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    34 Super Cheap And Easy Ways To Improve How You Dress For Work

    One day we can all retire and live on the beach...but today you're going to look great at work — and actually like it!

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    1. 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 in four styles) .

    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.

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    They're even available in ~25~ colors and s-u-p-e-r cheap so you can collect 'em all for versatility! Check out why a BuzzFeeder lives by these — as do 955 five-star reviewers!

    Promising review: "I’ve been searching for a cute flat that actually stays on my feet and are comfortable — a task that seemed unattainable until these miracles entered my life. They're true-to-size, have comfy insoles, and the straps aren’t too tight or too loose. These are the only flats I’ve owned that didn’t need to be broken in! I'm definitely buying these in other colors." —Legss

    Get them from Amazon for $1.99+ (available in sizes 5.5-11 and in 25 colors).

    3. 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.


    My personal favorite trick? Literally DM'ing a store (in the pop up window that always shows up) and asking them about discounts. There's a chance they'll share one that's not easily accessible on their website!

    Check out all the surprising ways to successfully bargain hunt online.

    4. 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

    Check out how 10 women wore the same crop top in drastically different ways.

    Promising review: "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! I could not be more pleased." —Amazon Customer

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

    5. Stay tuned for when your favorite stores have collaborations with higher-end labels, like Madewell's current line with Karen Walker. 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.

    Shop the entire Madewell x Karen Walker collaboration for vintage-y, high-quality pieces for basically a steal!

    Get them from Madewell: the dress for $178 (available in sizes 00-24) and the shoes for $98 (available in sizes 5-11 and in three colors).

    6. 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.

    This dress comes in a a whopping 14 patterns and is SUPER affordable so you can stock up!! Will your desk mate think you took a trip to Barney's? Absolutely.

    Promising review: "I love this dress. It fits just right and is VERY comfortable to wear. I got it primarily to wear to work on hot summer days 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 14 patterns).

    7. 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.,

    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 from Eloquii: the blazer for $66.95 (available in sizes 14-28 and in six colors) and the pants for $49.95 (available in sizes 14-28 in short, regular, and long and in six colors).

    Get the skirt suit from Express: the skirt for $41.93 (originally $59.90; available in sizes XXS-XXL) and the vest for $52.80 (originally $88; available in sizes XXS-XXL).

    8. 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.

    This one is a super-soft, feels-totally-real faux leather that has almost 1,306 positive reviews that speak to its quality, durability, and of course ~style~. It's even reversible to keep things fresh, aaaaand it comes with a handy wristlet!

    Promising review: "I searched the Internet looking for a camel tote bag that could carry everything in my handbag and briefcase. This is it! The faux leather is soft and the bag is lightweight, with straps long enough to carry comfortably on my shoulder. I’ll use this bag until it falls apart!" —SH1111

    Get it from Nordstrom for $49 (available in black and brown).

    9. 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 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 three-pack from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes S-L and in six combinations).

    10. 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 (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 skirt, 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: the first for $20.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in four colors) and the second for $20.99 (available in sizes XS-L and in three colors).

    11. 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. 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.

    12. 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 (for the top on the right): "This is a great work top! It fits true to size and looks really nice for the price! I think the bow at the neckline is really cute, and this top has a great length. It looks great with both jeans and work pants." —MB

    Get them from Amazon: the first blouse for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 10 styles) and the second for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 35 styles)

    13. 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

    Check out even more for the full tutorial and other shockingly easy hairdos!

    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!

    14. 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! I have been suffering with hyperhidrosis my entire life. I’m an adult and have always had huge sweaty areas under my arms. I never knew these pads existed, but I am certainly glad I found them. My shirts are now dry. People cannot tell I'm using the pads. These are awesome and probably my best buy ever!" —Daniel

    Get an 80-pack from Amazon for $12.74.

    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.

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    Check out why a BuzzFeed editor swears by these jeans in her full review (#2)!

    Promising review: "Not only are these the fit perfect, but they are also so soft and comfortable. I can sleep in these. They feel like frickin' pajamas. These jeans really hug your curves. I love them and would 100% buy them again!" —LivV

    Get them from American Eagle for $49.95 (available in sizes 00-20 and in short, regular, and long).

    16. 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.

    These are super-thin (hello, spandex and nylon) and have a nice stretch!

    Promising review: "These are the best. My Victoria’s Secret no-show's 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." —Magistra

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S-L and in 10 combinations).

    17. 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 wear this watch almost every day! The pink color is adorable and actually looks like a high-end watch. I get compliments on it all the time at work! I highly recommend this watch if you don't feel like spending over $100." —Amazon Customer

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

    18. 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.

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    Check out even more ways to mix and match patterns and don't forget to see styling tips from Trendy Curvy.

    Get a colorblock pencil skirt from Forever 21 for $24.90 (available in sizes 0X-3X).

    19. 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).

    20. Discover the magic of a classic wrap dress. It looks amazing on everyone and basically transforms you into the epitome of sophistication, no matter how low the price tag is.,

    I'm not saying this dress will earn you a raise, but it's not going to hurt either ok?

    Get the first dress from Boohoo for $25 (originally $50; available in sizes 2-12 and in two colors) and the second dress from Forever 21 for $22.90 (available in sizes 0X-3X).

