What to Wear to an Interview, in 42 Outfits

Now that you’ve made it through the journey of updating your résumé and cover letter all the way to the final round of interviews, it’s time to think about what to wear. The hiring process is stressful enough as it is, but dressing for it doesn’t have to be. You’ve already landed the interview and have proven that you have the right skills for the job. Now, it’s all about showing them who you are. We may be biased, but better way to do that than through your wardrobe? What you wear speaks volumes about your confidence, attitude, and dedication, so it’s important to plan accordingly when walking into an interview.

Whether you’re dressing for a more creative and casual company or you’re interviewing for a major firm, there’s a perfect outfit for that. To take away the extra pressure of what you’re going to wear, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite fashion looks that are also interview-ready. Get inspired to dress for the job that you want because there’s no doubt you’ll be feeling cool and confident in these looks.


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Layer a midi skirt over tall boots for a cool look. This adds a little edge to your look and shows you mean business.


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Play with contrasting colors. This will help you stand out as a candidate and also look chic.


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Mix prints and textures to create interest. Let your personality shine through via a standout outfit like this one.


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Cream tones are always flattering and very professional. These neutrals show that you have elevated taste that's perfect for any office environment.


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A tucked-in sweater is never a bad idea, especially if you're wearing standout pants like these ones.


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Who wouldn't want to see an oversize blazer in the office? Take a style tip from Rihanna and style it with a pair of matching pants for a modern take on an office-appropriate pantsuit.


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Go monochrome for a polished look. If Olivia Palermo is wearing it, it's guaranteed to get you the job.


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Turn that summer dress into an office-ready outfit with a turtleneck. Because who says you can't wear a dress to work?


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A pussy-bow tie under a blazer is the best kind of vintage-inspired trend. Plus, it instantly elevates any look.


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If you're going black and white, choose varying prints to ensure intrigue.


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This is guaranteed to make you look the part. A sleek all-black outfit screams professional while also staying fashionable. 


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Swap that standard black skirt for an unexpected shinier version. You'll stand out from the pack in the best way.


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Nothing says business like a matching set, and trust us—Alexa Chung means business.


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A plaid pantsuit will easily make you stand out while still looking polished and professional.


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Wide-leg pants? Yes, please. Especially when paired with a plaid blazer like in this look.


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Yes, an all-black outfit can definitely be interesting—and chic, to boot.


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A good boxy blazer is so chic and professional. Stand out even more by pairing it with a mismatched print. 


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Dress up your dress with a streamlined overcoat. You can never go wrong with a coat and loafers.


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Pair your classic white shirt with statement pants for a modern take on a button-down look.


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Layering up will make a shoulder-baring dress appropriate for the office. Little tweaks like this one open up your whole closet to office-appropriate looks. No need to buy a whole new interview wardrobe!


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Adding a pop of color to your classic prints is the ultimate way to show off your bright personality.


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A good skirt paired with a white blouse is always a winner. 


You'll definitely shine through regardless of what you wear, but a bold blazer will help make you memorable.


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Camel is a great color on anyone. 


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A standout skirt will look great against a white sweater for when temperatures begin to drop.


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Go classic with pinstripe pants and a leather jacket for an edgier look.


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Yes, velvet pants can be professional. and we highly recommend you show them off.


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Pleated pants mean business. Pairing them with a matching top is the perfect interview uniform.


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Red is a major power color. Plus, it's so flattering.


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Relaxed but still polished. You'll feel confident in this.


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A statement blazer will get you the right type of attention.


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You can truly never go wrong with a silk top, especially when paired with sleek white pants.


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Who doesn't love matching their separates? Paired with a pair of nude heels, this look is top-notch.


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We had to throw in one classic interview look. It's just so good.


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Show your personality through a printed skirt.


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A pencil skirt is an interview go-to. Try one like this for an elevated take on the classic look.


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Make your accessories the hero pieces. Every little thing matters.


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Earthy tones are guaranteed to look good without distracting from your résumé too much.


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They'll easily remember you with this statement coat and metallic boots.


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Layering blazers is a chic alternative to a puffy coat. While a puffer can be seen as unprofessional, a double-blazer look will ensure you stay warm while looking chic.


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Bright colors will make an impression.


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Play with prints and tones for an eye-catching appeal. 

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Up next, learn about how one of our editors decided to make fashion her career.

Dale Arden Chong