Seven Interview Outfits for Under $100
Borrow from politicians and wear red to look powerful. Choose a dress that's covered-up and streamlined, not flirty-short and flouncy, and stick to minimal jewelry and nude pumps, not black.
Pencil dress with cowl back, $33.14, Asos.com; "Forget Me Knot" earrings, $25, Juliet & Company, Shopbop.com; "Latisha" pump, $24.99, Michael Antonio, Endless.com
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.
Linen "Marl" trousers, $39.99, Zara.com; Tie-front short-sleeve blouse, $69.50, Bananarepublic.com
Energize sedate black pants with a printed blouse. Keep the print simple, not too colorful or cheeky (yay to paisley, stripes; nay to animal prints, tropical motifs), and it'll add some intrigue without overwhelming you.
Blouse with twisted neck and paisley print, $58, Asos.com; Slim-leg cropped trousers, $39.99, Mango.com
You can't go wrong with all-black, knee-length dresses. Unless, perhaps, they're too plain and boring, so choose something with a tiny bit of detail—like this crossover flap sheath—and add a polished, ladylike bag.
Midi pencil dress with wrap skirt, $39.77, Asos.com; Structured crossbody bag, $29.80, Forever21.com; "Nicedrop" black kid skin pump, $24.99, Sam & Libby, 6pm.com
Sometimes if your dress is well-tailored and just interesting enough—like this "I own a cool art gallery" one—it's all you really need. (Well, and some shoes and a resumé.)
Geometric colorblock sheath dress, $79.99, Calvinklein.com
A more conservative option affords a little bit of expression with a hint of red lipstick and a chunky menswear watch. (Just make sure not to glance at the time during the interview).
Belted textured sheath, $39.98, AGB, Macys.com; Ladies wristwatch, $48, Casio, Americanapparel.net; Super lustrous creme lipstick in "Certainly Red", $8.49, Revlon, Walgreens.com
If you opt for a printed skirt, keep your tops simple. (Likewise, if you toss on a colored or embellished blazer, tame it with a timid skirt.)
Single button blazer, $22.80, Forever21.com; Scarf print pencil skirt, $52.20, Warehouse, Asos.com; Pure Body crossback tank, $24.95, Gap.com