Work Wardrobe on a Budget 


Do you often say to yourself…..

I am so ‘over’ my wardrobe? or I have so many clothes but sick of them all or I can’t afford to buy new clothes? or I just don’t know what to buy that works for me?

I have said them all !

Well stress no further as I am about to give you some helpful tips to buying smart for your career.

This will help your wardrobe not only go further but you will look professional everyday on a budget and without too much thinking about it. All too easy….

Rule #1 – This is my all time favourite rule – If it is too short, too low or too tight it’s a NO – throw it out, give it to someone or keep it for the weekend.

Rule #2 – Buy a classic pair of pants and skirt in black that you can team up with different blouses and it will always look like you are in a new outfit having the base garment in black.

Rule#3 -Buy some basic ‘must haves’ like black and white fitted T-Shirts, blouses, body suits and cardi’s for the air-conditioned office as they can be teamed up with anything and will work for most seasons year after year.

Rule#4 – Invest in one or two ‘in season’ colour garments from Cue, Veronika Maine,  H&M, Top Shop and Country Road to have as a new seasonal piece, that way you feel like you’re on point with the mags.

Rule #5 – Make sure you choose the correct length skirt or dress for your body height. Short people cannot wear mid calf line length, it makes them look shorter. Short people must wear just on or just below the knee cap or long as in a maxi, no in between. Only tall people have the advantage to choose their hem line.

Rule #6 – When buying pants make sure the leg shape of the pants suits your body height. Tall  people can wear fitted capri length pants that crop at the ankle but if you are short you need to wear heels with them to give height or the shorter style pants will make your legs and you look shorter.

Rule #7 – The taller you are the fuller the pants you can wear, the shorter you are the more tapered pants are more complimenting. The bigger your hips, the fuller leg pants is more complimenting so as not to exaggerate the hips but softly balances out the frame.

Rule #8 – For men ensure your suit fits you well with no short hems on the pants they should be just touching the base of your shoe or just above. Jacket sleeve length should be just at the beginning of the crease of the thumb and forefinger when arms are down beside you.

Rule #9 – Ensure your shoes are not marked badly and if so take them to a shoe repairer for touching up, re-heeling and new soles and you have a brand new pair of shoes for under $100!

Rule #10 – Guys keep to basic colour trousers like black, dark grey, french navy blue and team up with classic white which never dates and new seasonal colour shirts and you have several new looks without the expense of buying more trousers.

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Sandra Larkin

Author Sandra Larkin

Sandra Larkin has worked in the service and sales sector of business for the past 38 years. Her experience spans across a broad spectrum of skill sets from providing excellent customer service, achieving high volume sales, organising professional development programs, establishing professional networks, building long-term relationships and securing high-level sponsorships.   Her tools and resources help give clients a practical strategy by following steps to discover their true potential and capability to achieve success.

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