When you’ve got a tight budget, making a fashion statement at the office can seem impossible. However, there are some simple (and cheap!) alternatives to spending a small fortune on clothes.
We got some tips and tricks from Sophie Wood, editor of Workchic.com, on how to build an awesome work wardrobe on the cheap.
1. Mix & Match
Before hitting up the mall, take another look at what you have at home. Chances are you already have tons of great, work-friendly clothes in your closet! It’s worth taking a peek; you might be pleasantly surprised at what you will find.
“The more you can master the art of mixing and matching your wardrobe, the further your fashion dollars will stretch,” said Woods.
She suggests mixing casual and dressy items. Try something you wouldn’t normally pair together! You could try wearing a T-shirt with trousers or anorak over a pencil dress, for example.
2. Layer It
Before you pack up your summer clothes for the season, see if you can salvage any pieces for work. Perhaps you should try a little layering – For example, you could layer a short sleeve top or sleeveless dress over a long sleeve blouse.
Whatever you decide to do, Woods encourages thinking outside the box. “How about creating a brand new outfit by wearing a skirt over a dress?” she said. “See, all it takes is a little creativity.”
3. Use The Power Of Accessories
Because they are generally pretty inexpensive, accessories are a great way to spice up any penny pincher’s wardrobe. Not only that, but little additions like jewelry or scarves can completely change an outfit and make it pop with personality.
“Adding a scarf or belt adds new life to classic pieces from shift dresses to cardigans,” Wood said. “A statement necklace can completely transform the most basic tops!”
4. Shoot For Quality Over Quantity
If you absolutely have to go out and purchase new clothes for the office, don’t cheap out on the quality.
“Even on a budget, choose quality over quantity,” said Woods. “Instead of buying cheap clothes that fall apart after one wash, go for quality designer fashion on sale that will last you much longer.”
She suggests checking out designer discount shops like Yoox, Issay, and Last Call for great clothes at great prices.
“Take advantage of extra promos where you can get an additional discount on already reduced items,” she said, “that’s where you save BIG!”
5. Think Versatile
Again, if you must buy new clothes, think about how versatility of each item. How many different outfits can you create with this article of clothing?
“When it comes to versatility, neutral colors and classic shapes are your best bet,” said Woods. “Good examples are suit separates, crisp button down shirts, [and] scoop neck tees (in different colors). Each of the pieces are guaranteed to get multiple wears by easily matching with other items.”
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