Dress for Success: What to Wear to an Interview
by Emily Tozer
Making the right impression in an interview depends on everything from your handshake to your shoes. Right up there with the first day of school and meeting the parents, deciding what outfit to wear to an interview is one of the trickiest, toughest style decisions you’ll ever have to make. Smart interview outfits are all about looking professional and still showing off your shining personality. Click through our roundup of fashion bloggers who nailed the look!
You can have a little more fun with what you wear to an interview at a creative office. Try a look like Olivia Palermo‘s printed shift dress and navy coat for a combo that shows you’re sophisticated and stylish.
A shirt dress is a no-brainer to wear to an interview. Mix and match your accessories, and throw on a blazer or tights depending on the season. Keep accessories to a minimum as Blair of Atlantic Pacific did here—you don’t want clinking bracelets to drown out your thoughtful responses!
Black-and-white doesn’t have to be boring! A leather pencil skirt with a silk shirt is the perfect interview outfit. Ashley of Pursuit of Shoes does a midi-length pencil skirt for an on-trend take that’s modest yet modern.
Lace Pencil Skirt
Stand out in a sea of pinstripes and black blazers at a job interview by wearing a pencil skirt in a fun texture or color. Balance a brighter piece with neutrals as Julia of Gal Meets Glam did with her camel-colored sweater and nude pumps.
Leopard-Print Pencil Skirt
This is not the time to try out the latest trend, but that doesn’t mean what you wear to an interview has to be boring. A sleek pencil skirt is the perfect starting point. Krystal of This Time Tomorrow tones down her leopard-print pencil skirt with a white shirt and a classic black blazer.
If you ask your parents what to wear to an interview, the two-piece suit they’d likely suggest is too dated, but fashion’s version will do the trick. Look for loose-cut or tapered pants and a longer or oversize blazer to keep your matching separates looking modern and pulled together. We like how Kristina of Kayture wore hers with a simple tee and pumps.
Err on the professional side if you’re not sure about the type of office environment. A power dress like this paneled one on Rachel of Pink Peonies is a safe choice, and it will make you feel ready to tackle those tough questions!
A wrap dress will always be professional and is a great no-fuss choice for what to wear to an interview. Jacey of Damsel in Dior styles her timeless wrap dress with practical pointed flats.
It’s no surprise Mary of The Classy Cubicle knows what to wear to any interview! She creates the perfect conservative interview outfit with basic black and white pieces. Her printed blazer and d’Orsay flats add just enough style.
Leave it to Anh of 9to5Chic to come up with a creative spin on interview-appropriate attire! Take a styling cue from the blogger, and layer a collared shirt under a sleeveless dress.
It’s better to be overdressed than under, but in startups or casual offices, overdressing could give the wrong impression. Kate of The Fancy Pants Report shows that super-dark denim trousers and a blouse are appropriately casual but still look properly put together.
Little details like prints or embellishments put a fresh spin on workweek staples that will help you stand out in a job interview. Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere ties her shirt at the waist and pairs it with a sleek pencil skirt for a more stylish effect.