Build A Business Wardrobe
On A Budget!
You've sent out your resume -- you've
gotten your foot in the door. About to schedule an interview?
Or, maybe you're preparing for your first day on the job?
In any case, it's time to trade in your casual duds for
a professional wardrobe. Faced with a limited budget and
ever-changing definitions of "corporate casual," building
a business wardrobe can seem difficult to say the least.
But all is not lost. It may take a little time and some
extra effort, but between seasonal sales, retail outlets,
secondhand shops and rummage sales, you're sure to find
great basics tailored to fit your budget. Following are
some tips, courtesy of www.e-How.com.
- Learn the sale cycle of your favorite
boutique or department store. End-of-season sales usually
occur in January and July, while the back-to-school season
and major holidays boast good reductions on selected merchandise.
- Consider the vintage, consignment
and secondhand shops in your area. Dig through the bins
and sift through the crowded racks where basic, high quality
and well-priced pieces await. Tip: Always carefully examine
secondhand merchandise for damage, including stains, tears,
splitting seams, moth holes, broken zippers and missing
- Spend a day at the outlet stores
in your area. Visit all the shops that carry the items
that interest you, put pieces on hold, then tally up the
day's finds to see what fits into your budget.
- Scour garage sales. Keep in mind
the old adage "one man's junk could be another's treasure."
- Take advantage of promotions that
offer additional discounts on multiple-item purchases.
Stock up on hosiery, underwear and button-down shirts.
- Sign up to receive e-mail from your
favorite online retailers. Let them come to you with information
about closeouts, sales and special deals.
It may take some time and effort, but
between seasonal sales, retail outlets, secondhand shops
and rummage sales, you're sure to find wardrobe basics tailored
to fit your budget.
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