Emergency Work Wardrobe. Putting Some Business Savvy Towards Your Business Shopping

by Rachel Yeomans | October 5th, 2009   

Be it your first internship, your first job or your promotion, there is a time when the excitement of a grand opportunity is temporarily outweighed by the fact that a new work wardrobe must be purchased before a paycheck is delivered.

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At these times you ponder the basics of discount work wear shopping: H&M, Nordstrom Rack…maybe even Goodwill. Unfortunately these places are usually very good for discovering accent pieces or sections of a work outfit; but when trying to find an entire working ensemble (much less several), you may find yourself worried about the impression you are going to leave on the first day of your new workweek. Even if you are desperate for new work clothes, you should never compromise fit, quality and comfort just to be able to fill your professional closet.

Look at things in this light: If you just start a new position and you need work clothes immediately, remember you will get your first pay check within two weeks or a month at the most. Therefore, don’t buy an entire wardrobe; buy enough to last you until your first check. That allows you to purchase less pieces that will last beyond your first work month so you don’t feel that you just threw your pre-employed money into a blender. And what better place to invest in a few decent mix and match suit combinations than at the ingenious shopping destination of the consignment shop?

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Modern Millie Vintage & Consignments: Salem, MA

Consignment shops by definition are stores that sell previously-worn clothing for a discounted price. It is sort of like digging through the racks of TJ Maxx (which by the way is also a fantastic venue to score some amazing quality business clothing for very reasonable prices), but keep digging and you may come upon some gold. For example, yesterday’s article in Providence Business News gave light to a local consignment store that has lured upscale shoppers into its doors from its high-end retail neighbors. Read the article HERE.

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Second Time Around: Providence, RI

Keep in mind that consignment shops are typically in the “hit or miss” sector. However, it will be worth your time to peruse the racks because once you come across the barely worn Anne Klein or Saks Fifth Avenue suit and BCBG blouse for up to 80% less than retail price, you will give yourself the much-deserved pat on the back for your business savvy shopping decision.

2 comments
Tara @ Born Again
Tara @ Born Again

Excellent article! I would also like to add a few tips for those wanting to become savvy consignment shoppers.

It is valuable to call ahead and find out if the stores in your area carry the types of items you are looking for. You may find some shops specialize in casual wear while others carry a large professional-wear inventory. When shopping, ask the clerk about their consignment policies. Some stores accept consignment items only on certain days, which means you'll know what days to come to find the newest additions to their inventory. And lastly, ask about a customer Wish List; let them know what you're looking for (size, color, brand, or whatever your criteria) and ask them to call you when they get those types of items in.

Happy shopping!

Tara @ Born Again
Tara @ Born Again

Excellent article! I would also like to add a few tips for those wanting to become savvy consignment shoppers.

It is valuable to call ahead and find out if the stores in your area carry the types of items you are looking for. You may find some shops specialize in casual wear while others carry a large professional-wear inventory. When shopping, ask the clerk about their consignment policies. Some stores accept consignment items only on certain days, which means you'll know what days to come to find the newest additions to their inventory. And lastly, ask about a customer Wish List; let them know what you're looking for (size, color, brand, or whatever your criteria) and ask them to call you when they get those types of items in.

Happy shopping!