"Casual" and "interview" may seem diametrically opposed when it comes to your wardrobe, but we promise the two can come together beautifully. Today's office climate is changing. With a growing number of startups and more opportunities than ever for remote employment, it was inevitable that workplace wardrobes would also begin to shift. Clothing that is comfortable yet presentable is key. Example: Try pairing light-wash skinny jeans with a white button-down and tailored blazer for a polished yet approachable look. Alternatively, you can opt for a kimono-style dress with chic ballet flats and some statement earrings to balance things out.
Keep in mind the location of the interview as well. If you’re meeting in their office, opt for a more elevated look, but if you’re meeting on neutral territory—say, a local coffee shop—you may be able to get away with a slightly more casual vibe. Bottom line is what you wear to an interview leaves an impression of who you are as a person (and worker) to your potential employer. If you are so lucky to know someone who already works at the company, ask them what’s expected, and if you’re ever still in doubt, here are a few of our top picks to start you off on the right foot.
Check print and tailoring give this oversize blazer a chic update.
Available in size 0 to 14.
Quite possibly the perfect classic white button-down.
Available in size 00 to 12.
This kimono offers an unexpected alternative to your everyday blazer.
Available in size 36 to 38.
These high-waisted jeans will look ultra-chic with a tucked-in blouse and sleek mules.
Available in size 23 to 35.
We've been told these are some of the most comfortable heels for a long day at the office.
Available in size 5 to 11.
Casual meets sophisticated in this cute waist-tie blouse.
You should be able to fit a notebook, résumé, and whatever else you need on hand, really.
The waist-cinching belt keeps an otherwise oversize sweater from looking frumpy.
Available in size XS to L.
This retro-inspired blazer would look great thrown over your shoulders for added polish.
Available in size XS to XL.
The dark wash and skinny cut lend themselves to the office.
Available in sizes 24 to 32.
The drapey fabric gives this moto jacket an easy daytime feel.
Every wardrobe needs classic ballet flats.
Available in size 35 to 41.
If you are going for a job in the fashion industry, you can pair this popular logo tee with jeans, heels, and a blazer for a street style–meets–office style look.
Available in size XXS to XL.