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Best Women's Workwear Brands

12 Brands & Retailers You Might Not Be Considering For High-Quality Workwear—But Definitely Should Be

Any woman with a standard office job knows the go-to’s for buying workwear—Banana Republic and Ann Taylor for affordable options, Vince for luxury ones, and perhaps Nordstrom for a little of both. However, there are plenty of brands and retailers out there that aren’t necessarily workwear-specific but still have lots to offer when it comes to office-ready pieces.

To prove exactly that, we utilized our insider shopping knowledge and rounded up a list of 10 destinations you might not be considering for high-quality workwear but definitely should be. Whether your dress code skews more creative and laidback or ultra-formal, you’re clocking in on Zoom, or you’re heading to the office, refer to the list ahead to inspire your next Monday-to-Friday purchase—just in time for a spring workwear refresh.

March 23, 2023

Written By:Kate Ferris

Product Expert:Georgia Jones

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01

Cos

Cos is the kind of place you’ll find workwear pieces that look designer but ring up at a fraction of the cost. From structured blazers and easy shirtdresses to polished accessories like gold hoops and leather bags, the Scandi-chic retailer has a surprising amount to offer when it comes to wear-to-work staples.

Cos Regular-Fit Double-Breasted Blazer

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Cos Regular-Fit Double-Breasted Blazer

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02

Everlane

You’ve most likely heard of Everlane, but if you aren’t utilizing it as a go-to for your office capsule wardrobe, you should certainly reconsider. With a range of expertly crafted basics like crisp button-downs, polished trousers, sleek denim, and beyond, Everlane has everything one could need to build a solid foundation of workwear staples—one that’s eco-friendly, ethically made, and affordable to boot.

03

Quince

Quince’s linen sheets and luxe PJs may be what you’re most familiar with, but the retailer excels just as well in the workwear department. And just like its sheets and PJs, you’ll find that every piece the brand offers in the wear-to-work realm is just as luxurious as it is low-priced—think cashmere sweaters, linen blouses, and leather bags, all under $100.

04

The Frankie Shop

A go-to for cool girls everywhere, The Frankie Shop is known for it s modern take on classic, everyday basics, many of which have become cult favorites in the fashion world. The brand’s wide-leg trousers and billowy button-downs, in particular, are go-to pieces you can easily sport from 9 to 5 and carry over to the weekend, too.

05

Uniqlo

High-street brands don’t always do best at workwear basics, but Uniqlo is an exception. With a selection that’s a lot less overwhelming, not to mention ever-changing, than other fast-fashion brands, you’ll find everything from high-quality trousers to sleek blazers under $50, all of which will still be there when you want to stock up again in the future.

06

Frank & Eileen

Best known for its beloved button-downs (reinventing the “button-up for women” was actually the reason the brand was founded), this women-owned, women-led business makes some of the best workwear tops around. But that’s not all they succeed in—you’ll find that Frank & Eileen also has plenty of other high-quality office staples to offer, most notably pants and dresses.

07

Reformation

Perhaps one of the most under-the-radar brands on this list—when it comes to workwear, at least—is Reformation. Typically a go-to for flowery dresses, going-out tops, and perfect party ‘fits, Reformation is also super great at basics that can transition from office to weekend flawlessly. From the cult-favorite Mason pant to blazers and button-downs, you’ll find that you can probably get almost all of your wardrobe shopping done here.

08

AYR

Another brand known for its button-downs (it’s ranked #1 on our list), AYR specializes in stylish essentials you can wear every day, All Year Round. But in addition to staple-worthy tops, reviewers also praise their jean selection. Made with comfy, wear-all-day denim in lots of sleek washes, consider AYR your go-to for Casual Friday.

09

Pixie Market

Stylish and polished ready-to-wear pieces are the name of the game for Pixie Market, and while the pieces look and feel expensive, the prices are anything but. The brand releases a handful of new pieces each week, many of which become favorites among the fashion crowd (read: this viral knit top that looks designer).

10

Athleta

Most shoppers know Athleta for its workout-ready pieces and gym-to-street staples, but if you haven’t yet discovered the workwear side of the brand, you’re in for a treat. Athleta actually has tons of office-appropriate finds to offer, including silky button-downs, throw-on-and-go dresses, and some of the most breathable wide-leg pants you’ll ever put on.

11

M.M.Lafleur

M.M.Lafleur prides itself on creating the "clothing equivalent of work-life balance," and we couldn't describe the brand any better. Luxury and attention to detail are evident in every piece you'll find, but on top of that, you get the ease of wrinkle-resistant, machine-washable, and very packable fabrics. Take the Moreland Jacket, for example, or its equally brilliant counterpart, the Colby Pant.

12

Modern Citizen

When it comes to workwear, Modern Citizen is as hip as it gets—think button-downs with detailed backs, luxe tees with chic cowl necklines, and breezy shorts long enough for the office but short enough to look cute. Even better, you'll find that lots of the offerings ring up under $100.


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