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35 Stylish And Cheap Things That'll Upgrade Your Work Wardrobe

Let's get EXCITED FOR WORK!! Or at least dressing for it.

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1. A printed midi dress in ~18~ patterns so you can cheaply stock up on a slew of chicly professional go-tos. Heck, get one for Monday through Friday (but Saturday is for sweats).

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Promising review: "I love this dress. It fits just right and is VERY comfortable to wear. I got it primarily to wear to work and still be comfortable around the office. It feels soft, is breathable, and is not see-through. I even felt comfy wearing it around the house after work when I usually am ready to strip off whatever I'm wearing to throw on some comfy laid back clothes." —Alexismd

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 12 patterns).

2. A faux leather watch that'll elevate you to Rolex-level style, and whose *timeless* sophistication might even inspire people to share their rolodex.

Promising review: "I purchased this watch roughly two months ago. Last week I went to the gym and left it in my gym bag. When I got home I threw my clothes in the washer not even thinking about my watch being in there. When my husband went to put the clothes into the dryer he found it. This watch had ABSOLUTELY NO water damage. I couldn’t believe it. I have never left a review anywhere, good or bad. However, I just had to share how satisfied I am with this product." —Lesa D.Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 10 styles).
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Promising review: "I purchased this watch roughly two months ago. Last week I went to the gym and left it in my gym bag. When I got home I threw my clothes in the washer not even thinking about my watch being in there. When my husband went to put the clothes into the dryer he found it. This watch had ABSOLUTELY NO water damage. I couldn’t believe it. I have never left a review anywhere, good or bad. However, I just had to share how satisfied I am with this product." —Lesa D.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 10 styles).

3. A sharp blazer, because you can even leave this on your chair to throw on over more casual clothes when going into meetings. #Adulthack.

Asos, Torrid

Get the first blazer from Asos for $36 (available in sizes 0-12 and the second blazer from Torrid for $41.23 (available in sizes 0-6).

4. A bodysuit blouse for never having to worry about whether your top is tucked is in. This'll do all the work of looking neat for you.

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Promising review (for the blouse on the right): "This blouse is actually very classy, and elegant. It looks very professional and works beautifully for the office. I never thought I'd like the 'bodysuit'-type blouse, but it's not as uncomfortable as I thought. I actually like it! When wearing with jeans, pants, or skirts, it helps the blouse not to slide up and doesn't show any skin. The burgundy is a beautiful color." —Katy Mospanyuk

Get them from Amazon: left for $19.99+ (available in sizes 0-10 and in 23 styles and the right for $20.99 (available in sizes XS-L and in three colors).

5. A pair of faux leather loafers with chic gold buckles so you can elevate all of your usual outfits without even THINKING about uncomfortable heels.

Promising review: "These shoes are very comfortable and well-built. I wore them on a weekend to Mexico and didn’t get tired with all the site seeing we did, nor did I get blisters. I received many compliments, and they look like designer shoes. They fit perfectly and seem to be true to size." —PerlaGet them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 4.5-10 and in six styles).
Amazon

Promising review: "These shoes are very comfortable and well-built. I wore them on a weekend to Mexico and didn’t get tired with all the site seeing we did, nor did I get blisters. I received many compliments, and they look like designer shoes. They fit perfectly and seem to be true to size." —Perla

Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 4.5-10 and in six styles).

6. A retro midi dress that'll make you look so effortlessly put-together, people wonder if you were appointed to CEO. Feel free to tell them yes.

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Promising review: "I LOVE this dress. I’ve received soooo many compliments with it. It's perfect for interviews or for around the office. The fabric is soft, not sheer, and goes to just below my knees. The fabric also has great stretch. I'm VERY pleased! Good price, too." —Jo

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes S-5XL and in 13 styles).

7. A peplum top, because this'll add some ~flare~ to any bottoms without needing to wait for a raise to update your wardrobe.

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Promising review (for the blouse on the left): "This is a beautiful top. It makes my black pants look very professional and classy." —Lori Frint Morris

Get them from Amazon: left for $17.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in three colors) and the right for $8.99+ (available in sizes XS-L and in four colors).

8. A flowy printed midi skirt for standing out in a sea of black suits. Warning: you may enter the office twirling.

Promising review: "I love these birdcage skirts. They’re sturdy and a modest length. I have bought five of them and check back every few months to see if there are other colors." —KelseyGet it from Target for $32.99 (available in sizes 14W-26W and in two styles).
Target

Promising review: "I love these birdcage skirts. They’re sturdy and a modest length. I have bought five of them and check back every few months to see if there are other colors." —Kelsey

Get it from Target for $32.99 (available in sizes 14W-26W and in two styles).

