Ok, that title was a minor shot at the Philadelphia Eagles (even though my G-men lost this weekend too) but this post is about being well-dressed during fall (I know, nothing to do with a falcon. I just really don’t like the Eagles). But I digress. So, this fall, you have to go to work. It’s not like you can just take the fall off. And when you go, you have to be dressed properly. So, how do you start the fall off looking fly? Check out the following places I recommend for building your wardrobe on a budget.
The thrift shop: A thrift shop in an affluent neighborhood will generally yield more quality professional clothes than one in a less fortunate area. And, even if the outfit doesn’t fit perfectly, you can always take it to the tailor. When it comes to pieces like suits and slacks, you’ll still end up saving more than you would buying brand new, especially when we’re talking about quality brands. Or, if you see a pair of shoes that can be restored, find a good cobbler and you’re good to go. So go thrifting on the nicer side of the town. Your wardrobe (and pockets) will thank you.
J. Crew: J. Crew can be a bit pricey BUT if you go in when they’re having a decent sale and you still have a non-expired college ID, you can save 15% on top of the sale price. I’ve gotten some pretty great sweaters for next to nothing that way.
Nordstrom Rack: Now, Nordstrom is a great (though sometimes pricey) brand and, as those of you who have been reading know, I worked there for a while. But what you may not know is that I worked at Nordstrom Rack (The Rack) first. If you’re not familiar with The Rack, it’s like a high-end TJ Maxx. You get great brands for a fraction of their retail prices. That’s where I go for everything from suits to Allen Edmonds shoes to Nike sweats.
Those are just a few suggestions but definitely feel free to leave your favorite places to get professionally (or casually) fly.
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