3.1 Phillip Lim Eyelet Blouse, $276, available at LaGarconne.com and 3.1 Phillip Lim, 631 North Robertson Boulevard (at Santa Monica Boulevard); 310-358-1988.
Essential #2: Sophisticated skirt—Whether you go for a short hemline or something a little more conservative, a navy blue skirt is always a smart interview option.
Lela Rose Wool-blend Skirt, $695, available at Net-A-Porter.com
Essential #3: Red pumps—We love these pointy-toed pumps with skinny jeans or a professional ensemble for a first interview.
Aldo Scarr Heels, $90, available at Aldo, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard (at Cherokee Avenue); 323-465-0100.
Essential #4: Scarlet blazer—Talk about a smart investment piece! Red is the hue of the season, and this Jenni Kayne boxy blazer can be dressed up or dressed down all fall long.
Jenni Kayne Welt Blazer, $495, available at Shopbop.com and Jenni Kayne, 616 North Almont Drive (at Santa Monica Boulevard); 310-860-0123.