Graduation season is in full cap-and-gown swing. You aced those finals, grabbed your diploma and officially waved goodbye to that college life. But now what? Well, a celebratory night out and a backpacking adventure might be in order, but then it’s time to perfect your resume and start job hunting. Looking good on paper (and online) is a must, but it’s just as important to dress to impress when you meet your potential employer IRL. And no, that doesn’t mean throwing on your best pair of flip-flops and a university sweatshirt. We know that your post-grad budget for a new, professional wardrobe probably isn’t massive, so here are 10 interview-approved pieces that are all $50 or less. Go get ’em, girl.
1. Classic Open Front Blazer ($25): A structured blazer is a super easy way to dress up even the most casual of outfits. Pop this on over a patterned shift dress or button-down for an easy interview outfit.
2. White Button-Down ($23): If you opt to get just one these pieces, we say go for this one. A classic white button-down is a wardrobe essential. Pair it with jeans and heels for a semi-casual vibe and throw a statement necklace on top to add a fun twist.
3. Paris Wrap Jumpsuit ($45): Put a whole new spin on the “power suit” in this stylish-yet-modest piece. While jumpsuits can easily give off a beachwear kind of vibe, the thicker fabric and professional cut of this piece will definitely show your potential employer you mean business.
4. Twill Woven Trousers ($28): Trousers don’t have to make you look super frumpy. This slim-cut, mid-rise option offers a similar feel to the jeans you know and love but give off a slightly more formal impression.
5. Gold Detail Heeled Shoes ($36): If your heel collection is minimal, here’s a great versatile pair to start off with. While these are relatively basic, they get a bit of a upgrade with the ankle strap and gold heel detailing.
6. Day Date Skirt ($38): Don’t feel like your only skirt option comes in a basic pencil shape. If you’re worried about going too short, stick with the currently trending midi-length and add some youth in this soft shade of pink.
7. Shadow Striped Midi Skirt ($45): But then again, there’s nothing wrong with a good pencil skirt. Put a fashionable spin on the workwear classic with this subtle striped detailing.
8. Paisley Shift Dress ($45): Who says you can’t add some playful prints to this whole business business?
9. Penny Loafers ($28): You don’t have to wear heels to every professional event. For something that looks a little more sophisticated than a basic flat, try this patent penny loafer.
10. Houndstooth Dot Flare Dress ($37): Keep things fun with a playful silhouette and polka-dotted pattern, but add some formality with buttons and sharp collar.
What’s your go-to interview outfit? Share with us in the comments below.