Sure, this may seem like a no-brainer. You’d think that dressing for a job interview is just as simple as selecting your outfit the night before! But trust me, it’s not that easy. For starters, an interviewee needs to consider the dress code of the company they are interviewing with. More often than not, dress codes are professional but there are exceptions!
Remember, if you’re not sure what to wear to an interview, then take a look at our article.
Table of Contents
- 1. A Shirt, khaki Dress Pants
- 2. A White Shirt, Black Trousers
- 3. Suit And Dress Shoes
- 4. A V-Neck Sweater, A Long Sleeve Shirt And Dress Pants
- 5. Slacks And A Nice Top, Or A Nice Shirt And Blazer
- 6. Long Sleeve Button-Down Shirt , Jeans, And Loafers
- 7. Slacks, Polo Shirt
- 8. A Nude Blazer And Nude Khaki Dress Pants
- 9. White Blazer, Brown Ankle Boots
- 10. Khakis Pants And A Button-Down Shirt
- 11. Twisted Suit /Dress Shirt, Light Shirt And Khaki Pants
- 12. Statement Dresses
- 13. Sweater And Black-White Pencil Skirt
- 14. A Pencil Skirt With A White Blouse
- 15. Blazer And A Midi Skirt
- 16. Slim Black Jeans, A Tailored Blazer, And A Classic Striped Top
- 17. A Long Khaki Skirt Grounds A Pretty Blouse In A Fun Polka Dot Pattern
- 18. A watch
- 19. A bag
- 20. A Tie
- 21. A Belt
- 22. Wedge Heels
- 23. Pumps
- 24. Kitten Heels
- 25. Loafers
1. A Shirt, khaki Dress Pants
This outfit is perfect for a day at the office. Once you’ve decided what to wear for your interview, the shirt is the most important piece of your outfit. Don’t be afraid of a white button down with a bit of pattern or texture in the material. White shirt, khaki dress pants, brown shoes (to give your outfit some extra flair!), and don’t forget the belt to tie it all together!
2. A White Shirt, Black Trousers
Even if it’s a casual and short interview, you still want to look professional. This is the ultimate formal combination. White is the purest color, so it never goes out of style. Pair it with black for an extra touch of elegance or contrast with brown to add some warmth to your look.
3. Suit And Dress Shoes
If you want to look a little more put together, try a suit with dress shoes. You can’t go wrong with classy attire! It’s perfect for any formal occasion and there’s no better way to describe your style than “stylish”!
4. A V-Neck Sweater, A Long Sleeve Shirt And Dress Pants
If it’s a colder climate, then this is your best option. Again, make sure to check the dress code beforehand (as we’ll discuss below). A V-neck sweater with a long sleeve shirt underneath is ideal for those cool fall and winter months. A V-neck sweater , a long sleeve shirt and dress pants go well with brown shoes.
5. Slacks And A Nice Top, Or A Nice Shirt And Blazer
You can’t wear jeans or anything casual to formal events if you’re a guy, but you don’t have to go all-out with a tuxedo either! Slacks or a nice pair of black pants are always appropriate for any formal occasion so long as you’re thoughtful and still dress up. A simple top will also add to the theme of your outfit but still allow you to breathe easy.
The Button-Down Shirt: This is a classic combo of the traditional and casual. It’s for any season and is an option for either work or play (think going out on a first date). All in all, this is a safe option that can be worn with either your suit or jeans. The Jeans: You can never go wrong with a basic pair of black skinny jeans. Pair with loafers and you’ll look like you stepped right out of the pages of a magazine!
7. Slacks, Polo Shirt
If you prefer something more casual, go for slacks, a polo shirt and loafers! They’re simple enough that they won’t distract from what’s really important but also stylish enough to make other people think twice about their outfit choices as long as they’re not too casual!
8. A Nude Blazer And Nude Khaki Dress Pants
This is one item that truly makes you stand out in a crowd. It’s professional yet fun and can make all the difference in your appearance! Be weary of fabrics like wool, which will not be as comfortable as a cotton or twill material. Also, steer clear of shapeless blazers if you want to make a good first impression. They can make you look lazy and unprofessional at the same time.
9. White Blazer, Brown Ankle Boots
White blazers look great with brown boots because the colors complement each other. You can even add a brown belt or pocket square to emphasize this color combination. Also, the crisp white of the blazer will highlight your tailored black pants and help to give you an impeccable silhouette. Brown ankle boots are perfect for an outfit like this; not only do they go well with everything else, but they also have a flattering shape that looks amazing on anyone.
