Use this list of Web sites to purchase an interview-appropriate, professional wardrobe.
By Joyann King
Originally a travel-themed clothing company, Banana Republic is now a go-to brand for high-quality, reasonably priced clothing for urban professionals. Its ready-to-wear collections focus on modern, figure-flattering shapes. Don’t miss Banana’s fashionable prints and great selection of shoes.
J. Crew is synonymous with classic style. The past few years the brand has revamped and is considered a leading style destination for gorgeous, perfectly preppy clothes. Sign up to receive its catalogue; it is a great resource for styling tips and tricks for making old basics look new again.
As the oldest surviving men’s clothier in the U.S., Brooks Brothers must be doing something right. You can’t go wrong with its professional cuts and great fit. Invest in classic silhouettes here, but avoid a head-to-toe look.
Targeted specifically at male professionals, Joseph A. Bank is a great suit resource no matter what your price range. With more than five different lines, they are sure to have one suitable for your wallet. Order online, but take advantage of the tailors the firm keeps on hand at all its store locations.
Spun out of a pair of great fitting pants, Theory is the ultimate destination for style in the workplace. It would be hard to be a frumpy exec wearing Theory. Its suits are impeccable; its style, spot on; and the fit, the most flattering I have found. When in doubt, wear Theory.
Joyann King is a New York fashion editor and stylist. She has worked in the fashion departments of glossy magazines like Glamour and Self and contributes frequently to Elle.com and Instyle.com. Formerly the fashion editor at ELLEgirl.com and a stylist for Macy’s, and JCPenney, Joyann loves helping real people find their own personal style. She can be seen in fashion videos on ELLE.com and CBSnews.com offering her unique perspective on current trends. Check out her daily style blog, Style Secrets, on SELF.com.