How to dress professional on a budget

By Laura Gallagher
November 2, 2011

How to dress professionally on a budget:

1. Mix and match: If you own a good pair of slacks, the possibilities are endless. Use different shirts, blouses and blazers to give you a variety of outfits. Make sure all clothes are pressed and wrinkle free.

2. Use accessories to make a statement: Have an accent piece such as a scarf, belt or jewelry. You can get affordable accessories at Forever 21 or H&M. Guys can wear ties to dress up their outfit.

3. Shoes: Wearing closed-toe shoes are ideal. Heeled loafers are a good way to keep your outfit chic yet professional. DSW has a variety of men’s and women’s shoes that are good quality with a reasonable price.

4. Wait for sales: A lot of stores prices may seem way to expensive and you’re probably right. Always wait for the sale. Most likely in a couple months the shirt you’ve been dying to buy will be there for you at a lower price.

5. Shop at a second-hand store: Going to a thrift store is a great way to help you save money. Before buying an item, make sure you look at the piece of clothing in its entirety. Check out Impact Thrift store in Norristown on Markley Street.

6. Set a goal: Before you set foot in a mall or thrift store figure out what you want! Going without a purpose will lead you to buy things aimlessly. This might cause you to spend more money than you probably need to. If you need a new pair of shoes, figure out what stores you want to go in and how much you want to spend. Planning ahead is key.


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