It can be hard to find the right thing to wear to work. Add in wanting to show your personal style while still looking professional and appropriate, and it gets even tougher. But it is possible if you know the right places to shop. There are plenty of boutiques in Boston that will help you dress for success and look and feel great.
(Photo from Turtle/Facebook)

(Photo from Turtle/Facebook)

223 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-2610

Turtle may have moved to a new location, but you’ll find the same store you knew and loved when it was on Tremont Street. This boutique features everything from work-ready pieces to more casual tops that can be easily paired with a finely tailored blazer for the office. The real beauty of Turtle is the store’s focus on local and emerging designers. You will definitely not find anyone else walking around the office in the same shirt. Everything you find in Turtle is beautifully crafted and will have you looking polished and professional in and out of the office.

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800 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 236-7747

There are great deals at Barami. Both men and women will find a fine selection of good quality clothing here at prices that can’t be beat. You’ll find their selection to lean more towards the classic side than overly trendy, which is exactly what most office workers need. There are great work basics like dress shirts, blazers and even suits at equally great prices here.

(Photo from 9Tailors)

(Photo from 9Tailors)

24 School St. #500
Boston, MA 02108
(877) 513-1898

9tailors is an absolute rarity this day and age. This custom tailoring house makes clothing for both men and women and specializes in work clothing. If you know exactly what you want and either can’t find it or can’t find it in a flattering fit, 9tailors will be your savior. And if you’re thinking that this old world style and service must come with a hefty price tag, never fear. You’ll find that suit separates at 9tailors, made to your specifications and measurements, actually cost the same or less than suits found almost anywhere else.

(Photo from Wish/Facebook)

(Photo from Wish/Facebook)

49 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 227-4441

Wish might not be the first place you think of when you think office wear — and that is exactly why it is the perfect place for the creative young professional to shop. If the thought of a black suit makes you afraid you’re about to turn into your mother head on over the Wish and find out how to keep yourself you while at work. This boutique offers a wide variety of amazingly crafted pieces like work appropriate dresses and tops that you can easily pair with a simple knee length skirt or wear under a blazer. If you are looking to maintain a youthful and fashion forward but still work ready look you’ll find a lot to love at Wish.

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(Photo from Louis Boston/Facebook)

(Photo from Louis Boston/Facebook)

Louis Boston
60 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 262-6100

Louis Boston is an absolute area landmark, having been in business since the 1800s. If you’ve already found your success and now need to dress appropriately for your position, it is a great place to shop. Louis Boston features high end clothing for both men and women. Even better, it’s one of the few places where you can get all your work clothes needs taken care of in one place — if you have the money to spend. Briefcases, purses, jewelry, accessories and clothing are all found in this one department store.

Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at