Dress for Success…for Less!

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

 

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