Dressing business casual on a budget can be a real challenge and if you’re a professional working in an office, you’re expected to dress a certain way anywhere from business casual (nice slacks or khakis, skirts, blouse or button-shirt) to a full suit and tie.
Here’s five ways to find affordable business clothes on a budget and still look great.
1. There’s nothing wrong with thrift store shopping to find affordable business clothes.
Clothes are always being donated by people for various reasons and most of the time there is nothing wrong with them. The original owner might have out-grown them, changed their style or is just replenishing their own wardrobe.
You may even find brand new clothes with the tags still on them. That’s a pretty good guarantee that the clothes hadn’t been worn before.
Expert Tip: Check out sales at your local thrift stores before you go! Different days of the week often have special saves on various colored tags. You can save up to 50-75% on top of already great savings just depending on what day you go making finding affordable business clothes even easier!
2. Try a Closet Swap Party!
Closet swapping is a growing trend where you are brought together with people in your area or even an online group or virtual space to trade clothes.
Check out realsimple.com on how to create and host a Closet Swap party.
Buy, sell and trade clothing from your phone!
4. Pay close attention to store sales, seasonal clearances and special store coupons.
Clothing sales are fairly routine to coincide with special holidays throughout the calendar year and as the seasons change, so do styles….always check out that clearance rack. You’ll never know what you will find and just because an article of clothing is out of season, you can always pair it up with an item that is in season or a complementing accessory.
Kohl’s is a great place to buy clothes for any occasion and they ALWAYS have a sale or coupon offerings in the mail. Stores like Nordstrom Rack and even Target are discount retailers that often carry brand name designer clothing. They may be last season but they are great for building your business casual wardrobe.
However, be careful! Sales can be hidden marketing ploys to get customers to overspend and thus blowing their budgets. Always be sure to watch how much your spending in a single shopping trip to keep yourself in check!
5. Evaluate your own closet and what you already own.
Go through every piece of clothing and accessory that you own and do your own purging of worn out clothing of things you’ve outgrown or are worn out.
Look at the remaining pieces and see what kind of different outfits you can come up with. You might already have the wardrobe you need; it just needs different complementing pieces or accessories such as a scarf, necklace, tie, shoes, etc. If this doesn’t work, at least you have a clean closet!
No one has to know how much you spend on your wardrobe or where the clothes came from and there’s no reason to be embarrassed by purchasing used clothing or last season’s styles. What’s important is how the clothing makes you feel and how they present your professionalism in the workplace.
For more tips on savings, checking out this amazing blog titled, 5 Effective Steps for Millennials to Save !