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I’m not really sure who said “you’ve gotta spend money to make money,” but I think they were right—to a point. Wearing classic, polished staples—a solid blazer, a printed pencil skirt, a tailored sheath—will help you land a good job, but there’s no reason to spend entire paychecks you don’t have yet to buy them.

Instead, stock up on these affordable options, then go crazy on fancy work clothes once you get the job. (I’m pretty sure everyone in this office has done that at some point, me included.) Until then, shop these you’d-be-stupid-not-to-hire-me outfits, each of which is smart and stylish and under $100:

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Outfit #2

Linen Marl Trousers, $39.99 from Zara
Tie-front Short Sleeve Blouse, $69.50 from Banana Republic
Sandy peach trousers feel a little less predictable than black pants, while a tie-front blouse makes a fresh alternative to the standard white button-down. Ultimately, the look's Menswear Lite--strong, but not caricature-y.

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