Shopping For A Work Wardrobe On A Budget

Monday, 19 February 2018

Shopping For A Work Wardrobe On A Budget

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Shopping For A Work Wardrobe On A Budget using a capsule wardrobe that will transition from winter to spring


Do you know one of the biggest problems I have had about starting back at work after an 8 year career break?  Some might say that they struggled with lack of confidence. Some may say that they feel the "Mum guilt" when they can't make the daytime school assemblies of their children. Me? I have struggled with nothing smart to wear.

Pink layered shell top from Tu with clapse detail

I have spent 8 years in jeans and jumpers. Generally dark colours. I stopped wearing white when the boys were babies as I could guarantee the colour caused them to vomit ( or worse have a poo explosion) on me. I know it’s so glamorous being a Mum isn’t it?


So when I returned to work I had a few jumpers a couple of skirts and a pair of trousers. Even I am fed up of wearing the same clothes over and over again. Working in a science lab at school, I learnt many years ago that there is no point spending a fortune on work clothes. No one wants to accidentally splash acid on their new designer gear.


This Thursday, I headed to my local Sainsbury’s to see what they had on offer in terms of work wear. My idea was to buy a few items that could be teamed up with my existing wardrobe to look different. As Gok Wan would say, some capsule pieces. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of smart clothes on offer on Sainsbury’s. When I say on offer, not only do I mean what they sold but there was a whopping 25% discount too.


Tu clothing at Sainsbury's

After lots of time in the changing room I came out with 4 pieces. A pink sleeveless blouse, perfect for the summer, but equally good for spring teamed with a black cardigan. A white blouse that could be dressed differently with scarves or necklaces.A bright fan print scarf that I think goes equally well with both blouses.And last but not least a blue skirt that I found in the sale rack. It was such a bargain at £3.20 I couldn’t not buy it.

So here are my purchases styled with some my existing wardrobe. At the moment it is too cold to wear the pink shell top by itself so I have paired it with the scarf and a black cardigan. Come the summer it will be worn by itself. I particularly like the clasp fastening.


Pink layeredd top and fan scarf from Tu

The white striped ruched sleeve blouse, originally £16 was reduced to £12. It is a loose fit and the detail on the arms makes it stand out.


ruched sleeve top from Tu

It looks good with a chunky black necklace, but again can be teamed up with the fan print scarf and my bargain blue skirt.


rushed top, fan scarf and blue skirt from Tu


I know that lots of people like to internet shop, but when it comes to clothes shopping it just isn't for me. I like to go and try clothes on  before I buy them. Having such affordable clothes in Sainsbury's is perfect and I shall certainly be browsing for some more pieces soon when I next need to go and get some bread and milk. Have you tried a capsule wardrobe before? Where do you shop for work clothes?





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14 comments:

  1. I love what you picked! I also love strolling round the TU section in Sainsburys when I do my shop, and I have so many nice things from the range, especially summer dresses that are on year 3 or 4 of wear!

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  2. I always forget Sainsbury's have such lovely clothes. You look great in your new items. #TriedTested

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  3. I love Sainsbury's for kids clothes, they wash so well and last well but I don't often make an effort to look for myself- I love the things you have picked though so will definitely have a browse next time I go in. #TriedTested

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    1. I am usually the same. The boys look great and I'm just in the same clothes I have worn for years.

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  4. You do look very smart. Great choices. I always hear good things about Sainsbury's clothing but I've never tried it as we don't have a store local. x

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    1. They do sell it online, but if you are like me, you like to go in and try it.

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  5. Those all work really well, I love the bright colour of the top. It really suits you. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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    1. I think that pink top is my favourite purchase, and will be great in the summer

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  6. These all love fab! The pink top is really lovely and it looks really nice with the scarf and cardy too

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    1. Thanks. I often don't think much about what I am wearing so it was nice to see what would go together.

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  7. I can't get enough of Sainsbury's clothes lately! Affordable and also really unusual. I definitely need to take another trip. Glad to hear you're not missing the assemblies ;) xx

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    1. I may do in a month though. I thought Ollie could make it and he can't so I now have Mum guilt big time!

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