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Affordable Ways to Grow Your Work Wardrobe

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Although it would be nice to buy a whole new wardrobe, your wallet would feel the pain. Instead, consider going shopping in your own closet! Here are some tips for inexpensive ways to refresh your closet, without breaking the bank.

One of the best things you can do for your style and wallet is to create a wardrobe with a strong foundation of essentials. These are pieces you can wear from season-to-season. Having key wardrobe pieces will help you get dressed easily, add versatility to your closet, and you can easily mix and match.

You might have a closet full of clothes but oftentimes feel like you have nothing to wear, which is why you should try shopping your own closet before spending money on new clothes.

Tip: Before going through your closet, keep in mind neutrals are your best friend! It is important to build your wardrobe staples with neutral pieces so you can make the most out of your closet. Go through your closet and separate your neutrals - blacks, whites, and grays/brown - into one place so it’s easier to style an outfit. You can simply layer them with pieces that fit your personality.

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Here are some basic pieces you may already own that maximize comfort, while keeping you looking and feeling your best - and best of all, help you save money!

  1. Accessories

    One of the easiest and most affordable ways to make an outfit feel new to you again is to add accessories. Jewelry, purses, belts, shoes, watches, or sunglasses can change the look of your outfit instantly with little effort or expense. All you have to do is look for stylish accessories you have in your closet! If you don’t own a lot of accessories try visiting a thrift store, you might find something unique.
  2. Staple Shoes

    While going through your closet, take a look at the shoes you own and how they can work year-round. If you find that you don’t have staple shoes, invest in shoes that can be your “go-to’s” to wear daily. For dressing more casual, try opting for a classic sneaker you can dress up or down. For work wear or a night out, choose a neutral-colored dress shoe you can wear with different looks.
  3. Basic t-shirt

    A basic neutral colored t-shirt is comfortable and one of the most versatile wardrobe stables. It can be worn to the grocery store, on the weekend, or even by dressing it up at the office with a blazer or cardigan.
  4. Button-down shirt

    A button-down shirt is a must-have for effortless style for both men and women. A simple white button-down shirt can be worn many different ways.
  5. Blazer

    A blazer is a great layering piece you can dress up or down and wear it in all seasons. For work, you can create more of a business casual look, or dress up a blazer for a night out.
  6. Sweater or Cardigan

    Sweaters have a lot of variety. Medium weight crew neck sweaters are great to have in the fall and winter, while lightweight sweaters are great for the spring and summer. Cardigans are typically lightweight and can come in a variety of colors, which is a quick and easy way to create multiple outfits.
  7. Jeans

    Jeans that fit you perfectly are a must-have in your wardrobe. Explore the different types of jean fits to determine which feels and looks best on you. Straight leg jeans have lots of versatility while a fitted pair of jeans are a classic to have. Also make sure to explore different types of jean washes, from light to dark, white or black, the choice is up to you and your style.
  8. Dress Pants

    Dress pants or trousers are a closet staple and are great office attire. Whether you’re interviewing or already have the job, investing in a nice, versatile pair of slacks can be worth it. Consider black dress pants, as well as khaki, that can go with a number of different shirts.
  9. Dresses and Skirts

    For women, a neutral-colored dress and midi-skirt are great to wear year ‘round. You can wear midi-length skirts and dresses during the day in the office or in the evening. You can also pair it with different pieces to switch up the look you are going for.

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