These 11 Affordable Stores Are Perfect for Chic Work Clothes

Gone are the days when patent court shoes and uninspiring skirt suits were the only women's workwear options. In 2022, with the abbreviation "WFH" in our common vernacular and a post-pandemic appreciation for lounging sets, the spectrum of office outfits is broader than ever.

As companies become more casual, the line between on- and off-duty fashion narrows. There are exceptions, of course, but offices are generally adopting more flexible approaches—and not just in relation to working hours and location. Sacrificing your personal style doesn't have to be a pre-requisite of the dress code as long as your look errs on the professional side.

It's worth choosing pieces you can see yourself styling when you're off the clock, not least because office-appropriate attire can be expensive. Think loosely tailored blazers that pair perfectly with jeans or silk-feel midi dresses you can transition from conference room to cocktail bar with a quick shoe switch.


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I don't spend my day-to-day in a corporate environment, but sometimes, I wish I did—mostly so I could unleash my inner power dresser, who I know is just waiting to burst out in a three-piece suit (something that's back with a fashionable bang). As comfortable as my cotton leggings and oversized tees are, I often reflect fondly on the rushed mornings spent slipping into something smart for a.m. catch-ups and coffee breaks with colleagues.

If you need to look polished as you file reports and attend in-person meetings, I know just where you should shop. Scroll on for the 11 most affordable stores for work clothes.

1. Arket

2. NA-KD

3. Aligne

4. COS

5. Whistles

6. H&M

7. Mango

8. Jigsaw

10. Marks & Spencer

11. Reiss

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Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.