Thursday, June 12, 2014

How To Dress Business Casual While Still Paying Rent

Rounding out The Hollywood Intern Diaries' First Annual Unintential Fashion Week, we have a response to a twitter comment on our previous post "Before Your First Day: Business Casual for Hollywood Interns." 

The gist of the comment was 'you're awesome, your blog is awesome, BUT how do you except me to afford your Pinterest inspirations.' 

The truth can't. But don't worry! The Hollywood Intern Diaries are here to help!

I'm going to introduce you to couple stores I would like to call...the motherlode. As in, you can find everything you need for a Business Casual lifestyle (and really any well-dressed lifestyle you may lead) in one afternoon at these stores. WHAT ARE THESE STORES?

Patience my dear fashion fellow.

The Instagram Challenge

This week I decided to showcase actual fashions that I actually wear to my Hollywood Internship (and that I bought on my internship salaries). Please ignore my weird posture and overal blurerness- I am not a professional model...just a professional intern.

OUTFIT #1: Bright Blue Pants On Sale from The Gap (remember what I told you about risks!), Kate Spade Bag from Kate Spade Outlet Store Black Friday Sale, Black Blouse from Nordstrom Rack (it's sheer in the back, but you can't tell with the cardigan), Black cardigan from Nordstrom Rack, Bib Necklace from Forever 21, Ballet Flats from Nordstrom Rack, Alex and Ani Bangles from Nordstrom

Estimated Cost (not including the Kate Spade Bag since I wear it every day): Less than $110.
Whoa that's a lot! Wait...but can't I just mix and max all those pieces every day? Yes! Now you're getting it!

OUTFIT #2: Dress from Target, Green Belt from Target, Black Cardigan from Nordstrom Rack, Heels from Target, Bib Necklace from Forever 21, Kate Spade Bag, Alex and Ani Bangles

Estimated Cost (not including the Kate Spade Bag since I wear it every day): $60

OUTFIT #3: Dress from Anthropologie (Birthday gift card! Cheaper alternatives on Sale rack, Target, and Nordstrom Rack), Black Cardigan from Nordstrom Rack, Ballet Flats from Nordstrom Rack, Tights from Target

I also am just realizing I wore my black cardigan three times this week (Less than $30 from Nordstrom Rack). You might want to invest in one of these.

The Best Stores to Get Great Deals for Business Casual

Accessories: Forever 21, Nordstrom, Target

Dresses: Nordstrom Rack,  Urban Outfitters (Sale), Anthropolgie (Sale), Target

Blouses: Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Marshalls

Pants: The Gap, Delias, TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack

Shoes: Nordstrom Rack, Payless, Nine West (Annual Sales!)

Bags: Target, TJ Maxx, Sales Sales Sales! conclusion. Target, TJ Maxx, Marshals, The Gap, Forever 21 will provide you with the best deals, the most lasting quality clothing, and the most professional outfits all on an interns salary (roughtly $200 dollars a week). 

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