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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 guide come to your rescue

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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…

A strong suit is an undisputed corporate classic; for a fresh take on this wardrobe staple, opt for the understated elegance of this two-piece by The Row. From the clean lines to the minimalist details, the ultra-flattering cut really sets this suit apart. Accentuate the polished vibe by layering it over elevated basics and finish with a pair of wear-forever pumps.

A slick, jet-black pencil skirt is the perfect base for an infinite number of modern workwear looks. Pair it with another boardroom go-to, such as a crisp white shirt, a pussy-bow blouse or a chic, simple knit. Stick with the monochrome theme by adding patent slingbacks and Chloé’s ‘Aby’ bag – powerful finishing touches that will help you stand out for all the right reasons.

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 Casasola’s ultra-flattering dress with classic sandals and understated accessories, Burberry’s exemplary design is the kind of subtly impactful piece that will make you feel like you can conquer anything (and anyone).

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. Gabriela Hearst’s polka-dot take on the shirt dress is a no-brainer: incredibly flattering and easy to wear, too. Layer MM6 Maison Margiela’s crisp white blazer over the top for a dose of executive realness.

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 Simon Miller with directional shirting and precision-cut tailoring. Finish with luxe accessories to make the effect more smart than casual.

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