Help Desk: Five Investment Essentials for Your Work Wardrobe

Jones New YorkThe 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.


LOFTOne 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.


LOFT                                    Pair it with the Scuba Lean Trousers (LOFT, $79.50)...


LOFT...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!


LOFTAnd that leaves you plenty of cash to buy yourself a good quality white button-down blouse (LOFT, $23.70 with your discount)...


Franco SartoAnd 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?


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