Although it may sound silly, one of the hardest things about being a woman in sports is dressing the part. While men typically have it easy, pairing dress paints with a button-down shirt every day, there’s no doubt that women have it harder shopping for clothes that are office-appropriate and affordable while still being fashionable. With the following tips, you can look great without breaking the bank and make your wardrobe more versatile without giving up comfort.
1. Shop Sales
I cannot stress this enough—shop sales before you shop for regular priced items. Most websites will always have a sale going on and add an additional percentage off during holidays like the Fourth of July, Labor Day, and after Christmas. By shopping these sales, I’ve added lots of expensive pieces to my wardrobe without having to pay full price for them. Some of my favorite websites include anthropologie.com, anntaylor.com, and madewell.com. While these stores are typically more expensive, shopping their sales is worth every penny.
2. Shop Your Height
As someone who prefers online shopping, buying clothes can sometimes be difficult given that I stand at five feet tall. With that being said, I usually have a better outcome if I shop in the petite section. Some stores to check out include Ann Taylor, ASOS, Old Navy, and The Gap for petite or big and tall sections. This way, you can avoid going to the seamstress, making a return, or having your clothes fit too big or too small.
3. Avoid Shein
Shein clothes may be appropriate for your college bar, but you should avoid this brand at all costs when it comes to office wear. While their inexpensive prices may be enticing, you get what you pay for. For staple pieces like tank tops, bodysuits, and plain blouses, I would recommend checking out H&M, Kohl’s, Old Navy, and Walmart. These pieces will last longer, while still being reasonably priced.
4. Invest in Important Staple Pieces
Blazers, pantsuits and skirt-suits, dresses, and sweaters are pieces you want to spend the most money on. Remember, quality is more important than quantity, so having a few different higher-end options for each of these items is ideal to mix and match with a variety of tops, accessories, and shoes to get you the most bang for your buck. You should be able to build a few outfits with each piece and replacing garments like bodysuits overtime will be less expensive than getting new blazers or matching suits every few months.
5. Get a Nice Pair of Sneakers
Dependent on your workplace, you might be able to dress it down with tennis shoes. With that said, get a nice pair only worn to work. Ditch the dirty Air Force Ones and frat house shoes for a sophisticated white sneaker. My favorite are Vejas, and while they are on the expensive end, they can elevate your outfit while providing comfort for long days on your feet. You can shop my favorite pair here or check out their entire inventory here.
6. Check Out Influencer Storefronts
If you’re stuck and need inspiration for work clothes, shopping influencer storefronts is a great way to find new clothes to add to your wardrobe. Some of my favorite TikTok fashionistas for cute and professional office wear include @kendallwallis, @goforkady, @elizabethfortmeyer, @shamiale, and @loridauwalder who all have storefronts linked on their TikTok accounts for easy shopping. If you don’t have TikTok, check out our storefront on Amazon for ideas.