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    37 Easy And Cheap Ways To Dress For The Office

    Just trying to look our best until the next pretzel day.

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    1. Enlist the help of a bodysuit blouse that'll keep your top perfectly tucked in all darn day. I'm pretty sure the Best Employee award goes to the most neatly dressed? Is that how it works?

    Promising review: "I received compliments when I wore this top. It is very nice and you can wear it with a nice skirt or slacks to work, or wear it with a nice pair of jeans." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 12 colors and patterns).

    2. Choose a stylish pair of comfortable ballerina flats to not only commute in, but stay in all day if you despise heels. Faux suede + cute elastic straps = zero stilettos.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    By the way, these bbs already have almost 110 five-star reviews specifically about their wide width!

    Promising review: "These are super cute for excellent price! They fit well. Note, I have a wide foot, often having to order in wide widths — not necessary in these! I have worn them three times now — twice walking in NYC to go to Broadway shows and so far so good. No blisters or discomfort." —Joy Miller

    Get them from Amazon for $7.47+ (available in sizes 5.5–11 and 35 colors and patterns).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's glowing review in "​These Ballet-Esque Flats Are Adorable, Cheap, And Basically Already In Your Amazon Cart".

    3. Pick up some easy money-saving hacks when it comes to upgrading the very work wardrobe you already have. My favorite? Using a fabric defuzzer to make all your clothes look totally new and lint-free — super old sweater included.

    Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    Promising review (for the fabric defuzzer): "So I didn't think it through when I threw some dark shirts and sweaters in the wash with a couple of light towels. They came out with all those fuzzies. I ordered one of these based on the price and average customer review, and I can see why this was rated so high. Since it's so portable, I just sat on the couch to watch tv and shaved two shirts and a pair of cottony exercise pants while watching tv. I probably would have never worn these items (at least not outside the house!) again if it wasn't for this great little gadget." —Paula Nelson

    Get a well-loved fabric defuzzer from Amazon for $11.59.

    To learn more, check out "52 Awesome Clothing And Shoe Hacks To Save You So Much Money".

    4. Stay tuned for when your favorite stores have collaborations with higher-end labels, like H&M's current line with Richard Allen. That way you can add sophisticated, upscale-looking pieces to your work wardrobe for a whole lot less than if you were to shop from the designer.

    Get the above dress for $34.99 (available in sizes 0–18 and two patterns) and shop the rest of the H&M x Richard Allen collection.

    5. Carry your laptop fashionably without ~shouldering~ the burden of a hefty credit card bill by choosing a faux leather tote. Repeat after me: backpacks do not follow me after graduation.


    Promising review: "I get so many compliments with this bag. It’s very thin and lightweight, but holds much more than it looks like it would. It comes in so many colors, I’ll be buying more! It's the perfect bag for people like me who carry enough odds and ends for multiple people." —Sparkles

    Get it from Amazon for $14.55+ (available in 43 colors)

    6. Throw on some red liquid lipstick as the quickest way to refine your usual blouse and trousers combo (or literally anything your wear). This may be the oldest trick in the book for looking more sophisticated, but you know what? It WORKS.,

    Promising review: "I have tried all kinds of liquid lipstick. This by far is the best. It doesn't dry out your lips, doesn't transfer, and has a bold color. It's easy to apply with the shape of the brush. It beats the $20 lipsticks!" —Em

    Get it from Amazon for $4.45 (more shades listed separately).

    See what won best matte lipsticks on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    7. Get the most use out of a classic LBD by styling it different ways. Not only will you save moolah, but you can totally re-wear the same dress twice a week without anyone being the wiser.

    Taylor Miller / Via BuzzFeed

    Dress? Nope, this is a skirt as my top is clearly telling you.

    This classic T-shirt dress ($12.98 on Amazon; available in sizes S-XL and in 12 colors) has 863 five-star reviews that speak to its comfort, versatility, and of course ~style~.

    For more ideas, check out "We Asked 17 Women To Style The Same Black Dress And They Slayed".

    8. Shake up your look, even if your office is pretty conservative with an interestingly-collared blouse. It'll add just the right amount of a playful touch without breaking any guidelines.

    Promising review: "This top fit me perfectly — it fits true to size! The material is NOT see-through at all, and the cut out details are adorable. This item is so cute and great quality for the price!" —Morgan McClarnon

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and six colors).

    9. Avoid annoying panty lines (because commando feels like a disaster waiting to happen on presentation day) with seamless underwear. It's a super-cheap solution to wondering if it's "just the lighting" or that this really is happening. Great.


