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3 Tips for Building a Woman’s Work Wardrobe on a Tight Budget

ID-100172174Starting a new job can be a stressful endeavor. You need to learn a new routine, meet new people and figure out new tasks within a small time frame. Some office jobs will require you to buy a wardrobe so you can play the part effectively. Women wanting to buy a new wardrobe on a tight budget will be forced to creatively select affordable, appropriate clothing without breaking the bank. If you are willing to shop at discount stores and clear out old clothing from the office you can save a substantial amount of money. You might even be able to afford designer brands as many big box retail chains offer designer items at greatly discounted prices.

Build a List of Core Clothing Items

If you want to dress to impress in the office develop a list of core items around which you can build your wardrobe. Perhaps your list might include black pumps, a V-neck sweater to wear over dress shirts, dress skirts, slacks, dress socks, business dresses, blazers and any other item which fits an office setting. By creating a go-to list you will be able to cut out all non-essentials and save a ton of money in the process. Make it your goal to look good and place less stress on your pocketbook in the process.

Clear Your Closet to Cash in

Are you still holding onto a dress which you have not worn in years? Or are you waiting for your long lost dress shoes to come back into style? Clear out your closet and either sell the clothes off at a garage sale to make some extra change or donate the clothes to a worthy cause to generate good karma and boost your tax write off. Getting rid of office clothes you no longer wear helps you feel good about yourself and also helps you maintain greater clarity in finding affordable clothes for your work wardrobe.

Every year you should go through your closet to get rid of any clothing you no longer wear to work. You might even find more than a few pieces of clothing which still have tags attached to the items. Periodic clearing sessions feel great, save you precious space and help you to cash in while releasing unwanted clothing.

On a related note, going through your closet can help you discover some missing pieces that you forgot existed, saving you the expense of buying things you really don’t need.

Shop at Discount Chains

Who cares if you are buying from a luxury or bargain chain? Put your ego to the side and focus instead on buying quality clothing for work at a discounted price. Only people who are obsessed with impressing others will care about where you shop and these are not the types of folks you want in your life. You can buy many designer brands at a fraction of the price in discount, big box stores. Do a little bit of homework to find the best chain of clothing stores in your area for getting a good deal or simply visit the biggest variety store in your locale to find affordable work clothes. Remember that for most clothing items, it is really hard to tell the difference between cheaper clothes and more expensive pieces.

If you need to build your wardrobe on a tight budget make the sacrifices necessary to purchase your clothing without breaking the bank.

About the Author: Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who enjoys blogging about all things fashion; if you are looking for some cool work kicks for ladies, check out these ADIDAS sneakes for the office.