Work Appropriate Fall Styles that Work in Any Budget

Posted September 30, 2014 by in Career

Assembling a great work wardrobe is something that professional women struggle with every year. Many of your co-workers often toe the line between work appropriate and typical club wear because they want to work the latest trends into their everyday looks. Staying trendy at the office takes a little more thought than that, but it can be done.

The secondary issue that we run into is money. Buying a whole new work wardrobe every season is something that 90 percent of women cannot afford to do. But fear not, there are still ways that you can look trendy and appropriate at the office without maxing out your credit cards. Here are some ideas for work appropriate fall styles that work in any budget.


Start with the perfect support

Start from the bottom with every outfit you put on. In this case, you need to start with a super supportive bra. 1⁄2 cup bras are a great way to find the perfect fit to keep your girls comfortable and where they should be for your entire work day.

However, finding a supportive bra does not mean that you have to find a boring neutral bra that is void of all sex appeal. Sport some trends underneath with lace bras in jewel tones or mesh. Both are hot for fall!

Transition your summer wear into fall

A great way to save money is to use the same pieces in your wardrobe all year long. You may think that you need to stash all your newly purchased maxi skirts and sheer tank tops for the winter, but you can still wear these items throughout the fall season.

Pair maxi skirts with boots and tights to stay warm and look trendy. Layer the sheer tanks over a solid camisole and under a fitted blazer for a classic look with a little edge. Using these ideas will prevent you from buying too many new clothes each season while still maintaining your style.

Don’t settle for dark neutrals

The best part about the new trends for fall is that they are breaking us away from the all dark neutrals idea that is typically associated with fall. This year, you can mix boring neutrals with deep jewel tones that give your fall look life and color. You can try this look with a new blouse in deep plum, a bright red tote, or even electric blue shoes.

You can even take this a step further by pairing two jewel tones together in one outfit, as long as they are in the same color palette, like your deep plum shirt with a royal blue cardigan.

Layer with accessories

Accessories are a broke girl’s best friend! Accessories are the best way to work with trends without buying a lot of new, expensive clothing pieces. For example, you can use the same neutral pieces that you have, but pair them with a bold jewel tone necklace for a little bit of flair, or you can add a bright belt to a black cardigan to add some life to a dull work look.

Adding a colorful scarf works well too!

About the Author: 

Tina Hamilton HeadshotTina Hamilton is a journalist, blogger and social media guru. You can usually find her online or walking along one of Southern California’s beaches with her dog, Joey. Look for her on Twitter.