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The Budget Blogger: dressing for that dream job interview

January is all about new starts and reinventing yourself, so it’s the perfect month to go after your dream job!

Meryl Streep is a formidable interviewer in The Devil Wears Prada
Meryl Streep is a formidable interviewer in The Devil Wears Prada

Once you’ve dazzled someone with your impeccable CV and secured an interview, the next big issue comes into play - what on earth should you wear?

Everyone always tells us how important first impressions are - if that’s the case, your clothes need to give the right signs to your prospective employer. Most people do one of two things, either go out and spend a small fortune on a new outfit to ensure success or retire to their trusty boring trouser suit. Neither scenario is ideal, you are either left eating beans for a month or looking completely uninspiring to your potential boss.

But don’t fret, it’s possible to put together an outfit on a budget which will make you memorable for all the right reasons - I’ve put together 3 different looks which all come in at under £100, which should hopefully leave you looking confident and professional, but not completely skint!


This sports luxe dress from Mary Portas looks great layered on top of a long sleeve grey t-shirt. Mixing navy with burgundy is a great way of looking professional without dressing head to toe in black. Add a modern silver necklace and some smart ankle boots to finish it off.

Dress, Mary Portas - £37.50 (was £125)

Tights, H&M - £2.99

T-shirt, New Look - £4.99

Necklace, Monki - £8

Boots, Asos - £45



Lots of people are scared of wearing a slightly casual outfit to interviews, however, if done correctly it can make you appear very confident. Try pairing a sleek pencil skirt, like this one with neon accents from forever 21, with a baggy jumper and some ballet pumps. You’ll feel much more comfortable and still look well put together, a trendy neon rope necklace completes the look.

Pencil Skirt, Forever 21 - £14.75

Jumper, Topshop - £36

Necklace, H&M - £8.99

Shoes, H&M - 7.99

Tights, Topshop - £6



Statement trousers are a great way of being professional and memorable at interviews. Keep the look understated by wearing a well-cut black t-shirt on top. If it feels appropriate team the look with some contrasting bright heels and an on trend metallic necklace to add a bit of extra interest.

Trousers, Topshop - £35

Top, Monki - £12

Shoes, Asos - £45

Necklace, Forever 21 - £7.40


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