My list of basics includes high-waisted black or grey pencil skirts, black pumps and flats, tights, different colored blouses, blazers, and a good quality bag big enough to carry everything you’ll need for the day. If you buy all these basics at a combination of medium-price stores like Ann Taylor LOFT and discount chains like Marshall’s, you should be able to look like a pro for years for under $400.
You actually may be able to wear that sparkly tank to the office – if it’s tucked into a pencil skirt and worn under a blazer. This lets a little bit of your personality shine through and keeps your outfit from being too boring. This mantra works for most tops and mini dresses, just leave the t-shirts for bedtime or the gym.
That basic shift can be upgraded to “wow” level with a statement necklace and a pair of colored pumps can make your black suit pop. Strategically add stylish accessories to a plain look for a budget-friendly, fashion-forward look!