Summer is here and – now that you’ve landed a great summer gig – it’s important to dress chic while staying within your budget! With these looks, you’ll be the fashionista of your office. Here are some outfits that are cute and appropriate for the work place whether you’re working in a business casual or corporate setting.
Business Casual Outfit #1
Color Block Dress (Target) $20, Sparkling Leaf Necklace (Forever 21) $9.80, Silver Gladiator Sandals (Asos.com) $48
Business Casual Outfit #2
Peplum Skirt (Forver21) $22.80, Studded Button Down (Forever21) $22.80, Gold Flats (Target) $15.99
Corporate Outfit #1
Black Pants (Forever21) $24.80, Embellished Button Down (Lord and Taylor) $33, Blazer (H&M) $30, Blue Heels (Forever 21) $35
Corporate Outfit #2
Neck Tie Blouse (Forever21) $18, Printed Skirt (Target) $23, Nude Heel (ASOS) $22
How do you shop for work outfits on a budget? If you like these outfit ideas, check out our other “Dress for Success…for Less!” ideas.
Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach
As an intern, I have learned a lot about what I should and should not wear in the office. Doing your job well is very important – and looking professional is too! Here are some tips on how you should dress in the office.
Avoid the Bling:
Make sure you keep your “jewelry” simple. Opt for a stylish, yet refined, watch and simple belt to compliment your outfits. A great place for watches and belts is Fossil.
Steer Clear of Crazy Patterns:
Stay away from any conspicuous patterns; this will make you appear more casual. Instead, look for shirts and ties with pinstripes and small checks to give yourself a more professional atmosphere. For trendy ties, we recommend a department store, like Macys. They have a huge selection so you’ll have plenty of options.
Color Coordination is Key:
When choosing a shirt and tie combination, make sure the fabrics complement each other. Keep your shirts classic and simple and let a little bit of your personality shine through with your choice of tie. Make sure to coordinate your colors and patterns so you aren’t clashing and avoid anything loud or distracting.
Dress Down/Causal Days:
You should always look professional, even if it’s a “dress down” day. Companies that offer these days usually allow jeans (YES!), but be sure your pants don’t contain holes or are worn. You should always look trendy with a clean, fitted pair of jeans (not baggy or too tight) but feel free to add your own flare by opting for shirts with patterned cuffs. One place particular that has great jeans and classic button-downs is the Gap.
Let us know where you find your best work clothes and what advice you have for dressing in the office!
Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus
We’ve all heard the expression “dress for success” and when it comes to the workplace, that is exactly what you must do. Of course when you have the budget of a college student, this may seem like a difficult task to accomplish. Fear not! I am going to give you tips and tricks to build your work wardrobe on a budget and still look the part.
Staples – The biggest part of your outfits are the basic staple pieces (i.e. pants, skirts, shirts) These will be your black and neutral colors that allow you to mix and match between different outfits. These are important because you can acquire these pieces in almost any store you choose, so you don’t have to settle for expensive “work” pieces. Simple slacks and solid shirts are a base point that allow you to create multiple styles. Opt for black pants and pencil skirts, white shirts, and neutral/black cardigans.
Dresses- When in doubt, dress it out! Dresses are a great piece for work because you can dress them up or dress them down. Throw on a cardigan and some cute ballet flats and you are the definition of business casual (and you look super cute too!) You can find cute affordable dresses from stores like Target that will build both your work wardrobe and your everyday wardrobe! Of course, you must be sure that you dress is work appropriate: no low-cut, tight, short, revealing clothing.
Statement Pieces- It’s important to incorporate your own personal style when dressing for work (don’t lose your voice in the office!) A great way to do this in the appropriate way is to use statement pieces such a jewelry to add a little flare to your outfit. It’s best to stay away from large earrings and dangling bracelets that will create distraction and noise. Wearing bold colors and statement necklaces are a great way to grab attention without creating distraction or being disruptive. The great thing about this is that you can get these things for low prices from stores like Forever 21.
Shoes- Practical shoes are the cornerstone to a good outfit. Comfort and functionality are the most important things to look for when shoe shopping. No one wants to come home from work with big blisters on their feet! You can do anything from a simple flat to a wedge, just make sure that you keep it appropriate for the office (no sky-high heels, distracting straps, etc). Black pumps are always a great shoe for work, simple yet stylish and easy to mix and match!
Do you have any wardrobe items that you find perfect for the workplace? Share them in the comments below!
Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach