We look back fondly on the adventures that were our first real-world jobs, and we often find ourselves recounting the outfits we wore during those important impression-making halcyon days. From the interview outfit to the ensemble we laid out on the bed to wear on the first day, strategy and prep were (and still are) crucial for creating a winning office-appropriate look.
Actress Sarah Hyland can relate. Recently named creative director of the all-grown-up Candie's—purveyor of elevated apparel, shoes (ah, remember the shoes?), and accessories—she's trying a new work uniform on for size, and there is a whole new set of rules that come into play. "I felt like I had an office job for the first time; it was fun!" she says of her first day on the job.
Though the holiday parties are just now beginning, it's never too early to start thinking ahead to 2017. And for some, a fresh start equals a brand-new job, which requires a new-year interview outfit. For the woman who's looking for the perfect interview outfit to debut in 2017, Hyland has put together a foolproof look that keeps things professional with a hint of personality mixed in.
Investing in a smart blazer for work is a no-brainer. Pair it with your slim trousers, or keep it effortless yet put together with cropped jeans and pumps.
Tailored black trousers are a versatile office must-have that will last you long after your interview.
Lace-up ballet flats are an all-around favorite that keep an outfit looking fresh and feminine.
If you're playing it safe with your interview outfit, your accessories should at least have some fun. A bright crossbody bag is structured and punchy at the same time.
You've probably hoarded a ton of work blouses in every neutral hue, but the on-trend lace-up detail on this one makes for a more interesting look.
Tell us about your first-ever job interview. How did it go?