Please help me navigate the waters of fashion in the artsy west coast city office!
May 19, 2011 8:42 PM Subscribe
I am a 22-year-old female who has just been informed that I have received a prestigious arts and culture internship in my Western U.S. city's government. This is my first real job, and I'm perplexed about what clothes to buy for a professional, yet comfortable summer wardrobe.
posted by gothchick33 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (12 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I will be working full time through the summer (temperatures up to 100 degrees), working both in the air conditioned office and pounding the pavement talking to constituents.
My budget for my summer wardrobe is $500, so I have to pick carefully.
I want to find quality, versatile separates that will last, and let me look good five days a week. I am not adverse to shopping in outlet stores or thrift stores, but I don't have a lot of time to search.
I'm 5'1", size 8-10, busty, with long straight black hair. Given the choice around my college, I will wear schlubby outfits because they are comfortable: designer jeans with long, shapeless tops. I know that this is not a professional look and that I need to transition into a new style. But with all the walking in the city heat, I do want to be comfortable.
I went to an Ann Taylor outlet store this week and tried on a bunch of trousers and tops, and everything looked so cheap, I was discouraged. The only thing I liked was a pinstriped trouser suit set, but my sister told me it was too distinctive, and I couldn't get away with wearing it very often.
Can you please point me to photos of great looking office outfits that suit my needs? Can you recommend brands that are made well and will hold up? Do you think my sister is crazy for telling me to try tunics over trousers and jumper dresses and tights over long sleeves tops?