With a new job comes the desire for new clothes – a fresh start, a new beginning. Kinda like the first day of school.
If you’re starting a new job or just looking for some fresh fall work pieces, I’ve put together some options that fit within my budget.
On the budget note –
We’re not rich, by any means, so budgeting is really important to us. I make a budget for shopping and do my best to stick to it. By each paycheck, or by month, I plan out what I have to spend and then work really hard to get as much as I can for that amount.
I figured I’d share how I planned for this shopping haul – and how to purchase work clothes for under $150.
I usually keep a Pinterest board of my wishlists, and rotate them as the seasons change. That’s the easiest way to keep track of pieces I want to buy, especially if I want to purchase them online.
I have one, but it’s way too big, so I’m looking for a better fitting one.
Here are a few that I’ve found that won’t break the bank:
I love the sinched arms on this one, and how there’s only one button. It’s also a little longer, which is nice, so I won’t worry about pulling it down all day. Also – the $60 is a little too much for one piece. I don’t think I’d want to spend that much on a blazer, especially with the other pieces on my list.
This one is pretty classic. I don’t know a ton about fashion so I have no idea what the word for the collar would be, but I like that it has the detail on the collar. The pointy things – yeah? Oh well, you get the idea.
Not black…still neutral enough. It’s long but not too long, and knit so it’ll be warm.
I’m leaning towards that last one from Old Navy because even thought it’s the same price as the H&M one, the ON one is twill which will be a little heavier and warmer for the winter.
I’ve been wearing my current pair every day and they’re basically worn through at this point.
I have black ones that are a little too narrow for my extra wide feet (ugh) and taupe ones that are torn and should probably be thrown away. I’m leaning towards buying some grey/ taupe ones this time.
These are from Sole Society, which has become my favorite retailer for purses and shoes.
The Romy is suede with a 2 1/8″ block heel. This color is Taupe and I chose this one because it’s the closest to grey for this style – all the others are brown.
These are super cute if you’re looking for some brown booties – they have a chestnut color and a camel which is a little lighter.
I like the design of these and the heel height, but they’re a little too western for me.
These are the River bootie in the color Mushroom.
They have a heel of 2 1/4″, which should be decently comfortable to walk around in at work. I also like that theses are grey – not brown. I’m not a huge fan of brown booties.
The only thing about these is that they are $90. When people say “less than $90!” and they’re $89.95, I’d like to punch them. So I high ball, because isn’t it better to see they’re less than that?
Also, on Sole Society, if you sign up for their emails, you get 15% off your first purchase. (I do this with any and every email address I have because DISCOUNT.) That makes these guys $76.45 !!
If I’m going to spend more than $50 on ANYTHING it has to be something that I will wear either every single day or more than once a week.
Those are splurge items for me, honestly. I ain’t fancy, y’all. Girl’s got a budget to stick to. As follows:
$76.45 + $35 = $111.45
Still some room for more! Woo! The leftover after this would be about $38.
Now the rest of my list includes the following:
- Pullover sweater
But the struggle of budget is real because which one of these can I get that’s great quality and still stay within budget?
Pants aren’t necessary because at my new job I can wear jeans. The sweaters though, are more important.
Pullover or Cardigan? That is the question.
Most days in the morning I’m too lazy to try to think about layers – so I’ll most likely go with the easier option and snag a pullover.
Here are a few I love that are under $40:
I like this, but not a huge fan of things that would touch my neck…
I might have to get that one because it’s 50% off!! And the back is criss cross – so cute.
If you can’t tell – I love Nordstrom, because they have the best basics and it’s easy to return/they have free shipping.
So all in all –
Booties: $76.45 +
Blazer: $35 + shipping +
If there’s one thing that gets me excited, it’s being under budget.
On a side note – I’ve been debating doing this on a more seasonal basis so it’s not as often and possibly a higher budget, but I can’t decide if I’d like that more. What do you guys think?
Thanks for reading.