Work Wear On A Budget

One thing that I want to really work on in 2018 is improving my work wardrobe! I had never really given it much of a thought before, and have showed up to the office in workout gear several times (nothing wrong with that though), but I’m a college graduate now so I guess it’s time to beef up the office look. I want to grow my business in the right direction, with the right clients, the right attitude, and in the right outfit. I mean, what you show up to meet a client in says loads about you. I work in real estate, and I can honestly say that I don’t know how much faith I would put in a Realtor who showed up in leggings and an over-sized tee, although I am totally guilty of that. But in my defense, it was my favorite New Frontier Outfitters “Appalachia” shirt, so at least it was appropriate for the location… Right?

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I found these amazing Ivanka Trump suede pants at TJ Maxx for under $30, but also found them in a couple other places that I’ll link below! The fit is so nice and the fabric is  thick, which is perfect for this extra-cold winter we’ve been having here in Kentucky! I’m wearing them in the “heather taupe” color.

The satin cami is from Target, and is their new brand, A New Day. This line has tons of cute styles for work, so I feel like it’s going to be a go-to for me! This cami is really versatile and would be perfect for dressing up for a night out, or even pairing with some comfy joggers for lounging around the house! It comes in 4 colors and is under $20. Right now, as I’m writing this post, its on sale for $12.99, so keep your eye out! I’m wearing it here, in the burgundy color.

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The leather blazer seen here is from Forever 21, and is no longer available, but I’ve linked a few similar ones below! I snagged this one on Poshmark for under $15. I haven’t wore a leather jacket since, like, maybe 2012, but I can actually say… I’m totally digging it! It’s also one of those really versatile pieces that I’m sure I’ll get tons of wear out of!

The pointed-toe pumps pictured here have been a staple for me for years! I can trace these things back probably 5 years. They’re from GUESS and I think I got them on major sale at DSW, way back when. They got me through my pageant years, my first real job interview, and now they’re making their first appearance on the blog. If you don’t own a good pair of black pumps, you’re doing life wrong.

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I’m totally smitten with this Calvin Klein tote my mother got me for Christmas. I’ve been whining around about finding the perfect work tote for months, now that I’ve finally retired the old college backpack. She has had a gorgeous gold tote for a few years that I actually picked out for her for Christmas, and I’ve wanted to steal it back ever since. So she said that when she saw this one, she thought it was just perfect! And boy was she right! It fits all my work essentials, and then some and the bronze color is simply beautiful! The detachable pouch on the inside is perfect for stashing extra lipsticks and protein bars for a long day at the office. It also has a detachable shoulder strap, which has been the handiest thing! I typically carry it by the two shorter straps, but when I’ve got my hands piled full, I throw it over my shoulder and carry it as a cross-body bag! I seriously couldn’t have picked out a better bag myself, so go momma!

The necklace was a last minute buy for my Christmas outfit! I found it on Amazon for under $10 and with my Amazon Prime membership, I got it in just two days. I 100% recommend getting a membership if you don’t already! It has been worth every penny for me.

You can find all the pieces I mentioned above linked below! I’ve linked exact items first, then similar ones. Happy shopping!

Satin Cami

A New Day Women’s Satin Cami • $12.58

H&M Satin and Lace Camisole Top • H&M • $12.99

Abound Velvet & Lace Satin Cami • $21.97

Leather Blazer

Faux Leather & Knit Blazer • Dynamite • $50

Blazer With Faux Leather Sleeves • Dynamite • $35

VERO MODA Blazers • Vero Moda • $38

Suede Pants

Ivanka Trump Faux Suede Pants • Bon-Ton • $49.99

B Collection by Bobeau Roland Faux Suede Leggings • $61.50

INC Faux-Suede Skinny Pants • INC International Concepts • $29.93

Tote Bag

Calvin Klein Sonoma Extra Large Reversible Tote with Pouch • Calvin Klein • $168 

Women’s Anna Large Reversible Bicolor Tote Bag • Lacoste • $76 

Slouchy Vegan Tote by Free People • Free People • $68 

Pumps

GUESS Eloy • GUESS • $36.99–62.99 

Mix No. 6 Women’s Dignity Pump • Mix No. 6 • $34.98 

Jessica Simpson Tolli Pointed Toe Pump • Jessica Simpson • $49.97 

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