Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger

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Now that the kids are all squared away with back to school attire and supplies, it’s time to focus on updating your formal business attire. Formal business attire if brought at the right quality will last for a long time, but an update every now and then keeps your wardrobe full of fresh and tailored pieces to do business as usual.

Formal business attire for men, this fall consider refreshing your closet with these items:

Navy Blue Suit:

A navy suit is one of the most important colors to own when building a wardrobe of formal business clothes. It's appropriate for almost any event, and you'll be able to pair it with many shirt and tie combinations. Consider updating the cut of suit, or changing the structure, will you try a structured or fitted jacket? Notch or peak lapels? Whatever style you decide to try a new navy blue suit will go a long way. Shop at Ticknor’s for a great selection of suits.

A Rotation of 6 Dress Shirts:

Dress shirts are probably the first item in your wardrobe to need a refresh. Take inventory of your shirts in white, blue, striped, checked or plaid and shirts with contrast collars. A good rotation of six shirts should be a good start for a refresh. Brooks Brothers carries the best selection of dress shirts.

Sport Coat:

For those casual days in a professional environment a blazer or sport coat is the best way to maintain your in-office style versus a sweater. Belk Men’s Store carries a great selection of sport coats.

Versatile Watch:

If there's one accessory every man needs to own, it's a wristwatch. The right watch should be functional and attractive—a piece that adds to the wearer's style. Diamonds Direct has a great selection of quality watches for your professional wardrobe.

Solid Color Dress Socks:

Like dress shirts, socks should be updated often as well. Take inventory of the socks in your wardrobe and make sure have a good selection of colors like black, charcoal grey, medium grey, green brown and burgundy. Along with great dress shoes, you can find coordinating dress socks at Johnston & Murphy.

Ties:

The best way to update and restyle a look is with a tie. It goes without saying that you need to own a decent amount of neckties. Choosing the right ones to add to your wardrobe’s lifespan. Shop for a unique section of neckties at the kiosk Ties Express.

Formal business attire for women Look to refresh your wardrobe this fall with these items:

Structured Blazer:

From season to season blazers change in style. A good structured blazer is the perfect formal business attire staple. It can be worn over a simple meeting dress or paired with your favorite slacks. Ann Taylor has a great selection of classic career separates.

Button Up Shirt:

It’s a good rule of thumb to recycle a few button up shirts in your closet once per year. Find agreat selection of designer dress shirts at Macy’s.

Business Meeting Ready Dress:

Dresses are fantastic for the office because they're an entire outfit in one easy zip. On the days when you have time to plan your look before a big meeting, it will be an advantage. Banana Republic carries stylish career-ready dresses.

Neutral Coat:

Polished outerwear is just as essential as your profession in-office wardrobe, annually check to see if your coat can stand another season. J. Crew carries a popular selection of dress coats.

Professional Accessories:

Watches and diamond studs, are two of a few accessories that succeed in stepping up a professional outfit. Pandora carries more than charm bracelets, they also sell a wide variety of necklaces, and earrings that are perfect for the professional fashionista.

Comfortable Heels:

The perfect pair of shoes gets the most wears because of its comfort, but that may lead to being quickly being worn and in need of replacement. For polished career-ready shoes shop Clark’s England.

Places to shop for professional business attire:

  • ANN TAYLOR
  • BANANA REPUBLIC
  • BELK
  • BELK MEN’S STORE
  • BROOKS BROTHERS
  • CHICOS
  • CLARK’S ENGLAND
  • COACH
  • J. CREW
  • J. JILL
  • JOHNSTON & MURPHY
  • MACY’S
  • TICKNOR’S
  • WHITE HOUSE, BLACK MARKET