On Top — Go with something sleek and minimalist and work from there. Stick to the basics with a stand-alone oxford for a more professional environment. A tailored blazer with an unusual cut is a great way to show some subtle flair.
Monki Blouse, $46, available where Cheap Monday is sold; Nasty Gal Work It Blazer, $88, available at Nasty Gal.
Down Low: Pants have long been a staple for women-in-the-workplace, but that doesn't mean they can't be interesting. We think professional pants, when done right, are a bold and interesting statement. If you do choose a skirt, pretend you're back at a middle school dance and don't go any further than an inch above the knee (and in the case of more conservative environments, stick to skirts that hit right at the knee). But stay away from maxis, too — unless you're applying for a job at a surf shop, in which case, can we get an application?
Fancy French Cologne Chiffon Pleated Skirt, $42, available at Fancy French Cologne; Forever21 High Rise Trousers, $24.80, available at Forever21; Zara Pleated Trousers, $59.90, available at Zara.
Best Foot Forward: Now is not the moment to trot out your Litas for the first time. If you're going to be dashing between interviews, you need something comfortable with a shape that works with any pants cut or skirt length. We recommend a strong but not overwhelming silhouette in a neutral color.
Premium Pointed Wedges, $123.62, available at ASOS; Aldo Patent Heels, $80, available at ALDO.
All-Out Acessories — Jewelry and other accessories are really the place where you can go wild — a little bit, anyway. If your interviewer is taking your style into account, he or she will admire your creativity; if not, most pieces will blend in with your outfit. It's up to you to judge whether a full-on arm-party is appropriate for the occasion, or if a smaller arm get-together among close friends is more fitting. As for bags, now's as good a time as ever to invest in something chic and roomy that can keep your resume crisp and un-crumpled!
Topshop Triangle Mesh Necklace, $28, available at Topshop; River Island Padlock Bag, $90.90, available at ASOS; In God We Trust Horse Cuff, $80, available at Need Supply.