What To Wear To Every Type Of Job Interview

The scariest, most anxiety-producing part of any adult’s working life is undoubtedly the interview. The idea of being on full display, like a museum exhibit, in that chair, is reason enough to send you into a downward spiral. The only thing that can make the process a bit more bearable — and a little less I’m-about-to-pass-out-immediately — is confidence.
Your stellar resume will definitely help you achieve this (it got you in the door, after all), but a professional outfit will give you that little extra something. Dress to impress, right? To help you find the ensemble that will make you feel like you can take on the world, we put together seven different getups for every type of office environment — from corporate to creative to start-up to everything in between. Those interview jitters may be inevitable, but, hey, at least you’ll look the part.
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For The Budding Lawyer
You’ve got the chops to rule the boardroom, so ensure you have the wardrobe to back it up. That starts with a classic suit (get it tailored for a perfect fit), and professional accessories like kitten heels and a top-handle bag. To make your ensemble feel unique in a sea of clones, go for a pretty, patterned shirt.
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For The Cool Creative
Showing your personality is a plus for landing a job in the arts. A flowy tunic layered over wide-leg trousers is unexpected, but not crazy. ‘70s-esque platform heels and shiny extras make the overall ensemble feel even more you.
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For The Corner-Office Seeker
A jump to director level calls for an outfit that doesn’t draw too much attention but does show your future boss you mean business. Go for a pretty blouse with an interesting pattern, a full skirt, and classic accessories like a pointed stiletto, studs, and a briefcase.
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For The Fashion Girl
If there’s any moment in life when you need to look like the real deal, it’s when you’re interviewing at a fashion office. An updated suit — this pearl-accented-jogger iteration is everything — combined with sleek add-ons is your best friend here. Just remember: If you go for a statement bag, tone down the heels with neutral silver.
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For The New-To-The-Game Teacher
There’s no need for a full-on suit, but you don’t want to look sloppy, either. A blouse works well when paired with flats, a cardigan, and a knee-length, leather pleated skirt (a welcome update to the skirt your fourth-grade teacher used to wear). Plus, each of these pieces will mix and match easily with the rest of your wardrobe.
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For The Personal Assistant Who Has To Know Everything
Show that Hollywood manager or bigwig exec you’re the woman to manage their entire life — with an easy-yet-polished outfit. A prim blouse gives this embellished jacket a put-together vibe, especially when paired with culottes. Need a little extra height? Try a platform heel that feels traditional, but with a twist.
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For The Techie Guru
A start-up environment is more laid-back; there’s a chance your interviewer will even be in jeans and sneakers. You need to look semi-professional, though. Trim trousers, a short-sleeved sweater top, forward-feeling flats, and a luxe backpack make a fresh combo — and don’t look like you’re trying too hard.
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