Beautiful Clothes for Work

M.LaFleur Bento Box

What do (or should) you wear to work? We get this question in comments and emails all the time. “Striking a balance between professional and fashionable outfits can be tough,” agrees Kirsten Hughes, a Cup of Jo reader and product specialist at a New York tech company. So, we turned to MM.LaFleur, which makes beautiful work clothes, for help…

Beautiful Clothes for Work

Beautiful Clothes for Work

Kirsten is wearing this cowl neck top and this pencil skirt.

Kirsten was psyched to try MM.LaFleur’s Bento Box, a kit of handpicked, well-made workwear that comes in sizes up to 22w. “When I meet with clients, professional attire is a must,” she told us. “I want to make sure my clothes reflect how I want to be perceived — capable, put together and impressive.”

Beautiful Clothes for Work

Beautiful Clothes for Work

Pictured: Cowl neck top, cardigan jacket, red dress, belt and statement scarf.

MM.LaFleur takes the guesswork out of building a career wardrobe with their simple, personalized services, like the Bento Box. For each box order, a customer is assigned a dedicated stylist who helps her build a wardrobe over time. Each Bento box includes four to six pieces: dresses, skirts, tops and jackets, plus a few accessories. It’s delivered right to your door, so you can try everything on at home. You keep only what you love; you send back what you don’t. Shipping is free both ways, and there’s no commitment (it’s not a subscription service).

Beautiful Clothes for Work

Kirsten is wearing this red dress.

“The experience of receiving my Bento box and communicating with my wonderful stylist was easy and fun. My favorite piece was the Annie dress. Besides the great color, it fit so well that it felt like a custom tailored piece! If I wore this to a client meeting or big presentation, I would feel so confident.” (Bonus: Like many of MM.LaFleur’s pieces, it’s machine-washable.)

Beautiful Clothes for Work

Beautiful Clothes for Work

Kirsten is wearing this indigo dress and these silver hoops.

Beautiful Clothes for Work

Kirsten is wearing this streamlined sheath dress. All of the shoes seen here will be available in MM.LaFleur showrooms next month.

You can learn more about MM.LaFleur’s Bento Boxes here. If you prefer, you can shop their collection a la carte; or you can stop by one of their beautiful showrooms in San Francisco, New York, Boston or Washington, D.C.

What do you think? Which outfit would you wear to work?

P.S. MM.LaFleur’s Instagram feed is full of outfit inspiration. You can follow here, if you like.

(Photos by Julia Robbs. Top photo at Regular Visitors. This post is sponsored by MM.LaFleur, an amazing resource for career clothes. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo.)

  1. Amanda says...

    MM LaFleur is my favorite brand for work clothes. I work in higher education so don’t make a ton of cash but these clothes are worth it. I wear the Soho skirt in black and grey at least one or twice a week and then add in a dress and pants. The clothes are so comfy and versatile.

  2. Amy says...

    I absolutely love this brand! I have a few dresses (and a belt and scarf) and I wear them constantly to work and not a day goes by that I don’t get a compliment and someone asks were I bought it. The quality and fit are amazing and they NEVER WRINKLE!

  3. laura-london says...

    For those in the UK, can you recommend a UK-based equivalent? I’d love a service like this here!

  4. Kristin says...

    I discovered this brand recently and it has not only reinvented my work wardrobe but changed my life! My mornings are so easy now, as I can reach into my closet, dress, and go with anything in it…and I know I look and feel fabulous. I’m a busy working mom who hates to clothes shop, doesn’t know how to style clothes, and generally have stressed out about what to wear my whole life as it is not my strong point. My MM.Lafleur stylist has helped me completely transform this part of my life, and I’m so happy. I am free to focus on more important things!

  5. Dana Brechwald says...

    These clothes are beautiful but this post is not relevant to me AT ALL because of the prices. I need to look nice for work but work in government so these clothing prices are laughable to me. Please don’t become one of those blogs that is aspirational but not achievable please!

    • Olive says...

      Sadly, I felt the same way.
      While I don’t expect Walmart products posts here, I really wish we could see affordable pieces here and there. There are literally thousands of brands they can support out there.
      So.. Cup of Jo, I love you! But there are middle class Americans here that read you too and would appreciate an advice.
      Have a good day :)

  6. Lauren says...

    I’m a huge fan of the Get Your Pretty On Style Challenges. The Summer Work Wear Capsule Wardrobe is awesome! She provides the outfit combinations, you get to fill in the pieces from your own wardrobe and shop at your favorite store to complete an on trend, seasonal, office capsule wardrobe. It makes getting dressed in the morning so easy!

  7. Kim says...

    Thank you for featuring work clothes. While I enjoy the casual clothes frequently shown on the site, I’m a lawyer and need to be more dressed up for everyday life. These are clothes I can relate to and see myself in.

    • We’d love to send a Bento Box your way, Kim! Our stylists are also always here to recommend our top picks for lawyers. Let us know how we can assist.

  8. WOW! Those clothes certainly are incredibly beautiful.

  9. Brittany says...

    I love a lot of the sponsors that you have, but so many of them are way out of my price range. As a graduate student, I need to dress professionally, but do not have $300 to drop on a dress. I understand that price often reflects quality and sustainability, however, I would still like to see some more affordable brands.

  10. Dorcas says...

    Beautiful model. I love the concept of the Bento Box. Thanks for sharing, Jo!

  11. Cristina says...

    I often find the clothing posts on here thoughtful about basics, but this line is not really that great. I know that everything doesn’t have to be trendy, high fashion, but these feels underwhelming, uninspired, and dated.

  12. Cindy says...

    I estimate that this beautiful young woman is half my age. I know for sure that her waist is several inches smaller than mine. Judging from other comments, several of us would have appreciated MM.LaFleur providing in this post more diverse representation in age, body type, etc. — this is something we have come to expect from Cup of Jo. I completely understand and support sponsored posts, but I would deeply appreciate consistency in message, sponsored posts or no.

