I’d say a professional wardrobe does count as a need, but $2500 on work clothes?

My first job out of college was at a financial services firm (unfortunately), where I was required to wear a suit every day. If I decided to wear a dress or a skirt, I still needed to wear a blazer. Cardigans were forbidden. No exaggeration — I was pulled aside the first day I deigned to wear a sweater. Gasp!

This meant enough suits to get through one week, tops, shoes, and a bag. Easily $2,500. And then — DRYCLEANING. Should I mention I was paid $12/hour? Had to move in with my parents until I secured more reasonable employment. When I did, I gave away all of my stuffy, ugly blazers (my biggest regret ever).

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