You’ve been to all the same stores for your go-to pumps, dresses, blouses and work pants, but you simply can’t figure out how to find career wear that’s unique and exciting at the same time. Banana Republic, Gap and Ann Taylor provide the basics for your wardrobe, but recently all their clothing is starting to look the same. Why not try out a local boutique to spice up your closet? Here are the top five New York City boutiques to shop for your work outfits.
5 Mercer St.
New York, NY 10013
An Irish contemporary fashion designer, Orla Kiely has three boutique shops: two based in London, and one, lucky for you, right here in the Big Apple. Her Chelsea location features a large, bright space that shows off the multi-colored bags, accessories and clothing that her fans love so much. You’ll be able to find every aspect of your outfit here. Known for her retro, 1960s-era prints, Orla Kiely creates clothing that is wearable to work or on a lazy Saturday. Check out her skirts and trousers, and pair them with a scalloped blouse for the ultimate Mad Men work look.
95 Grand St.
New York, NY 10013
With the idea that every woman should create their own trademark look, pleated dresses, ribbed turtlenecks and tweed skirts are all part of the ladies’ collection. Trade-Mark is also located in Chelsea and features looks for men too. Men will find parkas, buttondown shirts and striped crewneck sweaters. This is a great place to go shopping with your significant other for great office looks.
45 West 25th St., Floor 4
New York City, NY 10010
What used to be an online-only boutique has now expanded to the AYR Guideshop, located on the Lower West Side. The guideshop offers outfits you can find online and allows you to try clothing on before you purchase on the website. AYR is all about the downtown girl with an uptown vibe. You’ll love AYR’s classy, minimalist sweaters, trousers and even tailored coats.
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203 Grand St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Created by fashionista Jen Mankins, Bird is often considered the go-to place to shop for fashionable styles in Brooklyn. With three locations across the borough, Bird features accessories of every color and clothing of every shape. The Williamsburg location is the largest and features rotating exhibits by artists. While much of the items here are meant for casual wear, you can certainly find some fun career outfits, including wool skirts, cropped pants and printed blouses.
Personnel Of New York
9 Greenwich Ave.
New York, NY 10014
Well, you’ll probably need some extra cash on hand in order to buy something you like here, but the quality of the clothing is worth the price. At Personnel of New York, you’ll discover some new brands that you probably won’t find anywhere else. This West Village boutique is a great place to shop for not only yourself but your friends and sisters too; some classy accessories from this shop would make much-appreciated gifts. Sample sales are held often, so snag a good deal on tops and dresses when you can.
Jennifer Eberhart is a writer, reader, crafter, traveler and New Yorker. She works in midtown New York City for non-profit organizations. Her degrees are in communication studies and art history.You can contact Jennifer on Twitter at @egyptologist. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.