    Perennials are sexy, confident, and awesome. Please don’t underrepresent us!!
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/women-40-50-new-ageless-generation/?WT.mc_id=tmgoff_fb_tmg

    • Thanks so much for your candid feedback, Cindy. It’s incredibly important to us that our garments work for women of all shapes and sizes. In fact, we recently extended our size range for customers who typically wear 14W-22W. We love to feature our team members and our customers in our products to show how our styles work on a variety of body types. Check out our Instagram feed and our digital magazine, the M Dash, if you’d like to see photos of our garments on a variety of women: https://mmlafleur.com/mdash/category/ampersand-women

    • Sasha says...

      Awesome read Cindy, thanks for sharing.

  13. Christie says...

    I work in the tech industry, where people dress casually (jeans, plaid shirts). But being in management, I find it hard to strike the right balance between casual and put-together; if I’m too dressed up I look out of place, if I’m too casual nobody will take me seriously.

    I find jeans, a silk shirt, blazer and brogues or heels have been working well when you’re in a casual office.

  14. Pavlova says...

    Can I get boxes that include all of those outfits??

    • Absolutely, Pavlova! If you’d like to receive a Bento Box, just include a note when you sign up that you’d like to try the pieces featured in this article. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! mmlafleur.com/bento

  15. Julia says...

    The clothes are beautiful, but I can’t wear synthetic fabrics, I just get sweaty and stinky in them and they cling to me like a plastic bag, whether they are cheap or expensive. Why don’t you offer more natural fabrics, especially at these prices?

    • Katie_DC says...

      I love these styles but agree that the predominantly synthetic fabrics are a deal breaker. I ok bad. That red dress is so cute!

    • Hi Julia! We tend to favor fabrics that are high in functionality and utility so that we can make our garments machine washable and wrinkle resistant. These types of fabrics are typically some sort of synthetic blend, but we do offer a number of styles in natural fibers, as well. We have a wide range of coats and knits that are made of wool, cashmere, camel, and other high-performance fibers. Our stylist team is always happy to point you to these styles—let us know if we can assist!

  16. London says...

    How tall is Kristen? I am obsessed with their website but afraid to take the plunge because I am 5’10” and it looks like a lot of their models are shorter. Those hemlines are perfect and I love the below-the-knee element of that skirt!

    • Kirsten says...

      Hi London! I’m 5’7″ and found the length of the dresses and skirts to be perfect.

  17. Laura says...

    Thanks for the feature! I love Cup of Joe recommendations and will check this out for sure :)

    • Laura says...

      Oh boy, too early here! Make that Cup of JO :)

  18. SC says...

    I love MM La Fleur and have been a dedicated customer for over a year. I absolutely hate shopping, so I will make an appointment at one of their popups in San Francisco and get the dreaded task done at once, with a wonderful stylist and glass of prosecco in hand! My favorite is the Didion 3.0 top. I have three and am thinking of adding more and just turning it into my work uniform!

    • So happy to hear your Didions have served you well! Our San Francisco pop-up opens on August 14—we can’t wait to see you again.

  19. Cara says...

    I know this is an absolutely endemic problem in the clothing industry and not an MM La Fleur-specific issue, but synthetic fabrics are an enormous contributor to plastic getting into our water source. The plastic fragments that come off in the wash are microscopic, and have completely contaminated water sources and the things that live in them (that we subsequently eat). The NYT just published an article on how truly terrible our plastics problem is becoming — https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/climate/plastic-pollution-study-science-advances.html — A few months back CoJ did a style profile someone who talked about her efforts to buy sustainable, ethical clothes (which was great!), and I was really hoping that might be the beginning of a trend here. But every time a new product or brand is featured, there never seems to be any consideration of what impact the product is having on our world. Our plastic problem, primarily driven by consumption of synthetic clothes and online ordering which comes with lots of plastic packaging. It’s hard to avoid this entirely, but I would love to see promotion of something good for our environment. This could be plastic packaging-free products or steps you can take on your own like composting or carrying reusable silverware. It’s not as exciting as fancy dresses, but it’s really really important! We should be talking about it!

    • caitlin says...

      Amen, Cara! I second this. 2 years ago I committed to buying only handmade/vintage/secondhand/consignment garments & shoes, and the process has completely changed my relationship to the fashion industrial complex. I have to exercise patience and delayed gratification, as it takes much longer to curate a wardrobe, and I have to get creative about finding good sources, which means everything from my local AmVets to a one-woman vintage shop on Instagram. Shopping this way has also changed the way I consume: I buy less frequently and make more conscious/long term investment decisions about the things I wear; I have come to appreciate and treasure each item in my closet because I can feel good about how it got there.

    • Katie_DC says...

      Wow. Thank you for reminding me of the environmental viewpoint on synthetics. Three years ago I overhauled my wardrobe and focused on natural fabrics because they are breathable. Your post just reinforces my commitment, even if it’s more expensive.

    • Emma says...

      I am so in agreement with these comments (and also really loved Melissa Lee’s post about trying to buy ethical clothing). I started sewing six years ago and seeing how much work goes into making a garment and learning to source fabrics completely changed how I shop. I would love to see Cup of Jo invite more women to do ethical clothing posts (and sustainability post in general!) – posts on sustainable brands and brands that treat their employees well, posts on the properties of different fabrics, posts on styling vintage and second-hand clothes, etc. Fashion is the second dirtiest industry after big oil, and while I understand the need to fund all the great content on Cup of Jo through sponsored posts, it would be cool to see more partnerships with brands like Nisolo, Mamahuhu, Nudie Jeans, etc. that are trying to change troubling industry norms!

      For those of you looking to buy new office-dressy clothes from more ethical companies at a similar price point I recommend checking out Siizu, People Tree, Zady, Animal Behavior, Eileen Fisher (duh), Amour Vert, Harshman (button downs), SlumLove (sweaters & tees), Poppy Barley (shoes), & Nisolo (shoes)!

    • Hayley says...

      Yes, thanks so much for your comment, Cara. Synthetic fibers are a huge issue. I love Cup of Joe and have been reading for years, but it seems the site has not come to terms with our major environmental problems. Most of the posts on here encourage women to buy, buy, buy, a consumption rate that contributes to fossil fuel needs and waste (ever wonder what plastic products are made of??). “Green” doesn’t necessarily mean eating organic, it means consuming less stuff.

