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Building a professional wardrobe can get expensive—especially if you are just starting out in the work field. Fortunately, these five stores make it easy to shop for affordable professional clothes that fit any budget.

T.J. Maxx

As the leading off-price clothing retailer worldwide, T.J. Maxx is known for offering designer options at a fraction of the cost. Here, you can get versatile runway-inspired clothes that you can wear at work and after hours. You’ll find blouses, dresses, and pants all for under $25.


Thrift stores are a great place to get high-quality work attire at a hugely discounted price. However, combing through racks of clothing can be time-consuming. Fortunately, online resale clothing stores like thredUP make it easy to browse through hundreds of options by allowing you to filter by size, style, price range, and color.


While it’s rare to find affordable and ethical fashion in the same sentence, Dorsu is the exception. This ethical brand creates stylish workwear attire while also paying its Cambodian staff fair living wages. You can mix and match its timeless pieces to create numerous different made-to-last outfits. They price shirts at just $18.50 and full-priced bottoms and dresses start as low as $44.50.

Old Navy

Old Navy is the one-stop shop for all of your office wardrobe essentials. From blouses and blazers to shoes and slacks, Old Navy has a large variety of work-appropriate options that won’t empty your wallet. Here, you can mix and match cute prints and classic solids to create a wardrobe that suits your style.


H&M has clothing options for pretty much any occasion—including work. Their workwear-style items include blazers and trousers that range in size from x-small to plus-sized and will fit almost any body type. Since H&M is a fast fashion brand, be sure to keep an eye out for quality before making a purchase and try to avoid buying overly trendy pieces that will go out of fashion in a few months.

Thanks to these budget-friendly clothing stores, finding affordable professional clothes doesn’t have to break the bank.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.