Dress For The Job: The Interview Outfit Guide


This is it! You’re heading into an in-person interview. It’s time to print out your resume, practice in front of the mirror and (try to) leave your pre-interview jitters at the door. Whether it’s your first interview or you’re a veteran, we’ve got the guide to decoding your interview outfit. Find out what your future office dress code means and nail your interview while you’re at it!

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Business

Time to suit up! Formal or business formal offices usually have the most strict dress code, whether it’s a literal uniform that your makes up your workwear wardrobe or a suit-only ensemble, it’s time to get down to business. But don’t take it to mean that you won’t have any freedom with fashion!

What are the business formal staples I need?

  • Blazer
  • Matching trousers or skirts
  • Crisp button-ups
  • Black tote bag
  • Closed-toe pumps


Business Casual

A little bit polished, a little bit laidback—that’s what a business casual wardrobe is all about. Suits are usually not required (but double-check!) and casual Fridays are a real thing. Think of business casual as an elevated take on your casual staples at your 9 to 5.

What are the business casual staples I need?

  • Blazer
  • Blouses
  • Shift dresses
  • Dark wash jeans
  • Modern Mules

Want to see more? See our Business Casual Wardrobe Checklist!


Casual

Attention: Workplace casual does not always mean sweatpants and chill! Casual means that jeans have the green light from Monday to Friday, but you might want to leave your spaghetti straps at home. Sandals, sundresses and even an elevated T-shirt will work here.

What are the casual staples I need?

  • Light wash jeans
  • Casual wovens
  • Lightweight jackets
  • Button-up blouses
  • Easy flats

What to Wear For Interview

Marketing

Scored an interview with one of the biggest advertising or marketing firms in town? Congrats! You know how to put your skills on display, so let your style show through too! Leave a mark during your interview (aside from doing a killer job) and try out a bold color and an on-trend shoe, like mules.

If you’re interviewing for a marketing job:

  • Don’t be afraid to try a bold color.
  • Do feel free to go for prints and fun silhouettes.
  • Double-check the office vibe before you go.

What to Wear For Interview

Finance

You’re good with numbers, so show ‘em the formula for a winning interview outfit. If you’re interviewing for a position in finance, accounting, bookkeeping or banking, it’s probably best to err on the side of business formal or business casual. Try polished silhouettes like a wrap coat and wide-leg trousers, but don’t be afraid to add a little color! Trending hues like plum and camel go together like fine wine and cheese.

If you’re interviewing for a job in finance:

  • Do try polished & modern silhouettes.
  • Don’t feel tied to black & grey.
  • Give color blocking a try!

What to Wear For Interview

Technology

If you’re interviewing for a tech job, then it’s time to show how on the forefront you are with your style. Although collared shirts might not be required on the job (sweatshirts might be the norm!), embrace the casual-coolness that so many tech companies are down with these days. Try out classics with a twist—like a menswear-inspired button-up in linen or a pinstriped pencil skirt. Finally, debug the myth that you can’t mix patterns and go for it!

If you’re interviewing for a job in finance:

  • Do go for classics with a twist.
  • Don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd!
  • Go for casual, elevated accessories.

What to Wear For Interview

Education

Get your interview outfit picked out before the bell rings! Whether you’re a soon-to-be teacher or pining to be principal, business casual is the way to go for any interview in education. Wrap dresses are flattering on everyone, so try one with a pair of heels and layer up with a crisp trench coat or blazer. If you’re more into pants, tuck in a flowy blouse into a pair of straight leg trousers.

If you’re interviewing for a job in education:

  • Go for your tried & true style staples.
  • Don’t shy away from figure-flattering silhouettes.
  • Try pairing business casual basics with bold hues.

What to Wear For Interview

Medical

You might be scrubbing up every day on the job, but a medical interview calls for a business casual or formal ensemble. Bring out a blazer and your go-to pumps, then pair it with a streamlined shift or sheath dress. Not into dresses? Try out bootcut trousers for maximum leg-lengthening effects, no prescription required! Upgrade your interview outfit with a contemporary take on a doctor’s bag for all of your interview essentials—like your standout resume.

If you’re interviewing for a job in medicine:

  • Do reach for business formal staples like a blazer.
  • Don’t go for bold accessories, instead keep it simple!
  • Try out a muted hue for a subtle pop of color.

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