A woman who works in an office setting and who wants to move up the ladder has no choice but to dress for the part. This is because dressing for success really does help make a woman appear every inch a professional. The only problem: quality office attire and accessories can cost a lot of money.
I do have several suggestions, however, concerning ways to look your best without spending lots of cash. I guarantee that if you try one of the tips below, you will experience serious savings on work clothes.
1. Swoop in on Store Closings
2014 ushered in the demise of 33 JC Penney stores across the nation. Lucky for me, one of the stores slated for closure was only 20 minutes from my home. Sure, I felt sad for the employees, yet I also felt ecstatic at the prospect of being able to supplement my work wardrobe for pennies on the dollar.
For example, I purchased a $200.00 winter dress coat for only $22.00. In addition, I picked up quality accessories, including necklaces, earrings, sunglasses, and watches. Finally, I purchased work basics, such as solid color dress slacks and cardigan sweaters.
When shopping store closing sales, it is important to avoid impulse buying. If you have time, peruse the store first to get a feel for what merchandise they have left for sale. Then, think seriously about what to buy that will enhance your existing wardrobe.
2. Explore Consignment Shops
Visiting a consignment shop can be a thrilling experience, especially if you visit one in an upscale neighborhood.
It seems as if many rich woman tire of their clothing rather quickly. The good news about this bad habit is that their loss is your gain. For instance, I’ve purchased gorgeous skirts and dressy blouses at these stores at rock bottom prices.
Investigate accessories at designer shops as well. You will be surprised to find quality purses, belts, and even never worn shoes.
3. Buy Winter Clothing Now
I hate winter! Well, at least after the winter of 2013 – 2014, I am seriously over snow and cold. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t acknowledge the fact that winter will come again – in only a few short months.
By buying seasonal clothing out of season, I save a lot of money. For instance, retailers want to dump any remaining winter clothing before Memorial Day. To do this, they will drop the price by as much as 90%!
Knowing full well that I will need heavy sweaters beginning next October, I always purchase a few of these leftovers. Another bonus is that many times more expensive clothing remains on the shelves. For example, last week I snapped up a Liz Claiborne V neck sweater for only $7.00.
Final Thoughts on Saving Big
Being smart about buying work clothes will save you lots of cash. Why spend your hard earned money on full price, in season clothing when you can hunt down the same pieces for much less? If you do so, you will look professional, and you will still have money to go out to a power lunch!