Under $100: Work Attire That Works

Dressing for work is far from easy. Certain strategies certainly make it less painful, such as planning your outfit the night before or investing in staples that you can mix-and-match easily. But sometimes a gal wants variety, especially at the office. Luckily, it’s totally possible to look polished and professional in a business environment for $100 or less. Here’s how:

BLAZERS
Olivia Pope is basically our professional attire go-to goddess (sans the proverbial wine glass, of course). She regularly rocks blazers that are far from masculine and perfectly tailored to her frame.

TRY:

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1. Gibson Three Quarter Sleeve Blazer ($88)
2. Eliza J Ruched Sleeve Blazer ($78)
3. Anne Klein Two-Button Jacket ($65)

SHIFTS
Amal Clooney commands respect in countless ways, and her sophisticated shift dresses allow her to look good while doing it. Shifts also look fabulous on all body shapes.

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TRY:
1. J.Crew Louisa Shift Dress in Slub Silk ($100)
2. ASOS Junarose Printed Graphic Shift Dress ($55)
3. Forever 21 Dropped-Sleeve Shift Dress ($23)

DRESS PANTS
A well-fitting pair of pants is a must for every work wardrobe, although we do recommend buttoning your blouse a bit higher than Selena Gomez’ when in a professional environment!

TRY:

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1. J.Crew Minnie Pant in Stretch Twill ($70)
2. LOFT Pinstripe Skinny Ankle Pants ($70)
3. Calvin Klein Pull-On Wide-Waistband Knit Pants ($60)

BLOUSES
Because silk blouses like Olivia Palermo’s inevitably require pricey dry cleaning, spending too much money on the goods can feel wasteful (and unnecessary).

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TRY:
1. Uniqlo Carine Silk Long Sleeve Blouse ($70)
2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Long-Sleeve Pleated Blouse in New Navy ($68)
3. Trouvé Collarless Silk Blouse ($44)

PENCIL SKIRT
Jennifer Hudson shows how pencil skirts can work on a variety of body types and heights as long as the silhouette is right. Don’t be afraid to rely on your trusty tailor to improve the fit.

TRY:

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1. Halogen Denim Pencil Skirt ($78)
2. Leith Stripe Asymmetrical Pencil Skirt ($58)
3. Thalia Sodi Scuba Pencil Skirt ($50)

-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com