The Best Fabrics to Wear to an Interview

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Interviews take a considerable amount of planning as it is, let alone setting aside time to put together the right outfit. From researching the company to updating your résumé and practicing answers to some sample questions, it's highly likely you already have a zillion things on your mind pre-interview. Since we know you might be feeling a touch of stress from all the planning (and maybe some nerves, too), we put together a guide to the best fabrics for an interview, to hopefully guide you in the right direction.

If you're heading out to do some shopping for the perfect interview ensemble, you'll want to commit the following four fabrics to memory. On the other hand, if you're assessing your current wardrobe, this is a great place to start. We handpicked each of these four fabrics for their high quality and elevated look that will no doubt translate into an outfit that's sure to impress. Sure, fabrics like silk and crêpe aren't often found at the most affordable retailers, but we stand behind them as investment-worthy staples you'll wear to this interview and, hopefully, to your future job.

Curious to discover the best fabrics for an interview and what makes each one so good? Keep reading to find out the four fabrics topping our list and shop our picks of each.

1. Crêpe

Crêpe automatically has an elevated look because it's such a fun material. It makes any garment appear more polished than it would if it were made from other fabrics.

If you invest in any item for an interview (and the job that comes after it), let it be a tailored blazer.

Tuck this top into solid-colored trousers for a fresh pop of color.

If you're going to invest in quality fabrics, you'll want to invest in a quality washer and dryer so you can take care of them and extend their wear. You can customize any LG washer/dryer pair with the LG Sidekick, a small add-on for custom-care laundry loads, making it even easier to actually follow those specific instructions on the tag.

Navy blue trousers strike the same note as any black pair without being quite as harsh.

2. Gabardine

Gabardine is a heavier material that's synonymous with classics like the trench coat. Especially if you go the suiting route for an interview, this fabric is your best bet for looking professional.

Style this with trousers or a midi skirt for your interview and with jeans for dinner after.

Pastel pink gives suiting separates a fresh spin.

Let these statement pants do all the talking.

3. Silk

You really can't go wrong with silk for an interview. It's luxurious, sure, but still easy to find at most affordable retailers.

You can always rely on Everlane's affordable basics.

Wondering how to infuse your interview outfit with personality? This dress is the answer.

These would look so chic with a cashmere sweater tucked in.

4. Knits

Knitted fabrics happen to be a great option if you're looking to invest in interview clothes that you're guaranteed to wear again afterward. With the array of stylish silhouettes and fun colors to choose from, you're bound to find a knit piece you love.

Take a cue from the model and wear this skirt with white heels.

The belt gives this cozy dress some interview-appropriate structure.

Wear with jeans, skirts, and pants alike.