Selecting what to wear to an interview is one of the most stressful outfit decisions, right up there with what to wear to meet your significant other’s parents. We figured we’d make it easier by suggesting some of the colors that are proven to leave positive impressions on the interviewer. According to a study from CareerBuilder.com surveying over 2000 hiring managers, blue and black topped their list for the best colors to wear to an interview. Black connotes leadership and blue communicates that you are a team player. The color you should stay away from? Orange, which can be associated with unprofessional qualities. Armed with this knowledge, we rounded up the best blue and black pieces that will make a stellar interview outfit.
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We’re quite taken with the origami fold on this pastel pencil skirt.
BCBGMAXAZRIA Lone Skirt ($298) in Pale Blue Violet
From the tiny striped heel to the unusual vamp, these flats are a standout pick.
Sophia Webster Loca Leather Striped-Heel Skimmers ($350) in Black
A shawl collar adds a fashionable detail to a rather conservative blazer.
Madewell Duskfall Blazer ($128) in Deep Navy
A navy print still fits within the color guidelines, but feels a bit more exciting than a solid in the same hue.
Zara Combined Dress ($80) in Ecru/Navy
J. Crew is our go-to for affordable and flattering trousers.
J. Crew High-Rise Crepe Tapered Pants ($45)
The ideal interview bag is structured and has interesting details, just like this Michael Kors tote.
Michael Kors Miranda Novelty Tote ($776)
Stripes are a safe way to introduce pattern into your ensemble.
Mango Striped Lightweight Shirt ($60) in Bluish
The contrast waistband adds a special touch to a standard pair of black trousers.
Haus Alkire Lamwick Trousers ($895) in Black
It may be a small detail, but the metal locks on this wrap pencil skirt are the sort of standout elements a prospective employer will notice.
Proenza Schouler Crepe Skirt ($788)
For a conservative office, look no further than this navy sheath for a flattering outfit that totally toes the line.
Rebecca Taylor Seamed Shift Dress ($295) in Navy
A d’Orsay cut is always an interesting detail to add to your look.
Reiss Brina Pointed Toe D’Orsay Pumps ($181) in Blue
If you have an interview at a creative office, this pleated leather skirt will show off your taste for aesthetics.
J.W. Anderson Midi Sunray Kilt ($290) in Navy Pleather
Do you think the color you wear in an interview matters? Let us know in the comments below!