How to Make Your Work Clothes Chic on the Cheap
A woman's suit for work can run anywhere from $300 at Banana Republic (not on sale) to $3,000 for a bespoke custom job. Even if dress codes relax with the hotter weather, it often makes sense to have an interview-ready outfit in the closet. But the mall might not be the best shopping destination for a memorable ensemble.
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Shareen Mitchell owns Shareen Vintage in New York City and Los Angeles. She is known for carefully curating vintage looks in a way that never look like "old clothes." Mitchell also keeps an eye toward value; just because her clothes are antiques, they're not priced that way. Many dresses cost around $50 to $60.
Mitchell also "re-works" clothing. She will take a vintage piece and tailor it or take it completely apart. The result is a brand new design with a nod toward some past era.
Whether seeking an updated look or prepping for job interviews, women don't have to break the bank, according to Mitchell. It's all about classics with a twist.
"Go to a local thrift store and buy basic classics," she says. "You can always add a modern belt or a scarf or a great modern shoe to anything classic and make it look professional and 'today'."
Considering the economy, Mitchell also stressed the need avoid the trends and to pick up a needle and thread.
"Learn how to hem," she says.
And once on the job, she advises to say "yes" to unexpected things. This businesswoman -- who was poor seven years ago and now has two businesses -- is convinced that saying "yes" helps people discover new things that they're good at.