Getting that first full-time ‘grown-up’ job is an exciting step. After spending four or more years getting an undergraduate degree, this step is what makes it all seem worth it. As great as it is, however, getting the first job tends to be quite stressful when it comes to being presentable in the work force. Unless you held a job during college in which you had to dress professionally, chances are, you do not have all the proper attire for working 40 or more hours a week. Nice clothes usually come with a high price tag, but do not fear because the savings queen is here with some great tips on how to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank.
Revisit your closet
Sometimes, we do not realize what great professional pieces we have in our own closets. Lay out all the clothing on the bed and pull pieces away that are easy to dress up. Portofino shirts, simple blouses, cardigans, and even tank tops are easy to dress up in the business world. Something as simple as adding a blazer over a tank top takes you from college casual to business professional in just a matter of seconds.
Invest in the apps
Smartphone applications, such as 5miles, OfferUp, LetG, and Poshmark all offer great deals on reused clothing. Individuals use the apps to resell clothing they no longer want, and, oftentimes, the clothing is barely used and in perfect condition. Additionally, people usually sell clothing in bundle deals, particular on Poshmark, so that you can select multiple items for a lower cost.
Shop at discount stores
Ross, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx and stores of the like are the perfect places to get professional clothing. These stores offer great brands for a small fraction of the original cost, so that you can stock up on a lot more for a lot less. There is no reason to spend hundreds of dollars on a few great pieces at a designer store when you can spend the same amount of money on a lot more clothing articles at a smaller store.
Focus on essentials
Starting off, you likely do not have much money to blow on a whole new wardrobe. Instead of stressing over how many pieces of clothing and splurging on dozens of blouses, pants and pairs of shoes, get the items that go a long way. Look for items that can be mixed and matched very easily to create some amazing outfits. Look for colors and patterns that go well together instead of items that only look good with one or two other things. When trying on clothes, create different outfits to see how it looks. Even if the clothing articles are a little on the plain side, it’s easy to add some fun to an outfit with accessories you have at home.
Become a coupon queen
Shop ‘til you drop, but make sure to keep the coupons standing. Many stores, such as Macy’s, Kohls and JCPenney, have coupons available on their websites for customers to download. When dealing with a college budget, it is totally acceptable to be ‘that’ person at the register who offers up loads of coupons. You have to do what you have to do, right?
Getting job essentials can seem daunting at times, but it is definitely not impossible. With just a little planning and budget balancing, it’s a simple task to get your wardrobe just as ready for a career as you are.