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Building a work wardrobe on a budget

By Aramide Esubi, Tribune Content Agency on

You don't need to spend a ton of money to procure an arsenal of outfits you can wear to work. Instead, focus on integrating investment pieces with inexpensive additions to build a work wardrobe on a budget. If you mix and match quality items with trendy or less expensive pieces, the result will be a wardrobe that likely looks much more expensive than it actually is.

You spend 40-plus hours a week at work, so creating a budget-friendly work wardrobe that makes you feel good is extremely important. It will help you start off each day on a positive note. When you look good, you feel good! Dressing well changes your demeanor, and studies have shown that it influences the way we think.

Invest in four key pieces

Even if you largely reside in a casual environment, you should always be prepared with an arsenal of business basics that you can wear for a big meeting, event or conference.

For ladies, these pieces are:

1. A well-fitted blazer

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2. A nice white blouse that can be worn alone or under something else like a blazer

3. A pair of slacks or a pencil skirt (or both)

4. Neutral pumps or flats, depending on what you prefer (either black or nude colored)

You'll want to invest in these pieces and make sure you purchase quality items, because these pieces will be the basis of your work wardrobe. While it's possible to buy inexpensive versions of these items, it's wise to purchase items that are better quality because you'll get more use out of them, and they will last longer.

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