SHECP Internship Part 4: Shopping in New York
One of my major problems when I intern in New York is the business attire. Before my internship began, I spent 3 weeks traveling around the Colorado Plateau so when I got back to New York, I only have a pair of trousers, two button-down shirts and a pair of desert boots. After my first day at work, I realized I needed more clothes because everyone here dresses up so professionally and if I go to court, I need to have something nice and formal to wear. So, I spent hours in SoHo and other shops in Brooklyn to buy more professional attires. Of course, it was like a dead end for me to find something that fits and still affordable but then I did a lot of research and found a way to get good quality clothes and also cheap. These are some addresses that I strongly recommend:
1. Uniqlo: this is my go-to place. Uniqlo has many stores in Manhattan. The biggest one is on Fifth Avenue and the smallest one is in Times Square. However I recommend the one in SoHo since it's closer to other stores so you can compare. Uniqlo SoHo is pretty big and it has almost everything you need. I usually get my dress shirt here because they have very good quality. Typically it costs about $19.90 for a dress shirt and if you're lucky enough to visit the store on a sale date, you may find a $9.90 shirt. Moreover, Uniqlo is the only shop you get hemming in store. So, if you are short like me and have a hard time finding a pair of pants which has a perfect length, Uniqlo is a perfect store. It usually takes about two hours for hemming.
Address: 546 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
2. Topman: Topman is more well-known for its business attire section. They have regular, slim, skinny, ultra-skinny pants and they usually go as with a suit. If you get both 2 pieces it would cost about $290, and $80 for only a pair of trousers. However, $80 for me is a little bit pricey for me since we were trying to not spend too much money this summer. But, you can look for a sale date, I bought a pair for only $30 and it was the only size 28 left. It's so much harder to find a small size during the sale period.
Address: 478 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
3. Banana Republic Factory Store: Banana Republic is one of my most favorite brands but it's also more expensive than other brands like Uniqlo and Topman. There is one Banana Republic Outlet store in downtown Brooklyn and I recommend this place if you're looking for something good. But again, it's much harder to find a small size of something on sale.
Address: 485 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
4. Nordstrom Rack: Nordstrom is well-known for its expensive (or someone would say, overpriced) clothes. Nordstrom Rack is its subsidiary which has less expensive clothes. However, Nordstrom Rack is perfect for shoes. Nordstrom Rack shoes section is organized by size rather than by brands or colors/styles. It's easy to find something that fits. And also, Nordstrom Rack has a great collection of dress shoes. I once found a pair of Allen Edmonds for only about $80 (originally $290). There are also other shoes which would cost less than $50.
Address: 505 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
5. Orchard Express Tailor Shop: Ok, this is not a clothing store. Instead, this is a tailor shop which means you can bring your clothes here and someone tailor them for you. I don't want to show up at work in baggy pants (which looks very unprofessional) so I brought all of my three pants here for hemming. It only cost $5 each pair and you can pick up after an hour. $5 for hemming is a reasonable price for the service like this in New York City. If you go to Hugo Boss or The Men's Wearhouse it would cost A LOT! So, I bought my pants from Topman and brought them here for hemming. They look perfectly like a tailored pants now. Also, US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was a customer here. You can see the pictures of her and the owner on the wall as soon as you walk in.
Address: 136 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002