Business Attire for Women: What To Splurge & Save On For Your Career Success

In the business world, your attire can say a lot about you. Are you well put together? Are you sharp and to the point? Or are you lazy and forgetful? The characteristics of your business attire tell people a lot about who you are and how you work. But if you're new to the corporate world (or just ready to start getting ahead), where do you begin? Splurging on every single piece of your business wardrobe just doesn't make sense. So we've put together a list of the splurge essentials and where you can save that will help you give the perfect first impression of poise and polish.


First, we'll start with the pieces that need the most attention. Depending on what your budget is, your definition of splurge may be different. The main things to focus on here is quality and fit.

1.  Tailoring

Any piece of clothing that needs a lot of structure and fit to look sharp will probably be a bit of an investment. This includes blazers, button-up blouses, and tailored pants. If these items don't fit you well, they won't look quite so professional. Find a good tailor near you for those structured pieces to make them look really on point.

2. Wearable Professional Shoes

When you're going to be standing at a convention or presentation for a long period of time, you better make sure you're wearing comfortable professional shoes. This is an absolute essential. It's not a great idea to walk back to the hotel barefoot with your boss. So make sure you invest in shoes that look professional and are comfortable too. This is something you'll pack first thing for a business trip.


3. Comfy Bra

Speaking of comfy, your underwear should be wearable too. You can't be picking at a pokey wire during a business meeting, that just won't do. Invest in underwear that you feel 100% comfortable in. ThirdLove 24/7 Bras have become a recent hit for this very reason. Find what works for you and don't be afraid to invest in it.

4. Signature Accessories

While you don't have to splurge on every single piece of jewelry you own, it is nice to have a few key investment pieces that you wear regularly. These nice touches will add a little polish and shine to your everyday business attire. Do your research and find what's right for your personal style.

5. Well-Fitting Dresses

When it comes to dresses, your utmost care is needed. There's a fine line between trashy and appropriate that you do not want to cross. Most professional dresses fall under the highly structured category and need that perfect fit. Spend a little more here and you'll find the perfect pieces for the office.


Alright! Now that you have down what's most important, we'll get to the easy stuff. Don't sweat saving up for these pieces. You can find perfectly good business attire for much less in this category.

1. Pencil Skirt

While pencil skirts are a staple of business attire for women, you don't need to go all out to find one that's good quality. Save a few bucks and purchase several affordable pencil skirts to stock up your business wardrobe. This applies to other styles of skirts too! Because they aren't so stiff and structured, it's easier to find skirts that look polished. Just get a good enough brand that they aren't falling apart after a couple wears.

2. Everyday Blouses

Not every blouse is going to be your crisp white button up. For those days when you just want to wear a pretty blouse that makes you feel good, there's no need to splurge. Stock up on some color here and enjoy!

3. Tights

Obviously, you still want good quality here. That's a given with anything on this list. But good quality doesn't come at a high price for tights. Find a brand you love and get what you need. If you have no idea where to start, it's time to turn to Google, my friend.

4. Sweaters

Because the fit of sweaters is pretty loose and flexible, you don't need to be so particular about this investment. Just make sure your sweaters aren't falling apart. Stains or loose strings are a big no-no.

5. Additional Accessories

Add a little personality with affordable accessories. While you'll have your staple investment pieces, you're also allowed to have a little fun. Just like your clever office decor, show off who you are and do it on your budget.

What's your point of view on business attire? What would you splurge or save on? Share your advice in the comments below!