3 Must-Haves if You Work in Retail

August 4th, 2017 at 2:00am

Working in retail comes with a lot of perks. You get to meet people every day, you get a discount on clothes, and you can wear whatever you’d like to work. Wearing whatever you’d like to work is awesome, but can also be a serious downside to working in retail. It can be hard to find a new outfit to wear every day, especially if you work every day of the week. It can be hard to keep up financially and even harder to find enough closet space for a new outfit every single day. I’m not saying I never wear the same thing twice—I’m a proud outfit repeater at work—but it is nice to be able to wear a piece in more than one way so that it feels like a brand new outfit. Here are three things I think are absolutely necessary to have in your closet if you work in retail.

1—A kimono that can be worn as a dress. Kimonos are awesome. You can wear them with different tops underneath them to create a new outfit, but my favorite kimonos can be worn alone as a dress. This one came with a little belt, but also has buttons, so you could wear it as a shift dress untied. I love it layered over a black or nude tank with denim shorts or jeans. Even though it is the same piece, it feels like a brand new outfit whenever I wear it as a dress.

2—A super oversize shirt. This green top is from Free People’s beach collection, which means it is very oversize and breezy. How oversize this shirt is makes it the perfect piece to have in your closet if you work in retail because it can be worn so many ways. I love to wear this as a loose dress with platforms. It’s light and would even be cute with a cardigan. Another great way to wear this oversize top is to tie it in a knot with shorts or jeans. I originally tried to tuck the shirt in, but there’s so much material that I looked a little silly, so I went with a sassy little knot instead. This also feels like a whole new outfit when worn a different way.

3—A graphic pullover. My main reason for suggesting a cute pullover is because retail stores can be cold on the inside. Even in the summer when it’s 100 degrees in the shade, I find myself shivering inside at work. I think it’s a great idea to keep a cool pullover at work all the time for that reason, but also because it can change up your look as well. I layered it over the same black tank that I wore the kimono over. If for some reason you get tired of your look halfway through the day… boom, throw the pullover on and it’s a whole new look! This one came from Wildfox, and you can find a similar one here.

I love having the freedom to express myself and change up my look every single day for work, but I really love these multi-way pieces to save myself a little money and a little closet space.

What are your favorite multi-way pieces? Let me know in the comments below!