Building a professional wardrobe may feel a bit overwhelming at first, especially since a limited budget is usually what most people have to deal with. We are going to share with you how we put together an professional closet at a fraction of the retail cost! We found almost $2,000 worth of name brand clothing for under $100 at Goodwill!
We recently worked with Goodwill Houston and “Check This Out Houston” to help a worthy military veteran put together an unbelievable professional wardrobe. She works in a conservative work environment and needs to dress the part, so with that in mind, here are a few of our pointers we shared with her.
1. Start by looking for high quality fabrics and lined clothing that is constructed properly, these will hang better on you.
2. Start with these basic essential pieces that you can build on and change up with accessories.
- Power suit
- Pencil skirt
- Silk blouse
- Sheath dress
3. Every professional woman must have one statement power suit in her wardrobe. Our veteran immediately fell in love with this blue/gray suit. The color looked dynamite with her coloring and fit her like it was custom made, priced at only $14.99!
Next we found the invaluable, chic black dress . . . remember the majority of dresses are priced at $9.99 at Goodwill, but we found this amazing David Meister dress in the boutique section for $19.99, retails around $300.
This stunning silk suit by Albert Nipon was only $14.99! It can we worn together or as seperates.
The perfect silk button-up blouse is a professional staple. It can be worn alone or under a jacket, $5.99.
More essentials, like this black silk knit Dana Buchman sweater and a Tahari pencil skirt, were found for $5.99 and $6.99, respectively. Her dynamic black pumps by Anne Klein were only $7.99.
Considering her job requirements and what she is realistically expected to carry around every day, this rolling briefcase for $14.99 is perfect. It is something a competent, confident professional can use on a daily basis and avoids havoc on her back!
You can find equally amazing fabulous deals for the men at Goodwill. Here is a Jones New York suit for $14.99, Brooks Brothers dress shirt for $5.99 and a silk tie for $2.99.
Did you know that Goodwill Houston is one of the top resources in our area that helps veterans as they re-integrate into the civilian labor market after military service or face some other barrier to conventional employment? Most people don’t and neither did this bubbly, vivacious veteran! She has had quite a few struggles the past few years, her daughter and her were even homeless for a period of time. She was shopping in Goodwill one day and read about the services that Goodwill offers to veterans. Watch her full story May 9th on “Check This Out Houston” on ABC 13 at noon . . . make sure you have a tissue, it is a tear jerker. You could see her countenance change when she put on a high-quality suit, she not only looked amazing but you could tell she felt confident! We helped find her a high-end, high-quality wardrobe that is perfect for her job in a law office and as she studies to take her bar exam.
Goodwill Industries of Houston combines employment services with family financial strengthening services for veterans and their households. They also assist female homeless veterans and homeless veterans with dependent children by providing employment services and referrals to housing and supportive services. Goodwill also provides case management and temporary financial assistance for low-income veteran families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Financial assistance for child care, transportation, rental assistance, utility-fee payment assistance, security deposits, utility deposits, moving costs, and emergency supplies are also available for eligible veterans. Assistance also includes applying for VA benefits and other programs. Goodwill also helps homeless veterans (unsheltered, temporary housing, facing eviction) find employment, as well as provides employment services to veterans who are currently incarcerated and are within 18 months of release, or have been released from incarceration in the last 6 months. For more information click HERE.
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