Interview Looks on a Budget: Community Knowledge Project Wrap Up

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A great interview outfit can only help your job-hunting odds, so we asked you for the best stores to find interview looks on a budget, and you came through with plenty of helpful suggestions.

Great Interview Outfits on a Budget

-Many of you said it’s all about eBay and for separates and suits from name brand stores.

-Discount stores like Ross, T.J. Maxx, Filene’s Basement and Marshalls were some of your favorite resources for separates and accessories like tops, belts, bags, and shoes—though you said the selection of suits in these stores can be limited.

-For suits, you hit department stores like JCPenney and Herberger’s when they have sales.

-At Benetton Outlets readers found items for 50 to 60 percent off, and bought an entire suit (blazer, white shirt, skirt/trousers) for under $100.

-For younger, trendier-cut suits readers head to J. Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and Express—but for the best deals you shop these stores’ outlet locations, where you can score deals up to 50 percent off.

-Target is your never-fail source for trendy pieces, though you thought their quality could be disappointing.

-You said New York & Company is a great place for interview pieces, like neutral pants and white shirts, at a great price, especially if you scour their clearance racks and sign-up to for their mailing list to receive coupons.

-Susie’s Deals was a reader’s favorite for professional pieces for men and women, all for $5.99 or less.

-And you said thrift stores are always an option for suits and separates—just find quality pieces and have them tailored to fit. Check out TBF’s guide How to Shop a Thrift Store for shopping tips and advice.

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