  20. LBintheBK says...

    Are the dresses all hang or lay flat to dry? (vs tumble low)

    • Great question! For our machine-washable and hand-washable styles, either hang dry or laying flat to dry works just fine. For our knits, we do recommend laying flat to dry to avoid any risk of them getting stretched out. Hope this helps!

  21. Joy says...

    I love the styles of these dresses, but I just can’t justify spending over $125 on a polyester dress. I live in the south and am constantly on the hunt for work dresses that are breathable fabrics-cotton and linen, with natural fabric lining. Every time I break down and buy a polyester dress that I like because of the style, I end up regretting it when my body is sticking to it.

    • Hi Joy! We tend to favor fabrics that are high in functionality and utility so that we can make our garments machine washable and wrinkle resistant. These types of fabrics are typically some sort of synthetic blend, but we do offer a number of styles in natural fibers, as well. Our stylists would love to make a few recommendations for you—feel free to email bonjour@mmlafleur.com if you’d like suggestions!

  22. Judy says...

    Someone said it perfectly…I can’t afford these clothes. I understand having to look professional may cost a bit of money, but $165 for a dress. Come on! I love Cup of Jo, but these price ranges…

    • aga says...

      The minimum wage in the USA definitely does not reflect the cost of living, but 165$ for a well-made work dress that will last years is actually quite reasonable!
      Especially considering that stores like Forever21 charge 50$ for a dress that falls apart after one wash, and I’ve seen dresses at Zara for $150 with tears in the stitching still in the store! Not to mention the HEAVY environmental and human impact of both of fast-fashion retailers (granted, I don’t know where MM.La Fleur make their clothes).

    • Hi Aga! The majority of our collection is made in NYC’s garment district in family-owned factories that we visit on a daily basis. Some of our other products (knits, certain dresses) are made abroad in factories that specialize in those particular styles. We visit our international factories regularly to ensure that they meet our high standards for both wages and working conditions. We are incredibly conscientious about how and where we manufacture our collection, and are happy to answer any questions you have.

  23. Laura C. says...

    One thing that makes me go sad. On every magazine I read there is always a service called “working girl” and lovely outfits like that. I am a sahm, and have been jobless since 2010. Struggling with some sort of depression for not bewable to find a job, every time I see lovely pictures line these I don’t know if I fit in the category or the style anymore.
    Sorry ladies, I don’t know if you understand my position. Maybe it is pointless but I wanted to tell you. Thank you.

    • Ashley says...

      I worked for a marketing department with a fairly large corporation before deciding to stay home with my kids and I used to wear lovely outfits like this… pencil skirts, cute dresses, heels. This category does not fit my life right now. But that’s okay, to everything there is a season. One day it may make sense for my life but right now it doesn’t work for playing with my kids at the park. Just wanted to encourage you because I do understand the twinge of missing that other type of life. Hope you find what you’re looking for!

    • Colleen says...

      Angel. You are doing the most important job in the world! Clothes are just icing on the cake. You hug that little one and keep doing your best, and remember, your doctor is there for you if you need to talk to someone about low feelings.

    • Laura C. says...

      Ashley and Colleen, you made my day. Thank you very much for your words. They really mean the world to me. ❤️

  24. Capucine says...

    That blue dress looks like it is made for moms who pump breastmilk…or is it just me? Not knocking it, triggers memories for sure.

    Being inoffensive, professional, and invisible was my clothing MO after I had kids. Get in, get out! But – Paris. Shop for work clothes there once, never go back. Especially skirts and sweaters…the tiny details, exacting quality, and original design within the constraints of being conservative – French style was MADE for the professional world. (Not so much other realms of life.)

  25. Amy says...

    I love all of these, but it’s not affordable for my price range unfortunately.

  26. Love, love, love your outfit!

  27. Audra says...

    Did anyone else keep wondering ‘Is that Brie Larson….IS that Brie Larson?” throughout this entire article?

  28. Nicole Steckman says...

    My entire work wardrobe comes from MM LaFleur. I cannot say enough about the quality as well as the amazing customer service. And since their pieces are basics with a little oomph, you can also dress up or down for all of life’s adventures. (Promise, I’m not paid by them. Just a big fan!) :)

    • Ashley Robin says...

      Me too! I think the VALUE of their clothing is unparalleled. I wear my MML pieces tirelessly, they hold up beautifully, and they really do response to customer feedback as they iterate designs. Plus they are a female-led small business, so it feels good to use my purchasing power to buy clothing I use everyday and love, and get to support female-driven entrepreneurship :-) Worth every penny to me.

    • Chivonne Harrigal, M.D. says...

      Yes! Me too. My entire work wardrobe is from MM.LaFleur. I love their brand and what they stand for. I wear their dresses everyday, through 12+ hour work days and long commutes. Most of my dresses are machine washable, which is great. Favorites are Annie, Aditi, Tory 3.0 and Toi. I’m 5’8” and the length of the dresses is work appropriate. The dresses are comfortable, professional, durable, and beautiful. Excited to see their new shoe line (love me some heels). Again, not a paid spokesperson, just a huge fan!

    • Hi Nicole, Ashley, and Chivonne! Your notes made our day—thanks so much for the love. We hope you’ll be back for more MM soon!

  29. Kristie says...

    Love the clothes. Find the spiked heels absolutely absurd. Going through a phase these days where the prevalence of heels makes me angry. It’s so sad that feminism is doing so much right now and the ads in my social media feeds are all for compression garments (I’m a yoga instructor, that isn’t targeted advertising to me as a person, must just be “female” ads. No, I don’t want to jam my organs into each other to look thinner, thanks). And heels. What the %^&*? Why are we still doing that?

    • Patricia says...

      Thank you, so much, Kristen! You are echoing my exact response to those shoes. The clothes featured all look A+, but those shoes make me angry and sad. I hate that women have to hobble themselves to be considered “fashionable” and “pretty.” And not be deemed a “mom” or “old” or a “grandma.” As if those classifications were pejoratives. And then just from the practical standpoint, I live in a city. I walk everywhere. How can shoes like that possibly fit into a life like mine?

    • Kristie says...

      Patricia, wouldn’t these outfits be lovely with some cute flats? * dreamy little sigh *

    • Kristie says...

