Killer Interview Outfits Using What You Already Have

When the New Year came, you decided it was finally time to start looking around. And you've got your sights set higher than a new apartment or a new fling — you're in the market for a new job, and this time, it's going to be one that you really, really love. So you've cleaned up your résumé, polished up on your elevator pitch, and are ready to hit the job-interview playing field. The one thing missing? Your outfit.

Despite how tempting it is to go out and buy a head-to-toe look that you swear will land you the job solely based on how much confident style you're projecting, a fresh start to the year also means a strict start on your new budget. So instead of splurging on new duds, it's time to go through your closet with a critical eye and create that dream interview look using what you already have. (Of course, there's one necessary caveat: If your industry has a dark-skirt-suit-only dress code, feel free to pass this on to your BFF who's interviewing in more casual fields.) Read on to see how to style your existing wardrobe staples to look and feel your best.
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Closet Item: The Semi-Fancy, Jewel-Tone Dress
The bridesmaid dress from your cousin's wedding, the party dress you only wore once, or that hand-me-down dress your mom gave you can totally work for even the most important interviews. Depending on the interview environment, all you have to do is throw on a simple gray sweater either over or under the dress. Then, polish the look with a matching structured coat and sleek, professional handbag. No need to break out the pumps — a heeled black bootie does the job (so long as they're not the beat-up ones you've been wearing for five winters now).

Whistles Ivy Twist Dress, $300 $90, available at Whistles; Equipment Oscar Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, $320, available at Net-a-Porter; Wilfred Aubertin Coat, $350 $174.99, available at Aritzia; Maison Margiela Cylindrical Heel Ankle Boots, $950, available at Farfetch; Charles & Keith Oversized Flat Tote, $309.90, available at Charles & Keith.
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Closet Item: The Sleeveless Crop Top
To make a crop top work for a professional environment, you'll have to avoid showing your midriff by pairing the shirt with high-waisted trousers. And just to be extra safe, throw a longline blazer on top that you have the option of buttoning in front. A comfortable platform brogue and oversized tote are both functional and chic, and your interviewer will see that you can maintain your personal style while still dressing appropriately.

Topshop Longline '70s Blazer, $125 $65, available at Topshop; Baja East Ribbed Turtleneck Crop Top, $1,195, available at Farfetch; Babaton Eckhardt Pant, $145, available at Aritzia; Fratelli Karida Logan Brogues, $186 $149, available at Fratelli Karida; Aspinal of London Tote Bag, $465 $325.50, available at Forzieri.
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Closet Item: The Sporty Sweater
Athleisure has slowly begun to take up most of your closet real estate, but it's not only reserved for the weekends. Pair a sweater that's a bit on the sporty side with some fun trousers, a modern top-handle bag and a fun, bright-red take on the loafer to make it feel more like a work staple than brunching attire. Some delicate gold jewelry will seal the deal.

Ganni Boyle Rollneck, $245, available at Need Supply; Trademark Suede Loafer, $398 $238.80, available at Trademark; Jacquemus Patched Pinstripe Pant, $350, available at Moda Operandi; Forever 21 Stud and Drop Earring Set, $3.90, available at Forever 21; Zac Zac Posen Eartha Felt-paneled Leather Tote, $525 $262.50, available at The Outnet.
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Closet Item: The Little Black Jumpsuit
You might think that jumpsuit you bought only works for girls' nights out or bachelorette parties, but an all-black one actually makes a cool alternative to your typical LBD. If it's strapless or sleeveless, like this one, just layer a white oxford shirt underneath. Pull the outfit together with a badass waistcoat and bright-white, borrowed-from-the boys shoe. A mature-looking, textured carryall shows you mean business.

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Leaf-crepe Embellished Jumpsuit, $5,965 $2,386, available at MatchesFashion; H&M Stretch Shirt, $19.99, available at H&M; Topshop Belted Sleeveless Jacket, $130 $70 available at Topshop; Thom Browne White Annonay Longwing Brogues $1,190 $714, available at SSENSE; Acne Studios Hero Jeans Croc Bag in Beige, $1,350, available at Acne Studios.

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