It’s Work Wardrobe Wednesday and this week I want to focus on work wear that doesn’t break the bank. I recently attended an event focusing on financial literacy and education for Latina women. I was really inspired hearing the stories and listening to ways that we are, as a Latina community, becoming more educated and financially independent.
As a career women, I do help my family with finances and building the financial foundation for my daughter. With that being said, I do think it is important to make smart financial decisions when it comes to your wardrobe. I will be the first to admit, IT IS HARD!!! We are constantly tempted with sales everywhere we turn. Staying on a wardrobe budget can be challenging and I wanted to provide some tips to help stay on your budget.
10 ways to keep your work wardrobe budget friendly
- Buy classic items you can accessorize in different ways
- Make sure you can style an item at least 4 different ways (Ex:Denim Shirt- can be worn with a pair of trousers to work, with a pair of jeans for a denim on denim look, with a rolled sleeve paired with shorts for the weekend, or even paired with a tulle skirt for a date night)
- Make sure to build your wardrobe over time – buy quality key pieces that will last
- Purchase quality neutral shoes that will last many years- remember cost per wear on this ($100 pair of shoes worn 10 times = $10/wear), your feet usually stay around the same size no matter how you change, and just because a shoe has a fun pattern doesn’t mean it can’t be a neutral in your wardrobe (ex: plaid, leopard, or even stripes)
- Know when to purchase certain items – researching sales cycles for certain items can save $$$
- Buying items at the end of a season can be beneficial; in Texas we really have an eternal summer so most things in the middle can be worn all year long
- Sell your old clothes – there are places that will buy back old clothes like Plato’s closet and you can use the money for new ones
- Keep a specific budget for clothing on a monthly basis – save up a couple of months for big ticket items
- Filter your e-mail brand alerts and check them only when you are looking to buy something from that store
- Be creative – you can always thrift, sew items in a new way, or even host a clothing trading party with friends if you have a limited budget
The key to this is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look fabulous for the office. There are ways to keep costs down and still purchase big ticket items. If your budget doesn’t allow for clothing, be creative and mix and match what you already own. You can really surprise yourself if you just think out of the box.
The look I am wearing is a classic look that stands the test of time. A striped button up shirt, solid pair of trousers, and a basic heel. To make this look a little more fun I added some menswear inspiration – one of my favorite ways to style work clothes also seen here. I “borrowed” a tie from my hubby’s closet to create a belted look and added a chunky necklace.
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