Job interviews are often exciting and also extremely nerve-wracking. As an interviewee, making a great first impression is key.
Although your skills speak for themselves, one of the best ways to stand out in an interview is with the right outfit. Fortunately, choosing your next interview outfit doesn’t have to feel like a pre-interview test.
To help you knock your next interview out of the park, here are some of our top outfit tips and tricks to help you choose the best interview attire and dress for success!
but first, what’s the dress code?
Before you pick your interview outfit, it’s important to know what to expect. It’s likely that your interviewer didn’t give you a specific dress code. By doing some quick background research on the company you should be able to get a general idea of how casual or formal the environment to dress for will be.
While you want to make a style statement, wearing something extremely edgy or unexpected could give your interviewer the impression that you’re not familiar with the company or the role you’re interviewing for.
Our top tip: When deciding on the best interview attire for women, dress slightly more formal than what you’d expect someone to wear on an average day at the office. If you’re not sure what the dress code is, it’s always better to err on the formal side. Your interviewer likely won’t hold this against you. But you may not fare as well if you show up overly casual (e.g. in jeans and a tee), when most of the office dresses more formally.
keep it blazer classic
You can’t go wrong with a blazer paired with pants or a skirt. While often reserved for more formal settings, this classic pairing is perfect when you have no idea what to wear to an interview.
For more formal interviews, go with a standard black or blue blazer. If the setting is more casual, take the opportunity to mix it up in something more fun and feminine. We love this Claudia Upcycled Jacket because it features a slim, cropped silhouette. Pair it with your favorite pair of sleek black pants and a sustainable sweater to create a chic look for your next interview.
grab a bold blouse
Despite traditional interview attire advice, not every outfit needs to be boring or bland. It’s important to dress professionally and appropriately, but there is always room to celebrate your unique style.
If the environment is smart casual, a fun and feminine blouse or top is a great way to add a bit of personality. Consider swapping out your plain white button-down for a blouse with a bit more detail or a unique fabric. Or wear a blouse in your lucky color to help tip the scales in your favor.
While you want to keep your outfit interesting, the goal should be to not draw extra attention to yourself. You don’t need to shy away from patterns or color either—just avoid anything too flashy or distracting.
Still feeling stuck? The bestselling Renata Washable Silk Blouse comes in a wide variety of beautiful and effortless patterns. The sustainable silk fabric will complement every interview outfit and it is a perfect solution to make finding the best interview attire for women easy.
go back to black
There’s a reason the little black dress has been dubbed a classic. You can’t go wrong with black—it’s chic, elegant, and fits nearly any interview setting.
Every woman should invest in some high-quality black styles to add to her wardrobe—even if it's not for an interview. They’re perfect for mixing and matching, and you never know when they’ll come in handy.
Some key pieces to start with include:
- A classic pair of sustainable trousers
- A simple sustainable black dress
- An elegant sustainable black cardigan
If you want to add a bit of flair to an all-black outfit, statement jewelry or a bold belt can bring just the pop of color you’ll need to dazzle the room.
statement dress to impress
A dress is a great fuss-free interview option. Add on a blazer for a more formal interview outfit or wear it alone for a more casual look. A dress is also very easy to layer, making it a fantastic option for interviews in different temperatures.
Pick a dress in a flattering silhouette so you’ll feel extra confident walking into your interview. Always opt for a dress in an appropriate length that’s reasonably modest.
When choosing your perfect interview dress, remember that you’ll need to spend a good amount of time sitting and standing. So choose a dress that can do both comfortably. When in doubt, give your dress a test-run! Walk around your house and sit in different chairs to make sure you’ve made the right choice.
cozy up in a polished sweater
One of the most important things in an interview is that you feel comfortable. While you want to look presentable and polished, you don't want to be awkwardly tugging at your hems during the entire conversation.
A great way to achieve ultimate comfort in a more casual interview setting is by choosing an elegant sweater or cardigan. Pair it with a skirt or wear it under a blazer for a more formal look.
Pick a sweater in a flattering fit that complements the silhouette of the pants or skirt you’ve chosen. It’s best to avoid anything too baggy. For something with a bit more excitement, a sweater with an interesting texture and a rich color can really help bring a light touch to your overall attire.
Once we receive that interview invitation, many of us make a bee-line for the store. It might feel extra special to invest in a shiny new outfit for every interview, but make sure you’re picking timeless pieces. Invest in styles that you’ll be able to wear again in the future—whether it’s for another interview or another occasion. This way you’ll have garments that spend more time being loved by you and less in landfills.
Interviewing for a new job is an investment in yourself, so why not make an investment in the world around you as well?
choose what's right for you
As long as you follow the basic principles of dressing for an interview, there is no right or wrong choice in interview attire. An interview outfit isn’t just for your interviewer. The most important thing is to choose an outfit that will make you feel more authentic and confident. When you feel good about yourself, that glow will immediately resonate with your interviewers.
Once you’ve nailed your interview, don’t forget to shop our Wear To Work collection to put together a gorgeous first-day-of-work look. Shop the entire Amour Vert collection to find the best interview attire for women today!