Creating a Budget Friendly Outfit for a Freelance Interview or Meeting

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It’s fair to say that many freelancers don’t have to wear business clothing. In my case, I have a single orange shirt that I must wear for my classes, but other than that, what I wear is up to me.

So, what should I do if I have an interview? Should I spend a large amount of money on something that I may only wear once or twice a year? Of course, my answer to that is no. There is no purpose to taking up my wardrobe with business clothing I won’t wear more than a few times.

Then, I have to think about whether or not I’ll even get the job. Once I have it, do I still need to wear business clothing? The outfit I wear may only be for a one-time meeting with a client or an online meeting through a video call. In my mind, that means I need to buy it for as little as possible and to have it be as professional as possible.

Today, I gave myself the challenge of spending only $25 on this outfit. I wanted to get a shirt, bottoms of some kind, a tank top, and shoes. This is an outfit I would wear if I had to meet an illustration client or go through an interview online. I purchased pieces that I can mix-and-match with my traditional casual wardrobe.
So this is it. If you think that $25 is not enough for an outfit, you’re incorrect. You just have to be careful about what you buy and how much you spend on each piece.

Here’s a breakdown:

Shorts, business casual. $7.00 at H&M.

Black tank from a.n.a., Not pictured, $2.99. JCPenney.

White button-up blouse, Worthington petite. $4.99. JCPenney.

Wedge sandals, American Eagle for Payless. $10.00.

On their own, each piece pairs well with casual or semi-casual wear. Most importantly, I’m prepared if I need to meet a client.

Here are a few cute tops, bottoms and shoes I’ve found online that are cheap and budget-friendly.

What is your go-to outfit for one-off meetings?


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