9. A pair of ankle-length trousers so you always have a no-brainer to turn to in the morning when you need to look *extra* adult.

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Promising review: "What can I say? These are the most comfortable pair of work pants that I’ve had! I love how soft and delicate the fabric is. For the price that I spent, they're totally the best pants ever!" —Nhi Hoang

Get them from Amazon for $9.90+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in eight colors).

10. A three-pack of opaque tights that'll prevent you from wearing the same pair of stockings every day until they get holes.

Promising review: "These stockings are excellent! I am very impressed with the overall quality and the slight bit of sheer. I don't expect these to wreck as quickly as the ones I normally wear. They are also super affordable and cost what I would normally pay for one pair in my local area. I would highly recommend these to any one!" —BriJrGet a three-pack from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in seven combinations).
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Promising review: "These stockings are excellent! I am very impressed with the overall quality and the slight bit of sheer. I don't expect these to wreck as quickly as the ones I normally wear. They are also super affordable and cost what I would normally pay for one pair in my local area. I would highly recommend these to any one!" —BriJr

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in seven combinations).

11. A midi pencil skirt with a ruffled hem and available in *23* styles, because this'll stick to your side (no pun intended) for years to come, but still add some unexpected color and design to your look. Tl;dr: it's fun, but will never go out of style.

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Promising review: "I LOVE THIS SKIRT! Not only does it fit well and hit at an office-appropriate length, but the ruffle detail in the front is so different from any other skirts I’ve found! I’ve gotten so many compliments. The material is silky but stretchy and not see-through at all (I bought black). The zipper seems installed properly so it doesn’t look like it will break or tear." —Mary

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S-4X and 23 styles).

12. A plaid necktie for easily adding some stylish appeal to the very same white blouse you've been wearing forever. Today is the day it feels BRAND NEW.

Get it from Free People for $20 (available in two styles).
Free People

Get it from Free People for $20 (available in two styles).

13. A ribbed turtleneck dress so you're up to your neck in compliments the minute you walk into the conference room. Believe in the power of this dress.

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Promising review: "I bought one in black, one in purple, and one in blue. I love them all. I get sooo many compliments when I wear this dress. They're not too tight or too loose. I wear them to work in a law office. They're a perfect fall dress with a nice pair of high boots." —M. Arab

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 14 colors).

14. A 14K gold-dipped lariat necklace with a droplet pendant that'll make your usual pieces look so darn luxurious, people will wonder if you got your holiday bonus early.

Promising review: "I really like this company and their designs. While the jewelry is inexpensive, it is still high-quality and beautiful, plus some of the profits go to charity. What's not to like? I also really like that unlike many lariat-style necklaces, the chain doesn't get tangled easily and the necklace doesn't shift around much when you're wearing it, thanks to the large glass droplet bead. It's also great for layering with other minimal/small necklaces. I always get lots of compliments when I wear this!" —Picky MillennialGet it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in two sizes).
Amazon

Promising review: "I really like this company and their designs. While the jewelry is inexpensive, it is still high-quality and beautiful, plus some of the profits go to charity. What's not to like? I also really like that unlike many lariat-style necklaces, the chain doesn't get tangled easily and the necklace doesn't shift around much when you're wearing it, thanks to the large glass droplet bead. It's also great for layering with other minimal/small necklaces. I always get lots of compliments when I wear this!" —Picky Millennial

Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in two sizes).

15. A mock neck ribbed T-shirt, because this'll help you still look like you tried when you just want to be comfortable for the day. If only something like this existed for answering emails.

Nordstrom

Promising review: "This is absolutely fantastic! It's so comfortable, and is the perfect fall transition piece. It's adorable with pants or a skirt!" —swach

Get it from Nordstrom for $14.98+ (originally $25; available in sizes XXS-4X and in four colors).

16. A set of seamless low-rise underwear for never having to think about panty lines again. Rock that pencil skirt! Bless.

They have a soft cotton lining and elastic waistbands that'll move with you allllll day.Promising review: "I honestly love these. I was so skeptical about buying underwear on Amazon. I could not imagine buying underwear without feeling it first. However, these were a huge success. First of all, they fit extremely nicely. The bum area has great coverage so you don't end up accidentally wearing skimpier underwear than you planned. I absolutely love the feel. They are so soft and comfortable. These are described as seamless and this is very accurate. I appreciate a good pair of leggings and I can wear these underwear with any panty lines (from leggings to skirts, etc)." —EmilyGet a five-pack from Amazon for $15.59+ (available in sizes S-L and in five color combinations).
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They have a soft cotton lining and elastic waistbands that'll move with you allllll day.

