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Interview Outfits for Women

 Interview Outfits for Women: What to Wear to an Interview

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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 wear, so you don't have to scramble at the list minute to find a suitable outfit.

If you're wondering what to wear to an interview, the most important thing to keep in mind is that you must look professional and polished. While your interview attire depends on what job you're applying for, no matter what the position, you should come in looking neat, tidy, and well-dressed.

If you're a woman who needs some inspiration for your interview attire, browse through this gallery to get an idea of what to wear to an interview.

First up: classic black dress pants and a sweater.

 Interview Outfits for Women: Sweater and Black Dress Pants

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A pair of classic black slacks are an essential part of a woman's interview wardrobe. It's worth it to invest in a pair of quality black dress pants that fit well and will hold up after many wears.

Once you have a good pair of dress pants, it's easy to dress them up, or dress them down. You can pair your dress pants with a button-down shirt or a blazer for a formal look, or with a sweater for a business casual look.

With a bit of creativity, black dress pants don't have to be boring. Add a top with an interesting detail, like this heather-gray sweater with black stripes and a button-down blouse. It softens the look, and makes it a bit special.

Peep-toe heels with a moderate heel height are fashion-forward but still tasteful. If you're looking to dress down your look, add a pair of ballet flats or loafers instead of heels.

 Interview Outfits for Women: Experimenting with Button Downs

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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, just 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.

 Interview Outfits for Women: A Navy Blue Blazer Combination

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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 start-up casual interview.

A matching skirt or slacks, or a khaki skirt or dress pants rounds 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.

 Interview Outfits for Women: Statement Dresses

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Although it's important that your interview attire be professional and conservative, that doesn't mean you can't experiment with color. A tasteful dress in an interesting color, such as a muted turquoise or deep red, is a good addition to your interview wardrobe.

With a statement dress like the ones here, you don't need to bother with adding jewelry or other accessories - the dress speaks for itself. When working with bright colors, though, make sure the rest of the dress is modest.

It's always important to make sure that both the neckline and hemline are appropriate: avoid short dresses and low-cut, revealing necklines. With a bright-colored dress, it is more important than ever that the piece covers you appropriately.

All you need to round off a dress like this is a pair of black heels, or black ballet flats.

 Interview Outfits for Women: A V-Neck Sweater and Slacks

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Pair a blouse or a button-down top with a v-neck sweater for a versatile look. You can dress the top up with black dress pants or a skirt, or dress it down with khakis or dark-wash jeans if you're interviewing at a start-up or casual company.

What's great about this combination is that it's easy to create a variety of looks, with only a few pieces. If you invest in three simple blouses or button downs and three sweaters that all coordinate with each other, you'll have nine different tops that you can mix and match with different bottoms.

 Interview Outfits for Women: Print Cardigans

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Don't be afraid of bold prints. Although you should avoid anything too bright or flashy (animal prints, for example, usually aren't interview-appropriate, unless they are extremely subtle), a two-tone print, like the sweater here, can spice up an otherwise boring outfit while still looking professional. That's especially the case when you're not going to be working in a formal office environment.

If you're going to wear a bold print, limit it to one print only and keep the rest of the outfit simple and subdued.

 Interview Outfits for Women: A Black Dress and Tights

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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, but 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.

 Interview Outfits for Women: A Blouse With a Bow and Skirt

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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 really 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.

 Interview Outfits for Women: A Khaki Mix and Match Suit

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A menswear-inspired khaki blazer is an extremely versatile piece to have in your wardrobe. Wear it over a button-down 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 really 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.

 Stylish Interview Outfits for Women

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Here are even more interview outfits for women who want to impress with style. Check out this trendy, both formal and more casual, interview attire, along with tips on how to get the look.

 Interview Outfits for Women: What Not to Wear

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Regardless of the type of job you are interviewing for, there are some things you should never wear to a job interview. You want to get noticed in a good way, not stand out from the other applicants because of what you're wearing - or not wearing. From low-cut tops to excessive perfume, here's what not to wear when you are interviewing for a new job.


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 Interview Outfits for Men: What to Wear for an Interview

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There's no denying that it can be difficult to assemble an interview ensemble. Your interview attire, however, should be picked out thoughtfully.

After all, first impressions are key, and it's imperative to make a great first impression on your potential employer. A huge part of making a good first impression is dressing for success.

Don't worry - you don't have to spend a lot of money or pour through fashion magazines to figure out what to wear to your interview. Fortunately, men's fashion is relatively straightforward. Using a few basic pieces, it's easy to put together an outfit that is stylish, professional, and tasteful.

