Budget Wear: Dress for Success

Thanks, Sheila for the blog's main idea!

Shopping for business attire can be daunting. While job hunting we need affordable clothing to look presentable at the interview or for the first few weeks without breaking the piggy bank.

While Honeyed's motto is to go from work to weekend; we currently do not have business-professional attire. So, what are some other ways to find good deals on clothing?

Now, every e-commerce store owner hates this, but... it's true.

Staple items needed for a successful presentation:

  • Blazer
  • Cardigans
  • Blouses
  • Trousers 
  • Recommended colors: Black, White, Navy, Maroon and Mustard


1. Amazon

Amazon is a great way to look at a variety of clothing at different price points. The reviews also help determine if the clothes will hold up during a lengthy period; not to mention reviewers give real-life imagery on what the outfit looks like.

2. Chrome Cast Extensions: Honey

If you're not using Chrome Cast for your web browser, I do recommend downloading it for the extensions. One extension I use a lot is called "Honey" which is close to our name, funny enough!

What is Honey?

Honey is an extension that will pull up a variety of shopping sites and find you the best deal on an item you're currently looking at. Not to mention, if you use it when you're checking out on an online store, Honey will go through a variety of coupon codes and discount codes to find you a deal.

How to install Honey?

Once you've installed Chrome Cast, follow this link to get instructions on how to use and install extensions. In the Chrome Web Store search for Honey and look for the cursive H with an orange symbol.

Good news, Honey also works on Amazon.

3. Zulily

Zulily is a great site to use if you're looking for cheaper items. New items and deals appear every day, and they sometimes offer to cut your payments in half. Pay half of your payment this month, the other half next month.

Zulily works with other brands and wholesalers to sell directly to the customer rather than going through a retailer. Although you do have to pay to ship on your first purchase, they always offer free shipping on your second purchase.

4. Cheap Clothing Stores out of Other Countries

I'm only going to list one: Romwe.com has cheaper clothing and run deals constantly. However, be aware that the quality of the clothing is not going to be high. It's recommended to wash cheaper quality clothing on delicate/hand wash setting and then hang dry or else you'll find threads coming undone. But it is budget friendly.

5. Newsletters

Even if your favorite store is a little expensive, do sign up for their newsletters to know when promotional and discounts are occurring. Afraid your e-mail will get spammed? Just make a Gmail account dedicated to your newsletters and use Google's search features if you're looking for a brand. However, the Honey chrome extension can easily find you some as well. All websites have a sales section, don't be afraid to click on it. Just because others didn't buy, it doesn't mean it won't look great on you!

6. Slickdeals.net

While this site is mostly technology, grocery, and beauty driven there are clothing sales and accessory sales that do occur. It's a great website to search through if you're looking for a good steal.

7. Local Boutiques

Usually, boutiques try to get rid of items that are seasonal when the weather begins to change. Check out their sales racks. Even if you do buy a tank-top, you can always throw on a professional looking blazer over it.

8. Thrift Stores & Garage Sales

A little more effort to look through and it's not online, but if you look hard enough, there will always be a steal or two.

 

Here's a budget outfit I put together:

A Blazer - 11.99 (Romwe)

A tank top - 9.99 (Amazon) 

Black Pants - 17.99 (Zulily) 

budget outfit

A total around 40.00 for a complete outfit. That's almost the cost of ONE dress pant at some places. My biggest advice is to register for websites and use the favorite icon tools, cart feature and wish list to challenge yourself to find cheaper clothing before hitting the purchase button.