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Dressing to impress at work doesn't have to come with a hefty price tag. It's all about clean and simple — which is a look every budget can afford. After all, you should focus most of your time, money, and energy on becoming a brand, not wearing one. But if you do want to invest in something expensive to step up your corporate closet, crunch the numbers to see if it makes financial sense. Here's an equation I came up with to plug and chug whatever you're eyeing and determine if you should buy it or skip it:

ORIGINAL COST / USES PER YEAR = COST PER WEAR
COST PER WEAR + MAINTENANCE PER YEAR = X
ORIGINAL COST – X = VALUE PER YEAR

• If the value per year is greater than 65 percent of the original cost then buy it!
• If the value per year is less than 65 percent of the original cost then skip it!

Here's an example: you want to buy a \$200 blazer. Let's say you want to wear it in different ways twice a week in and out of the office, or 104 times per year. Divide \$200 by 104 wears and you get a price of about \$2 per wear. Then factor in maintenance, aka dry cleaning, at around 50 bucks a year and subtract that from the original \$200 price tag. Since that number (\$148.08) is greater than 65 percent of the original cost, factoring in maintenance costs and the amount you will use it, it's worth it. So buy it!

However, if you are looking at a \$500 dress that you might only wear two times per year for nicer work events with maintenance costs of hemming and dry cleaning of around \$50 per year, then the value you are getting is 60 percent of the original cost. Not worth that hefty price tag. So skip it!