    Promising review: "These are the best. My Victoria’s Secret no-shows have definitely been replaced (and for much less money). I was really looking for underwear that I could wear to work out that wouldn’t show lines through my leggings, wouldn’t ride up like my VS ones, would breathe a little, and would stay comfortable all day. These were it. I’d definitely recommend these to anyone. Especially for those who wear a lot of leggings and want an option beyond a thong." —Rebecca

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in sizes S–L and in 10 combinations).

    To learn more, check out "Throw All Your Thongs Away, Because People Swear These Undies Don't Give Panty Lines".

    10. Shop for suits and other work essentials from affordable stores that consider that their specialty, because not only do they have style guides, but they also offer suit sets at incredible low prices. Eloquii and Express both offer inspo, tips, and inexpensive options galore for your 9-to-5 wardrobe.

    Eloquii, Express

    Check out Eloquii's "9-to-5 Kit" for lots (and lots) of suit layering options and Express's "The Work Edit" for styling tips on how to make your office wear fashionable. Both sell suits for $200 and under!

    Get the suit (left) from Eloquii: the blazer for $79.95 (available in sizes 14–28 and in four colors) and the pants for $19.97 (available in sizes 14–28 in short, regular, and long and in six colors).

    Get the dress (right) from Express for $79.90 (available in sizes XXS–XL).

    11. Keep track of the constant ways you can discover deals online before shopping for new professional clothes. Chances are you really don't have to pay full price — especially when shopping from discount stores like J.Crew Factory or Nordstrom Rack.


    Shop from J.Crew Factory and Nordstrom Rack to score on their constant deals!

    To learn more, check out "28 Secrets For Shopping Online That Will Blow Your Mind".

    12. Create a pattern of striking options that are still appropriate with a graphic dress. They're a lot more interesting than boring basics, but won't go against any rule books.,

    Promising review (for the floral dress): "This is a beautiful dress! I always get compliments when I wear this dress. I’ve worn it to work and at events and it’s a memorable piece." —Lauren

    Get them from Amazon: the floral midi dress (left) for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and the belted, printed dress (right) for $24.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 15 styles).

    13. Maintain a *crisp* appearance without ironing or paying expensive dry cleaning bills by using some Downy Wrinkle Releaser spray. It's fast, easy, and will get you to work on time even if you "forgot" your blouse was in the bottom of your hamper.


    ^^ Please don't be like Mitt. Did I mention I mention this spray also acts as an odor eliminator and fabric freshener? It's like hitting the reset button on your crumpled clothes.

    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." —Bonnie S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. Add some flair to your usual work pants with a chic peplum top. Stylish, cheap, AND worthy of Meghan Markle, Suits era? Take. My. Money.

    Promising review: "This is a really cute top that’s perfect for work. It's comfortable and easy to pair for work. It looks good with jeans for a casual, elegant look." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL and four colors).

    15. Stick with high-waisted black jeans if your workplace is too casual for dress pants. Their sleek silhouette subtly helps you look put-together, even if a trip to Brooks Brothers isn't exactly on your itinerary.

    Urban Outfitters, Forever 21

    Get the high-rise skinny jeans (left) from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in sizes 23–34) and the high-rise ripped jeans (right) from Forever 21 for $34.90 (available in sizes 12–20).

    16. Keep a style emergency kit on hand for any awkward wardrobe malfunctions that may arise. Fashion tape WILL become your best friend at some point in life when it helps you avoid flashing the whole office.

    This little life-saver comes with fashion tape, a deodorant-removing sponge, lint-removing sheets, a safety pin, anti-static spray, a sewing kit, a stain wipe, earring backs, adhesive buttons, a hair band, a nail file, a blister pad, and a shoe-shine sponge.

    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for a co-worker after she had a fashion emergency at work and was not prepared. It has a little bit of everything to fix many types of issues. The packaging is very cute and is compact, too." —PunkySunshine

    Get it from Amazon for $9.46.

    17. Discover the magic of a classic wrap dress. It makes just about everyone feel amazing, and basically transforms you into the epitome of sophistication, no matter how low the price tag is.

    Torrid, Forever 21

    Get the black dress (left) from Torrid for $47.34 (originally $78.90; available in sizes M–6X) and the orange floral dress (right) from Forever 21 for $19.99 (available in sizes S–L and two colors).

    18. Keep some styling tricks up your *sleeve* with a faux leather watch that says "yes, I'm def a professional who is the fanciest in this office." No one has to know this baby is under $20.


    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 $17.99 (available in 12 styles).

    19. Lay down a good base with an actually supportive bra that's both comfortable and form-fitting. Finding a bra that truly fits can make a world of difference for how the rest of your outfit looks. And what's more distracting than digging underwire?!

