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Get Dressed for Work: The Best Under-$50 Fashion Finds for the Office

We’ve all heard the advice, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” but what happens when the wardrobe for the job you want doesn’t quite align with the paycheck for the job you have? With a little savvy shopping skills and a well-rounded collection of basics, you can put your most fashionable foot forward and not break the bank. These stylish staples provide the building blocks for an office-appropriate look that is both professional and trendy. The best part? They’re all under $50.

Comfortable and Classic Tank

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There are limitless options for a high-quality knit tank. Whether tucked into a high-waisted pencil skirt or used as a pop of color under the perfect fitted blazer, this wardrobe staple is part of a perfect put-together look. You can grab a knit layering tank at for $34.75 (originally $69.50, available in four colors).

Form-Fitting Pencil Skirt

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This piece has been a staple in the workplace for decades. Perfect with a sleek blouse or cable-knit sweater, every fashionista needs at least one pencil skirt in her closet. Mix up the look by stocking up on on a variety of hues and fabrics. These simple changes can transition your look from power suit to water cooler casual with the flip of your hair. Start your collection with this pencil skirt from, only $34 (originally $98).

A Colorful Cover Up

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No matter the occasion, a stylish cardigan is the perfect go-to to add depth and texture to your look. Cardigans are so versatile, in fact, that Forbes recently named it the essential piece to casual office layering. Try the Coralie Pointelle cardigan from on for size. Originally $88, marked down to $49.95.

Fashionable Footwear

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Any woman knows that a great pair of shoes can upgrade an outfit from drab to fab instantly. A pair of skinny trousers can go from daytime casual to evening networking with the click of your heels. Bolster your collection by including a nude pointed-toe stiletto—not only is it a classic look, but they help lengthen your leg when paired with a skirt or dress. You’ll find a variety of under-$50 women’s shoes online at

Appealing Accessories

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Belts, watches and scarves—oh my. The right accessories polish your carefully crafted look. A slim and trim belt cinched over that oh-so-comfy cardigan creates an appealing yet tasteful outline to your figure, and the simple addition of a fun scarf can add a playful pattern pop and create a bold statement while remaining appropriately reserved. You can find fashion-forward scarves and gloves for under $50 at

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