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.