You’ve spent your last several years walking your college campus in a t-shirt and yoga pants never thinking twice about putting on a blazer or pencil skirt. Now you’ve graduated and have been thrown out in the real world, expected to be ready to work and dress for the part. How are we supposed to transition so easily, especially when it comes to drastically changing our wardrobe? I have some tips when it comes to confidently wearing work attire and being sure it won’t break the bank.

When it comes to cheaper options, H&M never disappoints. Especially when it comes to work wear, their endless styles for office attire come in at a super affordable price point. Depending on the job, you may be looking for something specific. Thankfully H&M always comes in for the save with their affordable pieces and classic styles no matter your role. I love getting my blazers and skirts from them. They always have endless neutral options, but also never fail to have trendy pops of color and patterns all year long. H&M is also great for spending less on pieces that you may not wear as often; those items can stand to be spent less on, so you have more to spend on those that you’ll always grab.

Department stores are underrated. Many people have pre-conceived notions about department stores when it comes to cost. People tend to stay away from shopping in department stores because they assume everything is designer brand and never on sale, potentially leaving them with less to work with. Fortunately, some department stores like Macy’s and JC Penny always have killer sales going on, giving you the chance to buy high-quality pieces without the price tag. The key is staying patient and sometimes being in the right place at the right time, but either way, you’re sure to find something if you give them a try.

TJ Maxx and Marshalls remain all-time favorites. Who doesn’t love a good trip to these stores? While sometimes they can be hit or miss, when you do score on some great pieces, it’s a grand slam. There is nothing more satisfying that leaving TJ Maxx or Marshalls with a bag full of big savings. While their stores take dedication and some major hunting, if you can get a hold of some great deals, you’ll be forever a part of the TJ Maxx and Marshall’s fan club. Don’t ever underestimate either when it comes to finding office attire.

Just because we’ve been accustomed to t-shirts and leggings for the past several years, doesn’t mean that work wear can’t be a part of your wardrobe. Transitioning may be rough, but it doesn’t have to be from your bank account. Taking the time to do some searching and creating a list of outfit ideas beforehand will keep you on track to find exactly what you need. Don’t discount H&M, department stores, or TJ Maxx and Marshalls….. except maybe their price tags.