At the end of August I’m going to start a field placement at a mental health clinic. From what I know, the way the employees dress ranges from business casual to business professional.

Throughout undergrad I’ve worked in an office that is very casual so I’m a bit at a loss. I need to build a more professional wardrobe without breaking the bank, and keeping in mind that I am plus sized and a bit taller than average. I’m pretty set when it comes to the lower half (pants & shoes), but I need more tops, cardigans, jackets, etc.

Suggestions? What are some staples that need to be in every wardrobe? Any tips on styling? Also, I’ve recently been hearing that business casual/professional in SoCal is not as formal as other places, is that true?