I have been in the work force for about three years now. Jobs have changed, coworkers have changed, but I think I’ve figured out the key to dressing for work on a budget that shouldn’t be wasted on office-wear:
Put a cardigan over it.
How utterly simple. Wear whatever you want, however you want, but cover those shoulders with a cute cardigan and no one will have any idea that you wore that shirt for a dance party at the Middle East last week. And fortunately you can’t go shopping anywhere these days without a cute cardigan attacking you. Piece of cake!
And check this out!
We get the name cardigan from this gentleman, a long-time military officer and MP. Story goes that he wore the “knitted waistcoat” on his campaigns, and when he became popular after exploits in the Crimean War, shop owners started selling “cardigans” in droves. Don’t idolize him too much though: accounts say he was an incompetent and pompous aristocrat. But the sideburns are pretty electric.