Styling the Business Budget

by Rachel Yeomans | September 15th, 2009   

While organizing my monthly budget, I had a vivid flashback of sitting at a restaurant table with about eight others in my industry. We were having a basic business association meeting, and at the conclusion of said meeting conversation skewed towards mortgages, engagement rings and one another’s children. Being one of those people who didn’t have anything constructive to say on any of those topics is another conversation entirely.

However, through that conversation, it hit me that all of these individuals, men and women included, didn’t just talk like they had money–they looked it. David Yurman, pristine diamond rings and earrings, Armani business suits with Thomas Pink ties, Prada loafers and Chanel handbags. I was way out of my league. In my defense, I was a good decade younger than those at the table at that time; however I admit there is still no Armani in my closet. Not because I don’t want it. It’s because I can’t afford it. Mind you I am still quite obsessed with style and fashion and I have a few investments to speak of. However I think many people not only blur the definitions between affordable and cheap, but they also feel obligated to buy outside one’s means just to fit in with those around them. So to all of you other professionals out there who dream of making that visual impression on a workday basis but refuse to buy in to items that are beyond your price point, let us unite in our own fashion styling that may or may not have a designer label! (Or until we get that amazing raise that can warrant those Manolo Blahnik pumps.)

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Merona® Collection Trouser Plaid Shell Jacket & Skirt

Target – Jacket: $46.99 – Skirt: $29.99

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Study Buddy Cardigan

ModCloth.com – $77.99

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Soda Fountain Dress in Grape/Black/Ginger

ModCloth.com – $44.99

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Fallingwater Dress

ModCloth.com – $62.99

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Long Belted Cardigan by MICHAEL Michael Kors

Vivre.com – Sale – $33.00

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Semantiks Tweed Cuff Trousers

Nordstrom Sale: $43.90

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Vaneli Women’s Kimberly Pump

Endless Shoes and Handbags Sale – $35.01

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Cole Haan Espresso Box Jacquard ‘Geni’ Triangle Small Shoulder Bag

Bluefly.com – $178.00

        

6 comments
Rachel
Rachel

Thank you very much for your positive feedback, Randy! It is truly appreciated!

Rachel
Rachel

Thank you very much for your positive feedback, Randy! It is truly appreciated!

Randy Nichols
Randy Nichols

You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, I?ve spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

Randy Nichols
Randy Nichols

You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, I?ve spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

Randy Pena
Randy Pena

Thanks for posting the article, was certainly a great read!

Randy Pena
Randy Pena

Thanks for posting the article, was certainly a great read!