By Lynnette Baclig
Law Career Development
Looking for good quality attire that fits properly can be a challenge when you’re on a budget. Ordinarily, fully customizable posh suits can come with a lavish price tag. Do not fret! There are plenty of retail stores and organizations that provide professional attire for less. You can also find more information on where to shop for discount professional clothes by reading “How to Dress Professionally on a Budget.” (These recommendations are from alumni.)
¾ Nordstrom Rack: This is a clearance outlet retail store offering significant discounts on original department store apparel coming from Nordstrom. Nordstrom Rack also provides in store affordable alterations and tailoring services. (See pricelist here.)
¾ Nordstrom: This is a luxury department store. Even though Nordstrom’s prices can get costly, its annual anniversary sale and half-yearly sale are quite reasonable, especially for quality attire. Nordstrom also has reasonable alterations and tailoring programs here; offering free alterations on full priced items and yearly $100 alteration credit for Nordstrom card members.
¾ Dress for Success San Francisco: This organization provides free professional attire to unemployed women who are looking for employment or who are participating in an internship program. To access their services, make an appointment with GGU’s Law Career Development. Then, LCD can complete and send a referral form to the organization. After the organization receives the referral form, someone will directly call you to set up an appointment. You will meet with a personal shopper from the organization to help you find professional attire complete with a suit or separates and accessories (handbag, jewelry, and shoes). The organization further helps you build a working wardrobe once your employment is secured. For more information visit their website here.
MORE TIPS ON DRESSING PROFESSIONALLY
¾ Build a Professional Wardrobe, Part III: Staple Pieces For Business Casual – Mix Business Formal With Everyday Clothing.