When you see as many suits, shirts, and skirts as we do, you learn a few things about fashion – and particularly, which items of business clothing end up being smart purchases over time. And today, we want to help you to keep looking great without breaking the bank.

Of course, the first step towards having the right professional look is buying the right business clothes. And because we have seen so many items come through our dry cleaning locations across Wisconsin, the Klinke dry cleaning team has become a collection of minor experts on the topic.

So, if you’re wondering how you can cultivate the right image while still sticking to a reasonable budget, here are five things you should definitely know:

#1 Quality Matters More Than Price

Generally speaking, it’s better to pay a little more for a great piece of clothing with the right fabric and stitching than it is to save a few dollars and get something that won’t hold up. At the same time, remember you can get great deals during sales and closeouts. Either way, pay more attention to quality than the price tag.

#2 Don’t Overlook the Little Things

Accessories can make or break an outfit. The right pair of shoes, or the perfect tie, can really highlight the other clothes you’re wearing and change the way others see you. Unfortunately, some business people pay too much attention to the “basics” and not enough to the little things. Don’t treat your accessories as an afterthought when shopping for clothes, because colleagues and employers will notice them.

#3 Have a Consistent Style…

One way to stay fashionable and professional is to have a consistent style you adhere to. If you aren’t sure what your style might be, consider “borrowing” one from your favorite celebrity (preferably one that’s around your same age and has a similar body type). That way, you’ll have a baseline look you can come back to again and again, which will make it easier for you to buy clothes that work well together.

#4 …But Shake Things Up a Few Times a Year

Be careful, though, not to confuse “having a consistent style” with “wearing the same items and colors every day.” It’s hard to stand out or feel good about your fashion sense when you are caught in a rut. So, don’t be afraid to buy something that’s a little bit out of your comfort zone now and again. It might be the perfect way to refresh your look and get others to see you in a brand-new light.

#5 Protect Your Look (and Investment)

If buying the right business clothes is the first step towards looking great, then taking care of them is the second. Don’t forget that your friends at Klinke Cleaners don’t just clean and press clothes; we also make repairs, handle alterations, and remove pesky stains. Get the most from your business clothing investment by making each item last.

At Klinke, we have become Wisconsin’s favorite dry cleaners by looking out for you and the communities we work in. Check out the rest of our website or visit us at one of our locations across the state for more great tips!