Something to keep in mind - Not buying a suit can be more expensive than buying one.
Yes, I want to buy a suit. However, I do not have $600 for a brand new suit. I would like to rent one. Does anyone know where I can rent one in Florida? Any store names, addresses, web sites, etc. I am looking into renting a $600 suit for maybe one week, so where would I go to rent a suit in Florida?
If it makes you feel any better--according to THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR--only 50% of millionaires have ever spent more than $400 for a suit and 10% have spent less than $195. I'm sure the interviewers are more concerned with the content of your character as opposed to the quality of your suit!
If you don't have $600 for a suit, i'm not exactly sure how you'll be paying for your interviews. Interview trips tend to cost quite a bit more than that. As bananaface said, it's an investment. If you need help, ask your parents or go work part-time for a month so you can make the money you need. A good suit goes a long way. Wearing a good suit will make you feel really good about yourself, and that translates to good posture, good attitude, and lots of confidence. If a girl can tell if you look good in a suit in passing, you can bet the admissions committee will notice the same when they're grilling you with questions. Buy a comfortable suit that looks sharp and you can use it for many interviews to come. If you don't want to wear the sports coat, just take it off when you're indoors. You can also substitute shirts to make your outfit look sharp.
As for tips for looking good, I would recommend a red tie if you are wearing a white shirt (makes you stand out more). If you are wearing a dark shirt, wear a tastyfully brighter-colored tie. You want to stand out, but not be overwhelming in tackiness. Make sure your shoes match your belt color. If you don't have an iron/ironing board, get one. Get a dress shirt that fits comfortably around your neck so that when you have the tie on, it actually looks like an accessory, not a noose. I know that baggy pants tend to be the in-thing to do while in college, but for a professional outfit, make sure your pants flow smoothly and fit your body form nicely. It just looks better. Finally, as mentioned above, get a pair of nice comfortable shoes and TAKE CARE OF THEM. Don't show up with dirt on your shoes. Polish them.
(sorry these tips are mainly for guys since I am one, but girls...you know how to dress fashionably usually so I'm not too worried about y'all) You should also carry a GOOD quality pen. Not one of those BIC pens you can find anywhere, but those nice ones that look like you actually care if it gets lost. If you have body piercings, take them out. If you don't have a good watch, it's a nice touch to have and makes a good conversation point.
Might seem like a little much, but it makes a big difference. I've never failed an interview yet. I carry at least 12 different dress shirts (probably more), with enough dress pants and a couple sportscoats to mix and match depending on the occasion. But if you're just looking for a short-term solution, one business suit is probably enough.
I think that's it for now. If I think of something else I'll add.
Most millionaires are entrepreneurs--i.e. they got there from running their own business (and not exclusively through investments and real estate). Most millionaires are employers not employees. Many are pharmacists owning their own pharmacy or doctors/lawyers with their own practice.
Suit stats (from the Millionaire Next Door)
25% of millionaires have never spent more than 599 for a suit.
10% have maxed out at 999
5% have maxed out at $1400
1% have maxed out at $1999
So that means that only 25% of millionaires have ever spent more than $599 for a suit. And we're talking millionaires here--not undergrads with a biology degree applying for pharmacy school.
yeah at some point no one will be able to tell the difference between a $2000 suit and a $500 suit. If the person interviewing you can tell the difference, chances are you showed up to the wrong interview!
Anyone out there support the tie clip still? I do.
SAME HERE!!! And being really petite, suits are especially hard to find!!!
I would suggest wearing pants, closed toes heels.
But really, skirts/pants is a personal preference. I felt that I would be nervous and uncomfortable as it is during my interviews, I didn't want to also have to worry about skirt issues (like sitting properly,etc).
I shopped very early for my suit. Got it for $250 at Macy's on sale. And it's a VERY good suit, original price at $550 I think it was.
Find a suit that you are comfortable with and shows a bit of your personal style.
PS. Girls, please don't over do your makeup....
That reminds me.. Do I absolutely have to tuck in my dress shirt?? It feels so weird! Would it look sloppy if I had my shirt untucked while wearing a suit? Haha, this is so not my dressing style..