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Constituting your work wardrobe can be expensive, especially if it is your first time working in an office. If you are a student right out of college or this is your first job in a long time, you may not have the funds to buy expensive pieces. Fortunately, with coupon codes and clearance racks, you can look expensive on a budget without breaking the bank.

Finding these work essentials under $25 was a relatively easy task except the shoes. With shoes, I always recommend purchasing a high-quality pair because they tend to degenerate pretty fast. I suggest to start off buying a cheaper one and after one or two paychecks, buy a high-quality one that will sure to last you at least the year.

Now to the 10 best work essentials under $25, I have chosen very versatile and neutral colored items that you can easily pair with other clothing in your closet as well as with each other.

Black Blazer

If I were forced to wear the same thing to work every day for the rest of my life, I’d choose a blazer because a blazer makes every simple piece of clothing chic. You need a blazer that is exceptionally stylish, lightweight so that you can feel sexy and confident in the office. A well made priced blazer under $25 is the George Suiting blazer below. Many reviewers say it runs a bit small so be sure to order a size up from your usual size.

George Blazer $21.88

Pencil Skirt

A pencil skirt is one of the most accessible items to find under $25.00, and you can trust that you’re still getting a high-quality skirt. I recommend at least a black and grey pencil skirt. A black pencil skirt is one of the perfect pieces that can take you from workday to night out. Choose a pull on pencil skirt as it is stylish and looks flattering on many body types.

White Button-Up

Another easy piece to find is button-ups. You can shop your preferences such as short sleeved, long sleeved, cotton or silk material. A white button up/down is a timeless staple and will pair with anything you wear.

White Soft Shirt $16.99

Lightweight Blouses

This is where you should add a bit color to your professional wardrobe. Blouses can easily be worn under your blazer, and you can wear it on its own. Pick pops of colors such as peach or even red to add fun and variety to your wardrobe


Trousers are comparative to pencil skirts. This silhouette can take you from a professional daytime to casual afternoons. You can pair your pants with a blouse and black pumps with a blazer during the day at the office and remove it later for a date night. I recommend neutral color trousers such as black gray, navy or brown.

Black & Nude Pumps

A black pump is classic and nude pumps will immediately elevate an outfit from routine to chic. Pick a nude pump that closely matches your skin color so that it’ll pair well with every garment you own.

Ballet Flats

Black flats are as essential because you can easily swap out your heels for flat shoes and will still look classy and chic. Nude flats act similarly to pumps and will elevate and add that zazz to your outfit.


The best bag for the workplace is a structured handbag. A structured bag is classy but not too flashy. You can wear your structured bag to work or casually. You only need one.’

What are your favorite places to shop for affordable fashion? 


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