How To Dress For A Job Interview

It’s the evening before an important interview and you are frantically pulling everything from your closet, harassing your dry cleaner for an urgent delivery, and begging friends to loan you their best office-appropriate attire.

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    Frankly, you should be spending your time on more important things, so here are nine outfit ideas and shoppable items to help you on your path to that corner office.

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    PHOTO: D Dipasupil/FilmMagic

    Printed Dress

    Rose Byrne’s simple Michael Kors polka-dot print midi dress with long sleeves is prim but not boring. Wear your printed dress with a brown belt, camel coat and plain pumps.

    For a position in: Education

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    Ghost

     Serena Dot Dress ($64) in Vintage Spot Navy

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    PHOTO: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

    Blouse and Wide-Leg Pants

    Brit Marling’s color blocked Reed Krakoff blouse and wide-leg pants are effortless and chic. Even Anna Wintour approves.

    For a position in: Architecture

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    Equipment

    Brett Shirt ($258) in Nature White/Peach Nectar Experimental Stripe Print

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    Club Monaco

    Micala Wool Wideleg Pant ($199) in Black

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    PHOTO: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

    Sleeveless Shift Dress

    Take a page from Naomi Watts’ book and pair a simple sheath dress like her Calvin Klein version with classic pumps for a fuss-free interview look.

    For a position in: PR

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    Marc by Marc Jacobs

    Sparks Crepe Sleveless Dress ($498) in Merlot

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    J.Crew

    Etta Suede Pumps ($238) in Black

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    PHOTO: Ron Asadorian / Splash News

    Cashmere Knit and Pencil Skirt

    The deep, burgundy hue of Beckham's sweater adds just enough interest without being overpowering. Choose a wool pencil skirt, like her Victoria Beckham version, so that it isn’t clingy, and make sure that the sweater has a high neckline.

    For a position in: Fashion Editorial

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    Everlane The Cashmere Crew 120
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    Sister Jane

    Wool Pencil Skirt ($104) in White

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    PHOTO: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

    Striped Blazer

    Add polish to black cropped pants by slipping on a simple, striped blazer like Taylor Schilling’s Theyskens’ Theory version.

    For a position in: Hospitality

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    Theyskens’ Theory

     Jlender Striped Blazer ($690) in Black

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    Halogen

     ‘Quinn’ Skinny Ankle Pants ($79) in Black

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    Printed Sweater

    Particularly great for colder climates, select a printed sweater and keep the underpinnings monochromatic. Top with a navy wool coat like Diane Kruger’s Hugo Boss style.

    For a position in: Graphic Design

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    Tibi

    Sporty Mesh Sweater ($250) in Ivory Multi

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    Lands’ End

    Women’s Regular Wool Cashmere Blend Pea Coat ($179) in Navy

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    PHOTO: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

    Tailored Coat

    As modeled by Hunt at the Porter magazine launch celebration, a light, tailored coat in beige or gray adds structure to a black blouse and menswear-style trousers. You can even wear with boots for warmth as she does here.

    For a position in: Production

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    Zara

    Blouse With Shoulder Applique ($49) in Black

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    Pinstripe Trousers

    At the Opening Ceremony F/W 14 show, Gia Coppola deftly paired her slim, pinstriped pants with a fully buttoned white shirt for a polished spin on office attire.

    For a position in: Finance

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    Tsumori Chisato

    White Shirt ($327)

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    Future Ozbek

    Vintage Striped Cropped Trouser ($107) in Navy

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    PHOTO: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

    Plaid Cardigan

    Wallpaper’s Editor at Large, JJ Martin, shows that a dash of print doesn’t have to be overpowering. Pair with slacks and a structured satchel.

    For a position in: Event Planning

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    Lord & Taylor

    Petite Plaid Print Cardigan ($74) in Olympic Blue

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    London Fog

    Knightsbridge Satchel ($135) in Black

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White Shirt

White Shirt

Tsumori Chisato, $327
SHOP
Vintage Striped Cropped Trouser

Vintage Striped Cropped Trouser

Future Ozbek, $107
SHOP
The Cashmere Crew

The Cashmere Crew

Everlane, $120
SHOP
Wool Pencil Skirt

Wool Pencil Skirt

Sister Jane, $104
SHOP
Women's Regular Wool Cashmere Blend Pea Coat

Women's Regular Wool Cashmere Blend Pea Coat

Ghost, $64
SHOP
Suede Panel With Octagon Buckle Belt

Suede Panel With Octagon Buckle Belt

Anne Klein, $40
SHOP
Black White Notch Stand Collar Long Sleeve Oversize Houndstooth Coat

Black White Notch Stand Collar Long Sleeve Oversize Houndstooth Coat

SheInside, $47
SHOP
Blouse With Shoulder Applique

Blouse With Shoulder Applique

Zara, $49
SHOP
Brett Shirt

Brett Shirt

Equipment, $258
SHOP
Micala Wool Wideleg Pant

Micala Wool Wideleg Pant

Club Monaco, $199
SHOP
Sporty Mesh Sweater

Sporty Mesh Sweater

Tibi, $250
SHOP
Women's Regular Wool Cashmere Blend Pea Coat

Women's Regular Wool Cashmere Blend Pea Coat

Lands’ End, $179
SHOP
Sparks Crepe Sleveless Dress

Sparks Crepe Sleveless Dress

Marc by Marc Jacobs, $498
SHOP
Etta Suede Pumps

Etta Suede Pumps

J.Crew, $238
SHOP
Jlender Striped Blazer

Jlender Striped Blazer

Theyskens’ Theory, $690
SHOP
'Quinn' Skinny Ankle Pants

'Quinn' Skinny Ankle Pants

Halogen, $79
SHOP
Petite Plaid Print Cardigan

Petite Plaid Print Cardigan

Lord & Taylor, $74
SHOP
Knightsbridge Satchel

Knightsbridge Satchel

London Fog, $135
SHOP
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