I recently bought some work clothes from Forever 21 because with my new office job, I realized how much my wardrobe was sorely lacking in terms of office-appropriate attire. I was able to snag both this turtleneck knit top for $7.90 and this pencil skirt for $6.90. Outfits that cost less than $20 are my favorite.

One of my keys to pulling off a polished outfit that appears pricier than it’s actually worth? Keep it simple, and finish it off with any designer pieces you actually do have. Since I was running errands, I kept it simple with my Marc by Marc Jacobs wallet. Before I got the iPhone 7 Plus, I was able to put my naked iPhone 6 in this wallet, which made traveling much less bulky.

Marc by Marc Jacobs "Classic Q Wingman" Wallet: $63.14 on eBay
Marc by Marc Jacobs “Classic Q Wingman” Wallet: $63.14 on eBay

I got these strappy kitten heels last year in June at Reflection for only $43.19 (I sifted through my online bank statements just to share the price), and since then, it’s been a staple in my professional wardrobe. I wear these often to professional mixers, and I find that it’s great a conversation piece. I’ve received compliments on them or have been asked where I got them from. It’s gotten my foot in the door (literally and figuratively) with conversations leading to prospective clients.

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My boss was absolutely right when he advised us to look at our clothing purchases as investments: what articles of clothing will make a person approach you and open the door to a conversation?

The most helpful piece of business advice I’ve received: before you make a purchase, ask yourself: what will be your return on this investment?

Get the Look (from top to bottom):

Turtleneck Knit Top: $7.90 at Forever 21

Pencil Skirt: $6.90 at Forever 21

Marc by Marc Jacobs “Classic Q Wingman” Wallet: $63.14 on eBay

Strappy Kitten Heel: $43.19 – Reflection Shoes

 

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