Where to find affordable work clothes

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Top: Ann Taylor Similar (Extra 40% off now!) | Pants: Anne Klein (old from Nordstrom Rack) | Shoes: Nine West (old from Marshalls)

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Dress: Loft (very old) | Shoes: Ann Taylor | Blazer: Ann Taylor (SimilarSimilar)

When I first started working, I wanted to buy all the high-end luxury pieces and look just like the professional women in magazines, movies, TV shows, etc. What an awakening I had when I found myself with a strict budget for my clothing purchases! With rent and other more important expenses (bills, bills, bills, bills), I allowed myself to spend $100 every 2 months.

My favorite stores for work clothes included – and still do – Nordstrom Rack, Loft, and Ann Taylor. While there are more options, I wanted to touch on those three in this post. Ann Taylor and Loft regularly have  amazing sales (40% off, extra 50% off sales, etc.) and you can score some amazing staples for a great price. I avoid buying anything full price from Ann Taylor and Loft unless it is something I love and absolutely must have. I wait for those sales! The navy blue sheath dress that I’m wearing was purchased 5 years ago at Loft, and I wear it all year. The Ann Taylor collarless jacket is a recent purchase of $49.99 (scored at 50% off).

Another favorite place of mine is Nordstrom Rack. The floral pants you see above were purchased in a set of 3 pieces – shell, pants, and blazer. I still have the blazer and the pants. I had to return the shell because it didn’t fit. I recall the three pieces cost me approximately $80. THREE pieces of clothing for $80. Anne Klein offers very nice quality pieces. Also from Nordstrom Rack, I’ve also purchased a beautiful Tahari dress that I can’t seem to stop wearing.

Definitely take a look at those three places. You can be chic and frugal at the same time 😉 ❤

Basics Ensemble + LOFT Extra 50% off Sales Styles

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LOFT sweater (similar), LOFT short-sleeve button-up blouse, pants from Marshalls, Steven Madden loafers from Marshalls,

So excited to publish my very first post!

For today’s outfit, I layered the sweater over a LOFT button-up blouse that is also almost two years old. My office environment is on the more casual side of business-casual, so blazers are not necessary at all times (only when we have meetings).  My pants are by Larry Levine from Marshalls. They were also an awesome find that I can wear all year long since they’re not too thick, which would be problematic for the summer heat.

I’ve had this sweater for almost two years now, and I have to say I’m still in love with it as much as I was when I first purchased it. It’s not too form fitting, and I love the slits on the side. It’s easy to layer over button-up shirts like I did for this outfit.

LOFT always has amazing sales. Currently, they’re having a buy one, get one 50% off sale on tops and sweaters in addition to an extra 50% off promotion on all sales styles!

I can’t wait to share more amazing finds with you all in future posts! I want to share that you don’t have to spend a lot to have polished looks.