Every Working Girl Should Own These Interview Basics

When she’s not working with big names like Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Hudson, and Hilary Swank, celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger also divulges her fashion expertise in our Ask a Stylist column. From the best places to source vintage to the secret to finding your most flattering jeans, come back each week for a professional’s perspective.

Today’s topic is an important category for any working woman or recent college graduate. While a well-stocked office-ready wardrobe comes with time, there are certain pieces every woman should own and have on hand should a last-minute interview opportunity arise. From polished accessories to sharp basics, keep reading to make sure you’re not missing any must-haves.

Scroll down for the interview basics every woman should own, and since it's equally important to avoid outfit pitfalls, also check out what not to wear to an interview.

A simple shift is great for any type of interview. The classic silhouette lends a professional and stylish look.

Once you find a white button-down shirt you love, stock up. The timeless basic will receive tons of wear throughout your career. 

A polished blazer completes any office or interview outfit. Every working woman should have at least one go-to in her closet. 

A flattering skirt will allow you to feel (and look) your best, and when it comes to interviewing, confidence is key. 

AKA anything with a block heel, because like I mentioned a couple weeks ago, that's the most comfortable heel style for the office.

Owning a sleek notepad is a simple and understated way to show you care and want to be taken seriously. 

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