Hi ladies! We’re turning the corner into mid-Feburary and 2022 has been great so far. I hope you’re all keeping up with your new year goals and striving to succeed everyday! A new year sometimes means new opportunities, career switches, and even first-time office jobs! Figuring out what to wear to an interview can be more stressful than it needs to be sometimes. You want to wear something professional while still looking fashionable- I get it! No worries, I got you covered gf. Today I’m sharing Interview Outfit Ideas That Look Professional and Will Turn Heads.
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Why I’m Writing This Blog Post
For those of you who are new here (or maybe who just don’t know!), before starting Always Meliss I had about 10 years of workforce experience. I started my career in retail management, left the retail work to work in B2B sales, worked in programmatic marketing, and most recently (before leaving for self-employment) I worked for a marketing agency.
One of the most challenging aspects of leaving retail was figuring out what kind of work attire was appropriate. Whether it was for a job interview (hello first impression!!), or what to wear to a corporate business meeting with clients, I was always confused. I used to scour Pinterest in hopes of finding an outfit idea that would make me look the part. It’s not rocket science, and it should be easy. Regardless of what job you’re interviewing for, I want to help you dress to impress and land the job of your dreams! Today I’m writing this blog post to help shed light on exactly what to wear to an interview.
The outfit above is perfect for a job interview, and even a corporate meeting! The top is tasteful (NO cleavage ladies!), and the 3 piece set is versatile and can be interchanged later on. Feel free to swap the turtleneck for a white crew neck t-shirt (depending on the time of the year). You’ll find yourself being able to wear every single piece of this look for more than just an interview. In the meantime, your potential employer will absolutely be impressed with your outfit!
This black button front blazer can easily be styled with jeans for a more casual interview, as well. Back when I did B2B sales, it was common for the interviewing manager to let candidates know jeans were acceptable. If (and ONLY if) they say jeans are appropriate, is it ok to swap out these Black Ankle Pants for a sleek pair of jeans. The pop of red in the red croc-embossed purse adds the perfect touch of color! It’ll help you stand out without being ‘too much’ for an interview.
Dresses and flats are always a great combo for an interview! This khaki midi dress paired with a white blazer and flats would be extremely impressive. Length is very important. You want to make sure the dress isn’t too short. This one is perfect, because it’s just about knee length, which is exactly where I try to have my dresses hit for work.
Although the dress is beautiful, you will absolutely need to pair it with a blazer. This chic white blazer is another versatile work find, that can easily be styled with other outfits. You’ll definitely impress your future employer, while having a versatile piece added to your wardrobe. A short or kitten heel would be appropriate, but I love the look of this outfit with the above slingback flats (on sale right now for $30!). I paired it with my go -to Longchamp Tote Bag for practicality- I have it in black and it’s seriously the best bag! It’s waterproof and fits a laptop (and resume folder) perfectly.
Last but not least, if pants or dresses aren’t your thing, go for a classic pencil skirt outfit. Pencil skirts are classy, timeless, and impressive when styled right. Depending on the job you’re interviewing for, you could potentially wear this pleated shoulder blouse with the skirt and leave off the blazer. However, it’s a much more polished look to do a 3-piece outfit! I finished the look with these nude block pumps. It lightens the look by doing a beige color vs black, and you always want to go closed toe to an interview!
Aside from dressing the part, you want to truly look the part! I believe in looking your best, without over-doing it. Meaning, go for a more natural look, light perfume (seriously DO NOT overdo the sprays, one is enough), and lipstick. Your employer will already be impressed by your outfit, so finish it off with the perfect natural beauty routine (unless of course you’re interviewing at MAC… wink wink).
Above, I’ve rounded up some beauty picks that are subtle, natural and professional. The Charlotte Tilbury Nude Lipstick pairs well with the Nude Lip Liner & MAC Lip Gloss. The Estee Lauder perfume is perfect since it’s super light and fresh!
I hope these outfits help you feel stylish & confident at your next interview!
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