How to Dress for an Interview

Tabitha is a University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) graduate who majored in English, wrote an honor’s thesis, and received a Professional Writing Certificate in just two short years. While in school she created Seahawk Chic, UNCW’s first ever fashion blog. Then, she went on a freelancing rage publishing articles for more than 10 publications! Check out her fashion blog at or check out her website at

Interviews, if they aren’t already, will be an important part of your college career. You may have to interview for an internship, a part-time job or for the career of your dreams someday. And, just like the saying goes, first impressions really do count. But, that doesn’t mean over drafting your checking account. Here are a few tips on how to dress fashionably appropriate on a budget.
1. The Blazer
An outfit simply cannot say ‘sophisticated’ without the perfect blazer. This rule not only applies to women but to men, as well. However, a common problem with finding the right blazer is the price tag. Clothing brands such as New York & Co. and Express charge anywhere from $100 to $200 for a form-fitting blazer, which isn’t completely outrageous, but hey, we’re on a college student budget right?
Fortunately, stores like Forever 21 cater to the Taco Bell every night kind of wallet with several options for men and women all ranging within $15 to $50 dollars.
2. The Pant
The perfect pant is also a hard find for a reasonable price, but thanks to Kohl’s Department store there are enough affordable dress pants for everyone. And, before you stick your nose up at a non-label store, think about your priorities—is the rent more important than a Banana Republic pair of slacks? I think so.
3. Accessories
Accessories can range anywhere from a nice tie, guys, to a beautiful statement necklace. But, before pilling on the accessories you should think about the job or position you’re applying for.
Now, that doesn’t mean to shy away from your personality, just make sure that your outfit correlates with the position you are interviewing for. You don’t want to wear something that is distracting or even worse, something that comes off as immature, like a gaudy gold chain.
4. Technology
Okay, so you obviously do not want to bring your phone into the interview. But, you can use your phone to shop for your interview clothes. Several apps like RetailMeNot and Coupons offer great deals on products from name brand stores such as Nordstrom and J. Crew. So, if you have to have that label, at least try to use a coupon to get it for less.
5. Confidence
While confidence is not something you can buy, it is a trait you wear. Self-confidence radiates from the way you smile, through the way carry yourself and through eye-to-eye contact. So when you’re walking up to that building, walk as though you already got the job, and when you meet your soon to be boss, give him or her a firm handshake while looking straight into their eyes, and then shoot them a smile.
A suit is worth a thousand words in the world of fashion. I mean look at what happened to the president when he walked out clad in tan. The Twitter sphere just could not handle it.
So, just keep that in mind while shopping for your next interview outfit. It could mean just make or break your chance of getting that job or internship.

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