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Whether you’re going on into town to meet with your banker, or you want to impress people at the next town hall meeting, it’s important to know how to dress to make a good impression. Having the right outfit can also make a big difference in how you feel about yourself.

Basic Pieces

You’ll need a few basic pieces of good quality that can stand up to multiple wearings and washings. Today, most farm girls can expect to have to make multiple trips into town for one reason or another, so you’ll probably want to wear something comfortable too. And a mix-and-match wardrobe can help you keep the costs down.

Here are some ways to save money on basic pieces:

  • Choose a couple of neutrals and one pop of color to change things up. For example, you can have a single pair of black pants that go with multiple tops, jackets, and scarves.
  • Shop at thrift stores and consignment shops for timeless pieces that never go out of style, such as a knee-length pencil skirt or straight-legged pants. You’ll be able to afford a higher quantity of these items at a resale store.
  • Shop end-of-season sales for pieces such as tank tops and sheath dresses that can be worn under blazers and sweaters.
  • Enroll in rewards programs with department stores to save money at the register.
  • Don’t be afraid of off-price retailers and discount stores for things to go with what you already have in your wardrobe. If you choose classic styling and make sure it’s wrinkle-free, no one will know where you purchased your clothes.

Accessories

Accessorize, but don’t overdo it. Here are some ways to embellish your outfit and still look professional:

  • A pair of pearl stud earrings gives you a polished, professional look.
  • If you need a pop of color, look for a scarf in a flattering color. You can wear it under your collar, around your waist, or tied to your handbag.
  • Instead of having a different pair of cheap shoes for each outfit, invest in a well-made neutral shoe in black, taupe or skin-tone to go with all of your professional clothes.
Attitude

Regardless of what you paid for your wardrobe, wear it with confidence. Hold your head up, smile, and be the first to extend your hand to introduce yourself.

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