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What to wear to a job interview

There are certain events that can strike fear into the heart of even the most accomplished dresser. When first impressions count, let this how-to guide come to your rescue

Chloé FW18

The high stakes involved in an important job interview can make you call your entire look into question and lead you towards the kind of ‘appropriate’ pieces you think you ought to wear. Don’t fall into this tired sartorial trap; the idea is to present your best self, so stay true to your personal style – just give it some extra polish. These five looks will go a long way towards sealing the deal…

Heritage fabrics

A strong suit is an undisputed corporate classic; for a fresh take on this wardrobe staple, opt for Chloé’s checked two-piece. From the wide-leg pants to the subtly cinched waist and double-breasted design, it’s the ultra-flattering cut that really sets this suit apart. Accentuate the vintage vibe by finishing with Staud’s prim mock croc bag and a pair of patent chocolate pumps, courtesy of cult brand Aeydē.

  • Chloé
    Belted double-breasted checked woven blazer
  • Michael Kors Collection
    Ribbed cashmere sweater
  • Chloé
    Checked wool-blend wide-leg pants
    Nic croc-effect leather tote

A modern pencil skirt

A streamlined, jet-black pencil skirt is the perfect base for an infinite number of modern workwear looks. Pair it with another corporate classic, such as a crisp white shirt, a pussy-bow blouse or a chic, simple knit. Add some personality with your outerwear and accessories: colored leather boots and Totême’s oversized double-breasted coat are powerful finishing touches that will help you stand out for all the right reasons.

  • Sara Battaglia
    Vita Alta wool-blend midi skirt
  • Totême
    Bergerac oversized double-breasted wool-blend felt coat
  • Alaïa
    Cotton-poplin shirt
  • Saint Laurent
    Lou leather knee boots

A classic trench

So many of us get the main outfit spot on, only to fall at the final, coat-shaped hurdle. For a fail-safe option that you’ll be able to rely on from internship to retirement, you can’t go wrong with a crisp trench coat. Worn over Altuzarra’s ’40s-style pencil dress with pointed pumps and understated accessories, The Row’s exemplary design is the kind of subtly impactful piece that will make you feel like you can conquer anything (and anyone).

  • The Row
    Triana cotton-twill trench coat
  • Altuzarra
    Jefferson merino wool and stretch-crepe dress
  • Saint Laurent
    Domino leather shoulder bag
  • Jimmy Choo
    Romy 100 suede pumps

A dress to impress

Great interview style is all about being comfortable with what you’re wearing – you need to be able to forget your clothes and focus on the job at hand. Chloé’s ruffled, fire-engine-red dress might pack a punch, but the loose-fitting, pleated style is incredibly flattering and easy to wear, too. Layer MM6 Maison Margiela’s slate-gray double-breasted blazer over the top for a dose of executive realness.

  • Valentino
    Pussy-bow pleated silk crepe de chine dress
  • MM6 Maison Margiela
    Double-breasted twill blazer
    Bonnie grosgrain-trimmed leather shoulder bag

Elevated denim

Denim might be synonymous with off-duty days, but if you opt for dark washes and streamlined styles, it’s also a viable workwear option (especially if you’re applying for a position in a tech or creative company). Pair this straight-leg pair by L’Agence with directional shirting and precision-cut tailoring. Finish with luxe accessories to make the effect more smart than casual.

  • L'Agence
    Selah mid-rise straight-leg jeans
  • JW Anderson
    Twist-front paneled cotton-poplin shirt
  • Loewe
    Gate small textured-leather tote

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