The academic year has just ended and most students start their corporate journey through an internship. Students in these entry-level jobs might not know how to dress for the corporate world; and many don’t really bother to shop since most of the time they are unpaid interns. What one must keep in mind is that fashion can be classy, presentable AND affordable. Let’s look at how you young men can be well-dressed while being on a budget at the same time.
First and foremost, you go through your wardrobe. When you do this, it is easy to determine what you need from what you already have. You may already have some basic clothes that you’ve forgotten about or didn’t have an appropriate occasion to wear for. Another reason to do this, is to discard old clothing you no longer have use for or you have grown out of. A good rule of thumb is, if you haven’t worn a particular clothing item in the past one year, you can discard it.
1. Start with the basics – undergarments. This is where you don’t want to cheap out on. Good quality undergarments will last longer as opposed to cheap ones and you always need to wear better clothes closest to your skin.
Shirts and Trousers
It is always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed no matter where you go. Ignore all fads and trends since runway fashion changes by the hour. Instead, look at basic apparel that can be worn all year long. A few generic trousers and shirts in neutral colours (blacks, greys, blues and other dark colours so they can be mixed and matched to create multiple looks) will make up your workplace attire to be presentable. No more jeans and t-shirts. However, don’t throw away your jeans and t-shirts. Keep those for casual events like when you’re meeting friends at the local cafe.
Malls and various chain stores usually have end-of-season sales to get rid of excess stocks. Keep an eye out for these as you can get some great deals on jackets or blazers that can be worn to work. Once again, make sure these are in neutral colours, so they can be worn on multiple occasions and can be paired with different outfits.
When it comes to shoes, buying two sturdy, yet stylish, pairs should be quite enough. Once again, you can hunt the end-of-season sales to find yourself some good pairs at an affordable price. Make sure that the shoes you buy are ‘all-season’ so that you don’t have to buy a new pair for the monsoons.
The best way to update your look on a budget, is to get a good haircut. Short hair is never going to go out of style and there is very little to no maintenance required for short hair. Facial hair should also be regularly trimmed so that you always look presentable and groomed.
Always remember that style is what you make by yourself. Build your wardrobe around basic clothing for everyday wear and you will never be under-dressed for any event. Keeping these tips in mind, how would you style yourself? Let us know in the comments section!