This question just came in from a reader in Southern California:
Can you suggest sources of quality dresses to wear on job interviews? Most stores donï¿½t seem to carry business dresses anymore. The key factor wanted is QUALITY with conservative designs. Would like to pay no more than $100 for an interview dress, if possible. Pantsuits are not the best choice for my field and age group, but skirted suits are ok. Any ideas? I am a mature job applicant who does not look appropriate in wild, trendy styles.
My immediate answer was thrift stores, which always have business clothes. I’ve seen current and classic name brand suits at my local thrift store for $19.99. These suits HAD to be over $200 new. Most thrift stores even have a sale day so you can get an even better price. If you are uncertain that you can get quality merchandise at a thrift store, watch this video onï¿½ Goodwill Bootcamp.
The best way to find thrift stores in your area is The Thrift Shopper National Thrift Store Directory. Ifï¿½ you are looking for designer labels, check out the stores in the more upscale towns.
Another good way to get business clothes is to find or run a business attire swap. There are lots more swaps happening.ï¿½ Search the internet for “clothing swap” + “your town,” such as “Long beach clothing swaps.”
You are sure to come up with something. If you don’t find a swap, then run your own. It can be as simple as contacting girlfriends who wear the same size, having them clean out their closets, and come over to your house. Or you can create something much bigger like Bargain Babe’s Frugal Festival.
If you are not working and are looking for a job, that is definitely NOT the time to go retail shopping for a new outfit.ï¿½ If none of the above options work for you, maybe your friends will open up their closets for you to borrow some perfect outfits. We all have clothes that we don’t wear that we would gladly share with our friends.
So, what do you think? How have you put together killer outfits on a meager budget? Any ideas I haven’t thought of?