I love new clothes, but one thing I’m not a fan of is having to buy professional clothing for work. I used to spend a ton of money on business clothes and bought numerous outfits but I didn’t take care of my clothing well so nothing lasted very long.
It was actually ridiculous, but after awhile I started to wise up and I found different ways to save money and dress professional on a budget.
Look at what you already have.
One thing I am guilty of is buying more and more clothing without analyzing and accessing what I already own. This means that I often used to buy items that were very similar to what I already had, and it was a big waste of money!
You should make a mental note or a list of the items you already own so that you don’t make the same mistake as I used to always make and have a closet full of 15 pairs of black pants (true story!).
Buy quality over quantity.
If your first thought when buying professional clothing is to run to Forever 21, then you may be making a mistake. This might be okay if you are low on funds, but eventually you will need to continually buy new clothing items because lower quality items usually will not last as long.
It is usually best to buy items that you know will last and items that you know will be in style for a longer time. These items include blazers, pencil skirts, slacks, button ups, and more. You can’t go wrong with a classic style!
Visit a thrift store.
Thrift stores are my favorite. If you’re not a usual thrift store shopper, there are plenty thrift stores that have recent and sometimes even new clothing. This way you can still find plenty of “in style” clothing at a much cheaper price.
I have been able to find many awesome deals this way! In fact, I have a trip planned for this week already to sell some of my current clothing and to buy some new items.
Make a list.
Before you go to the store to search for professional clothing, you should create a list of the exact items you need. This way you don’t buy any items that won’t match the outfits you have planned. This is a good idea because you don’t want to have to buy a another outfit because you bought a top that you thought would work out.
Take good care of your clothing.
If you are going to spend good money on clothing, then you should always be trying your best to take the best possible care of them as you can.
This means dry cleaning items that are meant to be dry cleaned, washing items correctly and according to their tag, storing them correctly, and so on. This will add weeks, months, and sometimes years to the clothing you have bought, which can save you a great deal of money.
I don’t particularly like to go shopping so when I go I try to make the most of it. New York & Company is one of my favorite places to get dress clothes because of the price and the selection. They make it easy to get the basics and mix and match and the coupons make the prices pretty reasonable. I’ve found the clothes tend to last longer from there too. Right now you can sign up for their newsletter and get $25 off your purchase of $75 or more!
How much do you spend on professional clothing each year? Do you have any tips for dressing professional on a budget?
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