New Job and No Money? Wardrobe Tips For the Not-Yet-Earning

Posted August 20, 2013 by Danielle Bilbruck in Building Your Brand
Right out of college, I got my first big-girl job. Up until this point, I went to work in, really, whatever I happened to have in my wardrobe. As a college student, this included a lot of slightly-too-small thrift store tees, much-too-long jeans, and flip-flops. (We all had our hipster phase. I will hear judgment from none of you.) However, I was now an administrative assistant at a very popular office and needed to look the part.

Here was the catch: I was not yet earning any kind of money because I had just started the job. I had no money for clothes, or really anything besides rent, but I needed the clothes to do the work and I needed the work to buy the clothes. So, I acquired a credit card with pre-2008-much-too-high-credit-limit, found a friend, and went to town.

I’m still paying that card off.

While I did not make the best of decisions when it came to putting together my first professional wardrobe, I am here to help make sure you don’t make the same mistakes.

Here’s an infographic from with a plethora of tips on how to build that Career Girl wardrobe while waiting on the checks that need cashing:


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Danielle Bilbruck

Danielle Bilbruck is an achievement-oriented and energetic professional in the sales world. She is dedicated to increasing efficiency and productivity in order to maximize profitability. Known for her ability to master a position quickly, Danielle has moved up the ladder several times in each company she has worked with. She is a direct and clear communicator, both in written and oral disciplines, and is excited about being a contributor to CGN. She is dedicated to motivating women of all ages around her toward excellence - simply because she expects it from herself.