Being a part of the business world or going through the interview process means you’ll most likely dress in business casual or business formal attire. Over the years I’ve had my fair share of dressing up for interviews, internships, and different jobs I’ve had. As a college student, I needed to find workwear on a budget, and while I can afford to splurge here and there, finding a good deal is always a win in my book. Today I’m sharing my favorite places to shop for affordable workwear.
UNIQLO is the best place to go when you are looking for great basics to build your work wardrobe around. I went to UNIQLO when I got my first job and I picked up a few pairs of button-ups, blouses, and pants. They also sell blazers, belts, and more! My favorite thing about UNIQLO’s workwear is that their button-ups and pants are so easy to iron, it only takes me a few seconds.
New York & Company
New York & Company is my go to place for buying pants. As I mentioned in one of my latest blog posts, Everything I’m Buying for Fall 2018, I have trouble finding pants that fit my fuller hips and thighs, while also fitting my smaller waistline. Curvy girls rejoice, NY&C is the only place I’ve found that gets it right. This is my favorite pair of pants for work. Also, NY&C always has sales, so if you like an item and it’s too pricey for you, just wait a week or two because it will probably go on sale soon.
Is there anything that Forever 21 doesn’t sell? With blouses starting at around $12, and pants around $15, Forever 21 is one of the most affordable places to shop for workwear. Forever 21 tends to have really cute blouses, but in my experience, they are prone to pulling, so even though I’m wearing this one above, I wouldn’t recommend them. I am however a fan of their pants! They are usually comfy and on trend.
So Zara may not fall into the affordable category for everyday wear, but in terms of finding a good suit, Zara knocks it out of the park. I find that brands often sell suits that swallow up my 5’4 frame, but Zara’s suit separates fit like a glove. This means no tailoring required to achieve the perfect fit! I highly recommend Zara if you are looking for affordable suit separates that look and feel great.
While I’m not the biggest fan of Burlington’s in-store experience, I cannot deny that they have great deals on brands that make quality workwear such as Calvin Klein, Talbots, and Kasper. When I first started interviewing for internships, this was my go to place to find what I needed. Look for suits, suit separates, blouses, shoes, and handbags at this department store. If you don’t have a Burlington near you, try a different department store such as, Century 21.
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