My workwear game hasn’t always been strong. When I first got accepted to my MBA program at Clemson, I was so excited! That was until I learned we had to wear business casual every day to class. I remember nervously glancing at my closet that had about 3 professional dresses that I’d owned since high school. However, I’ll never pass up an excuse to shop for new clothes!
My only concern was that I wasn’t going to be able to find business outfits that reflected my personal style. I didn’t want to show up on the first day of class with the same workwear wardrobes as my peers. From the first day of your internship or the start of a new job, it’s important that you stand out! A sharp, professional wardrobe is a great way to catch their attention.
I also wanted to make sure that I wasn’t breaking the bank. College grads, grad students, and young professionals, you definitely understand the struggle! Brooks Brothers and Louboutin heels aren’t exactly in the cards right now. Thankfully, there’s a way to buy stylish, business clothes and stick to your budget. Check out my favorite finds below!
7 Best Places to Shop for Trendy, Workwear on a Budget
TJ Maxx / Marshalls / Ross: It might take a bit of digging in these stores, but they’ll have the best deals hands down for shoes. Discounted designer shoes like Sam Edelman, Tory Burch, and Vince Camuto? Sign me up.
J. Crew Factory: Factory is the key word here. The same quality as the original, but with prices more suitable for someone still occasionally eating Ramen for dinner.
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Let me know where you shop for your workwear or business clothes in the comments below! P.S. If you’re moving to go to college, an exciting internship opportunity, or starting a new job, you can check out my tips on how to transition to your new city here.