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.
How To Dress For A Job Interview
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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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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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Serena Dot Dress ($64) in Vintage Spot Navy
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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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Brett Shirt ($258) in Nature White/Peach Nectar Experimental Stripe Print
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Micala Wool Wideleg Pant ($199) in Black
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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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Etta Suede Pumps ($238) in Black
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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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Wool Pencil Skirt ($104) in White
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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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Jlender Striped Blazer ($690) in Black
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‘Quinn’ Skinny Ankle Pants ($79) in Black
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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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Sporty Mesh Sweater ($250) in Ivory Multi
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Women’s Regular Wool Cashmere Blend Pea Coat ($179) in Navy
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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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Blouse With Shoulder Applique ($49) in Black
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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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White Shirt ($327)
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Vintage Striped Cropped Trouser ($107) in Navy
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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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Knightsbridge Satchel ($135) in Black