how to dress for the job interview of your dreams

    what to wear to stand out

    by · May 27, 2015
    Whether you’re fresh out of school, looking to switch careers, or just searching for the next best opportunity, it’s always good to have a go-to interview outfit in your repertoire. With the right outfit, you can showcase your personality and stand out from the other candidates. Click through the gallery for a step-by-step guide on what to wear, slip your résumé into your bag, and don’t forget: Be yourself and let your style shine through.

    The Printed Blazer

    Throwing on a classic printed blazer is the easiest way to look professional. When searching for the perfect one, opt for one that is cropped and boxy with a subtle print for a fashion-forward feel.

    zara, printed blazer with contrast piping, $99, available at zara.

    The Silk Blouse

    The perfect silk blouse is something every girl needs. Try getting one in a bright, poppy color with a full set of buttons. We suggest grabbing one from Equipment. Although it’s a bit pricey, it’s a great investment piece that will last you forever with the proper care.

    Equipment, slim signature, $128, available at Equipment.

    The Office-Ready Skirt

    Pencil skirts are classic, but why not go for something you can wear any time, at any place? We give you the asymmetrical neoprene skirt. It gives the illusion of being a bit longer than your average office skirt and is professional, yet still stylish. Plus, neoprene won’t show wear and won’t wrinkle, so you can hop from one interview to the next worry-free.

    H&M, asymmetric skirt, $59.95, available at H&M.

    The Easy, Breezy Heel

    Your shoe is a good place to have fun. When searching for one, forgo the skinny pump in favor of a lower block heel. (The last thing you want is trip!) This is also a good place to add a pop of color if you’re keeping your outfit more neutral. Just, please, don’t go overboard with an all-glitter heel.

    Chloe, two-tone block-heel sandal, $630, available at Neiman Marcus.

    The Semi-Conservative Dress

    Unfortunately, it’s easy to misinterpret what dress will be professional and interview appropriate. Look for something that’s plain in a color that suits you. And, most importantly, you shouldn’t reveal too much skin. Try something sleeveless with a crew neckline, or something with sleeves and a v-neck. Don’t buy anything with smaller straps or anything that reveals your bust too much—that’s a definite no! Also, don’t forget to see how the dress lays when you sit down.

    Keepsake x UO, fallen dress, $160, available at Urban Outfitters.

    The Perfect Pant

    Pants are also a tricky item to purchase for an interview. We suggest finding a cropped silk trouser, that way you can be comfortable and show off your shoes.

    joseph, adele cropped brushed-silk straight-leg pants, $332.50, available at net-a-porter.

    The Leather Jacket

    A leather jacket is a great alternative for the girl that really just can’t imagine putting on a blazer. It’s also perfect to wear if you are interviewing for something related to fashion or art. We suggest you invest some money into this purchase, so that you know it’s well-made and won’t squeak with each movement.

    Whistles, axel leather jacket, $716, available at ASOS.

    The Printed Tank

    We suggest you wear a camisole tank under your blazer, leather jacket, or sweater. Look for one with a print that helps showcase your unique style.

    Tibi, ruffled printed cotton and silk-blend camisole, $295, available at Net-a-Porter.

    The Statement Necklace

    A statement necklace could be paired with just about anything. Choose one with color, and one that has different materials to help you stand out.

    joomi lim, high society crystal necklace, $595, available at Joomi Lim.

    The Delicate Ring

    Delicate, stackable rings can help jazz up any outfit. Don’t forget to get a fresh manicure!

    catbird nyc, threadbare ring, $44, available at catbird nyc.

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