By Courtney Moran, Control Specialist, BNY Mellon; PA Women Work volunteer
Studies have shown that when you look your best, you feel your best. When you feel put together, you exude confidence and make a great first impression. Contrary to what you may think, looking and feeling great does not have to be complicated or break the bank. Here are five simple ways to build a professional wardrobe that works for you and stays within your budget.
1. Wear neutrals.
Wearing neutrals is a great way to make the most of your work wardrobe. If you stick to shades such as black, white, beige, tan, and grey, you can maximize your number of wardrobe combinations – the possibilities are endless! And you can always add your own personal flair with an accessory or two.
2. Invest in good basics.
A white button-down shirt, a pair of black trousers, a classic blazer, black loafers or flats, a chic pair of heels and a smart black dress are essentials to building your professional wardrobe. These will be your tried and true staples for any type of work event that may come your way. Since these are items you will be getting the most wear out of, you want to ensure you select options that will last and are good quality, even if it requires spending a bit more money. However, TJ Maxx and Marshalls often offer great options at affordable prices, so I recommend checking there first.
3. Shop end of season sales.
An important point to consider when shopping for work clothing is that you may find good deals on items that can build your closet when those items are not in season. One of the best times to go shopping is during “End of Season” sales. You can take this opportunity to stock up on items to wear in the future, once they are back in season.
4. Behold the power of the coupon.
Coupons and discount codes are really great tools to help you get the most bang for your buck. If you know you’ll be purchasing clothing from a certain store or website, subscribe to their email list. This way, you’ll be privy to the latest information about upcoming sales and offers, and you’ll often be sent coupons or discount codes to use toward your first purchase just for subscribing.
5. Get “thrifty.”
You can find incredible buys at your local thrift shop if you have the time and patience to look. If that’s not your thing, you still have options. I suggest the popular apps/websites Poshmark or Thredup. Users sell their new or gently used items for steep discounts. I have shopped items on Poshmark countless times – you can find real treasures. This is also a very eco-friendly option, as shopping second-hand helps to lessen your carbon footprint. If you’re interested in signing up for Poshmark, use my referral code CHEEKYWOLF for $5 off your first purchase.
Building your wardrobe doesn’t have to be a daunting task – it should be fun! If you follow these simple suggestions, your closet will be filled with professional, affordable options in no time.