Perfect Interview Wardrobe on a Budget

If you’re getting ready for the big interview but your interview wardrobe is less than professional, it’s time to get strategic. Here are some tips for putting together your perfect interview wardrobe on a budget.

Step One:

Decide how to present yourself.

When it doubt, always dress MORE conservatively. It’s better to overdress than underdress.

Look online.

Ask advice from friends and family

Don’t use your interview wardrobe to express your unique personality. Let your resume do the talking. If you’re not sure if it’s appropriate, it probably isn’t.

Step Two:

Shop your closet

Before you spend a cent, you need to take stock of what you have.

If it’s stained or creased: See your drycleaners.

If it doesn’t fit, consider a tailor.

Shop Your Friends and Family

Can you borrow items from a friend or family member?

Shop the Stores:

  • Shop thrift
  • Hunt off-season
  • Buy online
  • Be practical: Most people wear 25% of their wardrobe 80% of the time.

Consider accessories:

Consider your coat, bag, scarf, belt, shoes, and jewelry. Make sure any accessory is understated and is not distracting.


Ensure hair is clean and neatly styled—including facial hair. Any makeup worn should be conservative. Nails should be clean. Do not wear any scented products.


Step Three:

Trial Run

Try on your interview outfit and style before your interview and check a full length mirror or have someone take a picture of your outfit to ensure you’re confident and not missing anything.


Step Four:

Keeping Up Appearances

Change out of interview clothes immediately after returning home. Keep them separate from other clothes on quality hangers. Ensure they’re ready to go whenever you get the call.

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