Promising review: "I honestly love these. I was so skeptical about buying underwear on Amazon. I could not imagine buying underwear without feeling it first. However, these were a huge success. First of all, they fit extremely nicely. The bum area has great coverage so you don't end up accidentally wearing skimpier underwear than you planned. I absolutely love the feel. They are so soft and comfortable. These are described as seamless and this is very accurate. I appreciate a good pair of leggings and I can wear these underwear with any panty lines (from leggings to skirts, etc)." —Emily

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $15.59+ (available in sizes S-L and in five color combinations).

17. A colorblock A-line dress with POCKETS so adding a pop of fun color to your office wardrobe is as easy as sending a fax. Actually, this is definitely easier.

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Promising review: "I love this dress! It’s so comfortable and has two pockets. I bought it for work in an office environment and get compliments all the time. Definitely good quality material." —Svas1

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S-3XL and in 27 styles).

18. A pair of faux suede heeled boots that'll be a trendy (but still office apropos) solution to wanting to give your ensembles a little *lift*.

Promising review: "I love these so much! They are very comfortable and I love the tan color. They are well-made and are extremely easy to walk in." —Mary BullockGet them from Amazon for $36.99 (available in sizes 6-10 and in four colors).
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Promising review: "I love these so much! They are very comfortable and I love the tan color. They are well-made and are extremely easy to walk in." —Mary Bullock

Get them from Amazon for $36.99 (available in sizes 6-10 and in four colors).

19. A fashionable blouse with a pretty bow design, because now you'll get to *top off* your work bottoms with something more stylish than a stark white button-down.

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Promising review (for the blouse on the right): "This shirt lives up to all of the other positive reviews! It is extremely comfortable, the dip in the back goes to the top of my bra strap, the bow stays in place, and I love that the sleeves have just a bit of elastic so that they stay in place (but doesn't cut off any circulation or leave marks). You can pair it with jeans and heals for a night out, or a pencil skirt or skinny dress pants for work. You can really make it work for any occasion. I would not hesitate to buy again." —Krystin

Get them from Amazon: left for $11.99+ (available in sizes XS-L and in 10 colors) and the right for $29.89+ (available in sizes S-3X).

20. A wool-like dress coat for outdoor wear that's fitting of the professional look you so carefully crafted. Don't throw it all away with your old fleece!

Boohoo

Get them from Boohoo: the left for $45 (originally $90; available in sizes 4-12) and the right for $25 (originally $50; available in sizes 12-20 and in three colors).

21. A bottle of Downy wrinkle-releasing spray so your clothing always looks nice and crisp, even if you spritzed this minutes before running out the door.

Promising review: "This stuff is a miracle for a young twenty-something living in NYC. I've been using this stuff since it first came out years ago and it almost completely eliminates the need for an iron/ironing board (depending on the fabric). I live in a very small multi-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, and storage space is always a serious issue here — even if I wanted to pay for an iron and ironing board I don't know where I would store it. My normal laundry routine has become to hang all my newly washed clothes on hangers and if they even look a little bit wrinkly to spray some of this on, flap/wave the piece a clothing a couple times, and then hang them in the closet to air dry." —Bonnie S.Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
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Promising review: "This stuff is a miracle for a young twenty-something living in NYC. I've been using this stuff since it first came out years ago and it almost completely eliminates the need for an iron/ironing board (depending on the fabric). I live in a very small multi-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, and storage space is always a serious issue here — even if I wanted to pay for an iron and ironing board I don't know where I would store it. My normal laundry routine has become to hang all my newly washed clothes on hangers and if they even look a little bit wrinkly to spray some of this on, flap/wave the piece a clothing a couple times, and then hang them in the closet to air dry." —Bonnie S.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

22. A belted A-line skirt with **pockets** that'll make your office wardrobe feel more upscale than if you were Amal Clooney herself. People can dream.

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Promising review: "This skirt is super cute. The material is thick and attractive. It appears to be well-made. Let's not forget the main reason I purchased this skirt: pockets!" —Staci A.

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in seven colors).

23. A pair of coated leggings, because your wish just came true: you can now feel like you're wearing pajamas to work — AND still look stylish as all heck. I'll pass the tissues.

Get them from H&M for $12.99 (available in sizes 0-18 and in four styles).
H&M

Get them from H&M for $12.99 (available in sizes 0-18 and in four styles).

24. A faux leather waist belt for giving your favorite dresses a whole new appearance in just a cinch.

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It has elastic, so it's comfy to wear!

Promising review: "I was skeptical at first worried that it would not fit me (I wear a large) or would squeeze me too much, but not at all. The material is super stretchy so it fits perfectly and it is very easy to wear. I love this belt because it can go with dresses, loose shirts, and I even wear it with my loose cardigan to work. It is absolutely beautiful. It is simple, but the gold can make an outfit pop." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in seven colors).

