The Smart Gal Guide To Workwear on a Budget

The Smart Gal Guide To Workwear on a Budget
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Note: Thank you to J.Crew Factory for sponsoring this post. Bestie Dressed received compensation for writing this post. As usual, all opinions and clothing selections are our own. This post contains affiliate links.

High-quality workwear on a budget isn’t always easy to find. Once again, the Besties have teamed up with J.Crew Factory to put together some savvy looks for your work wardrobe that won’t have you wondering where your entire paycheck went! Whether you’re a boss in the boardroom, donning jeans in a casual start-up, or somewhere in between, workwear on a budget is super easy with these mix-and-match pieces from J.Crew Factory. During their 9 to 5 event, which runs through March 1, you’ll enjoy 50% off all wear to work styles in J.Crew Factory stores and online.

We are best friends, so we feel very fortunate to work together! When we started BestieDressed nearly two years ago (WHAT?!), we made it our mission to bring accessible style to everyday gals like us. We are 30-something moms with careers and fast-paced lives. We feel fairly lucky if our morning includes a hot cup of coffee (keyword here is hot) and a few moments of quiet before the chaos begins! If you follow us regularly, we imagine that your life sounds pretty similar. Luckily, J.Crew Factory makes dressing for your 9 to 5 super simple with affordable staple pieces that play nicely with patterned statement pieces and accessories.

Spring Essentials and Elevated Basics

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We loved our last workwear update, but right now we are looking forward to spring and all that comes with it. It’s time for a refreshed wardrobe featuring polished pieces made for layering like trench coats, patterned pencil skirts, black dresses, and lightweight sweaters.

In the Trenches

One of our favorite staples this season is the classic trench. It is the perfect pairing for every office look from business professional to business casual. The trench coat is the only coat you’ll need in your carry-on if you travel for business. It fits perfectly into our lifestyles as mothers and bloggers too.

We love this J. Crew Factory version because it is offered at a workwear on a budget price (under $85 during their 9 to 5 event!!). It is also available in a range of sizes from 00 petite through size 24. We both opted for petite sizes for our 5’1″ and 5’3″ frames. The blue stripe lining is absolutely darling and adds a subtle pop of color.

The LBD (Little Boardroom Dress)

Kristin is wearing a size 12 in this slightly stretchy work wardrobe staple dress. Pair it with black heels and a pattern pop by adding a skinny leopard belt.

The only thing we want more than the right combination of affordability and quality is an outfit that makes us look and feel our most confident selves. This dress is made from a thick fabric that hugs all the right places and is the perfect length for any workplace. It is currently under $50 and comes in a variety of colors and sizes, including petite. We do recommend sizing up one size!

Workwear on a budget doesn’t equal a bunch of blah pieces. Have fun with it! Dress up your dress with statement accessories like a leopard print belt. You could also pair it with a contrasting and boldly colored cardigan. Statement jewelry takes this LBD from your 9 to 5 to a night out.

On Friday We Wear Denim

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We’re walking into the weekend with business casual looks for a Friday at the office. We all know that casual Friday doesn’t give you license to show up in your sweats, so we’re offering some tips on how to toe the line. Generally speaking, casual Friday means that jeans are acceptable- and some offices allow jeans every day so long as professionals aren’t meeting clients that day! Opt for a dark, well-fitting pair of jeans and a dress shirt or blazer combo. Keep footwear in line with your professional wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to add some color and texture.

Be a (Trail) Blazer

Power dressing is whatever the heck you want it to be. For me, ironically not wearing a blazer for this photoshoot, it’s a perfectly fitting blazer. Dressed up or down, I feel the most confident in a workplace setting when I am wearing a blazer. A blazer projects authority and competence. J.Crew Factory offers several workwear on a budget options from classic to trendy, and they’re all 50% off during the 9 to 5 Event! Their classic sweater blazers are great as well!

Don’t be afraid to invest in a blazer that’s outside of the traditional black or navy suit jacket. Both of these collarless styles offer a feminine perspective on a traditional piece. They are perfect for the buttoned-up office setting but transition effortlessly into casual mode.

I don’t think there’s anything quite like working with your best friends!

No matter what you do for a living, J.Crew Factory has a range of classic styles to get you appropriately outfitted for work. Their amazing sales leave more of that hard-earned money in your account so that you can splurge on the things that bring you joy- like a weekend away with the girls! During their 9 to 5 event, you can save 50% on all work-ready styles, with additional daily deals. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook, where we’ll be sharing all the details until March 1!!

Clothing provided by J.Crew Factory
Photography by Leanne Hunley


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