In San Francisco, business attire can range from a company hoodie and jeans to the more traditional suit. For your first impression, it’s always recommended to dress up rather than go too casual. However, the real test comes when you need to incorporate your style into that of your company. Familiarize yourself with the dress code, ask that stylish coworker on a shopping date, and follow these tips to go to work confident.
Get down to basics at the Gap and Banana Republic (maybe even Old Navy)
Ah, the trio of brands that make up Gap Inc. are pure workplace outfit perfection. You can grab a classic Oxford shirt at the gap for $30 and then hop over to Banana Republic for a professional blazer that you can wear with anything. All three Gap Inc. stores are known for their online sales (sign up for the mailing list to get an instant discount) and many times have flash sales or seasonal promotions in-store. For men, you can also pick up great basics without breaking the bank like the lived-in wash microcheck shirt. If you need a tank or undershirt, Old Navy’s got your back.
For pieces to invest in, try Brooks Brothers and Theory
Three non-iron (score!) shirts from Brooks Brothers will run you about $76 each and they are built to last. A button down shirt is a great addition to any workplace wardrobe, and you can count on personal attention in-store to help you choose the right one. Theory offers full suits and separates for both men and women that are contemporary yet timeless. They also have on-trend pieces like wide leg pants and unique work vests and you can try them on in person with multiple locations in New York and a prime Financial District location in San Francisco.
If you just want to spice it up a bit try clothing delivery services like Stitch Fix or Trunk Club
With Stitch Fix, your answers to a style quiz allow your personal stylist to send you some handpicked pieces. Only keep (and pay for) what you need and send the rest back. Each box comes with style tips, and the Betts office loves it! Trunk Club works similarly for the guys, and also offers an online preview of what’s coming to your doorstep so you know what to expect. If you want to take it a step further, local company (and friend of Betts) Woodies makes custom shirts for guys that will make you look impeccable.