UPDATE: This story was originally published on April 10.
Job hunting is no easy task, and once you've landed that big interview, the work is only just beginning. And, so you can focus on prepping and calming any pre-screening jitters, we've done the sartorial legwork for you and styled three prim-and-proper outfits that'll help you nail it, no matter your dream gig. From an oh-so-formal title to a more casual position, we've got the look that will help you go from job hunter to total professional, in a heartbeat.
When it comes to formal 9-to-5-ers, matching business suits are pretty much a mainstay — but that doesn't mean you can't have at least a little fun. Throw in a fancy tote to hold that shiny new résumé and wear at least one piece of (understated) jewelry that feels special to you.
Clockwise from top left: Reiss Raffy-Jon Button Jacket, $425, available at Reiss; Reiss Matilda-Jon Fitted Dress, $360, available at Reiss; Miu Miu Tote, $1,395, available at Miu Miu; Forever 21 Faux Stone Ring Set, $4.80, available at Forever 21; Rupert Sanderson Malory High Heel Pumps, $595, available at Rupert Sanderson.
Keep things buttoned-up (literally) with a chic blouse — we're loving this southwestern-inspired Isabel Marant piece — and an appropriately long pencil skirt. Add your own flair with your favorite bag and a fun pair of glasses, but remember to keep your shoes closed-toed...you can't be completely free, after all.
Clockwise from top left: Wallis Stone Trench Coat, $70, available at Wallis; Salt Optics Landry Frames, consult for price, available at Salt Optics; Isabel Marant Mengjie Blouse, $420, available at Matches; Michael Kors Large Selma Satchel, $358, available at Forzieri; Sara Berman Leather Pencil Skirt, $265, available at The Outnet; Zara High Heel Vamp Shoe, $89.90, available at Zara.
If your dream job lives in the art, fashion, or design world, you'll want to make sure your interview outfit shows off your creative side — while staying professional, of course. Show that you can have fun and mix colors by donning spring-perfect (and on-trend!) trousers, and match them with your favorite pair of booties. Top the outfit off with a statement necklace that won't distract your interviewer and a chicer-than-chic iPad case — to show off your portfolio, of course.
Clockwise from top left: Marc Jacobs Floral Print Wide-Leg Trousers, $825, available at Matches; T By Alexander Wang Combo Shirt, $270, available at Shop Zoe; Miss Selfridge Pink Crop Garter Jumper, $57, available at Miss Selfridge; Urban Outfitters Spiked Bib Necklace, $34, available at Urban Outfitters; rag & bone Classic Newbury Booties, $550, available at Shopbop; Dooney & Bourke Cabriolet iPad Case, $48, available at Dooney & Bourke.