      And yes, I realize the brand is adding a shoe line and this is advertising that shoe line; my feedback is: I was really interested in MM LaFleur; usually when I see their ads, I think, “Oo, if I had an office job, that is exactly what I’d try.” But seeing their shoe line disinclines me toward the entire brand; it leads me to question whether the clothing would consider comfort… not a great addition to the brand.

    • Hi ladies! We know high heels aren’t for everyone, and the good news is that we’ll be releasing a flat, slingback style next month. Comfort is always a top priority for us, and our shoes were designed with generously-padded footbeds (internally, we’ve been referring to them as “cloud soles”.) Our garments work beautifully with a variety of shoe styles, and we hope you’ll check out our flats once they’re released.

    • t says...

      I understand what you are saying but I like to wear heels once or twice a week to work because they are flattering and dress up an outfit. Just like lipstick.

      I certainly don’t cram my feet into heels that are impractical but a nice fitting, quality, mid height heel is perfect for me (also chunky heels). I don’t think heels and feminism are mutually exclusive.

  30. Suzanne says...

    I just signed up – I’m willing to give anything a try that will help me make looking nice at work easier!

    • Woohoo! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts, Suzanne.

  31. Amy says...

    May I ask where the black shoes are from?! Many thanks.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hi Amy, they are from MM. LaFleur, launching next month! xx

  32. I discovered MM when I was pregnant, as they have maternity-friendly clothes that are so chic when you’re sometimes feeling less-than-great about dressing yourself. I now wear their clothes pretty much every day of the workweek. Wearing one of their dresses RIGHT NOW! They have both machine-washable and dry clean only options. Takes ALL of the guesswork out of dressing for the work day.

    • Hooray! Which dress are you rocking today?

  33. Carrie says...

    I love MM LaFleur. I’m an attorney at a bank and need conservative, classic work wear. I’m also so sick of paying to dry clean everything- and I worry about the environmental impact of those chemicals. Anyway, I have several machine washable MM blouses and love them!!

    • Delighted to hear your MM has served you well, Carrie! Do you have a favorite go-to piece?

  34. I’m more of a blazer type of gal because I need the extra authority even in a casual office, and no one does it better than the ladies at Argent. I met them at a conference and they’re so sweet! This is my power blazer. https://argentwork.com/collections/blazers/products/stretch-crepe-crossover-blazer?variant=28897009731

    It had pockets for days, and is crazy nice fabric. I’m not saying it got me promoted but I’ve been promoted twice since I bought this blazer.

    • MW says...

      Thanks for the heads up- wow, Argent has some beautiful blazers! Theory and J. Crew were my go-tos in the past but that crossover style is sharp!

  35. Kate says...

    I want to echo the comments that suggest the MM quality (in particular fabric quality) isn’t up to the price. Their clothes are made largely of synthetics, and when I tried a Bento they were unlined. I’ve ordered occasionally since that time, as good work clothes are such a challenge, but never kept anything! I wish they (or anyone!) would create a line like this that also used high quality, ethical materials paired with great construction.

    • Thank you for your feedback, Kate. We’re disappointed to hear your first Bento wasn’t a hit. So you know, we do offer several styles that are lined, and our stylist team is always available to point you to them. If you’re up for it, we’d love to give it another go since we missed the mark on your first box. Let us know if we can answer any questions!

  36. Gaby says...

    These clothes are beautiful. Love the style. Wondering is you could suggest a comparable style with a lower price point?

    • mindi says...

      Gaby, have you seen Brass Clothing? https://brassclothing.com/ They don’t have the range of styles, colors, or sizes that the featured company has, but the price points are a little lower. I have one of their dresses and I really like it. It’s held up beautifully, and their ethics, quality, and story is totally transparent.

  37. I work as a cleaner so I just wear old thick clothes. I wish I am working in an environment where I can wear something beautiful like those! I esp love the one in the last photo!

  38. Robyn says...

    Nice outfits but not for a teacher of third graders! Somehow I don’t think the outfits would make it through recess, science experiments and sitting on the floor building projects. When my children were little there was a clothing brand called Garanamals. You matched the tags on the clothes to make outfits. This I could defintely use. (As long as the cloths were washable)

  39. not a fan says...

    i was disappointed in the quality of the fabric. I have the pencil skirt and and the etsuko dress and both began to pill after ~3 wears. NOT worth it.

    • Oh no! So sorry to hear that. This definitely isn’t up to our standards, and we want to do everything we can to make this right. Please email bonjour@mmlafleur.com, and our stylist team will get back to you right away.

  40. Elise says...

    YES!!! Finally a post on MMLaFleur! I went to their soho shop last year on a very humid morning, rushed in all sweaty and stressed out, NYC-style, right? Sarah had put together such a nice selection based on the online form I had previously filled in (yes to the ‘woman who inspires you’ question), gave me her full time and energy for an hour. Decided to go for water instead of a cup of prosecco, the whole experience was such a treat! I’ve been browsing their selection ever since, but haven’t bought any other item since they don’t (yet?) ship internationally. Also, their blog portrays inspiring women, with all kinds of backgrounds. It’s super refreshing. Major plus, they now have a wide selection of their staple dresses with bigger sizes, which look fantastic! There’s definitely a market for these in continental Europe (just saying).
    Each item is an investment, but the quality of customer service, the values of MMLafleur, the team, make it worth every penny.

    • This note made our day, Elise! Delighted to hear your showroom appointment was a success. International shipping is definitely a long-term goal of ours, and we hope you’ll keep an eye on us as we grow. In the meantime, please come visit us again if your travels bring you back to the U.S.!

  41. Lisa says...

    Looks good! One thing: I would love to see more diversity in your models here. I know you have women of all shapes and colours for your beauty pieces, but when it comes to collaborations with brands it last always a skinny, white female. Is this a requirement from the brands I wonder? The sizes go up to 22 but how do they look on a 22? Or a 16? Get inspired by Swimsuits for All and put the same item on 2-3 different sizes! It’s fantastic!

    • On the clothing company website you can see pictures of all different women wearing the clothes.

    • Lisa says...

      The question was why they are not being showed on cup of jo, in this post.

