Hey everyone, it’s time for another work-friendly ensemble on SS. For my latest, I styled a chic but comfortable office-appropriate look for y’all. I centered today’s OOTD around my latest find from Charlotte Russe. I picked it up a few weeks ago at their factory outlet at Arundel Mills. It was on sale for $10 so I scooped it up quickly.
I used to be all about Forever 21, but I converted to CR a while back. They have a better return policy, and I like their fabrics and designs more. Their sales are really good, and I almost always find something cute hanging in their clearance racks. How do you guys feel about CR? Do you prefer them to F21 like me or are you team forever, well, forever? Anywho, let’s move onto today’s topic of the day: where to purchase stylish but affordable work dresses.
Now, I love J. Crew, Banana, and [insert expensive retailer of choice] as much as the next, but I think a lot of their stuff is overpriced. Is a plain black dress really worth $350? I mean, it all depends on your budget + cost per wear, but I guarantee you can find something just as cute for a fraction of the price. You just need to know where to go and when to buy it!
Here are a few of my go-tos:
Banana Republic Factory Outlet: They carry heavily discounted merchandise and offer student discounts – just make sure you bring your school ID.
Madewell: They always have a nice clearance/sale selection, and on top of it all, they offer student + teacher discounts as well. I’ve gotten knits and dresses here for less than $40 so remember, it’s all about shopping smart!
H&M: Sign up for their newsletter online to get a coupon for your purchase. I may or may not have created different email addresses in the past to take advantage of the aforementioned promo, ha.
TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, Last Call, Off 5th: These stores carry discounted designer pieces for less so check back often! They get new merchandise all the time so you’ll never get bored browsing.
Ann Taylor Factory Outlet: They sell classic, feminine pieces for less. Their sales racks are very well organized, and they often have extra coupons to satisfy your inner bargainista.
Talbots: Their cuts and designs definitely target an older crowd, but I’ve found cute stuff here in the past so it’s worth checking out. I like their printed blouses, skirts, jewelry and dresses. You’ll have to sift through racks, but hey, patience is a virtue. It’ll be well worth it when you find that one gem for $10 or so.
White House Black Market Factory Outlet: Fashionable clothing that transitions beautifully from work to play. Their designs ooze polish and sophistication, and they always have a nice selection available at their factory outlets.
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Shot by NYC portrait and headshot photographer, Jiyang Chen.