    Zoë Burnett / BuzzFeed

    This 18-hour comfort bra ($9.99+ on Amazon) has 4,937 five-star reviews which is no mystery, because it's underwire-free, SUPER supportive (especially for big boobs), and is totally seamless under clothes. Did I mention all-day, comfortable support?! Check out a full review for this miracle bra!

    To learn more, check out "The Ultimate Guide To Buying, Wearing, And Caring For Bras".

    20. Dress for success (sorry) by going for a midi number that hits right below your knees. Even the least expensive pieces look Mad Men–worthy when at this length, thanks to its sophisticated appeal.,

    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).

    21. Mimic the feeling of loose sweats on your ~lazy days~ with a pair of flowy wide-leg pants. You'll still appear dressed up and ~office-apropos~, but now you're super comfy. Sadly, we can't watch Netflix at our desks.


    Promising review: "These pants as so comfortable and flowy! I stepped outside of my usual skinny jean outfit to try this style — and I never want to take them off! They are great casual pants for work, and can be dressed up for the evening with a fancy shirt and heels. They are as comfortable as pajamas, without looking like it :)." —gretchen nash

    Get them from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL and seven colors and patterns).

    22. Restore old boots, loafers, heels, you name it with some leather honey conditioner. It'll undo any possible damage on your leather or suede shoes, so your outfits can go back to looking totally put-together. Spending less than $20 on this > having to invest in more work shoes.

    Promising review: "I use this for my everyday boots, as well as my dress shoes. I'm not always gentle with my boots and I thought I had ruined them the other day (worn out color, scuffs all over), but I cleaned the muck off, gave them a brushing, then applied this leather honey and after letting it sit, my boots look almost like the day I bought them! It keeps the leather supple and restores color. You only need to use a small amount per use!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    23. Identify pesky stains and remedy them with the proper antidote. Let's be realistic, the next time you get foundation on your blouse, you are not taking it to the dry cleaner anytime soon. Instead, alleviate the spot with a Shout spray stain-remover. A few spritzes = still perfect for the office.

    Top Knot / BuzzFeed

    Promising review (for the stain remover): "I’ve only had this product for three days and it’s already saved me from having to replace shirts and bedsheets! For my dress shirts, I used it to remove collar stains. I got the collar wet, sprayed the collar with Shout, rub it together, let it dry, and voilà! The stains were gone and I didn’t have to put it in the washer! This stain remover is even powerful enough to remove blood stains. After getting blood on my bedsheets, I sprayed the stained areas, let it sit overnight, threw it in the washer and the blood was gone! With this product being less than $10, it’s a no brainer to get. This will pay for itself after one stain." —ehinsa

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

    24. Opt for sleek basics, like a black jumpsuit, if your office is more casual. You'll still blend with the low-key environment, but its minimal chic design will keep you looking polished.

    Promising review: "I live in this jumpsuit! It is so cute and comfortable. It's my new favorite thing to wear to work." —Anna Hoffman

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes S-L and in 14 styles).

    25. Let the Stylebook app do all the outfit planning and styling for you so you can actually get to wok on time AND look fashionable. Just upload pics of your clothing and accessories, and voilà you'll have your own closet assistant to lay out your Monday-to-Friday game plan.


    After you upload pics of your full closet it'll curate outfits, reveal new possible combinations, and help you plan them out via an easy-to-read calendar. It'll even give you insight on which pieces you wear the most and least, help pack for vacations or work trips, and track your ~style inspiration~ to know what you like to shop for.

    Promising review: "This app easily saves me 15 minutes per morning getting dressed. I play with my closet on my phone at bedtime and am so much less frustrated getting dressed in the morning. I put each seasonal outfits in the calendar randomly about every 10 days. I can easily look at a different day’s outfit and swap the order. —mmegratte

    Get it from the iTunes Store for $3.99.

    26. Twist your blouse so that it's tied in the front for a whole new approach to wearing the same exact tops you always throw on. It'll give your ensembles some *unexpected flair* without a single swipe of your credit card — no promotion necessary (though...wanted).

    Trendy Curvy

    Feeling lazy? This blouse ($10.88 on Amazon; available in sizes S–XXL and 13 styles) already features a tie-front, aka it already did allll the work for you.

    Check out Trendy Curvy for how she ties her blouse in "Ray Of Sunshine".

    27. ~Employ~ the "third piece rule" by layering on an extra element like a colorblock cardigan or sleeveless trench coat to quickly update boring office basics without breaking the bank.

    Urban Outfitters, Target

    Get the colorblock cardigan (left) from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in sizes XS–XL) or the sleeveless trench coat (right) from Target for $39.99 (available in sizes 0X–4X).

    28. Rely on a classic black blazer as a cheap way to consistently upgrade all your outfits. It's timeless and versatile enough to re-wear often without anyone noticing.


