Readers have a love/hate relationship with Amazon — but some of the same dresses and blouses almost always show up in our monthly review of what readers bought the most. If you’re so inclined, these are some of your best bets on what to buy for work from Amazon.
One of the things I personally like best about shopping at Amazon: the buyer-submitted photos, which are almost always my first stop when I look at a particular item — you can either scroll to the bottom (top of the reviews) to see the photos, or you can just click the hyperlink at the very top where it tells you how many star ratings the item has and if there are any answered questions.
This is part of a series here at Corporette on how to build a work wardrobe — we’ve covered what to buy for work at J.Crew, Ann Taylor, Talbots, Boden, Brooks Brothers, and Lands’ End so far. In these posts, we try to focus on the reader favorites and best-selling classics — your absolute best bets to build a timeless, sophisticated work wardrobe.
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What to Buy at Amazon for Work
Amazon House Brands – Amazon Essentials, Daily Ritual, Lark & Ro
We’ll go through the Amazon house brands first — note that these are almost always on sale during the big sale days, whether it’s Amazon Prime Day in July or Cyber Monday in December.
I think a lot of readers have had mixed experiences with the Amazon-made brand that’s supposed to be for workwear, Lark & Ro — but this top was a big hit last summer. (This dress also looks like a great option if you prefer an empire waist.) Interestingly a lot of the pieces are down to lucky sizes only – I wonder if the brand is being phased out by Amazon.
Another Amazon-made brand is Daily Ritual, and it’s is a great source for basics, particularly in materials like cotton, terry, and even sweater knits. Here’s a link to their top-rated items, and a few of their basics that look great like the dresses above – nothing is groundbreaking but they’re decent basics, especially for a business casual office.
Amazon Essentials is noteworthy because it’s available up to size 6X – it’s mostly just basics like tees and cardigans. These camisoles are always in our most-bought items; I’ve liked this two-pack of scoop neck t-shirts for myself. Other mainstays in our monthly review of readers’ most-bought items: this classic fit long-sleeve button down oxford shirt, this 4-pack of camisoles, and this sleeveless woven blouse.
Seller Aisize notes that they are “Vintage Redefined.” They’re available in sizes S-XL, with most options under $40. The middle dress (the light blue one) has been a huge reader favorite.
Grace Karin dresses are sometimes a bit on the cocktail side of things, but there are some solid work options in there as well. Sizes S-XXL, generally under $50. This simple sleeved sheath dress with sleeves isn’t pictured, but also looks nice.
Marycrafts suits and dresses have been reader favorites for a looong time — they’re affordable, their pieces are interesting but not overly vintage, and they come in sizes 0-22. Even the full suit above (a continual reader favorite) is under $75!
Note that the Marycrafts Amazon listings are a bit weird in that they often have multiple different styles on one product page — not just usual variations like sleeveless and sleeved, but entirely different looks; it can be a bit confusing. Unfortunately some of my personal favorite pieces seem to be selling out right now; I hope they bring them back.
Readers really love the blouses from Milumia – all three of the above have made repeat appearances in our list of most-bought items. (The three also come in about 25 colors each, also!) The above blouses are all available in XS-XL; the pink one is available up to size 3X, and the white one available up to size 4X.
Amazon seller Miusol has a lot of wedding, bridesmaid, and cocktail party dresses — but they also have a bunch of simple vintage-inspired sheath dresses like those above. The blue and purple dresses above have made repeat appearances on our most-bought lists; they all come in a ton of different colors and prints in sizes S-XL.
The brand MUXXN has lots of 1950s-inspired dresses in a variety of solid colors, sizes S-XXL, all generally under $40. The navy dress has been on my radar for a few years now, when I noticed people raving about it as an affordable work dress in a Facebook group of women lawyers who are mothers (the group has sadly since been shuttered).
I’ve mostly seen readers buy the Rekucci pants — it’s nice to see that they come in short and tall sizes up to 24 (!!!) which means Rekucci is one of the very few places you can get plus-size petites. Note that they have “ease into comfort” pull on pants as well as “secret figure” pull on pants — I think the difference is the secret figure pants are a heavier knit. (Most reviewers seem to note that they prefer their darker colors to the lighter ones, but your mileage may vary!) Their skirts also look like great basics.
Tapata work pants are another reader favorite and good source for basics. Most of the pants come in different lengths like 28″, 30″, 32″, and 34″, meaning this is a rare tall pant that can fit a 6′ tall woman; the pants are all less than $80 (some more like half that). They also have a lot of great maternity basics in sizes S-XXL, including in lengths like 28″, 30″, and 32″ — petite maternity pants are kind of rare!
VFShow makes a ton of vintage-inspired business dresses like the ones above – scrolling through people’s comments (especially the buyer-submitted pictures!), these dresses look great on all sizes of women’s bodies.
Most of their dresses are under $50, and available in sizes XS-3X. (This A-line dress looks cute if you prefer a flared skirt.)
I haven’t seen these sellers’ names come up in reader purchases, but some of the dresses look promising from the buyer photos. (They also have a bit of a different look than some of the ones pictured above!)
Weekend Wear to Buy at Amazon
This isn’t a complete list, of course, but some of the sellers I would look at first include:
- Anrabess (big slouchy sweaters)
- Core 10 (Amazon brand for athleisure/workout clothes)
- Merokeety (slouchy cardigans, this reader favorite dress)
- Syrokan (DD+ workout bras)
- Leggings in general: baleaf (XS-3X), iuga (XS-3X), ODODOS (XS-XXL)