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Choose Your New Job Clothes by Scoping Out Your Boss

Nobody wants to spend tons of money on workplace attire, especially in light of how single-purpose it ends up being. If you're starting a new job, use strategies like future boss analysis to get your wardrobe up to speed cheaply.

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Set to enter their first professional job after college, a woman wrote into personal finance blog The Simple Dollar, wanting to look the part without spending thousands on attire. They offered her some excellent advice, including:

Your best bet would be to dress at a level similarly to your boss, but not in a way that's miles beyond the workers at your level. In most workplaces, you're better off overdressing a bit than underdressing. The problem is that each workplace has something of a different definition of what "overdressing" and "underdressing" is and by finding out what your coworkers wear, you can get a bead on that right off the bat.

Indeed, it is far better to overdress and have your boss jokingly ask you if you're going to a formal dinner than to have him ask if you just got back from a rough camping trip. Check out the full article for more advice and stocking your wardrobe inexpensively.

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