How To Dress For The Job You Want

When you're young, you get used to being asked what you want to be when you grow up. But why should that stop when you actually reach adulthood? You don't stop moving up in your career when you get your first-ever job, do you? No matter how much you love your current gig, most of the time, there's a bigger job down the line that you're keeping in mind as your goalpost. And you know what they say: Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.
Whether you're itching for a major change or aiming to climb the ranks in your current field, dressing the part is a piece of the pie; you work your best when you feel your best. Click through for five sleek and creative outfits that are so good, they might just help you land your dream job.
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The gig: Film director
The dress code: You'll likely be on your feet for long days on set, but still don't want to look sloppy, so opt for a thick "grandma"-style heel that can last you the whole day through, along with some soft trousers and a stylish take on the work shirt. A big tote should come in handy for juggling scripts and running around town.

ASOS Oberon Sling Back Shoes, $46, available at ASOS; Uniqlo Women Satin Ankle Length Pants, $39.90, available at Uniqlo; Hellessy Printed Silk Kanda Blouse, $850, available at Hellessy; Truss Large Plaid Tote, $195, available at Opening Ceremony; Common Muse Perle Drop Earrings, $38, available at Common Muse.
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The gig: Art museum curator
The dress code: When your day job involves handling millions of dollars of masterpieces, it's no surprise you want your look to feel as sophisticated as the work itself. To achieve this, seek out elevated pieces that possess unique details, like two-tone mules; pink-gold, onyx, and diamond earrings; and a flowing floral maxi.
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The gig: Chief technology officer
The dress code: You don't want your outfit to distract you or anyone from getting the job done, but that doesn't mean you can't still totally own the conference room. Sport a comfortable yet polished knit, a classy midi-skirt and some oxfords, and you can handle any issue that gets thrown your way over the course of the day.

Victoria Beckham Pleated printed crepe de chine midi skirt, $1,495, available at Net-A-Porter; & Other Stories Wide Collar Sweater, $65, available at & Other Stories; Funeather Mini Square Bag, $289, available at W Concept; Finery London Embrook Italian Made Loafer With Tassel, $169, available at Finery London; Izaskun Zabala 18K Gold Spectral Earrings, $95, available at Local Eclectic.
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The gig: Editor-in-chief
The dress code: If you're going to be a fearless editorial leader, you've got to dress like one, which means equal parts professionalism and creativity. Try a chic, wide-leg pant and a patterned blouse, then top it off with smart specs and a duster coat that means both serious business and serious style.

H&M Wide Leg Trouser, $29.99, available at H&M; Eye Buy Direct Brittany Glasses, $19, available at Eye Buy Direct; Aritzia Lourdes Blouse, $195, available at Aritzia; Topshop Petite Panel Duster Coat, $130, available at Topshop; Clare V. Maude, $415, available at Clare V.
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The gig: College professor
The dress code: Long days of lectures on your feet and late nights of grading and editing call for an outfit that can keep up with your day's demands. Keep it simple in the morning by throwing on a one-piece outfit: A fearless jumpsuit. Then finish it off with minimal accessories and a built-to-last loafer that won't fall apart before final-exam week.

Cole Haan Women's Pinch USA Loafer, $325, available at Cole Haan; Whistles Cherry Print Jumpsuit, $230, available at Whistles; Kara Nude Midi Tie Tote, $450, available at Kara; Warby Parker Winston, $145, available at Warby Parker; J. Hannah Athena Ring, $355, available at J. Hannah.
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