    • Hi Lisa! Our design team is committed to providing options for women of all shapes and sizes, and we recently extended our size range for customers who typically wear 14W-22W. We love to feature our team members and our customers in our products to show how our styles work on a variety of body types. You can take a look here: https://mmlafleur.com/first-addition. If you’d like to see photos of our team members and customers wearing MM, check out our digital magazine, the M Dash, and our Instagram feed: https://mmlafleur.com/mdash/category/ampersand-women

  42. Jodi says...

    I see a lot of people commenting on the price and yes, there is a bit of a sticker shock when you first see the prices at MM compared to other online retailers. BUT! The quality is unbeatable and these are timeless, classic pieces. In my opinion it is so much better to spend $145 on a versatile, well-made, classic blouse that can be worn a multitude of ways versus several trendy, super cheaply made blouses from the big box stores that have to be thrown out after a few months. I’ve owned the Didion top from MM for almost 3 years now and I literally wear it at least 2x per week and it’s still in amazing condition and my favorite shirt. I can’t speak highly enough of their clothing!!!

    • Well said, Jodi! We’re thrilled to hear your MM pieces have served you well. What’s your favorite way to wear the Didion?

  43. SheetalR says...

    Such beautiful clothes. They have a very ‘Meghan Markle in Suits’ vibe.

    • t says...

      I was thinking they had a very kate middleton vibe.

  44. Melissa says...

    I have two of the jardigans and they are wonderful. Definitely pricey, but I feel like the cost-per-wear is decent. I would love more petite options (I’m 5’2″), but the Etsuko dress and Soho skirt have worked for me without alterations. I also love their blog and the professional women they feature.

    • Hi Melissa! We’re big proponents of building a wardrobe with price per wear in mind, and are happy to hear your jardigans have been good investments. As for petite options, we know many of you are looking for petite sizes, and we hear you! We’d love to offer petite sizing in the future, and our stylists are always here to recommend petite-friendly styles in the meantime.

  45. Anneka Werner-Gavrin says...

    Any petite women out there with recommendation for work pants?

    • Michelle Lee says...

      Yes! 5’2 and MM LaFleur’s Nakamura Trouser is quite flattering and comfortable. A few yrs ago I gave up and decided to pay the $12 for hemming or altering clothes — opened up a lot more options :)

    • Rue says...

      I love Banana Republic’s Sloan pants! I’m 5’3″ and have long legs for my height, so I can wear either a petite size or a regular size. The standard size ones fit me as *almost* full length, and the petite size fit me as a true ankle pant, with a good inch or so between my ankle and the bottom of the pants. They are stretchy and so comfortable. I have a black pair and a navy pair, and I can wear them with shirts tucked in or untucked. Plus, I just put them in the wash with other delicates, and then hang dry, and they’re holding up well so far.

  46. talia says...

    Such pretty clothes, but entirely too expensive! Perhaps a post with clothing that is a bit more reasonable? Thanks!

  47. sc says...

    My girlfriend just wore a gorgeous, MACHINE WASHABLE BLAZER from mm.lafleur out to drinks the other night and I LOVED it. She looked awesome

  48. Samantha says...

    I find it pretty easy to dress for work. It’s just the stuff that I like but more formal and making sure I’m covered enough. And my closet is divided in regulr clothes and work clothes which makes getting ready much faster and easier (Highly recommend it!).

    Since I live in a very hot country, I usually wear sleeveless or short sleeved blouses with a cardigan I put on when I arrive at work, and mix that with 3 diferent pants I have. Since I walk a lot, I prefer ballet flats. It literally takes me 15 min to brush, shower and put clothes on because I just take one pant, one blouse, one cardigan or jacket and shoes that I keep by the door. And that’s it :)

    • Lisa says...

      I do the same! I usually pick: 1. Leggings/tights, 2: Dress, 3: Cardigan – ready to go. Most my wort attire goes in dark green, navy, grey and black, so it’s easy to mix and match. 3-4 pair of shoes that all goes with everything in the wardrobe. Easy!

    • Dee says...

      This is genius! Stealing ;-)

  49. Amy says...

    I was all psyched to try this, but yikes those prices! As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I get spit up on too often to risk ruining a $200 dress. The clothes do look beautiful though. If I lived a different life!

    • Good news, Amy: Many of our pieces are machine-washable, and our stylist team is always here to make recommendations for you. Email bonjour@mmlafleur.com if you’d like suggestions!

  50. Emma says...

    I am a big fan of this although I haven’t ever been a customer because I love to shop and mix and match and wear bold patterns. I know so many professional women who need this service.

  51. Anna says...

    Beautiful clothes but way more than I want/can spend.

  52. Wow, this is an amazing idea! Figuring out what to wear to work has always been a challenge. Now I know where to go whenever I am ready to invest in some great pieces! Thanks for the recommendation!

  53. The dresses – wow! The blue one especially is gorgeous.

  54. Lisa says...

    Wow I love that this site features women of all sizes AND ages!! I also like that many of their skirts/dresses hit below the knee (I am in my 20s but am basically an old lady and feel that women should always wear skirts that hit the knee or below at work…it just looks so unprofessional when a shorter skirt rides up when you sit down)

    • Annabelle says...

      So agree. And at 5’10” that’s hard for me to find!

  55. Eve says...

    On every other blog I read, I admit that I usually click away as soon as I see a sponsored post. But you guys really nail it every time, I think you do the best job of picking brands that I have not yet heard of but end up coveting/loving! So, props! I bought a Lo and Sons bag a while back after hearing of them here, and I have been obsessed with the Red Wing boots you posted about a while back, I think I’ll finally pull the trigger and get those this fall. And this is the first time i’m hearing of MMLaFleur but I love their stuff!!

    • sc says...

      I agree! I find the sponsored posts on Cup of Jo to be so well-written, compelling, and believable. I often buy things from the sponsored posts.

    • Sophia F. says...

      Yes, agreed. Cup of Jo does a fantastic job of partnering with brands that feel really compatible with the rest of the site’s content. And the sponsored posts are never, ever pushy, nor do they ever come across as contrived. Good work, folks.

    • same. i am now a devoted fan of Everlane and i have a few items that i’m closely watching for Sezane. i always come here for ideas/inspiration for anything from dining out, gifts to skincare.

