My poor bank account and other tales of updating my wardrobe

posted 6 months ago in Career
Post # 2
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  • Wedding: August 2014

TravelingBride31 :  I hear you. But once you’ve got some good-quality staples you’ll find you can get away with a few cheaper pieces to mix them with. 

I do most of my work wardrobe shopping in the sales; I really like LK Bennett as their stuff is good quality and not mega-expensive, and they have a sale section year-round on their website which is unusual. Might be worth checking out 🙂 

Post # 3
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TravelingBride31 :  A black pencil skirt can give you so much use–you can rewear it every week and no one will notice. I find that (somewhat surprisingly) Target carries great business wardrobe staples at great prices. I also like Banana Republic for business wear–see if you can find an outlet store near you. If you’re open to vintage/thrift stores, I promise you’ll find slews of business wear there. The pencil skirt and basic blouse has been in style for decades and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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janna121215 :  agree re the pencil skirt but disagree re black; I find navy and grey much more versatile. It’s a bit of a myth that black goes with everything

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TravelingBride31 :  I get it. 

But…once you have the basics – a couple good pants/skirts, jackets – all you need to do to update your wardrobe day to day or even year to year for a while is rotate what you wear underneath or add in one or two trendy pieces a year to keep it fresh if you want. Really, if you make sure to keep the basics good quality and more classic (rather than trendy) and take care of it your base wardrobe can last you years.

I did a bigger wardrobe update this year so also spent more than usual but I got everything on 40-50% sales and the last time I spent more than a few bucks over the year on my work wardrobe was probably 8+ years ago. I really like Express, BR, Laura Petites/Laura for work basics. I also agree on looking at thrift stores – I find so many shirts/shells and such new with tags at them.

You may not have a fairy godmother to pay but I do think having professional dress makes it very easy to dress in the morning…my biggest dressing decision in the morning is usually what to wear under my suit jacket. My office is business casual but my job itself requires more business professional (sometimes business formal) a lot of the time and I actually just prefer to go professional 90% of the time at office whether needed or not. I think it looks and feels good. 🙂

And of course, big congrats on the new job!

P.S. Tip: always leave a jacket in your office even on “casual Fridays” and such just in case a client pops by. You can throw it over any dress, top, sweater and go from business casual to professional 🙂

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