Dressing to Impress: Best Places to Buy Your Business Ensemble

Updated: September 2, 2016

Successful entrepreneurs have one thing in common: they love challenges!

It’s almost impossible to find one who doesn’t have the zest to complete a particularly challenging task or overcome a business hurdle.

But would you believe that one of the greatest challenges an entrepreneur must face is how to “wear it right”?

Power dressing is essential to success, as stated in an article from the INC website.

Not everyone can be Mark Zuckerberg, you see. He can dress in jeans and nobody will bat an eyelash. But he’s Mark Zuckerberg and you’re not.

Investing in clothes to impress people is not such a bad idea and has proven to be an ingredient in the recipe for success.

So, how does one go about dressing the part without hurting your budget? By going to places that offer the best deals on business attire, of course!


Online Stores

There are several online stores that offer clothes for all shapes and sizes, both male and female. Some of these stores have physical shops that you can visit, but they may not be within your vicinity.

Unless you applied for a travel loan and have business in that particular city where the stores are, going there is simply out of the question.

When you find a great outfit online and your only option is to get it delivered to your doorstep, make sure to check the sizes, material and shipping details.

It’s also best to read the reviews. If you see a couple of complaints but have been addressed properly by the seller, it’s okay to go ahead and shop.

No shop is perfect and as entrepreneurs, you know you can’t please everyone.


Before you wrinkle your nose in disgust, know why it’s one of the best places to shop. Ukay-ukay came from the word “halukay” which means to dig up.

Just like buried treasures, you’ll find the best, low-priced clothes in these one-of-a-kind thrift shops. They’re hand-me-down items that you can buy at very affordable prices, some as low as ₱5.00.

But what’s the secret for success of these thrift stores? The brands, of course!

Talk to someone you know who’s an ukay-ukay expert and you’ll find out that there are certain days that you should visit these stores. You can get a branded cardigan for ₱50.00, slacks for ₱100, and even bags for a third of their original price.

Boutiques Located in the Downtown Area

You might be a bit hesitant about buying second hand items. When shopping for new business clothes, get out of your comfort zone (also known as the mall) and head downtown.

You’ll find out that some of the clothes that you see hanging in a store at the mall can be found in small stores at more affordable prices.

Chances are, they’re from the same supplier. When a well-known label is attached to a clothing item, it becomes pricey. Add the location factor, and the selling price becomes too outrageous for words.

Don’t be afraid to explore the downtown area of your city. This is where you’ll get the best deals.

The Bottom Line

Dressing to impress doesn’t mean you have to limit your wardrobe to pricey clothing items. So many entrepreneurs, especially the women, have discovered these top places to shop.

Remember that you may be passionate and an expert in your field which are quite endearing to clients, but appearances still matter.

Always strive to look your best, and you’ll certainly be reaping the return of investment soon.

This article is written by Mari Bunal. She writes for Loansolutions to help educate people in making informed-decisions on taking out loans and becoming responsible borrowers. Being the COO, she feels it is her social responsibility to do so. Learn more from her as she shares tips, advises and stories on finance.

One comment

  1. a well guarded article on how to dress up. if this is in the Philippines, it could also be better to put some list of suggestions of online stores or ukay’s as your saying. Thank you for this article.

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