Whether you’re preparing for an interview, or simply want to look your best at all times, there are ways to pull off a stylish appearance without breaking the bank. Here are a few of my favorite ways to look great for less. [Also See: Most Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them].

Clothing that will go the distance.

Whether you’re wardrobe shopping for a job interview or planning a weekend getaway, it pays to invest in clothing that will stand the test of time. I’m not saying you should spend more than you can afford, but I am saying to make classic clothing choices and pay attention to sturdy fabrics and quality manufacturing. One affordable way to make this happen is with denim. While I used to consider jeans my hack around wear, I now consider them a dressier urban wardrobe staple. I can pair them confidently with a pair of well-polished black ladies boots and a black long-sleeved sweater or dressy v-neck tee shirt when I need to squeeze in a quick blogger’s coffee between grocery stops or other errands. Denim is long lasting, doesn’t look rumpled if you buy a good brand, and at least in the online world is considered reasonably appropriate business attire if you accessorize properly. Watching for sales from retailers you trust is a great way to get the brands you want for less.

Manicure maintenance makes for a polished appearance.

For the guys, this is a matter of a good file and buff in addition to proper cleaning. While women clearly have a higher maintenance nail care routine, it isn’t necessary to spend an outrageous amount. Hit the beauty supply stores for affordable supplies, and keep your color selection under control. A basic French pink can take you from blue jeans to ball gown in style, so there’s no need to purchase nail colors to match every single outfit you have. Another tip for the ladies is to consider a shorter length of nail. Longer nails are prone to breaking unless you sign up for expensive-to-maintain acrylic overlays, but keeping them just a bit past your fingertips allows for a bit of length and a manicure that’s easier to keep up with. Bonus? You’ll consume less nail lacquer, which is another money-saving benefit.

Be vigilant about banning bad hair days.

Your hair is one of the first things people notice about you. And while it certainly isn’t necessary to hit the salon every day for a deep conditioning treatment, you do need a hair care routine that will keep your locks looking great for less. Investing in a good cut is a smart idea in my opinion, because when you get one that’s done right, you can often go 2-3 months before you need another one (provided you opt for a low-maintenance style). Basically, if you can last for 3 months on a $15 hair cut and only 4 weeks on a $10 haircut, spending a few extra bucks up front is the smarter move. Taking time to condition regularly, and purchasing hair products in bulk are another two tips we implement regularly at our house.

Looking great is possible on a budget. A bit of planning and a little self discipline go a long way towards helping you achieve the style you want for less. What are your favorite frugal style tips?

Myscha Theriault

Myscha Theriault

A lifelong money cruncher who can squeeze a nickel ‘til it cries, Myscha is a syndicated columnist, best-selling author, and founder of Trek Hound and We Be Sharin’.