    21. 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.

    22. Lay down a good base with a bra that's actually supportive and form-fitting (not to mention comfortable). 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

    Check out all the bra shopping tips you need to know from our Ultimate Guide To Buying, Wearing, And Caring For Bras!

    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!

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

    Check out some of the best dresses you can get on Amazon for chic, affordable options!

    Promising review (for the dress on the left): "This fits perfectly! I wear it to work in my office and receive many compliments." —Kat

    Get them from Amazon: the first dress for $22.99 (available in sizes S-XXL and in 11 patterns) and the second for $19.99+ (available in sizes 16-26).

    24. Combine matching prints, like with an inexpensive plaid skirt and jacket combo, to create a streamlined, put-together look with minimal effort. If you want to feel extra-stylish but don't wear suits to work, this is a great option!

    Get them from Target: the jacket for $33 (available in sizes 1X-4X) and the skirt for $22 (available in sizes 1X-4X).

    25. Invest in a pair of comfortable block heels that you can actually walk in all day, because I don't think it's advisable to go into a boardroom barefoot. Plus, they'll go with everything and are subtle enough to wear every day.

    Sure, they're pretty pricey but hear me out! Everlane's "The Day Heel" was specifically designed for people who have to stay on their feet all day so they're SUPER comfortable. There are almost 2,573 positive reviews by people who swear by them! AND they're available in *15* colors and in suede, 100% Italian leather, patent leather, and velvet so you won't have any trouble finding one that fits your style. Check out a BuzzFeeder's full glowing review (#2)!

    Promising review: "I needed heels that would be not only comfortable to work in all day, but, as a new mom, that could also pull double duty and allow me to carry my baby. These shoes are extremely comfortable for my day-to-day needs and look great with my business casual wardrobe. As a bonus, the block heel allows me to easily walk while carrying a heavier load (e.g., my baby and/or carseat). I would definitely buy these shoes in other colors." —SB88

    Get them from Everlane for $150 (available in sizes 5-11 and in 15 colors).

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

    Promising review (for the top on the right): "The material feels like something high-quality. It doesn’t feel cheap. I've received many compliments when I wear it!" —Laura

    Get them from Amazon: the first top for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS-L and in three styles) and the second for $18.99+ (available in 0X-3X and in 13 styles).

    27. Let the Stylebook app do all the outfit planning and styling for you so you can actually get to wok on time AND look put-togther. 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.

    28. ~Employ~ the "third piece rule" by layering on an extra element like a long vest or printed blazer to quickly update boring office basics without breaking the bank.

    The third piece rule is basically the theory that layering one extra element on top of everyday outfits (i.e. a sweater on top of a blouse, a blazer, or even just a chunky belt) will instantly make your look more interesting. Check out more from Who What Wear for great style inspo!

    Get the vest from Forever 21 $17.43 (originally $24.90; available in sizes S-L and in two colors) and the print blazer from Target for $20.98 (originally $29.98; available in sizes 0X-4X).

    29. 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 60-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    30. 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).

    31. Throw on some red liquid lipstick as the quickest way to refine your usual blouse and trousers combo (or literally anything your wear). I'm pretty sure this is the oldest trick in the book for looking more sophisticated, but you know what? It WORKS.,

    This Sephora Collection liquid lipstick gives the usual red lip a modern twist thanks its on-trend finish. It's even infused with avocado oil to hydrate your lips for a comfortable finish! Did I mention it comes **90** shades?! They're available in both matte and metallic! Go wild, my young professionals.

    Promising review: "I have to say I'm way impressed. I own this in Marvelous Mauve, Blackberry Sorbet, and Pink Frosting. I have so many other brand versions of this, but I always come back to my Sephora ones because everything else dries out my lips too much. The more expensive stuff does not apply as well or last as long. I mean this stuff stays on! I get the most compliments when I wear these." —schnauzermama

    Get it from Sephora for $14 (available in 90 shades, in matte and metallic finishes).

    32. 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.

    Promising review: "This is a great skirt. I've worn it to the office a couple times now and gotten quite a few compliments. I love the versatility; it looks great with a blazer but also works well with just a tank top or t-shirt. I plan to purchase more colors in the future." —barbara

    Get it from ModCloth for $59 (available in sizes XXS-4X and in six colors).

    33. Meet your budget in the middle by accessorizing with an expensive-looking suede silver-buckled belt. It'll elevate anything from high-waisted slacks to regular jeans, so you can look fashion-forward no matter your dress code.,

    Promising review: "This is an amazing belt, it goes with everything!" —kchr3

    Get it from Free People for $30 (available in sizes S/M-M/L and in six colors).

    34. Fight midday stains (you had to have soy sauce) with an inexpensive, stain-repellent cotton white blouse. Now you can always look adult even if you spill more than you actually successfully sip.

    It's 100% cotton and features "Clean-Slate technology" that repels stains and spills! So, no if you spill an entire pot of coffee on yourself this won't stay perfect, but it'll certainly help with minor accidents!

    Promising review: "This is perfect for work. It's not too heavy and is good to layer with sweaters or jackets." —Kathryn

    Get it from Old Navy for $22 (originally $29.99; available in sizes XS-XXL and in regular, tall, and petite).

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


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