Finding Work Clothes on a Budget

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Is your internship for the summer requiring you to buy business attire? Are you too broke to buy said business attire? It’s ok, OTH has found the best places to find business appropriate clothes that won’t burn a hole through your wallet.

1.  Marshalls, Ross, T.J. Maxx – These stores specialize in selling clothes for cheap from bigger department stores. Even if these items are out of season, you can still pick up a classic button up for a fraction of the cost it would be in the actual store.

2.  Forever 21 – You wouldn’t think it at first, but Forever 21 has a surprisingly good selection of tops for women in the workplace. Especially since bottoms for women are either pencil skirts or suit pants, Forever 21’s tops can add lots of variability to the monotonous everyday wardrobe (and their clothes are cheap enough that you can afford to have variability). Forever 21’s selection for men’s business attire is pretty limited, so if you’re a guy I would focus on the next store on the list.

3.  H&M – If you’re a guy, this website has a whole section dedicated to suits. You’re welcome. They also have really cheap business shirts that are good to stock up on, as well as ties (and bow ties if you want to be extra spiffy). The website also has an entire section devoted to office wear for women. It’s pretty much a dream come true. The tops can be a bit pricey compared to Forever 21, but their selection of pants and blazers are the best when comparing price and quality. Also, they have cute dresses that are work appropriate as well, which is always good for mixing things up.

4.  Raiding the sale sections of higher end stores – DO THIS. Especially when you’re looking for shoes. I was always told that even if you’re on a budget, you shouldn’t skimp on the things that separate you from the ground (shoes, mattress, tires, etc). But if you are really strapped for cash, just make a visit to the clearance section! Remember, you are going to have to walk around in these for the entire summer. That means if you buy cheap, you will either be extremely uncomfortable or the shoes will fall apart after a week of wear. Make sure to get good quality at a good price.

We hope this helps you find business clothes without making you more poor than you already are. And hopefully you can make some of that money back with your internship over the summer! Now let’s have a moment of silence for those with unpaid internships. …

Ok, now happy shopping!

by Laurie Goodman

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