Personal Shopper: Canadian Workwear for Kick-Ass Cancer Survivor Larissa

We're in awe of Larissa, who wrote in to say: "Hey there Outblush team! I'm coming to you asking for help. I am a recent cancer survivor at the age of twenty and I want to get back into the workforce. I need to find fun, fresh, and practical pieces and accessories without breaking the bank. I really enjoy the styles of most of New York & Company's collection but they don't ship outside of the US - Did I mention I need shipping to Canada? Although I have a new body, it's still very curvy (read: busty) and I have to admit, finding shirt dresses and button down Oxfords is difficult. Think you're up for the challenge?" Larissa, you are AMAZING. Props to you for kicking cancer's ass! We agree, it sucks that a lot of fab American clothing companies won't ship to Canada. But we did find some good pieces, so we hope you like 'em. Our general strategy for workwear is to buy good basics in a lot of colors, then find fun jewelry & shoes at independent shops. Most prices listed are in Canadian dollars.

P.S. - Land's End, Eddie Bauer, Armani Exchange, Mark's Work Wearhouse and Nordstrom all ship to Canada!

1 - Eddie Bauer Washable Stretch Blakely Fit Striped Trouser ($40-45 on sale)

2 - Attitude/MD Tulip Skirt ($45)

3 - Jessica/MD Gathered Yoke Top ($20)

4 - Land's End Women's Regular Short Sleeve Lightweight Cotton Modal Wrap Dress ($60, in 4 colors)

5 - Land's End Regular Original Pattern 3/4 Sleeve No Iron Pinpoint Split-Neck Shirt ($45 - this basic silhouette is also available in lots of patterns & colors)

6 - Halogen Pleat Shoulder Cardigan ($43, in 16 colors)

7 - Filtre Ruffle Top ($53)

8 - Halogen Fitted Poplin Blouse ($53, in 9 colors)

9 - Curvalicious Danielle Top ($54)

Frustrated in your search for that perfect leather handbag, red stiletto pump, or whatever makes your heart go thump in the night? Send us a request and we might do the shopping work for you in a future Personal Shopper feature!

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