9 Places to Buy Cheap Work Clothes

By Allie Caton on August 6, 2017

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Professional clothes are a must for most people. At some point in your life, you are probably going to need to suck it up and put on some slacks and a blazer every day for work. This might be hard, especially if you have never had to wear professional clothes before. It means figuring out what you like and what you look good in all the while trying to save money on a new wardrobe.

The great thing about work clothes is that there is a big market for them, so a lot of stores carry affordable professional wear. Here is a list of a few places to help get you started on your hunt for professional clothing.

Goodwill

Goodwill should be your first stop if you are shopping on a budget. If you are committed to digging through the racks, you are sure to find some gems. At Goodwill, you could possibly get an entire work outfit for under $20.

It’s an awesome store but because all of the stock is donated, you have to be ready to dig around to find something you like and in your size. Cut out a big chunk of time one day and dive into the racks of Goodwill for a super cheap way to get work clothes.

Forever 21

Forever 21 is a great store to get cheap clothes, professional or not. You could potentially get your entire work wardrobe at Forever 21 if you do some digging. They have a wide array of trendy blazers, professional blouses, and slacks — it just takes some searching!

They also have a great selection of dresses that range from casual to elegant. However, you get what you pay for. Don’t expect your new pair of sleek, black boots you got for $12 to last you three years.

H&M

H&M is an awesome place to get your work clothes. It’s inexpensive, and the quality of the clothes is a lot better than a lot of its competitors. The clothes at H&M tend to lean more towards professional style, so it’s not hard at all to find a few full work getups. The men’s section is also full of professional wear if dresses aren’t your style. You can find dress pants, button-downs, and blazers all for an affordable price.

Target

Target’s clothes section continues to get better and better. Their clothes are surprisingly on trend and cover a wide array of styles and elegance. Both their Men’s and Women’s sections are full of affordable professional wear that is of good quality. Don’t expect to leave Target with just a couple shirts — there is something about that store that compels you to buy everything you don’t actually need.

Zara

Zara is a great place to get professional clothes that are sleek and stylish. They have blazers for days that are affordable and come in a variety of different cuts. They also offer up a wide selection of professional dresses and slacks. While a bit pricier than some of the other places on this list, Zara has a great variety of professional wear that is sure to last you a very long time.

Old Navy

Old Navy is an underrated gem when it comes to affordable shopping. They have everything and it’s all extremely affordable. It’s a great place to pick up nice blazers that are sure to give any outfit a flare of professionalism. From shoes to jewelry to shirts, Old Navy has everything you could need to compile your work wardrobe, and it won’t break your bank!

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Macy’s

Macy’s has an awesome selection of affordable work clothes, especially for men. They have a huge selection of ties, suits, and dress shirts all for affordable prices. Their ties sit at around $15 each which is a huge money saver. They also run frequent sales including their monthly One Day Sales where you can get your work wear even cheaper.

Gap

Gap is a great place to find alternatives to more expensive brands. A lot of their clothes mimic JCrew which, for a lot of people, is way too expensive. Thanks to Gap, you can get JCrew style professional wear for much, much cheaper. The clothes at Gap are on the more casual side, so if you are looking for something more elegant, try Gap’s sister store Banana Republic for affordable elegant wear.

Amazon

Shopping for clothes online can be a little bit risky, but Amazon has a huge variety of clothes that you can wear to work. If you have Prime, shipping is super fast and returns are super easy. Before discounting online shopping, scroll through the pages of Amazon and just see if there’s anything that catches your eye.

Online shopping is often cheaper than shopping in-store (depending on where you are shopping), so it’s worth it to just take a look around.

By Allie Caton

Uloop Writer
Allie is a creative at heart. She loves to draw and fawns over comic book illustrations and animation. She hopes to be able to use the skills she has cultivated as a Communications major to bring value to the creative industry. Her goal is to one day work somewhere where she can be around creatives while utilizing her writing and illustration skills.

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