A job interview is your opportunity to make a great first impression on your potential employer. Dressing for success is a big part of the interview process. Are you prepared to make that terrific first impression? It’s always a good idea to have some interview clothes ready to wearso you don’t have to scramble at the last minute to find a suitable outfit.
If you’re wondering what to wear on an interview, the most important thing to keep in mind is that you should look professional and polished regardless of the type of job you’re seeking. While your interview attire depends on the job you’re applying for, no matter what the position, and even if there’s no dress code, you should come in looking neat, tidy, and well-dressed.
If you’re a woman who needs some inspiration for your interview attire, get some ideas of what to wear to an interview. For men, take a look at these interview attire options to make the best impression.
A Navy Blue Blazer Combination
These blazer and blouse combinations are great business interview outfits that are compromised of three pieces that are simple, but extremely versatile.
A navy blue blazer is a great addition to your interview wardrobe. Not only can you wear a blazer on numerous occasions, but it works well with many different outfits – over a button down, with a blouse, and even with a dress, for example. The gray collarless jacket with three-quarter length sleeves is a less formal look.
Of course, a navy blue blazer looks great paired with a simple blouse or button down shirt. It’s a staple combination that you can wear with khaki pants, a khaki skirt, and even dark-wash jeans in a casual workplace or to a casual interview.
A matching skirt or slacks, or a khaki skirt or dress pants round out the outfit. A khaki skirt is a good addition to your working wardrobe because it can be worn with many different tops. Like the blazer, it can also be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion.
Experimenting with Button Downs
Guess what? Button downs don’t have to be boring! And you don’t have to limit yourself to the basic white, blue, or pink button-down shirt.
You can experiment with fabrics, like the sheer silk chiffon here, which works great when layered over a camisole. Try being creative with color, too. This shirt’s color works well, as it’s more interesting than the usual colors but still tasteful and professional.
When you’re shopping for a button-down, remember that the neckline should be modest. Make sure your bra is covered, and avoid showing cleavage. It’s also a good idea to keep your button down tucked in unless it’s a style that is designed to be worn without tucking in.
A Blouse With a Bow and Skirt
A blouse like the one shown here with a bow makes for an elegant look, which can be completed with either a skirt or slacks. Add a skinny waist belt for a touch of detail that makes the top pop. A skirt made of an interesting fabric or a simple black pencil skirt is a great way to make a business look your own.
Depending on where you’re interviewing, you can add a jacket to dress up the look.
A Khaki Mix and Match Suit
A menswear-inspired khaki blazer is an extremely versatile piece to have in your wardrobe. Wear it with a button-down shirt or blouse. It looks great with a matching skirt, dark-wash jeans for a startup casual interview, or navy blue bottoms for a dressier look.
The button-down here might be a basic top, but the pink makes the look pop. With a shirt that has an interesting collar detail, you can button it up to the top, eliminating the need for a necklace. Another option for a unique collar detail is a rounded “peter pan” collar.
Finally, a navy blue skirt is a stylish alternative to the traditional black pencil skirt. It’s a bit more easygoing than the typical black skirt, but it’s still professional, creating a look that is relaxed and also refined.
A Black Dress and Tights
A tasteful “little black dress” is the hallmark of a simple yet refined business wardrobe. Invest in a quality dress that skims the knee. A dress with a structured fit and nice details (like the capped sleeves here) is professional yet still modern.
To give your outfit some life, pair the dress with textured tights, like the ones shown here. Make sure the pattern is subtle, though – a sheer stripe, cable pattern, or ribbed look adds texture and interest, anything that resembles outright fishnets is not work-place appropriate. Finish your outfit with a pair of black heels for a classic, timeless business formal look.