Professional Interview Clothes on a College Student Budget
Do you believe in thrift shop Karma?
I am shopping for interview clothes at a time when I am financially ill-equipped to do so. After keeping an eye open for shoes at Goodwill for quite some time I broke down and tried retail.
Still no luck.
Just yesterday after running some errands I decided to swing into Goodwill to see what I could see.
Not only did I find interview shoes, I had my choice between two fantastic pairs! I chose this classy pair of round-toe pumps with an elastic Mary-Jane strap. They are very stylish but still comfortable to walk in for school tours.
Before I purchase things used I always ask myself if I would pay full price. Asking myself this question ensures that I am not just getting caught in the thrill of the hunt and that I have indeed found a good deal.
A thrift shop clothing purchase is only cost-effective if you will wear the item. A closet stuffed of ill-fitting, out-of-style clothes is no deal. In fact, you are likely to look in your closet and find that you have “nothing to wear” and shop even more. Poor thrift shop purchases quickly add up to equal the amount you could have paid for something new.
If these shoes were $30 at Target, would I still purchase them? In this case my answer is a resounding yes, so I know that I got a bargain.
I look forward to wearing these shoes with my J.Crew button-up ($4, via Goodwill) and my black pencil skirt which was an “investment” piece at $30 from the Gap. Hopefully I will even have interview pictures to share with you in the coming weeks.