Browse through this selection of interview outfits for men to get an idea of what to wear to your next interview.

 Interview Outfits for Men: Work With Colors and Layers

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When you finally land that interview, you may not know the company's dress code prior to your arrival.

While interviews at startup companies or for non-professional jobs signify a more casual look, if you're interviewing for a professional position, it's important that you stick with a formal look.

Of course, even within the "business formal" category, there's a huge range of different dress codes. A formal look like this one is professional, but doesn't look "stuffy" or uptight, making it a good choice for all types of interviews.

This man's gray suit, with a colorful button down and sweater underneath, gives him a look is modern and stylish but still work-place appropriate.

 Interview Outfits for Men: Light Colored Jacket and Pants

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Not sure if the company you're interviewing at requires a business casual, or business formal type of dress? Find the middle ground with a light-colored or khaki blazer and coordinating pants.

A khaki blazer is less harsh than a black or grey suit coat. It's a great piece because it straddles the boundary between business casual and business formal. Worn with a tie, it is a bit more business formal. Worn without a tie, it's a solid option for when you aren't quite sure of the dress code.

 Interview Outfits for Men: A Sweater and Button Down

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Layer a sweater with a button down for the most dependable business casual look. Neutral colors like brown, black, and navy are good choices, as they matches many different shirt colors, including light blue, pink, yellow, green, or the white button-down shirt here.

Pair the layered top with khakis, grey chinos or even dark wash jeans (in a less formal environment, such as at a startup company) for an easy interview outfit.

 Interview Outfits for Men: Navy Blue Blazer

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A navy blue blazer is a breath of fresh air from the typical black suit coat, and is definitely a great addition to your interviewing wardrobe.

A navy blue blazer can be worn with a tie, or without, depending on the dress code. It matches numerous shirt colors and can be worn with khakis, chinos or grey slacks.

Essentially, there's a lot of flexibility packed into this one item, so you'll get a lot of mileage out of it. Navy blue blazers add a touch of class for a look that is timeless, yet always professional.

 Interview Outfits for Men: Statement Ties

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Ties don't have to be boring. Although you should avoid anything too flashy, such as "novelty" ties with bizarre prints, don't be afraid to experiment with unexpected colors - like the blue tie here, for example.

A "statement" tie like one of these works well with a button down sans blazer, which can be a good choice in a dressier business casual environment.

 Interview Outfits for Men: Bold Button Downs

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Coordinate your tie with an interesting button down for a look that is sophisticated and stylish. Use tact when choosing your button down, though.

In a strict formal dress code, stick to classic colors with subdued prints, like a blue stripe, for example. You have some more flexibility in a more casual environment, especially considering bold button downs don't need a tie to dress them up.

Ultimately, don't be afraid to experiment. Figure out what works for you, but make sure the shirt complements your look without overshadowing your personality.

 Interview Outfits for Men: Modern Business Formal

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Are you interviewing at a company with a business formal dress code, but you're tired of the same-old black suit, white shirt and basic tie?

Fortunately, if you use discretion in coordinating your outfit, your business formal suit doesn't have to be stagnant and boring. Work with colors that are modest but still eye-catching, like this light-blue patterned tie that matches a striped shirt. It adds a touch of urban sophistication without sacrificing professionalism.

Finally, a grey suit coat and pants still lends to a formal look, yet is more modern than the dreary black suit.

 Interview Outfits for Men: Adding Texture

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Adding texture to your outfit lends an instant sense of class, sophistication and style to an otherwise ordinary ensemble.

A textured blazer, like the tweed one here, dresses up a button down and slacks without looking stuffy or uptight. A corduroy blazer accomplishes the same thing.

Pair the blazer with a tie for a more formal environment, or lose the tie for a look that is relaxed but professional.

 Interview Outfits for Men: Back to Basics

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A pristine white button down, grey or black slacks, and coordinating tie is a staple ensemble that works in nearly any office environment.

It's also an easy look to throw together. Basically, all you have to do is choose a tie, and you're ready to go. With the rest of the outfit so simple, you have some leeway to choose a patterned tie, which will stand as the centerpiece of the outfit.

Because it's a simple look, though, it's important to make sure that each piece of your outfit is in good condition, and fits well. Make sure your button down is wrinkle-free (and clean!) and take the extra effort to ensure that your slacks are pressed and pleated.

 Interview Outfits for Men: What Not to Wear

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There are some things you should never wear to a job interview if you want to make a good impression. Here's what not to wear when you are interviewing for a new job.

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