25. A houndstooth poncho so you can take a break from endlessly wearing sweaters come colder weather. Not all heroes wear capes, but this looks a lot like one — just saying.

Get it from Forever 21 for $29.90 (available in sizes 0X-3X).
Forever 21

Get it from Forever 21 for $29.90 (available in sizes 0X-3X).

26. A silky swing neck top that'll ~smoothly~ enter your wardrobe as something to easily dress up all your sweaters and blazers.

Amazon

Promising review: "I typically wear a small with blouses, but I ordered a medium. It fits very well, and sizing up was wise. I wore it with a nice skirt and necklace, and it made for a cute outfit! The silky material and style is just what I hoped for." —Sarah

Get it from Amazon for $29 (available in sizes S-L and in four colors).

27. A collared rib-knit dress to keep cozy at the office, but still look effortlessly *cool*. Hello, I shall be taking over every meeting today.

Get it from River Island for $64 (available in sizes 2-14 and in two colors).
River Island

Get it from River Island for $64 (available in sizes 2-14 and in two colors).

28. A pair of belted wide-leg pants, because even if you work in a casual office you surely want to wear something fancier than jeans from time to time.

Get them from Nasty Gal for $30 (originally $60; available in sizes S-L).
Nasty Gal

Get them from Nasty Gal for $30 (originally $60; available in sizes S-L).

29. A cozy tartan shawl for something stylish to throw on whenever Jan from accounting messes with the thermostat again. We were FINE the way it was, JAN.

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Promising review: "I am SO happy with this purchase!!! First of all, the shipping was so fast — I got it within a week. The material is soft and they weren't lying: it truly is a 'blanket scarf. When spread out, it is huge! It keeps me warm and cozy, and looks gorgeous." —Ana

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 20 styles).

30. A pair of hoop threader earrings so you have a polished accessory that you can definitely wear every day. But their appeal will never ~tarnish~.

Promising review: "These are lightweight, have a very shiny finish, and are a little modern looking — but nothing too dramatic for a conservative office/outfit. They're also so comfortable to wear and come with a variety of different backs to choose from." —Lindsey MoralesGet them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three styles).
Amazon

Promising review: "These are lightweight, have a very shiny finish, and are a little modern looking — but nothing too dramatic for a conservative office/outfit. They're also so comfortable to wear and come with a variety of different backs to choose from." —Lindsey Morales

Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three styles).

31. A printed wrap dress that'll prove how magical this design is: aka it'll NEVER go out of style, it's comfortable, and it always looks sophisticated. Forget the Traveling Sisterhood Pants, I'm sticking with this.

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Promising review: "This is my third dress!! I love the material, flow, and how beautifully it fits. These dresses are now my office wear!!" —Mayra

Get it from Amazon for $33.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in 43 styles).

32. A striped blouse with ruffled shoulders, because striped shirts are no longer reserved for boring suits. MOVE OVER, Brooks Brothers.

Get it from Old Navy for $32.99 (available in sizes 1X-4X).
Old Navy

Get it from Old Navy for $32.99 (available in sizes 1X-4X).

33. A maxi cardigan for easily transforming your everyday black jeans into an outfit that totally says "I'm a responsible adult who doesn't wake up five minutes before work."

Amazon, amazon.com

And would you look at those POCKETS!

Promising review: "This is an amazing sweater. It's well-made and has two deep pockets and cuffed sleeves. It looks great with dressy clothing or a T-shirt and jeans. I purchased all four colors!" —Lee Shook

Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in four colors).

34. A reversible faux leather tote with a handy coin bag so you can say adieu to your old college backpack. Don't worry, this fits just as much!

Promising review: "This is a really nice, durable bag — and it's awesome that it's reversible. The bag is perfect for an everyday work bag. I can easily fit my gym clothes, sneakers, and laptop in this bag with no issues. It also stands upright on its own (I hate loose, floppy bags that tip over when you set them down). The fake leather looks heavy-duty and high-quality." —Rebecca WessellGet it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in six colors).
Amazon

Promising review: "This is a really nice, durable bag — and it's awesome that it's reversible. The bag is perfect for an everyday work bag. I can easily fit my gym clothes, sneakers, and laptop in this bag with no issues. It also stands upright on its own (I hate loose, floppy bags that tip over when you set them down). The fake leather looks heavy-duty and high-quality." —Rebecca Wessell

Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in six colors).

35. A billowy-sleeved knit sweater that'll give you the best of both worlds: staying comfy all fall *and* looking impressively upscale. This is why fall is the best season.

Nordstrom

Get it from Nordstrom for $23.40 (originally $39; available in sizes XXS-4X and in two colors).

And don't forget to wear underwear on Casual Friday!

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