Khakis and a button-down shirt are perfect for any formal occasion. Just make sure that the shirt has some nice color to it! This is a perfect outfit for a business interview in addition to casual get togethers. It’s professional, comfortable, and stylish.
11. Twisted Suit /Dress Shirt, Light Shirt And Khaki Pants
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your outfit! Shirts are definitely where you can be more creative and showcase your personality. In this example, the combination of a solid top with a print button down is absolutely perfect.
12. Statement Dresses
For a more daring look, you can try anything that’s simple, but has an intricate design! It might get noticed because of its beauty though, so it all depends on how you want the event to be. Make sure that whatever you wear to your interview reflects your personality. You want to make a good first impression (and not come off as boring and predictable)! Just be sure that whatever it is, it’s appropriate.
13. Sweater And Black-White Pencil Skirt
Pencil skirts can be cute for interviews if you’re able to pull them off. If you wear skirts, make sure they are at least knee length (for example, no mini skirts). This is both professional and helps emphasize your true assets! Also, don’t forget the personality with your shoes. Pay attention to any specific items listed on the invitation.
14. A Pencil Skirt With A White Blouse
This is an interesting combination and can make all the difference in your outfit without being too distracting or inappropriate! You can’t go wrong with this one, especially if you have curves like me!
15. Blazer And A Midi Skirt
If you want to wear something a little more sophisticated, try pairing a blazer with a white skirt. You’ll still look sweet and innocent, but you’ll also be stylish enough that everyone will be sure to notice! Just make sure that the skirt is long enough so you are not judged by others
16. Slim Black Jeans, A Tailored Blazer, And A Classic Striped Top
Similar to the blazer, black jeans will make all the difference once you leave the house! And it doesn’t hurt to know that they are a real reflection of today’s culture. The key here is that your jeans should be slim and tailored (i.e. no rips or holes). This is an added bonus for us ladies who want to show off our curves!
17. A Long Khaki Skirt Grounds A Pretty Blouse In A Fun Polka Dot Pattern
You can never go wrong with a long/knee length skirt. It’s professional and can add another layer of creativity to your outfit if it’s paired with a statement top or accessory. Plus, it is extra versatile if you’re going somewhere a bit more business formal than others.
18. A watch
A watch is an absolute must during an interview. Also, be sure to set it to the appropriate time and wear it on your left wrist. When in doubt: look at it!
19. A bag
Think of it as a portfolio case. The bag is your means to keep one item and three pens (or pencils) with you at all times. Too many women forget to bring something with them. So, what do people carry in their bags on a daily basis? Keys, a wallet, phone, hand lotion, and tissues – nothing too heavy. If you are in need of something heavier, stay away from canvas or leather bags (they’re too bulky). You can also keep your keys in there.
20. A Tie
Never ever go to an interview without a tie! it’s a given that you need one for all interviews! Here are some examples of different shades, patterns and even tie bars you can use if you decide to go with more than one!
21. A Belt
This is a great way to dress up your outfit and save your pants from getting stained (particularly in the summer when you might be sweating on the inside). They can also help keep you organized. This is one of my favorite items
Choosing an appropriate shoes to make your clothes be formal, yet still have a stylish look
22. Wedge Heels
A dress that’s cute but not too revealing. Wedge heels for extra height. A little bit of a slit to show off your legs It’s simple and elegant, yet casual enough for any occasion. The perfect way to express your style without going over the top!
You can’t go wrong with pumps! They’re comfortable, stylish and won’t distract anyone from the main event. You can wear them to any formal event and they’re still going to be perfect!
24. Kitten Heels
Contrary to popular belief, heels aren’t required during all interviews. There are times when a kitten heel keeps you grounded and makes you appear more comfortable. Interviews require a lot of standing up and walking around so pick something that is appropriate for your feet!
These are other great optional flats shoes for interviews. Since you’re going to be on your feet a lot, consider bringing a pair of loafers if the weather is warmer. Also, these are great shoes to bring along if you need to run out of an interview and get to the store!
All in all, have a few options to dress for that important day, especially if you have multiple interviews across the country. This means that you will have a complete outfit (including shoes) ready in its entirety. Don’t forget that it’s important to take into consideration any specific items listed on the interview invitation (for example, bringing your portfolio or cover letter) and make up before you go to the job interview.