necklaces
    - fun colored watch
    - fun bracelets
    - Sparkly nail polish
    - Ballet flats in just about every weird/fun color lol
     
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    Fran, will you come be my personal shopper?

    I wear either black or gray dress pants (one pair is brown) and then have an assortment of button down dress shirts, a pair of comfortable flats and that's it. I also have two dressy sleepless shorts I pair with a black shrug to make it all look professional. I'm also working at a car dealership and have to balance professional with comfort. I refuse to wear our logo'd polo shirts anymore than strictly ordered. During the winter I have a nice jacket with our logo on it.
     
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    My office is business casual, so I have a lot of room to work with!

    I'd start out getting neutral pieces that are versatile and will last.

    A pair of black dress pants
    A pair of grey dress pants
    A solid color blazer that would match with black or grey pants
    At least 1 pair of heels and 1 pair of flats that are comfortable, in easily matched colors (black or grey, for instance)
    Multiple colored cardigans (if your office is like mine, it gets COLD!)
    Blouses that can be dressed up or down with a blazer, cardigan, or accessories

    Starting with neutrals makes it easier to match things together in the morning, and makes things a bit easier on your wallet in the beginning! Let's put it this way- if you can afford to purchase 3 pairs of pants and 2 skirts to begin with, you'll want to avoid funky colors because you'll have to wear them ALL the time and it will be harder to make multiple outfits from individual pieces.

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    THANK YOU :)

    I'm also very greatful for being able to wear skinny jeans. :p I have a few dark blue one, a black pair and a deep red pair. So I don't need any of those. ;)

    I guess having 1 pair of work tailored and one pair of khakis should be alright to start off with. Since it'll be winter I don't really need skirts. I also hate skirts. ^^

    I guess I'll need a bunch of blouses and such since I only have one or two that actually fit well. :eek: I hate blouse shopping.
     
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    I have like no real fashion taste unfortunately lol

    Fran, when I start showing dogs I might have to fly you out here to help me pick out an appropriate wardrobe lol.

    When I worked in an office it was business casual. No jeans except on Fridays as more often than not I just wore black slacks with a nice blouse top.
     
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    I wear dresses almost every day. So much more comfortable than blouses! The only time I wear pants is with sweaters in the winter.

    Almost my entire wardrobe is from The Limited. It's the only place I've found where the clothes actually fit me!
     
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    It does depend on the office. We are business casual most days (except fridays we work, which is jeans but still flats/heels and nice shirts). The professionals may go full out into suits/ties/etc for big meetings with other companies but I never go to those so that's not a concern to me.

    I don't do skirts or dresses at all. Some people do and look nice but I always feel out of place in them plus... it's Oklahoma and between the highrise buildings it's a wind tunnel. Know how many skirt mishaps I've seen?

    Anyways, I have black slacks (several pairs), khaki slacks, grey slacks, grey capris, black ankle slacks... I see some people wear the really bright slacks with neutral tops- that works well too.

    For tops I wear a lot of nicer tank tops with cardigans. Or Just any nicer looking top. A lot of layering.

    I also like adding jewelry if possible.

    Shoes: flats, heels, or boots. I think I'm going to have to stop with the heels though because my ankles and knees are hurting a lot more since I started wearing heels every day. Can't wait for winter so I can just wear boots again. I stick to black, flesh colored, or grey shoes mostly. I do have a couple pairs of red shoes I like a lot too but don't wear as often.

    I go to New York and Company some. For slacks, I like the Limited best. I also do a lot of TJ MAXX shopping and things like that.

    I'm to the point where 90% of my wardrobe is office attire.
     
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    Me too! I hardly ever wear pants.

    80% of my dresses and skirts are from Lilly Pulitzer. The rest are from Loft for the most part. I feel more comfortable and happier in dresses and skirts. Lol.
     
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    I don't often wear dresses in a professional environment.
    I have this weird complex where I feel like my legs look weird/disproportional.
    Which is WEIRD because I don't think they do when I wear pants/leggings ever.

    but in a dress all of a sudden I'm like "Everyone is judging my thighs. My ankles are weird. Why are my legs so short.. everyone else has long legs.. "

    I wear dresses out (because I love wearing dresses) with friends a lot and I assume they secretly think my legs are weird but don't say anything because they love me.

    It's weird lol
     

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