Top: Ann Taylor Similar (Extra 40% off now!) | Pants: Anne Klein (old from Nordstrom Rack) | Shoes: Nine West (old from Marshalls)
Dress: Loft (very old) | Shoes: Ann Taylor | Blazer: Ann Taylor (Similar, Similar)
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 😉 ❤