Building Your Business Wardrobe on a Budget

Whether you’re preparing for an interview, corporate affair or a day in the office, looking your best is crucial. Luckily, building a professional wardrobe is possible without spending an exorbitant amount of money. By exploring less conventional options, budget-conscious shoppers can find great deals on otherwise expensive items.

Here are a few ways to make it happen:

Building your business wardrobe doesn't have to break the bank.

Building your business wardrobe doesn’t have to break the bank.

Suit Up

One of the first items to add to your soon-to-be burgeoning wardrobe is a suit. A jacket and pants, or skirt, suit in a neutral color (grey, black, brown and navy) can be mixed and matched with other clothing articles. The assortment of potential combinations will help you to get the most for your money.

Be a Treasure Hunter

Shopping at thrift stores, such as Goodwill and The Salvation Army, can land you great items for less. Occasionally, people will donate name brand suits or slacks that were only worn once or twice.

When shopping at these establishments, it’s a great idea to visit the best parts of town; wealthy individuals often donate some great, gently used items.

Also, remember to pay attention to any sales or promotions happening throughout the week. You may be able to save even more on an already reduced item.

Online Shopping Pays Off

Don’t be afraid to peruse online shopping sites like eBay, Overstock or Amazon. By shopping online you may be able to find great pieces at prices that fit within your budget.

Browsing sites like Craigslist can be beneficial, too. There, you may find clothes in the free section that you can use. Also, posting what you’re looking for in the wanted section may yield results in the future.

You can even shop the available selection of Goodwill stores across America by visiting

Avoid Paying Full Price

The goal is to find great items without spending all your money. While department stores are good for some items, such as socks, ties and machine washable shirts, you’ll save more by shopping at off-price retailers.

Stores like Filene’s Basement, TJ Maxx and Marshalls sell items that a department store wasn’t able to sell – at a discounted price. You may still spend more than you would at a thrift store, but it’s better than paying full price elsewhere.

Photo courtesy Hallenser