  56. Amy says...

    I love the dress! It took me a couple minutes to figure out why she looks familiar – she resembles Julia Stiles :)

  57. Kate says...

    Something that is hard for me to navigate is summer work clothes – I live in South Florida and work at a museum. I am always SO HOT. Now I look for machine washable dresses which don’t show sweat but are still professional looking – surprisingly hard to find!

    • We hear you, Kate! Machine-washable pieces are game-changers, and our collection includes quite a few. You can filter for machine-washable styles on our site, and our stylist team is always happy to point you to some, as well.

  58. Kelly says...

    Honestly I love the concept and I was all excited about MM Lafleur and ordered two dresses — the first one, which was kind of the same material that she’s wearing in the last dress, developed a hole at a seam on first wear — which was embarrassing (they sent me a replacement but after the first one I’ve always been a little scared to wear it since it’s unlined) but the bigger bummer is the second dress. I think it’s the same material as the red dress she’s wearing. So, the fabric is super thin and also unlined, which wasn’t the greatest but I decided to keep it anyway, and then I swear I literally wore the dress once or twice before I realized it had completely pilled kind of at my hip/butt where my bag must have rubbed against it while walking to work. Yikes!

    At these prices AND EXCEEDINGLY crappy quality, I can’t conscionably recommend MM Lafleur! :(

    (I’m definitely guilty of going nuts buying work-style clothes at the 50% sales at places like Loft and Banana which are vaguely ill fitting and then stretch out while wearing — but other than dropping mad cash at Theory on work pants etc. I can’t seem to find cute affordable work clothes — anyone have any ideas/suggestions?)

    • Thanks so much for your candid feedback, Kelly. We’re bummed to hear you had two disappointments with MM, and if you’re up for it, we’d love to try again. We truly stand by the quality of our garments, and your experience certainly isn’t up to our standards. We’re constantly iterating on our products to improve quality and fit, and we’ll make sure your feedback gets to the right people. If you’d like to try again, our stylists will work with you to make recommendations based on your experience so far, and we already have a few ideas in mind. Let us know if we can answer any questions!

    • Andrea says...

      I too am stuck on BR and Loft, and still order from RW&CO (Canada) though I now live in the States. Would love suggestions on where others are finding decent quality at an affordable price.

      Will check out Theory – thanks for the tip.

    • Alisa says...

      I, three, have a lot of Banana and Loft items in my closet. most of my skirts and blouses are from those two places and my dresses are all from Boden. I should probably branch out, but I generally wear a skirt/blouse combo 80% of the time at work.

    • KC says...

      Ann Taylor has great work clothing options and owns Loft. I found their quality and cut is a lot better than the casual line Loft.

    • Allison says...

      not that i’m the picture of fashion, but I generally have luck at Ann Taylor and White House Black Market. it may be a bit boring (lawyer here), but I try to pick shirts with fun prints/styles to go under the plainer suits…

  59. Hannah says...

    Too expensive but I love that they feature women of different ages and sizes on their website! Woohoo!

  60. Kirsten says...

    Ugh I would love to wear these clothes- so gorgeous! However I’m in an engineer that works in a lab and pilot plant, so steel toed boots, long pants, and durable clothing are required. I struggle with wearing clothes that I feel comfortable in (normally cute, dressier options), because when I put effort into my looks, I think I lose respect from my male coworkers in my very masculine work environment! Any advice from my fellow STEM ladies??

    • Vanessa says...

      I am your twin. Lab and pilot plant work also. I wear my prana Halle pants and cotton tees from Old Navy or Target almost every day. I change into my uniform shirt when I’m out in the field because we work with chlorine. I keep a blazer and a pair of flats in my office for meetings. On weekends I wear a lot of dresses and sandals…

    • Loribeth says...

      Yes girl. Former R&D scientist at a plant here. I wish I had advice but I can only mostly commiserate. I always had to wear steel toes so bootcut pants felt more flattering without looking like you’re trying too hard or whatever. I also liked to wear button downs or nicely cut tee shirts in funky prints that wouldn’t show a little acid spill and would hide sweat patches. Some ginghams and plaids work too if you don’t want to wear something floral or wacky. When I transitioned to environmental consulting and started doing a lot of field work, I just gave in and super practical stuff in the field like cargo pants and just tried to look a little more put together in the office.

      Also, this isn’t a man’s world anymore and male coworkers who look down on you for looking put together need to wake up. If they pick on you about your clothes, it’s probably because they recognize that they need step up their game in the professional wardrobe department. Ain’t nobody got time to be looking like a slob.

    • Lori says...

      I hear you. On field days I’m in Carhartts, company t-shirt, and steel-toe boots, but every engineer needs clothes like these for client meetings, professional society dinners, and interviews. Since I’m in consulting and spend a considerable time writing reports in the office, I will occasionally dress like this, because it makes me feel more confident.

    • Mara says...

      I work in a machine shop environment that is very casual. Regardless, I feel best dressing up. I have had the same pants from Express for the past 5 years and just bought two more pairs of ankle pants from them. They are durable and the solid colors rarely offend. I tried a highly patterned pair of pants that was met with a lot of comments so I stick with colorful solids. I buy cheap Target or TJ Maxx tees and cover up with a black or dark blue cardigan. My steel toes never look out of place and I can switch quickly to flats or a low heel for office meetings! I hope you can find an environment you feel comfortable in, that’s the most important part of an outfit ?

    • Heather says...

      My favorite part of this post is the number of commenters working in STEM!!

    • shannon says...

      I want to hear more about all these STEM ladies!! Your jobs sound awesome.

  61. Nicole Brant says...

    Kristen is so pretty! I love her natural look, like she’s not wearing any makeup and her hair is #Goals. I’d love to see her in a Beauty Uniform.

    • Nicole Brant says...

      Kirsten. Sorry. (Autocorrect strikes again)

    • Kirsten says...

      Nicole, thank you for that sweet comment! You made my week. I’ve never been good with makeup, so I often just put on some Burt’s Bees lipstick and call it a day!

    • Alexa says...

      Yes beauty uniform for Kirsten!

    • Leah says...

