I feel like I’ve forgotten how to dress myself since covid and my style is due for a bit of an upgrade since turning 30. Can anybody recommend brands to check out with casual and interesting clothes? My sense of style leans alternative and I work in a casual environment, but it’s probably time to lose the band t-shirts and doc martens at work. I’d like to retain my sense of personal style while looking my age and dressing a bit more professionally.

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You can def mix band-ish edginess with professional tailoring and materials for a look that is reflective of your desired executive presence and your personality. For looks, what about:

1) pure black (not faded) skinny jeans with new black doc martins, a nice (not ripped) band shirt, and a black or textured dark blazer
2) black silk midi skirt, new black or navy docs, chunky knit crewneck sweater or black turtleneck
3) black leather pencil skirt, black chunky heel pumps (1”-2” if your office is casual), and a French-tucked band shirt. Add semi-sheer black hose in winter
4) knit long sleeved midi or maxi dress (crewneck or turtle neck) in charcoal, navy, dark green, or black, with the aforementioned doc martens. Could add a biker-cut flowy black blazer

Menswear-style-cut black wool coat and leather biker jacket to wear with any/all of the above for fall/winter

Lots of brands could be helpful for the above looks. Others probably can make better brand recos as this isn’t my personal style, but I’m thinking dig around AllSaints, Zadig & Voltaire, &OtherStories, Babaton by Artitzia, and random department store site searches like Nordstrom (or Saks/Neiman Marcus for a larger budget). Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Vivienne Westwood for inspiration (though prob not for actual purchasing as they are mostly couture).

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Lol honestly now I want to be more edgy at work after writing those out 😂 bring on the band tees

Totally agree well-kept docs in a muted Color can work for a casual office.

Chunky-heeled black leather boots are also sophisticated but can go with edgier outfits and dress up a tee. & Other Stories has great ones at good prices. Try a square toe.

Oh! And The Kooples is DEFINITELY one to check out.

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I'd check out Anine Bing and the related corporate minimalist folks on insta for inspiration. I think now is the time to double down on who your 20s taught you to be, including band shirts. Just with elevated pieces and style now.

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This is great perspective- I love the idea of doubling down on what I already like and elevating it. Thank you!

Try Amazon’s Personal Shopper service. $4.99 and they’ll pick out items for you that you can then try on at home for 7 days before you decide to buy. It’s really helped me up my style! You fill out a style profile and can make requests. For instance, one of my requests was a “camel colored wool coat”.

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Some, maybe. But Amazon offers everything from Oscar de la Renta (check out Amazon Luxury) to Hanes to American Apparel to random small foreign brands.

Check put brands like Rag & Bone, All Saints, Saint & Sophia, and Rebecca Minkoff. You get to still keep the edge with a "grown up" twist

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River Island is my new work favorite

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I hope that you get some unique suggestions because my goodness bike every store that people recommend on here look exactly the same and they are not for me

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Well do you have any suggestions?

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I like MM La fleur pieces

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Someone here recommended Wishi app for me and I liked the service.

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