When starting a new job, you’re bound to feel all kinds of emotions, although the biggest one is most likely anxiety of how to look good for work. I think the worst feeling is that overwhelming sense of what the f%#*k am I supposed to wear for work?!
You want to look good, but let’s be honest: you most likely don’t have the money for a whole new work wardrobe – and your first paycheck feels so near but yet so far away.
Here are a few tips that will help you to look good for work on a budget, because, guess what? Not only is it possible, but we promise you’ll be amazed at what you can come up with…
First things first: Go shopping in your closet.
Yes, that’s right, shop through your closest. If you think you have nothing to wear, we can guarantee that you might be wrong on this one. When shopping through your closet, you need to look for the main essentials pieces that you can build an outfit with.
The key for shopping in your closet is to put pieces together that you have never put together before (provided that they look good together). When it comes to fashion creativity is the way to go because we understand spending money isn’t always an option many of us have. Before we throw in the towel on our wardrobe, it’s important to see it differently and come up with new possibilities.
Ladies: A dress is essential. You can go with either a solid plain dress or a bold print dress. With a plain dress, you can wear a pop-up color pair of shoes with a blazer, cardigan or jacket that suits the dress well. As for accessories a long necklace simple earrings and a cute purse to put the entire outfit together. As for the bold dress take it down a notch with a simple solid color shoe, bright bag, a simple jacket. You can even spice it up with earrings to make you look professional and put together.
Gentlemen: Here are a few tips for the gentlemen who are also on a budget — guess what? There are also pieces in your closet that can work. For example, just take a sweater that you already own. With that sweater, get layering! Pair it with a collared shirt underneath, and either a pair of old slacks or jeans, depending on where you work. You can also never go wrong with stripes. Just a pair of shoes to put yourself together and voilá! You’re all ready to impress the girl at the office you have your eye on.
P.S. Don’t forget the cologne… we love a man who smells good.
Buying new pieces:
Now when you are at stores but you’re still on a budget what you can do is to go to stores that have god quality clothes for a good price and knowing how to catch a sale is always a plus. A little secret ladies and gentlemen the stores with the best sales are Joe Fresh, New York and Company and Old Navy. We can’t forget about shoes when it comes to good quality shoes at a good price go with DSW and Call it Spring. Of course, there are other stores that are super helpful and within our budgets, such as TJ Maxx, Century 21, Target and Macy’s.
When you are shopping on a budget be aware of what to buy so, you are able can wear the items more than once but wear pair them differently. Go with neutral colors and bold prints to match them together at some point. Think of how many times you can wear each piece. Do not shop in bulk especially on a budget because you might end up with items you don’t like.
Don’t forget the power of accessories!
Want to instantly amp up any boring outfit? Accessories are your go-to. There are scarves, belts, watches, jewelry, hats and bags all at your fingertips for a good price. The key is to know your style, know what looks best for you and more importantly know how much money you are working with at that moment. Have fun and look good and feel good.