We know the words "office dressing" don't tend to conjure up much excitement. Chalk it up to company dress codes or the general disenchantment with the idea of putting on an outfit just to sit in a cubicle, but waking up and dressing for work can feel particularly uninspiring. Luckily enough, it doesn't have to be. At Who What Wear, we've found that one of the best resources for a refresh is from our cool and creative readers, which is why we tapped our Who What Wear Insiders Facebook group to find out the best stores for work clothes (that are actually affordable).
Below, you'll find a breakdown from women who work across a range of industries and encounter dress codes that range from techie-relaxed (think jeans and hoodies) to ultra-formal (we're looking at you, lawyers). Armed with the insider shopping knowledge from other women who have been deep in the work-dressing doldrums, you'll have a little spark to help inspire your Monday-to-Friday dressing. So check out their takes on the best stores to buy work clothes—and what to keep an eye out for at each.
Fans of J.Crew noted it's a great spot for knee-length skirts, tailored tops, and blazers.
A cardigan works just as easily in a formal office as in one with a more relaxed vibe.
Everlane's pieces are never fussy, and the quality sets them apart.
Worth bookmarking: the brand's wide selection of simple, sleek work shoes.
Readers noted that Target's footwear (including our Who What Wear line, hey!) was a go-to for its price point.
Also worth noting is the wide selection of under-$50 pieces in a range of sizes.
To add a bit of splash to their wardrobes, many women noted that they cherry-pick trend pieces from Zara to pair alongside more classic pieces.
Bags and blazers received special callouts from savvy shoppers.
When you're building a work wardrobe, make sure to have a great, simple blouse.
Sleek pants are easy to dress up or down.
Loft's pretty prints were a big draw for shoppers who favored the brand.
Another big hit at Loft: the brand's wide range of skirts.
A dress in a bold hue is a great way to brighten things up in a more conservative office.
Banana Republic's range of classics was a big draw for many women.
ASOS was a favorite for women looking for a more fashion-forward twist on standard workwear.
A vest can be a chic alternative to a blazer.
Theory's blazers were a must for shoppers.