Now that you have landed your dream internship or first real career position, it is time to invest in a professional wardrobe. Although funds for new clothes may be tight, you can still look professional with a limited budget. A great way to make your dollar stretch is by buying pieces that can be worn for both your job and outside of the office as well. Buy these key items and you can shop for work as well as play.
1. A great blazer. Make sure to grab a blazer when finding new clothes for work. This may just be the most versatile and best investment when buying professional clothes. A fitted blazer creates the illusion of a smaller waist, and this works on any body type. If you purchase one in a neutral color, such as black or gray, you can wear it with jeans on the weekends or out for drinks just as easily as in board meetings.
2. Sensible heels. Although you may love to wear heels out at night, most likely those pumps don’t work for the office. It you are a pro at walking in heels it may be easier to pull off, but no matter who you are, super high stilettos do not belong at work. Buy heels three inches or under. You will save yourself from sore feet and have a great new pair of shoes to wear to brunch or family holidays.
3. A blouse with a twist. Just because you are at work doesn’t mean you can’t be fashionable. If you choose to add style in appropriate ways you can have a job and look fabulous. One way to do this is to look for pieces that have unique details. A blouse with interesting design, fabric, or buttons is a great way to have style, but follow the dress code. Since such a blouse has an extra element that makes it stand out it can be a great shirt to wear untucked with jeans while relaxing over the weekend.
Pair these pieces with neutral and basic bottoms at work or fun shorts and skirts on the weekend. If you buy these three key items you can be fashion forward without having to drain your bank account.