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

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?

Loading article content

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