Consider this kind of shopping a smart investment — that's because we've handpicked 50 polished pieces that are perfect for the office. Slipping on a posh pencil skirt, crisp blazer, or sharp trousers can get you noticed for all the right reasons at work. And, since none of these finds come in over $50, you won't have to worry about your wallet taking a hit. Click through to start dressing for the job you want , without shopping a cent outside your salary range.
Lands' End solid long pleated skirt  ($45) was made for your sweet sweaters.
Old Navy's marled sweater dress  ($47) would look office-appropriate with tights and patent booties.
A little leather goes a long way on this Mossimo high/low faux leather pencil skirt  ($23).
A pant with a little pizzazz — scoop up these Tommy Hilfiger stretch twill skinny printed foulard pants  ($30, originally $80).
How's this H&M dinner-jacket blazer  ($35) for an ultrachic work jacket?
Don't be afraid to add a bold pop of color via this MNG by Mango volume-sleeve blouse  ($25) in brilliant green.
H&M's wide-leg suit pants  ($35) create a superlean silhouette.
Warm up your skinny trousers with this Mossimo blazer  ($40).
Style&Co. straight-leg trousers  ($28) have a set of front pockets that set them apart from the usual office pants.
We adore the sweet details on this Joe Fresh tie-front blouse  ($29).
Dress up a pair of skinny jeans or pants with this Modcloth blazer  ($48).
Just style this Uniqlo military long-sleeve dress  ($40) with a wide belt at the waist to flatter your figure, then finish with tights and booties.
These Joe Fresh cropped plaid pants  ($49) will look perfect with pumps and a slim blazer.
Button this Zara twill shirt  ($36) up to the top, and pair with a sleek pencil skirt for a superpolished office ensemble.
DKNY ponte sleeveless dress with faux leather belt  ($45, originally $139) is the chicest, easiest kind of work dress — and goes right from the office to drinks after.
This New York & Company colorblock shirred blouse  ($40) would look superposh tucked into a high-waisted pencil skirt.
A peter pan collar lends a little sweetness to this Zara leopard print top  ($40).
Liven up a pair of basic slack with this MNG by Mango print blouse  ($30).
This Merona cable-knit sleeveless sweater dress  ($35) would look perfectly seasonal with a pair of knee-high boots and a gray blazer.
This New York & Company textured jacquard pencil skirt  ($50) is like your basic pencil skirt with a seasonal bit of texture.
Modernize your workwear with a cool sleeveless blazer, like this Leith Rebellion long vest  ($39).
This Old Navy printed chiffon boho blouse  ($30) was made for boosting your basic black work pants.
Joe Fresh's jewel-neck cardigan  ($29) adds just the right amount of glitz to your work ensembles.
Liz Claiborne long-sleeve knit blazer  ($50) is just the right neutral hue.
This MNG by Mango colorblock pencil skirt  ($40) slims the hips with colorblocking — genius.
You can check a classic blazer off your list once you buy this Zara blazer with piping on pockets  ($50).
The essential black work sheath, except this AB Studio dress  ($30, originally $60) comes with a little faux leather.
Zara's checked top with frill sleeve  ($50) would look perfect with ankle-crop trousers and a pair of brogues.
A basic button-down like this Tildon long-sleeve blouse  ($48) is a workwear must.
Like the essential button-down, only better — this Mac & Mia faux wrap high/low blouse  ($48) has a more feminine twist.
All you need with this LOFT cotton peplum top  ($45) is a statement necklace and a pair of skinny trousers.
Just top this LC Lauren Conrad Textured Fit & Flare Dress  ($42, originally $60) with a blazer for a sweet girl-meets-boardroom look.
New York & Company "The Bleecker Street" double-stretch, straight-leg pant  ($50) are a workwear classic.
These ASOS high-waisted pants  ($39) are washed in a perfectly rich Fall color.
Score the season's must-have skirt silhouette with this The Limited ponte flounce skirt  ($50).
A little texture sets this Dorothy Perkins merlot leather-look pocket textured skirt  ($39) apart from your average pencil skirts.
Liven up any work outfit with Zara's printed midi pencil skirt  ($26).
This Kensie faux leather collar blouse  ($47, originally $79) is polished enough for the office, cool enough to style after hours.
This Forever 21 pleated 3/4 sleeve jacket  ($33) is a perfect way to add a punch.
Take this New York & Company coated houndstooth check pencil skirt  ($50) for a spin with a black turtleneck — très chic!
Add print and warmth to your office slacks with this Gap animal-print sweater  ($45) up top.
We love this New York & Company bouclé pencil skirt  ($37) — very ladies-who-lunch.
We adore this preppy-sweet Mod Cloth greyscale graphics dress  ($45).
This ASOS peplum jacket with pocket detail  ($48, orginally $80) will certainly add pep to your working-girl slacks and skirts.
Slip this Banana Republic geo print peplum top  ($45) under a work blazer, and prepare for the compliments to roll in.
Be one part corporate, one part trendsetter in this Mango faux leather panel skirt  ($50).
Who doesn't need an office cardigan, like this J. Crew perfect-fit mixed-tape cardigan  ($50)?
A perfectly appropriate way to wear denim to the office: Gap bow-neck chambray top  ($50).
Try mixing this Zara single-button blazer  ($50) with black pants for a modern take on the suit.
A perfect option for the tomboy, this Forever 21 standout blazer jacket  ($33) is like wearing your boyfriend's blazer.