A job interview is your opportunity to make a great first impression on your potential employer. It’s always a good idea to have some interview clothes ready to wear so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute to find a suitable outfit.
If you’re wondering what to wear on an interview, the most important thing to keep in mind is that you should look professional and polished regardless of the type of job you’re seeking. No matter what the position you are applying for and even if the dress code wasn’t stated, you should come in looking neat, tidy, and well dressed.
1. A NAVY BLUE BLAZER
A navy blue blazer is a great addition to your interview wardrobe. Not only can you wear a blazer on numerous occasions, but it works well with many different outfits – over a button down, with a blouse, and even with a dress, for example.
Of course, a navy blue blazer looks great paired with a simple blouse or button down shirt. It’s a staple combination that you can wear with khaki pants, a khaki skirt, and even dark-wash jeans in a casual workplace or to a casual interview.
A matching skirt, or a khaki skirt, dress or pants round out the outfit. A khaki skirt is a good addition to your working wardrobe because it can be worn with many different tops. Like the blazer, it can also be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion.
2. A BLACK DRESS
A tasteful “little black dress” is the hallmark of a simple yet refined business wardrobe. Invest in a quality dress that skims the knee. A dress with a structured fit and nice details is professional yet still modern. Finish your outfit with a pair of black heels for a classic, timeless business formal look.
3. A BLOUSE WITH BOW
A blouse like the one shown here with a bow makes for an elegant look, which can be completed with either a skirt or pants. Add a skinny waist belt for a touch of detail that makes the top pop. A skirt made of an interesting fabric or a simple black pencil skirt is a great way to make a business look your own. Depending on where you’re interviewing, you can add a jacket to dress up the look.
4. STATEMENT DRESSES
Although it’s important that your interview attire is professional and conservative, that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with color. A tasteful dress in an interesting color, such as army green or deep red, is a good addition to your interview wardrobe.
With a statement dress like this one, you don’t need to bother with adding jewellery or accessories, the dress speaks for itself. When working with bright colors, though, make sure the rest of the dress is modest.
It’s always important to make sure that both the neckline and hemline are appropriate: avoid short dresses and low-cut, revealing necklines. With a bright-colored dress, it is more important than ever that the piece covers you appropriately. All you need to round off a dress like this is a pair of black heels or black ballet flats.
5. A KHAKI MIX AND MATCH SUIT.
A menswear-inspired khaki blazer is an extremely versatile piece to have in your wardrobe. Wear it with a button-down shirt or blouse. It looks great with a matching skirt, dark-wash jeans for a startup casual interview, or navy blue bottoms for a dressier look.
With a shirt that has an interesting collar detail, you can button it up to the top, eliminating the need for a necklace. Another option for a unique collar detail is a rounded “peter pan” collar.
Finally, a navy blue skirt is a stylish alternative to the traditional black pencil skirt. It’s a bit more easygoing than the typical black skirt, but it’s still professional, creating a look that is relaxed and also refined.