Personal Shopper: Inexpensive first job-worthy blouses for Rachel

Rachel K. wrote, "Dearest Outblush, I know you've answered a couple similar personal shopper requests recently, but please hear my plea! I graduated from college recently, and started my first real job a couple of weeks ago. I am good on pants and shoes, but what tops can I wear to work in the summer? My summer wardrobe right now consists of threadless tees and tank tops, and I know those aren't appropriate! I'm running out of polos to wear! I've tried looking to my colleagues outfits, but they're older ladies, and I don't want to look like a mom! Also, I'm broke!! I can't afford $40 for one top when I'm needing to buy enough to last me until it's cold enough for sweaters! Help! Please? Thank you, Rachel K. P.S. I love love love your site and I've been reading it forevers! For reals!"

Rachel, Janetor here, and I've been in your shoes before. Trust me when I say that you can find great work clothes for cheap at Target, Kohl's, and Macy's. With that in mind, here are seven blouses, all under $30, that should work until you build up some savings to get some more pieces. If you take care of them - i.e. wash them with gentle detergent, line dry them, and iron them gently - they should last you quite awhile.

1 - Journee Women's Half-Sleeve Fitted Blouse ($27)

2 - Apt. 9 Zigzag Satin Blouse ($18 on sale, in 3 colors)

3 - NY Collection Short Sleeve Chiffon Floral Print Blouse ($30 on sale)

4 - NY Collection Ruched Short Sleeve Button Front Blouse ($30 on sale)

5 - Apt. 9 Striped Blouse ($13 on sale, in 4 colors)

6 - Apt. 9 Hammered-Satin Blouse ($19 on sale, in 3 colors))

7 - Mossimo Black Women's Ruffle Neck Blouse ($20)

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Ashley Smith

Posted on 08.23.10 at 11:39 AM

Hey Rachel,
I just wanted to let you know that you can get some really cute button up shirt alot like these for super cheap right now at The Limited... I'm in your shoes and just graduated from college to the real working world! I love The limited's tops and since they are 40% off this week... well they are only like $20 a piece! Yay for bargains!!

Rachel K.

Posted on 08.23.10 at 6:03 PM

OMG thank you for finding me cute shirts!! Janetor, you are awesome! I'm so glad you were able to find such nice things in my price range. I mean, look at the cute details on the sleeves in 4, 5, and 6! For under 30 bucks?! You guys are amazing. Thank you so much!!

Ashley Smith, thanks for the heads up on the sale at The Limited, I will check them out too!


Posted on 08.24.10 at 4:27 PM

Aw yay, thanks Rachel! Good luck with your first job!!!

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