How to look interview ballin’ on a budget


Got major league swag on a minor league budget? Check out these tips when dressing for your next interview:

  1. Don’t forget the bling

According to Danny Minolfo, co-owner at men’s clothier Lionel Smith, Ltd., it’s all about the accessories. Investing in small accessories like bow ties and pocket squares can really set off a suit and make a candidate more memorable. For ladies, try statement jewelry and scarves.

  1. Watch the deets

Nothing is more important than presentation, says Minolfo. Whether it cost $100 or $100,000, if it’s wrinkled, it won’t matter. Time to break out that iron or steamer. You can also check with a local dry cleaner; most offer press services for minimal fees.

  1. Versace, Versace

Want Versace clothes at a Target price? Online services like Rent the Runway allow you to rent designer suits and dresses at a fraction of the price.

  1. Hey, Macklemore, can we go thrift shopping?

If you don’t want to spend hours at the Goodwill, Ebay is a great alternative. Here you can find designer suits and dresses in your size and have them tailored for fit.

  1. It’s ok to be basic

If you don’t have money for an entire wardrobe, focus on the basics. For men, Minolfo recommends a dark suit and navy blazer. Basics for women include a dark suit, well-made blazer and a dress that falls just above the knee.

  1. Cheddar is better

Don’t blow your money on full-price items. Local shops and major department stores advertise annual or bi-annual suit sales or two-for-one specials. Wait for the sale; your wallet will thank you.

  1. Check the closet

Corey Feraldi, career services director at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, says his office recently opened an interview closet where current students can borrow all the essential interview wear. While there are no current plans for alumni, he recommends students nearing graduation and recent graduates check with their career services office for similar options.

  1. Shop local

While local options can sometimes seem pricier, it’s well worth the investment. Local clothiers are committed to making you look your best. These stores offer tailored options and specialized service you won’t find from the part-time kid at the mall.

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