Fashion Friday: Building an Affordable Business Wardrobe

A good friend of mine is going into freelance work and she asked me to help her find some great business casual looks on a starting-her-own-business budget.

My first tip – build your basics. We’ve chatted here before about wardrobe basics – white button down shirt, black pencil skirt, trouser jeans, navy blazer, black knee high boots… Bulk up your basics because these will give you the ability to stretch your wardrobe farthest.

wardrobe basics



Next, think versatility. Everything you buy, you want to think of at least three things you can wear with it. Take this super-soft turtleneck sweater and think beyond jeans. Pair with a maxi skirt for a casual chic, layer a white button down underneath and you have a perfect weekend look — add fun skirt – like leopard print – and you are trendy enough for a night on the town.

one sweater - three looks


Don’t forget accessories!! Accessories are the easiest and cheapest way to dress up what you already own!

one outfit - three looks with accessories


And don’t think work has to be boring. Don’t be afraid to add a little pop of color – or even a HUGE pop of color!

frugal looks for work


Now you can start your own business looking super chic!!

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Written by Melissa Angert, editor of this fashion blog and author of Girlymama. You can also find her on Twitter as Melissa Angert. She is a mom of 3 living in Providence.


  1. I am so in love with these Fashion Friday posts! Can you tell me where the turtleneck sweater is from? Love it!

  2. Great post, Melissa! So helpful and real life!

  3. Julie/ just precious says:

    Great post! Reminds met at I need ti invest in a few new belts

  4. Thanks so much for this, Melissa! It’s JUST what I need! Now to dig out a post on what to wear when you have gigundo boobs. lol.

  5. Love the post Melissa! I could really use these tips to dress up my work wardrobe! Thanks.

  6. I think you gave her some great options. Really loving all the shoe choices!

  7. This is my favorite post- it really shows how buying some basic pieces can be so versatile and love the way you’ve shown so many different looks!