1. Skip the suit. You don't necessarily need a new suit, Griffin says. Venture capitalists are more casual when it comes to fashion. If you need a suit to meet with the bank, for example, Griffin suggests buying a less expensive suit and splurging on a nice blazer instead.
2. Shop for your field. "If you're building a new wardrobe, make sure the person you're shopping with knows the world you're going into," Griffin advises. "It's easy to drop $3,000 in a shopping spree and later realize you can't wear the clothes more than a few times." For example, you don't want to load up on suits if you're in a creative field where nobody wears them.
3. Start small. Griffin suggests entrepreneurs who are just starting out buy one outfit at a time. "Go to one meeting and see how you feel in what you're wearing, and see what others are wearing," Griffin says. If you don't know where to go to find the latest trends, a great place to start is Nordstrom. The sales team works on commission, so customers receive personal shopping attention without paying for a stylist. Plus, most shoppers she's spoken with that have used the service say stylists don't go for the hard sell, and instead want to help you find something you're comfortable wearing.