We put together a handy roadmap for looking like a boss, even though you're not getting paid like one — or at all. We cooked up three stellar work outfits that comprise some of the most wallet-friendly wardrobe finds, ever. Two of these head-to-toe looks ring up under $150; our splurgiest ensemble totals less than $200.
Now for some real talk: Are we advocating that you hit the mall and dig into your savings to score a completely new outfit? Of course not. Our goal is to introduce you to the bargain-basement pieces (and the totally on-point ensembles) that will make your inner Working Girl feel a little more polished and put-together. Just remember us when you're crushing the corporate ladder.
Better Basics For $148.25
Wardrobe staples with endless mix-and-match possibilities are always a good investment. Here, a sunny yellow sweater is tempered by the ladylike lines of a sleek navy skirt, and both pieces are endlessly versatile. Add a nude heel for leg-lengthening height and a colorful bag for a little pop, and you're ready for the day.
Clockwise from top left: Uniqlo Cashmere V Neck Sweater, $59.90, available at Uniqlo; Dorothy Perkins Ink Textured Circle Skirt, $35, available at Dorothy Perkins; Urban Outfitters Turquoise Rectangle Earrings, $10, available at Urban Outfitters; ASOS Clutch Bag in Blurred Lines Print, $46.30, available at ASOS; Fioni Insider Ankle Strap Pump, $17, available at Payless stores.
Preppy Prints For $146.83
In a more casual workplace, a little print-mixing can help showcase your personality while keeping your professionalism intact. Start with a simple pattern, like polka dots, and pair it with a slightly more adventurous print, like a bright floral. The slim, tailored silhouette is office-appropriate, and a classic quilted bag and metallic skimmers are the ideal finishing touches. On the beauty side, opt for a neutral, fresh face to keep the focus on your outfit.
Clockwise from top left: Mango Slim-Fit Floral Print Trousers, $39.99, available at Mango; American Eagle Printed Chiffon Button Down Shirt, $39.95, available at American Eagle; e.l.f. Studio Eye Enhancing Eyeshadow Palette, $6, available at e.l.f.; Delia's Quilted Stud Crossbody Bag, $24.90, available at Delia's; Penny Loves Kenny Aaron Flat, $39.95, available at Zappos.
Elegant Upgrades For $192.11
If all those side gigs have left you with a little extra cash in your clothing budget, we recommend spending it on a flattering dress with major chameleon-like qualities. This flirty, printed number easily goes from work to dinner date to girls' night out. Pair it with your trusty black tights, jewel-toned booties, and a crisp blazer, and it will become your new cure for the Mondays. A robin's-egg blue satchel and a knotted necklace add a frugal flourish.
Clockwise from top left: Forever 21 Cool Knotted Chain Choker, $9.80, available at Forever 21; H&M Patterned Dress, $34.95, available at H&M; Miss Selfridge Cream Ponte Lapel Detail Jacket, $68, available at Miss Selfridge; Style&co. Maryland2 Bootie, $39.37, available at Macy's; Merona Satchel Handbag with Removable Shoulder Strap, $39.99, available at Target.