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Ask BB: What to Wear in a Conservative Office

I'm going to be starting as an intern at a law firm soon and I was wondering if you had any outfit ideas, or clothing pieces to recommend for me. They have a very strict dress code, no open-toed shoes, and no bare legs etc. I'm also really looking for a purse that is big enough to carry files and notebooks, but still looks classic and stylish (preferably black). —Erica K.

Your new best friends for dressing in a strict corporate environment will be Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and J. Crew - outlets, that is! My best advice would be to hit up an outlet mall during a holiday weekend when the discounts are steepest. Hmm, kinda like this July 4th weekend! I know that Premium Outlets will be having extra discounts on top of the usual 25 - 65% everyday prices. Mind you, outlets aren't what they used to be and many stores carry clothes especially made for said outlet stores but you can still find some great deals on the pieces you're going to need for work.

On that note, here are 5 conservative work wardrobe essentials to look out for:

1. The Pantsuit
If you're going to be working in a law office, you'll need a few good suits. I like the sleek modern look of this suit in smoked oyster gray by Ann Taylor ($198 plus 40% off). When picking a suit, look for impeccable fit and a quality fabric that won't wrinkle. All-season wool blends work well year-round.