Last Updated on February 22, 2021
For young working professionals, clothing is an investment. You can not just expect fast fashion brands to cut it, with their paper-thin materials and shoddy construction. While they are cheap in the short term, the constant replacement of your fast fashion pieces is actually hurting you fiscally in the long term.
You should be dressing for the job you want. And as a forward-thinking young person, you of course should not have to sacrifice style or self-expression to look good…and nor should you have to break the bank to do it! You need to invest in garments and accessories that will last.
Here are 5 trendy (affordable) brands for young professionals who like nice things and want to look good on their grinds.
Edikted is a trendy clothing brand that was born from the demand for high-quality clothing that is actually cute. Moreover, they wanted this brand to be stylish without breaking the budget. And thus, with these core values in mind, Edikted was born!
Influenced by digital platforms like YouTube, Tik Tok, and Instagram, this boutique focuses on delivering highly coveted styles as well as up-and-coming trends that are due to explode online. And the best part of Edikted is that their core mission is to use fashion to make women of all shapes, sizes, and ages feel fun and empowered in their clothes.
Equipment France is a Parisian clothing company that aims to bring French sophistication to contemporary, effortless chic for the professional woman. The “new” Equipment France collection is modeled after the vintage Equipment store in France.
Equipment France is all about understated, implicit sexiness, in androgynous silhouettes for ultimate modernity in its style. They only use the finest fabrics like silk (some of which is actually stronger than steel pound for pound!) and traditional construction methods.
Their clean, long lines and sharp edges give Equipment France a starkly European sensibility. If you want to look polished and put together in a sexy way without showing extraneous skin in the workplace, Equipment France is the choice. While Equipment France is by no means a budget-friendly brand by any stretch of the imagination, you are paying for pieces that will undoubtedly last a lifetime.
AllSaints is a high-end luxury brand focusing on cooler, trendier pieces as opposed to officewear. AllSaints is a perfect fit for streetwear aficionados looking to add statement pieces to their wardrobe. But the main selling point of AllSaints as a brand is that they are a high-end, luxury fashion company that prioritizes high-quality construction in addition to ethically sourced materials and labor.
AllSaints vets all of the vendors, suppliers, and manufacturers in their supply chain to ensure that every step of the process complies with the core conventions set out by the International Labor Organization.
Additionally, their fragrances are not tested on animals, and they support anti-human trafficking organizations like Not for Sale. Overall, AllSaints cool styles and trendy but durable pieces can speak for themselves, but the story of their charity and sustainability initiatives is a welcome one to hear.
Express is a popular American fashion retailer popular with young professional men and women in their mid-to-late twenties. Today, they have more than 600 brick-and-mortar stores worldwide, but their online shop is their most robust marketplace. Express has a strong track record of incorporating up-to-the-minute trends into the time-tested, office-ready silhouettes.
Express is a youthful brand that helps professionals transition from adolescent fashion to more mature styles without sacrificing fun or budget-friendly price points. According to Express, their corporate mission is to inspire self-expression without breaking the bank. They stress the real-life versatility of their garments and their motto is “dream big and dress accordingly.” So if you are entering the professional workforce for the first time, you can look to Express for clothes to count on.
In 1971, David Reiss founded design-forward menswear, womenswear, and accessory fashion label aimed at delivering unwaveringly high-quality products with innovative design at an incredible value.
Reiss has a strong focus on detail and creativity when it comes to designing the garments that will be featured in the Reiss collection. Reiss can also boast a flurry of celebrity fans from starlets in Hollywood to the Royal family across the pond, so you know you are buying from the best.
While Reiss began as a menswear company, Reiss has a strong catalog aimed at womenswear and has since 2000, so they have a strong background in modern silhouettes for ladies.