4 Budget Saving Ways to Build a Work Wardrobe | Renee & Shanice

Good morning Honeys,

How are you feeling today?

With our ever-changing styles, it’s hard to find looks that work both as office wear and casual wear. If you’re starting your career as a seasoned fashionista, choosing staple pieces is a must. Over the years, I’ve read many articles on how much clothes does one person need in their work wardrobe. Since most of the time, these items can cost a small fortune. Thus, I've come up with a list of pieces that look great together, and that won't break the bank.

1. Bottoms

First, know that your weight will fluctuate from 1 to 5 pounds during the month. It is for this reason that I would suggest not purchasing skin-tight office wear. Because you won’t want to wear the item when you’re feeling fat. Get pants that fit you, but it is also a little loose, and you can always add a belt when needed.

You will need 2 pairs of jeans, one light, and one dark. Jeans are an excellent option for a casual night out after work or if you are an assistant like I was, they are great for casual Friday at the office and to run around in. You can pair them with a t-shirt and blazer to make them more of a work-appropriate look.

Check out this Pinterest board for more ideas.

In addition, you can have 1 or 2 skirts, but I’m not a fan of always shaving my legs.

2. Tops

The golden rule when working in an office with men is to always wear an undershirt. Especially when wearing lighter, more sheer linens. This will remove the bra lines, and it will smooth out your tops. Tanks are my lifesaver since I have a DD bust size.

Pro Tip: You can take off your blouse and wear the tank if you have a date after work, with a blazer.

Blouses are great to wear in the office, so you should have a couple of choices. Try to avoid patterns because if you wear the same one every Wednesday, other females in the office will notice. A tee-shirt can always be dressed up or down depending on the look you're going for. Black or white work pants and at simple logo free tee can look stunning together.

See the Pinterest board for more ideas.

3. Dresses

There isn’t a hard and fast rule for wearing dresses in the office. You can wear them if you’re comfortable in your workplace. Check the office vibe and see if it’s appropriate. I love to wear dresses, but I work in a male-dominated field, so I only wear them on casual Fridays.

4. Accessories

The simpler the accessories, the more comfortable you will be at work. I used to love wearing hoop earrings to work until I became a receptionist. They would be annoying when I would answer the phone. I would have to take one off and look stupid when anyone came to see me at my desk. From that moment on, I started wearing studs.

Your shoe choice is also important, depending on where you work. In some office spaces, you can get away with wearing ballet flats, but in some cases, pumps are more appropriate. You can always keep a pair of flats under your desk.

So now you know you don’t have to spend a fortune to look good at the office. Buy quality basics, and you will have a fantastic wardrobe that will last you for years. You can regularly add pieces to spice up your wardrobes, like, for instance, a patterned blouse or some necklaces.

TTYL…Have a great day

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