Building Your Work Wardrobe Without Breaking the Bank

Picture this: it’s fourth year, second semester, you’re graduating in about two months, you look in your closet and - it’s all sweats and ripped jeans! What do you wear to a job interview? What do you wear to work? Welcome to reality - you’re going to need some new clothes, because leggings and a hoodie isn’t going to cut it in the world of work. But I just paid for an entire degree, so I sure haven’t got unlimited funds to update the work wardrobe.

No worries, fellow collegiettes - I’ve turned to the iconic Miranda Priestly (Devil Wears Prada - if you somehow haven’t seen it - watch it, now, for the fashion porn alone) to guide us in our quest to update our wardrobes from classroom to boardroom!

First things first - set yourself limits. No more buying sweats! You really don’t need yet another crew neck or pair of sweatpants.

If you only allow yourself to buy things that you can wear to an office (whatever the dress code for that office is), you’d be surprised at how quickly you can build up a full wardrobe when you only buy things that are work-appropriate.

For these work-appropriate pieces, start out buying classics. If you invest a little more cash in these pieces upfront, you’ll save money in the long run. But, the good part about classics is that if you don’t have the money to buy good quality clothes now, pieces like pencil skirts, button up shirts, and little black dresses are available in every price range.

Plus, classics are Miranda Priestly approved!

Last - but not least - one of the easiest and cheapest ways to update your work wardrobe is through your accessories and shoes. Switch out ankle booties for pumps or sleek flats, and change your cutesy stud earrings to (fake) pearl or crystal studs! You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference it makes.

Just follow these simple steps, and you’ll have a Miranda Priestly approved work wardrobe without destroying your bank balance!

That’s all for now, collegiettes - tag us in your favourite corporate outfit on Instagram!


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