Girl on a Budget: Nine-to-Five Edition

Below is an article I wrote and designed for Slice on Friday February 21st. Scroll down to read the article, and check out the original on



In the nine-to-five world, it’s essential to always have something to look forward to. And for those of us with no planned vacation, wedding, move or party in sight, we tend to get overly excited for casual Fridays. It’s those days when we get to ditch our stuffy blazers and boring pencil skirts and experiment with shape, colour, and dare we say, show off an elbow or two.

Well, what if we told you it’s possible to get just as excited about your Monday-to-Thursday office attire? It’s time to refresh your work uniform and mix a few exciting separates with your classic staples. We’ve rounded up the coolest pieces that will add pep in your steps to the office, each less than $60. Swap out your pencil skirt for a flowy, printed number, layer a mint green top over your timeless white button-down or trade in your almond-toe heels for a cool pair of retro pumps. Whichever way you choose to update your nine-to-five look, we guarantee it’ll help brighten up those long days at the desk.

Shop our picks:
1. H&M Tuxedo Jacket, $40 | 2. Zara Pleated Print Skirt, $60 | 3. J.Crew Factory Short-Sleeve Pocket Sweatshirt, US $47 | 4. J.Crew Factory Tipped Draped Tank, US $54 | 5. Bauble Bar Bonnie Drop Earrings, US $34 (10 more statement earrings under $25) | 6. Zara Printed Trousers, $60 | 7. ASOS Pull&Bear Shopper Bag, $42 | 8. Aritzia Talula Seibu Dress, $50 | 9. Forever 21 Retro Pointed Pumps, $36

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