Passing Muster with the Fashion Police at Work on a Shoestring Budget
They say you have to dress for the job you want. Where I work I think it is very true. There is sort of a competition among lower managers to look sharp at all the meetings and company outings. Some of these guys and gals go into debt to buy clothes for the office. Not me. I like my job, but I know I shop smarter than many of my coworkers. I am one of two managers that is married with kids. Our budgets are different. I buy my suits, shoes, belts, designer sunglasses, shirts and other clothing and accessories at greatly discounted prices or I don’t buy them at all.
I actually learned this back when I was a teenager. I bought a pair of shoes at a discount store that were at a very good price and were very comfortable. It turned out that I had bought a very popular brand. Kids were telling me that I had nice “kicks.” Not being in the “in crowd” I had to figure out what they were saying. Now I have to dress good to impress the bosses where I work, and I do it on a budget my coworkers would laugh at. I get real name brand suits at 60 to 80 percent off the retail prices. I buy designer sunglasses online at a website that has all of the major brands for a much better price than I would pay at the mall or even an optical store. I am still getting my shoes at that discount store I shopped at as a teenager.
I do not tell anyone what I pay for things. I just do my part to keep looking good and doing good work. Would it be nice if the world was not into what your are wearing? Certainly! However, there is a lot of vanity at work and in social situations. Sort of the nature of the beast if you will. I buy quality items that I like, and they happen to pass muster with the fashion police where I work. Sort of a double bonus.