The Perfect Post-Grad Wardrobe Without Breaking the Bank

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With graduation looming, the Class of 2020 will soon enter the workforce as young professionals. This milestone brings about so many lifestyle changes, from moving to a new place to starting to feel more like an adult. Yet another change that accompanies transitioning to the world of work is your wardrobe.

Luckily, buying more professional clothing doesn’t mean you have to empty your wallet. So, trade in your game day gear for business causal and check out these budget-friendly retailers.  

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Madewell is the perfect place to start shopping for your post-grad wardrobe with high quality, stylish staples. From simple blouses for layering to leather totes ideal for work bags, you’re sure to find business casual necessities at Madewell. Plus, college students receive a 15% discount, both in store and online, that can be redeemed here

J. Crew
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Looking for your go-to blazer for a more business professional feel? Look no further than J. Crew, whose simple, yet timeless blazers and trousers are great additions to a post-grad closet. While J. Crew can be on the pricier side, the brand offers a 15% student discount, redeemable here

Old Navy
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Old Navy may be often overlooked by young adults, but its affordable business casual finds are a great way to expand your wardrobe without overspending. The Pixie pants are perfect for the young professional, coming in a variety of fun prints with a cute cropped length in both high and mid-rise styles. During Old Navy’s many sales, you can score a pair for as little as $20. 

Nordstrom Rack

If you’re searching for upscale brands for a fraction of the price, Nordstrom Rack might be the right place for you to start your post-grad shopping. From blouses, to dresses, to skirts and even heels and flats, Nordstrom Rack is an affordable way to get that high-fashion look in the office.

While the excitement of graduation and post-grad life has been dampened for the Class of 2020 amid the global coronavirus pandemic, you still can enjoy the little things that come with starting your life as a young professional, like shopping for your work wardrobe. Even if working in-person in an office may be in the distant future, take advantage of student discounts while you can, and allow yourself to look forward to this next step in life. 


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