On A Budget: Work Style Basics and Accessories

Maternity Work Style #jcrew #ingrid&isabel #madewell

Happy first day of Spring! I can’t tell you how excited I am for warmer weather as wearing dresses makes being pregnant 1000x easier! Everyone expresses themselves in different ways, and I more often than not use my wardrobe to channel my mood. If you’ve been following along for some time, you may have read in my previous post, here, that this year is all about budgeting. With twins on the way, and the real motivation of wanting to buy a house, I’ve been struggling to reinvent my look without breaking the bank. As a result, I’ve been heavily relying on basics and accessories to help me through my pregnancy because having to buy all new sizes makes me want to cry (from cost, not from getting bigger).

Maternity Work Style #jcrew #ingrid&isabel #madewell

Maternity Work Style #jcrew #ingrid&isabel #madewell

Maternity Work Style #jcrew #ingrid&isabel #madewell

Maternity Work Style #jcrew #ingrid&isabel #madewell

I definitely don’t identify with a particular style. I can go corporate, trendy, edgy for date night, girly for brunch, athleisure for running errands, and the list goes on. I am so fortunate I discovered Ingrid & Isabel for maternity clothes. When I first found out I was pregnant (and I thought we were only having one baby), I was really trying to avoid buying maternity clothes to cut costs. Then when we were surprised with the news of twins, I knew I had no option but to cave and get some bump-approved pieces.

From Ingrid & Isabel I snagged their boyfriend jeans, a couple basic tops, some athletic wear, and a few dresses that I could edit with pieces I already own to create different looks. The navy dress I have on has been paired with blazers, a sweater/flats for weekend errands, and I’ve even thrown on a leather jacket and booties for date night. On my IG stories you can often see me rockin’ a bandana or scarf tied different ways to help make an outfit pop. The bandana I’m wearing is only $12.50 from Madewell, here, and in my opinion helps bring some personality to a rather classic look.

Now that Spring has sprung, it’s only natural to want to give your look and closet a little refresh. Below are some of my cost cutting tips before you let yourself loose to go shopping.

  1. Go through your closet and separate your items by style: sweaters, blazers, day dresses, work dresses, formal dresses, tops, etc.  Having things in different categories is so helpful when you’re dressing for the weather and then you’re not looking throughout your whole closet and wasting time getting ready. Recently I added a section for maternity dresses and tops, which lets me pick the base of my outfit quick. I then can select the sweater/jacket that I’m in the mood for and don’t feel like I’m wearing the same thing over and over again (even though I’ve worn this dress three times in the last week). More importantly, it reminds you what you already own so you can add new items versus buy more of what you already have.
  2. Avoid buying items that have limited wear. Narrow down what styles you wear the most, and what is it about those looks you love. If you’re going to go shopping, focus on getting accessories, like the Madewell bandana, here, that you can dress up for work AND also pair with a fun hat and ripped jeans for the weekend.  I love the bold accessories from H&M, Forever 21, and TopShop — going a little more crazy on a necklace that is $10-20 is something you’ll wear more often and can easily overlay on different looks.
  3. Create a budget! Go through your bank and credit card statements to determine what you spend your money on: eating out, shopping, groceries, gym, gas, rent, etc. Create a Needs and Wants list. Groceries, rent and the gym are categories I classify as needs for maintaining good health and a roof over my head. My wants are basically everything else. So if one month I want to do a little shopping, I swap out dinner with girlfriends for an active walk to catch up over a sweat sesh, versus a $40 happy hour bill.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Maternity Work Style #jcrew #ingrid&isabel #madewell

Maternity Work Style #jcrew #ingrid&isabel #madewell

Maternity Work Style #jcrew #ingrid&isabel #madewell

Maternity Work Style #jcrew #ingrid&isabel #madewell

Maternity Work Style #jcrew #ingrid&isabel #madewell

 

2 thoughts on “On A Budget: Work Style Basics and Accessories

    1. It definitely depends on your office setting. When I first started interviewing I had one suit and one nice dress for interviews. However, in the Bay Area the office environment is very casual. If you are just starting to build your work wardrobe I’d invest in basics: 2-3x pairs of black or dark denim jeans, blouses you’d want to wear to the office and then to dinner, classic dress silhouettes that you could pair with sweaters/blazers for the office and then throw on a leather jacket for the evening or weekends. Once you have your basics than you ca invest in fun accessories to change the look/feel without having to buy a whole new outfit. Hope this helps!

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