      Me too! As a curly-haired girl, I’d love to hear a bit about her hair routine!

  62. Ana says...

    Can I ask you smart Cup of Jo commenters about dry cleaning? I’m an attorney, I work in a formal office and wear suits almost every day. Most formal workwear pieces (wool, silk tops etc) are dry clean only. I HATE DRY CLEANING! Toting my clothes to the cleaner is an annoying chore to add to my to-do list, and it’s very expensive. Is everyone just accepting this as a fact of life? I search for machine washable workwear pieces but it is not easy to find and I’m wondering if I should just give up and fork over half my salary to the dry cleaner. Has anyone had success washing dry cleaning stuff at home? My dry cleaner charges $10 per suit jacket or dress. I put it off and then take everything at once and end up spending $100 every time. Do I need to look for a cheaper cleaners? Help! (Asking because this company makes beautiful clothes but I clicked around on the website and saw that it’s mostly dry clean only).

    • Mallory says...

      I’m also an attorney. I live in a small town and dry cleaning a suit is $25. I started dry cleaning them once every three months. I now have invested in a good steamer and just steam them. I find them to be nice and crisp again. I also love the laundress freshening spray. I also started collecting mm LaFleur pieces!

    • Miriam says...

      UGH I AGREE, ANA. I try to buy machine wash staples where I can. I love these pants:
      https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/women-drape-wide-leg-ankle-length-pants-400555.html?dwvar_400555_color=COL09#start=2&cgid=women-pants

      And these with blazers or cardigans over them:
      https://factory.jcrew.com/p/womens-clothing/shirts_tops/sleeveless/racerback-cami-top/58877?color_name=black

      Zara also sometimes has machine washable blazers. Generally, these are not my favorite cheapo-synthetic fabrics but worth it for machine washing! (As long as I ignore my pangs about fast fashion). Hope this helps xoxo

    • Stacy says...

      Such a good question! I feel this same way (though luckily am not required to wear suits every day)… Whenever I find a beautiful piece of clothing and then notice under care instructions that it’s Dry Clean Only, my heart sinks!

    • Hannah says...

      Hi Ana!

      I’ve used products like this before and it worked really well. https://www.amazon.com/Dryel-At-Home-Cleaning-Starter-Breeze/dp/B00FZP2G3Y

      You can use it for a couple of loads and fit up to 4 items in each bag for only $12! Much more affordable than the regular dry cleaners!
      I don’t use it much anymore since most of my clothes aren’t dry clean only anymore (yay start-ups!), but this might work for you!

    • Trish O says...

      I have a friend that just got a new drier with some kind if dry clean/steam setting, to do it all at home. He is also an attorney and wears a suit each day. I am going to look into it. My husband (another attorney) and I (not an attorney) both wear conservative workwear each day. Not sure the brand, but maybe google around. My friend has been very happy with the results.

    • Barbara says...

      Do you use Dryel ever? I’ve found that if a piece just needs a freshening up, Dryel does the trick. Then at the end of a season or after a few wears, I’ll take everything to the dry cleaners. Also, yes, you can find somewhere cheaper. I live in NJ right outside of NYC and I only pay 3$ per item, no matter what it is, AND the cleaner is eco friendly! Doesn’t hurt to shop around.

    • Kate says...

      This is something I struggle with as well! I’m in a more “creatively business casual” environment, but like to be able to wash and wear. I got tired of J.Crew, so my new go-to is Boden. Everything is washable for the most part and flattering.

    • Florrie says...

      I wash wool and silk at home on the delicate cycle and on cold. Then I lay them out flat to dry if they are sweaters or just hang them to dry if they are fabric. I haven’t ruined anything yet. I don’t use any detergent. Dry Cleaning is for suckers! :-)

    • Rachel says...

      Dry cleaning is the bane of my professional life also! I have a pick-up service, which is awesome from a convenience standpoint, and helped cut down on the mass drop-offs, but I still end up spending like $50/mo! OOF.

    • Hannah says...

      Dry cleaning is not necessary if you invest in a good steamer like the Rowena standup. If you have a good steamer like that then dry cleaning is reserved for extremely delicate pieces like those with bead or stonework. Steaming is fast, easy and is actually healthier for the longevity of your clothes than dry cleaning or regular washing. Just make sure not to cheap out on the steamer.

    • Kelcey says...

      I wear lots of Everlane’s silk button ups and cashmere sweaters for work, usually over a simple tank top that I can wash, and I just steam them regularly! The steam kills any odors, and removes any crumpled signs of wear. I still dry clean occasionally, but only if I get a stain on something. Total gamechanger.

    • Jessica M says...

      I wash wool, cashmere and silk in my washing machine all the time! I use the hand wash cycle, cold water only, and detergent from The Laundress. I know some silk will shrink, but I haven’t experienced that yet.

    • Liz says...

      I’m a lawyer too – and I have honestly nice looking blazers from boden that go.in.the.wash. And come out looking fine! Same with their dresses and pencil skirts and blouses! I save silk blouses and my “good” suits for court and try to keep my dry clean jackets off as much as possible.

    • Louisa says...

      Wait. You can steam silk??
      I’m 40 and this is news to me.

    • Rashmi.k says...

      There is a Samsung washing machine which has 2 options: a deoderizing and a sanitizing option. They are brilliant!!! Take out all the smells out of worn clothing and make it feel absolutely clean and fresh. I use it all the time for silk and wool items and nothing has been damaged ever (touch wood). Do try this one. I can’t find my model number but it’s sure to be there online.

    • Rashmi Krishna says...

      There is a Samsung washing machine which has 2 options: a deoderizing and a sanitizing option. They are brilliant!!! Take out all the smells out of worn clothing and make it feel absolutely clean and fresh. I use it all the time for silk and wool items and nothing has been damaged ever (touch wood). Do try this one. I can’t find my model number but it’s sure to be there online.

    • I use a spray bottle filled with vodka and lavender essential oil to freshen my suiting between wears! You want to really saturate the pits and collar, then let air dry. It even gets out body odor that the dry cleaner doesn’t always handle. Now I can get as many as 10 wears from a jacket.

    • Allison says...

      wow, there should be an entire post dedicated to tips like this – so useful!

