This week's "You Search, I Answer" is based on the search term "200 Dollar Professional Dress Budget". There are two ways to go about building a professional wardrobe on a $200 budget, through retail shopping or through second-hand shopping. Today, I'll focus on retail shopping and leave thrift shopping for another post.
To build a professional wardrobe on the cheap, you need to buy a few neutral basics and a few pieces with personality to mix and match.
I've compiled a list of essential items for a professional wardrobe (with my recommended sources):
- Neutral Blazer (Gap, Loft)
- Colorful Cardigan (Target, Old Navy)
- Print Blouse (Kohl's, especially Simply Vera)
- Button-Up (Old Navy, American Eagle)
- Trouser Jeans (Gap, Old Navy)
- Straight Skirt (Target)
American Eagle Outfitters ruffle shirt, $40
Black jacket, $21
Old Navy wide leg denim pants, $35
sweaters, clothing, women : Target, $20
Wet Seal flat heels, $8.99
Wet Seal bow shoes, $15
Dolce Vita elastic belt, $17
Dorothy Perkins tan belt, $8
Simply Vera Vera Wang Watercolor Tank, $9.60
Target:Merona® Collection Women's Waldon Tweed S..., $17
With six pieces of clothing, you can make at least ten outfits. That's two weeks of work outfits.
Outfits 1 & 2
Outfits 3, 4, & 5
Outfits 6, 7, & 8
Outfits 9 & 10