    Promising review: "I love, love, love this jacket. This looks really classy and like it costs much more than its price. It's really well-made and can be worn both for work/interviews, as well as played down for casual wear with jeans." —gayatri premasekharan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and four styles) .

    29. Style the same basic crop top in as many ways as, well, you own bottoms. You can elevate it with a full midi skirt or just pair it with good ol' jeans on Casual Friday.

    Jon Premosch / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "My favorite shirt!! I bought this crop top a while ago and ever since it’s been my favorite shirt. It’s soft, the perfect size, and it matches almost everything! Could not be more pleased" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 17 colors).

    For more ideas, check out "We Asked 10 Women To Style The Same Crop Top".

    30. Divide and conquer your morning with labeled clothing dividers. Your cubicle may not be the most organized, but now you can actually find *that dress* a lot faster!


    It's a lot easier to style yourself when you can actually FIND everything, you know? This pack comes with 46 printed sorting labels, (jeans, dress shirts, sweaters, etc.), two blank labels, and 12 blank white clothing dividers.

    Promising review: "This is surprisingly not a common product to find in stores or online. It's been really helpful in organizing my closet. It's simple and easy to use. The multiple label sheets were a big help in marking up clothes by type. No more guessing or making excuses for being disorganized! I would definitely recommend it." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $14.99.

    31. Throw on a pair of faux leather pumps so you can dress up every outfit you own (denim included) and keep all your favorite looks on heavy rotation. With these, they'll look newly très chic.

    Promising review: "I wore these for the very first time for Disneyland's Dapper Day and I was OVERWHELMINGLY surprised with how comfortable they were! I have never bought shoes on Amazon before and was worried that the fit and or quality would make me regret my purchase. But truly it was far from it. The heel is the perfect height to give you a lift and wide enough for you to feel secure! I'm happy to report that I have no blisters and I can't wait to wear them out again!" —cissyjworstell

    Get them from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes 5–11 and 11 colors).

    32. Mix and match patterns to bring pieces you've had for years to a whole new light (even if that light is fluorescent). Even pairing a boldly striped skirt with a juxtaposing top can make your office-wear feel fun.

    Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed, Trendy Curvy

    Get a similar skirt from Forever 21 for $27.99 (available in sizes 0X–3X).

    For more ideas, check out "21 Ways To Mix Patterns Like A Fashion Blogger". And! Check out Trendy Curvy for "How To Style A Striped Skirt."

    33. Raise your arms as freely as you'd like a raise — so, often — when using some underarm sweat pads. No more, "I guess I'll just give this entire presentation looking like a toy soldier" situations.


    Promising review: "These are great for T-shirts. The fold over the arm pit of the shirt, they are thin so not noticeable. And if you sweat it keeps it from your clothes! Perfect fit, fits discreetly in your pocket or handbag, and keeps you dry!" —Kelly

    Get a pack of 80 from Amazon for $15.99.

    34. Play with color, even if you're surrounded by conservative dressers by pairing your usual button down with a bold skirt. The rest of your outfit will *tone* it down, but you'll still benefit from its cheerful touch.


    Get it from ModCloth for $64.99 (originally $89; available in sizes XXS–4X and two styles).

    35. Battle the office A.C. without ruining your outfit (the WORST) with a loose cotton cardigan. It goes with everything and most importantly keeps you warm when Greg from accounting turns the thermostat to -20°.


    Promising review (for the cardigan on the left): "I bought one for work and after wearing it one day I bought three more colors! It has nicely-fitted sleeves and is long in the back. It works well with short-sleeved shirts and tanks! It's very soft and comfortable." —Jennifer

    Get them from Amazon: the first cardigan for $12.80+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 10 colors) and the second for $14.99+ (available in sizes XL–4XL and in 23 colors).

    36. Fool your boss into thinking you spent more time getting ready than you did by throwing your hair into a unique bun. It's an easy (and cheap!) way to set yourself apart without even worrying about your outfit.

    Lauren Zaser / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    What you'll need: hair elastics ($3.46 on Amazon) and bobby pins ($2.19 on Amazon).

    Still too much work? Try a bun-shaping hair accessory ($6.99 on Amazon for a two-pack) that'll make a sophisticated ballet bun for you. No effort required!

    To learn more, check out "26 Incredible Hairstyles You Can Learn In 10 Steps Or Less".

    37. Stock up on opaque black tights that you'll probably use, oh, 1,000 times this fall and winter. By buying them in packs, you save money and are never run short on your biggest staple.


    These feature comfort stretch technology and control tops!

    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 pack of three from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in six combinations).

    Now go on being your amazing, professional selves!!!!


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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