Personal Shopper: First Job Clothes for Ashley

Ashley S. wrote, "Outblush! I recently graduated from college and got a job in the "real" world. The only problem I'm having is figuring out fun and fabulous, yet still professional clothing to wear everyday! I'm finding it harder than I thought to find interchangeable pieces for my body shape. I am very small up top (size 2/4) and a little bigger on bottom (size 8). Any idea's would help! Thanks so much."

Ashley, with your figure, it's best to go for darker, more neutral bottoms - straight leg or bootcut trousers, or a simple a-line or pencil skirt that hits at the knee - paired with a fun top. We'd suggest avoiding sleeveless tops or super loud prints, unless you've got a really casual office, until you get a handle on the general office vibe. It's also never a bad idea to stock up on some basic button-down blouses in a few colors, and you can always add flair with some great heels.

PS - Some great basic places to shop for 20something workwear? J. Crew, Ann Taylor Loft, Target, Banana Republic, and Nordstroms or Macys.

1 - BR Monogram Silk Pleated Ruffle Top ($69)

2 - Floreat Blushing Avian Blouse ($98)

3 - 7 For All Manking Long Sleeve Silk Ruffle Blouse ($59 on sale)

4 - ASOS Contrast Trim Blouse ($42)

5 - Lauren By Ralph Lauren Aaron Solid No-Iron Shirt ($59, in 3 colors)

6 - Cable & Gauge Scoop Neck Flutter Short Sleeve Ruffle Tee ($48, in 3 colors)

7 - The Limited Drew Plainweave Bootcut Pant ($69)

8 - Gap Classic Pencil Skirt ($49)

9 - Banana Republic Martin Fit Black Suit Pant ($98)

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Posted on 07.20.10 at 2:43 PM

For someone with a different figure--I'm lucky to fit in 00 pants but (with a 34B bust) fit inconsistently in XS, S, M tops--do you recommend something different?


Posted on 07.20.10 at 2:50 PM

Hi, Leah!

For you, we'd say wide-leg or bootcut trousers or an a-line skirt, to visually widen your lower half and add an hourglass effect. A lot of the same tops will be very flattering, though - empire waists, sash-tie tops, wrap tops, etc. You might also have a lot of luck with shirtwaist dresses, since they have flared skirts and adjustable tie waists. Good luck! :)



Posted on 07.21.10 at 9:17 AM

Victoria's Secret dress pants are awesome; I highly recommend them for work. So comfy and flattering.

Ashley S.

Posted on 07.21.10 at 10:46 AM

Janet! Thank you so much for the ideas! You're amazing! I'm loving my new job and can't wait to get some of your recommended pieces to spice up my wardrobe!

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