Building a Frugal Business Wardrobe

by Kelly · 3 comments

in Living Frugally

As I start my new job, I’ve had to start a new way of dressing myself. While the dress code at work is definitely business casual, it is still a step up from what I could get away with as a work at home mom or a graduate student.

I used to have a nice wardrobe, because I had to look presentable in front of a class full of students. That was several years ago, however, and before starting my new job at the beginning of June, I realized that I needed to take stock of what clothes I had and what clothes I needed.

Luckily, one of the two legal six week long sales sessions is going on right now in France, so I’ve been able to stock up on some nice, stain free tee-shirts, summer slacks and blouses and so on for very little. I’ve also taken this opportunity to buy some clothes that will fit my kids next season or next year- this is one of the ways that I save money on kids’ clothes.

Last year I wrote a three-part series called How to Look Fabulous, Frugally, in which I describe in more detail how to have a nice wardrobe, without spending too much money.

How to Look Fabulous, Frugally: Part One

  • This part describes the five questions or issues to consider when looking at your clothes.

How to Look Fabulous, Frugally: Part Two

  • This part tries to define what a frugal wardrobe is.

How to Look Fabulous, Frugally: Part Three

  • This part describes how to take care of your clothes so that they last longer and look better.

What are your tricks for looking nice on a budget, especially at work?


1 Amanda Padgett July 22, 2009

Well, my tip isn't about clothes, but it impacts how you look in your clothes – a good hair cut/style. A woman can be in nice looking clothes, but if her hair is pulling her down then her whole look is off.
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2 Nancy July 23, 2009

I’ve simplified my work wardrobe over the years. I have about 3 skirts, a couple of dresses and 3 nice slacks. In order to make this work I have several blouses/shirts that can coordinate with several of the bottoms. I also wear the same bottom a couple of times/week. No one notices, or if they do, they don’t say anything. I used to have scads of clothes and then I figured out that the men I work with have 1 suit, several shirts and ties that can coordinate and then about 2 or 3 pair of casual pants and several shirts. They wear the same thing to work each week so why can’t I? It’s made my life so much easier.
.-= Nancy´s last blog ..What Would You Do? =-.

3 Jerry July 24, 2009

I would have to chime in and say that ebay, thrift stores and consignment stores are your insurance for keeping work clothes costs down. Being creative can lead to serious savings for your wallet and you will look great at the same time.

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