Help Desk Part Two: A Full Back-to-Work Wardrobe for $500

LOFTYesterday, I gave you five essential investment pieces for your work wardrobe.

Today, I'll show you some ideas for less expensive pieces that you can work into your work wardrobe for plenty of options.

Once you've bought your investment pieces, you'll want to hit up the sales at your favorite dress shops.

Right now, for example, LOFT is offering an additional 25% off sale styles, making this pretty tipped belted cardigan just $29.99.

This would look great over your black pencil skirt or trousers!

Read on for more ideas.




LimitedNeutral separates in camel or gray (two very hot colors for fall) are easy to find on sale and will really add to your options when dressing for work. This Exact Stretch Bootcut Pant (The Limited, $35.94 on sale) is a perfect example.


The LimitedI always loved wearing dresses to work because I didn't have to think about which pieces would look good together. You can find them on sale at TJ Maxx and Marshalls (look for the Calvin Klein rack in particular!) and you can wear them alone or underneath a jacket or cardigan. This short sleeve ponte dress (The Limited, $49.99 on sale) is a great price and perfect for work!


The LimitedCowl neck tops are a great way to stay comfortable and classy on the job. I love this particular wine-colored cowl neck top (The Limited, $34.90 on sale) and I especially love the price!

SpiegelAnd with all the money you've saved, you still have room for a standout jacket. This cashmere-blend blazer (Spiegel, $89) comes in lots of different attention-getting colors.

Your total for all these pieces comes in at $509.71, and the combinations for work, particularly when you work a few of your own tops into the mix, are endless!

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