    • Carrie says...

      Yes! I totally feel you. Jo and Stella, will you do a post on how to avoid dry cleaning! My husband and I both are attorneys and the dry cleaning bill is crazy!

    • Louisa says...

      Yes. This sounds too good to be true. I need confirmation that this works before I spray vodka (!) on my suits, or steam a silk blouse.

    • London says...

      Law student married to attorney: we steam for a few wears then dry clean. My skirts and his jackets tend to need pressing way more often than is feasible on a paying-back-loans budget, so this helps us save some cash. I also wear machine washable tops under my suits- something he can’t get away with.

    • Belén says...

      I wash all my zara dry clean only things in the normal load and most of them are as good as new, a few times i had silk that gets wrinkles and some piling but i rather get a new piece now and then than dry clean everything

  63. E says...

    she makes the clothes look not only professional but fun and cool!!

  64. Jennifer says...

    These clothes are gorgeous, you can really see the quality. Love the idea of having a stylist do all the hard work too. I find shopping so draining!

  65. Miriam says...

    Can you ask Kirsten what products she uses in her hair please!?!? Also, thanks for featuring some professional clothes for more corporate offices. Might take the plunge – I’ve been eyeing their clothes for a while. xx

    • Em says...

      Seconded!

    • Kirsten says...

      Thanks for asking, Miriam and Em! I have used Quidad Curl Quencher gel (https://www.ouidad.com/curl-quencher-gel.html) for the past 12 years, and I am HUGE fan. It has made me truly love my curly hair rather than fall into the trap of straightening it everyday. I cannot speak more highly of Quidad products. I use store brand shampoo and conditioner and rotate those out based on what looks tempting at the store-never anything fancy though!

    • Katie says...

      Yes! My hair is very similar to Kirsten’s-would love to know what products she uses and how she cares for her curls. Always on the lookout for a good curl cream!

  66. K says...

    Are there petite options?

    • meaghan says...

      I’m 5’3. They tell you which pieces are petite friendly and they are very accurate. For other items you just have to go get it tailored.

    • Hi there! Alex, MM’s community manager here. We don’t have petite sizes at the moment, but we know many of you are looking for them, and we hear you! We’d love to roll out additional sizes in the future. In the meantime, we do have many styles that are specifically designed to work well on petite frames, and you can find them by filtering for “petite-friendly” on our website. Our stylist team is also happy to answer any questions you have about which styles may work for you, or make a size recommendation based on your measurements.

  67. Heather says...

    Haha I love MM LaFleur. Alas, it has taken D.C. by storm (of course, because it is so tasteful and inoffensive) and now I can hardly go to a meeting without at least one other woman in the room wearing one of the same things I am wearing. It’s still a bit better than when you wear anything from Ann Taylor, J Crew, or Boden, in which case you will pass a half dozen accidental outfit twins just getting to work.

    • Trish O says...

      Made me lol. The Jcrew/Boden situation is so so true

    • Melissa says...

      Haha. Same! And I like to count how many other Lo & Sons OMG bags I see on my Metro ride to work.

  68. Pam says...

    I’ve looked into MM La Fleur before and I’d love to be able to order from them, but it’s just way too expensive.

  69. Heather says...

    I love the clothes, but I must say it was the pictures that really stood out to me. The pictures are gorgeous!

  70. Lora says...

    I’d be fine just having her gorgeous hair.

    • E says...

      right?!?!

    • Jennie says...

      Yes – can we have a follow up post on her hair please !?!?!

    • Kirsten says...

      Thanks, Lora, E, and Jennie! I struggled to embrace my curly hair for a while but now love it (…most of the time). I’m a huge fan of Quidad’s gel and would definitely recommend it for other curly haired women. It’s a little pricey, but the big bottle has lasted me years and it’s given me more defined curls and less frizz. A good hair day = a good day in my book, so finding a product that made me feel great about my hair was, pardon the dramatics, a life-changer.

  71. B says...

    I’m wearing MM LaFleur right now!! So glad you guys featured them! Tory dress for the win!

  72. Mallory says...

    I thought this brand was way over priced until I got my first bento box. The quality and ability to machine was so many of the pieces made it such a no-brainer. Now that I know my size, I have been lucky to scoop up a few pieces on eBay for a fraction of the price! Thanks MM LaFleur for sponsoring my favorite blog! I’m a more capable professional with their content and your clothes!

    • Lisa says...

      How is the sizing? TTS or runs small?

    • Mallory says...

      I find it very true to size. I wear the same size in their pieces as jcrew. I do have a few pieces I sized up based on mm LaFleurs recommendation.

    • Kelly says...

      I’d say it runs small compared to J Crew and Banana

    • So happy your first Bento was a hit, Mallory! Lisa, on sizing, we recommend trying one size larger than you wear in J.Crew and most contemporary brands, and the same size you wear in Theory or DVF. Our stylist team is always here to answer specific questions on sizing and make a recommendation for you—just email bonjour@mmlafleur.com.

    • KN says...

      Lisa – They run small based on my usual size in other brands.

    • YB says...

      Lisa, I wear MM LaFleur and their sizing is comparable to Theory. But I haven’t tried many of MM LaFleur’s pants so I don’t know how they compare to Theory’s pant sizing (however, for their Foster pant, which is form fitted, I wear one larger than my Theory pant size).

  73. Lisa says...

    I love the looks, but I hate spending that much money on work clothes! I happily thrift 90% of my lawyer work wear and put the rest of the saved money into splurges that I will love to wear.

    • Rachel Simmons says...

      Good for you!

  74. Carrie says...

    Can a girl get a discount code?? :) Beautiful clothes.

    • Hi Carrie! We actually don’t offer discounts of any kind, but we carefully design our clothes so that our customers can get a ton of mileage and value out of each piece. Let us know if you’d like us to make specific recommendations for you—we’re here to help!

  75. Noelle says...

    I’ve been drooling over their clothes for months – everything they make is so elegant! I just discovered they have an Instagram account, and am loving seeing all the outfit inspiration (especially seeing how their clothes fit women of different sizes and shapes).

  76. Sarah says...

    Those are beautiful clothes! I wear scrubs for my profession and couldn’t be happier!