Wardrobe Building on a Budget
Nothing is worse than having a new professional job but not enough money to have a new professional wardrobe. This however is the case for many men and women who are just starting out in their careers with little money and even smaller time for shopping.
There are a few tips and tricks you can use to help you build that wardrobe on a small budget with little hassle and even less money if you do it right. This is important because even in the business world, image is everything, and looking the part for your new job is important.
This may sound like a horribly cliché answer, but the truth is that there is a lot more to it than just finding sales at your local stores. Look for high-end boutiques that cater very much to the business crowd and haunt them and their sales papers until you find out their regular pattern of sales and regular pricing. Find out if they offer discounts to students or repeat customers, and see what their policy is on renting power suits or professional evening attire. All of these things are important to look for because they can really save you money in the long run, making it a more pleasant experience over all. Just a warning though – not all stores are willing to tell when their sales are coming, so it may take some organization and research to discover how often each store brings in new sales.
Buying high-quality materials seems contradictory to building a wardrobe on a budget, but in fact it makes a lot of sense. Instead of spending 10 dollars a skirt for five skirts that you’ll have to replace after a month, why not spend 25 dollars a skirt for two very high quality skirts that will last until YOU get tired of THEM? Doing things this way ensures you still have skirts in a month when you may not have money to replace those ten dollar ones you wanted to buy because they were cheaper, and they can add a conservative element that is very versatile to your wardrobe.
Speaking of versatility, it is basically the key to shopping and building a wardrobe on a budget. When you shop, look for mainly neutral toned pieces that are business-appropriate and in styles that could not be placed in any one decade for the last one hundred years. Doing this can help you in so many ways. Not only can you make the most of what few items you have by mixing and matching to your heart’s desire, but you can even make more out of the few unique, brightly colored and fun pieces you buy here and there when you have a little extra. Think of a power suit with a bright red undershirt and then the shirt under a khaki jacket for a dinner-meeting, for example. Versatility can go a long way in building a low-budget wardrobe for any businessperson, but especially for business women.