After graduating from college, most graduates will try to find a job and enter the workforce. Those that are able to find a job in a professional setting will soon find that they will have to get a whole new wardrobe in order to comply with their company’s clothing policy. Unfortunately, many entry-level jobs don’t pay very much and many graduates are also dealing with a lot of other expenses, including student loan payments. While they may not have a lot of extra money, there are ways that a recent college graduate could purchase affordable apparel for work and stay within their budget.
Don’t Go Overboard!
One tip for saving money when buying a post-college wardrobe would be to limit the amount of suits that you buy. For young men in the workforce, it really only is necessary to purchase two or three suits. While there are hundreds of styles available at a local clothing store, a new college graduate should concentrate on getting some simple and classic colors. The suits that should be purchased on a budget should all be 100% wool, have two or three buttons, and be either black, charcoal grey, or navy blue. However, to ensure the suit looks good, you should always have it tailored. Taking a suit to a local tailor, as opposed to having it altered in the store, could save a lot of money as well.
Stock Up On Shirts
Another key staple to a wardrobe are shirts and ties that you will have to wear. Since shirts are worn everyday and have direct contact with your skin, you will need to have between five and ten dress shirts. The large men’s apparel stores carry affordable but quality men’s shirts, which will be both stylish and affordable. Be sure to be measured by a representative in the store to find out what your proper shirt measurements are. Also, you should look out for sales and discounts where you could save up to a third off of the normal retail price.
Don’t Skip the Feet
When putting together a wardrobe after college, one of the most overlooked pieces of the wardrobe are your dress shoes. You should plan on allocating a bigger than expected part of your budget to your shoes. While you will only need two pairs, a brown and black pair, you should spend more to get quality shoes that are leather and thin soled. There are several online retail outlets that sell shoes for far less than the retail store prices, which should help to save some money.
Women are known for having all the fun in the accessory department, but little did we know men really could be joining. For the perfect post college wardrobe never forget the accessories. Ties are an obvious must have, but there are also watches to consider, belts, handkerchiefs, and even briefcases. These are all small extras that can really put a polish on your look and tie everything together.
Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.
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