How to Dress Professionally on a Budget
A lot of people want to look great, but on a budget. If that's you, then you are at the right place!
Find out what shape/size you are. The size of your shoulders in relation to your chest and hips should effect how you dress. Sizes may vary between brands or styles. If possible, learn to make changes to odd fitting garments that just need to be sewn. Whatever shape/size you are make it work for you.
Go Shopping. Try places like thrift stores, or places with discounts, even Walmart can have some inexpensive diamonds in the rough. Sometimes you can find nice things, for cheap prices. Look for plain colors, like brown, black, etc., in classy styles so that you can mix and match outfits, but don't be afraid to add pops of color that can change the mood and focus of your outfit.
Try on your clothes BEFORE you buy them. You don't want to get home and realize your clothes don't fit you! Try them before you buy them! Make sure they are not too tight, or too loose. Remember that clothes drape and move differently on your body than a hanger.
Take a final look at them. Make sure they are modest. You want to look professional, make sure they don't show to much, you can show a little leg, or whatever, but don't sit down and have to keep constantly pulling at your skirt or neckline. If you are wearing a suit and a tie, make sure it fits you well, people can tell when the suit just isn't working for you.
Get a second opinion. If you are still not sure, ask someone else, someone who works at the store, a friend, whoever.
Buy your new clothes! Make whatever you are wearing work! Look professional, but not boring or lifeless.
- Make sure to stay in your budget!
- Look for discounts, you are shopping on a budget
- Don't go overboard with one shape, color, or fad. One eye-catching piece can work wonders and classy is always beautiful, but don't follow fads too closely or you may find yourself spending money on something you will wear for two months.