When I went back into an office after almost two years of working from home, I was concerned about building a business wardrobe. I realized it would not be appropriate to simply wear my running clothes into the office but I also didn’t want to spend a ton of money. I have figured out a few easy ways to build up a business wardrobe and I thought I’d share my tips in case anyone else is looking for an affordable way to build their business wardrobe.
- Figure out your style. I love dresses. I wear them year round and prefer them to pants most days. I like the J Crew look for my work clothes. Knowing this means that I shop mostly at J. Crew and J. Crew Factory. Not exclusively, but often. I don’t actually enjoy spending all day shopping in a mall and do most of my shopping online so it works for me to know that I can find sizes and styles I enjoy and not have to shop around too much.
- Shop the sales. I’m a big proponent of sales. Since I shop at the same stores often, I know that if something isn’t on sale right now, it will be a in a few weeks. I will add items to my cart and then when I get a notice about a sale, I go back and take advantage. It works really really well for me. A huge trick I use is monitoring Gilt City – the site often has 35% off deals for J. Crew Factory. They usually pop up every few months or so and so it always makes sense for me to just get the deal and then see what J. Crew Factory has on sale. This allows me to usually get 5-6 new items for a couple hundred dollars total. I save a lot doing this. If you haven’t used Gilt City – check them out using this link!
- Keep it simple. I buy a lot of basics that can be easily matched with other items. Classic, timeless pieces like shift dresses that can be matched with cardigans or suit jackets. Nude shoes that can be worn with any item in my closet. Buying things that can be easily mixed and matched helps expand your wardrobe because many items go with many other items.
How do you build your business wardrobe?