How to build a work wardrobe without burning a hole in your pocket

Are you living on a tight budget and need to buy clothes for work at the same time? Yes?

What a daunting task. Isn’t it?

Don’t PANIC.

Building a work-friendly wardrobe within budget is not a rock hard task. You just have to be a bit calculative. After all, you don’t want to spend your hard earned dollars on something wasteful. Right?

So, let’s check out how you can build a work wardrobe without hurting your wallet:

1. Know your dress code at work

Don’t waste your dollars on clothes which aren’t appropriate for your workplace.

Before you go for shopping find out your organization’s dress code policy.

Or, if you’re in a new job, ask someone who works there (even better if you know someone) about the company’s dress code. Your dollars will be saved from wasteful purchase.

2. Create a “capsule wardrobe”

The term “capsule wardrobe” is widely used by fashion bloggers to denote clothes and accessories that never go out of fashion. I think, it’s the best way to look good on a budget at the workplace. Do you think the same?

You’ll find dress, jeans, skirts, blazer, bracelet, scarf, purse, flats, heels, sunglasses, etc. which never go out of fashion.

Check for neutral base colors. It’ll be enough if you buy these things. So, the next time you go out for a work wardrobe shopping make sure your list contain some of the essentials.

3. Look for discounts

This is the number one rule of shopping. Always “look for discounts.” You can also befriend a salesperson to save some extra cash. But, don’t compromise on the product quality. When shopping online look for coupons to save more.

4. Shop from thrift stores and garage sales

Did you find good conditioned clothes at thrift stores or garage sales? Yes? If you think you need them, buy them right now. This’ll save you a lot bucks.

5. Sustain with what you have

If you have a tight budget, make do with what you owe. Or, upgrade your wardrobe with a scarf, collar, cuffs, handbags, etc. These will cost you less and give a new look to your wardrobe. What do you think? Upgrade your wardrobe only if you think a particular item is missing or a must-have.

Some slice of advice:

  • Never go beyond your means to purchase things.
  • Remember, “a penny saved is a penny earned.”
  • Don’t buy needlessly.
  • Use cash more.
  • Pay off your credit card balance within the billing cycle.
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