I currently live in a small town in Kentucky where the median household income is $40,000. I’m from a small town in Kentucky where the median household income is $38,000. We have done well for ourselves, but those numbers are never far out of my mind when a blogger mentions that you MUST HAVE the $600 Gucci loafers… especially when Target sales a nearly-identical pair for $20.
Not throwing shade, but I want to cater more to those around me. And honestly, I’m all about saving money when it comes to clothes. There are certain pieces I’ll splurge on (good bras, suits, shoes), but otherwise I’m all about the savings!
I work in a business casual environment. My first two jobs out of college were not quite so casual, and I wore suits more often than not. But now, it’s not uncommon to see someone show up to work in sweats. I’m not quite on that level, but I have added a lot of business casual pieces to my wardrobe. When in Rome, right?
All of that is to say that I’ve decided to start a new series dedicated to budget-friendly outfits you can wear to work. Your work wardrobe shouldn’t cost more than your annual salary, you know?
I live in leggings this time of year. I’m not exactly a “leggings as pants” kind of person, but tend more to wear them with long sweaters and tunics. As long as my butt is covered I think it’s okay! If done right, leggings can be worn in the office. Give me all the elastic waistbands.
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a.n.a. Ponte Leggings: JCPenney is a great resource for affordable workwear! These come in six colors – I have my eye on the blue ones for UK games! They’re only $14!
Vince Camuto Ponte Leggings: These are my favorite leggings ever – they’re super thick (almost like pants) and figure-flattering. Plus, they’re under $30!
BP High Rise Leggings: Another favorite of mine and such a great price!
Assets by Spanx Shaping Leggings: If the $50+ Spanx leggings don’t fit into your budget, give these Target versions a try! They’re under $30 and have similar fit.
Old Navy Heavy-Knit Jersey Leggings: These are currently on sale for $19 and come in four colors. I admit that Old Navy leggings aren’t my favorite, but only because I think they run small! The reviews are confusing: some say to size down, some say size up! I’m extremely bottom heavy, and, if you are, too, I highly suggest sizing up one size. Otherwise they’re perfect!
Nordstrom Go-To High Waist Leggings: While we don’t have a Nordstrom in the state, it’s hard to beat their free shipping and amazing customer service. I think when people hear “Nordstrom” they immediately think “expensive”. That’s not the case! Most of my fall/winter wardrobe is made up of these under $50 pieces.
H&M Glossy Leggings: If you’re in an edgier work environment, check out these under $20 glossy leggings!
Faded Glory Women’s Essential Legging, 2-Pack: If you’re on a major budget, you can get a two-pack of these leggings for $6.50! Even though they’re extremely inexpensive, the reviews claim they’re thick and not see-through! Can’t beat that for the price!
All of these are under $30 options; many under $20! Do you have favorite leggings?
If you have anything you’d like me to find for this series, please let me know!