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How to dress professionally on a budget

Posted on 19/01/2016 by
The International Travel College has a corporate black and white dress code so students look smart and professional every day.

ITC requires students to follow a corporate black and white dress code. Students look smart and professional every day, helping them gain confidence and prepare for a career in tourism.

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe

The above quote may have been uttered by a celebrity fashion designer, but it is actually incredibly relevant to travel and tourism students.

As the tourism industry is largely customer-facing, employers look for staff who have excellent personal presentation. That’s why ITC enforces a corporate black and white dress code.

Every student is required to wear professional black and white clothing to college, every day. This helps to prepare students for the industry and ensures they always look fantastic for when employers visit campus.

We understand that finding corporate clothing isn’t easy for everyone, which is why we’ve come up with some tips to dress to impress – on a budget. You don’t need designer labels or a lot of money to look fantastic. Here are some ideas to help you update your wardrobe for 2016 at very little cost.

Keep it simple

One mistake many students make is thinking they need a new outfit for every day of the week. In reality, if you buy a few simple, staple pieces, you can easily dress these up with different tops, accessories or jackets.

Staple pieces include a plain black skirt (for women), plain black trousers, a plain black jacket or blazer and black dress shoes. These items will cost you a bit upfront, but once you’ve bought them they should last for years (providing you take good care of them).

Shop second hand

Now that you know what staples you need in your wardrobe, where can you get them for the best price? Believe it or not, many second-hand stores have an excellent variety of corporate clothing. You can pick up some great labels for an absolute bargain!

Just be prepared to do your research and look around a few stores – sometimes it can take a bit of time before you find the perfect outfit in the right size. There are many good second-hand stores in Auckland central, such as Paperbag Princess and The Recycle Boutique.

Ask friends and family

Nearly everyone owns a pair of black trousers and a nice jacket – yet unless they are looking for a new job, they might not ever wear them! You’d be surprised at how many people will be happy for you to raid their wardrobe.

Even better, you could organise a ‘wardrobe swap’ with some of your friends, where everyone brings a few items of clothing they never wear. The idea is you’ll get rid of clothes you no longer like and take home some great new outfits.

Shop online

There are some great online shopping websites which often have amazing sales. There’s just a couple of things to be careful about when ordering online.

Firstly, be sure of your size (it’s a good idea to use a tape measure to be exact) and take note of the website’s shipping prices. You don’t want to be caught out by a large shipping fee!

Do you have any advice for shopping on a budget? Comment below to share your tips with ITC students.

Good luck and happy shopping!

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