The Stir reader Autumn writes:
Have you ever done a post about building a "minimum work wardrobe?" I lost all my baby weight and then some and I have to start over from scratch. I literally don't have a pair of pants that I can wear without a belt, but I need to get started on, let's say $500.
Well, Autumn, it's been my experience in the workplace that it's best to invest in a few higher-priced items for work that will last several years- Then, you can mix in less-expensive stuff as you find it, and still look classy.
Read on to see my five must-have investment pieces for any work wardrobe.
Then tomorrow, I'll be back with some bargain-priced work separates to add to your closet that will give your investment pieces some versatility.
First off, it's absolutely essential to buy yourself a good quality black suit that consists of jacket, trousers, and pencil skirt. Wear the jacket with the skirt or pants and you've got yourself a smart power suit- Wear them on their own and you've got three key pieces that will smarten up just about anything.
One fantastic option that's also a great price is LOFT's new Scuba suiting. I bought this Two-Button Scuba Jacket (LOFT, $128) a few weeks ago after looking for months for a great black jacket. It's made with a fabulous, high quality fabric and will last you YEARS.
Pair it with the Scuba Lean Trousers (LOFT, $79.50)...
...and the Scuba Seamed Pencil Skirt (LOFT, $69.50), and you've got yourself a very classic suit.
Best of all, LOFT always has great sales, so hit the right one when you buy these pieces and you'll get a great deal. Right now, for example, you can buy these three pieces together and get 40% off your entire order AND free shipping with the code MORE.
That brings your total for all three pieces to just $166.20! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!
And that leaves you plenty of cash to buy yourself a good quality white button-down blouse (LOFT, $23.70 with your discount)...
And a quality pair of comfortable-yet-stylish Franco Sarto Lux Platform Pumps (Lord & Taylor, $79.99 on sale).
Your total so far: $269.89!
Check back tomorrow to see how I round out this work wardrobe with less-expensive pieces!
Any must-have work wardrobe investment pieces you'd recommend?