How To Power Dress For Any Job Interview

We’ve all been there, deciding what to wear for an interview can be as stressful as answering the ‘where do you see yourself in five years?’ question. Do you wear jeans or no jeans? A pop of color or stick to basics?

If you’re focusing more on outfit choices rather than preparing for the actual interview then don’t stress – we’ve put together the top tips on how to dress for interview success for all industries.


Play it safe

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An interview for a more formal or corporate job can be stressful enough without the panic of having no idea what to wear. Looking well equipped and presentable is your key to success when it comes to this industry. Suits are a great and easy way to look chic and professional at the same time.

Shy away from the bright colors and stick to a classic black and white two-piece. If suits aren’t your thing then opt for the dress and blazer look –  just make sure it’s not too short!

$295

Vince Silk Blouse

Start your outfit off with a blouse or shirt that’s structured, classic, and comfortable. If you’re not confident with silk, you can pick up classic white shirts from just about anywhere. Just make sure it’s tailored well, not see-through and has buttons all the way up.

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$275

Boss ‘Tamea’ Straight Leg Wool Trousers

To play it safe, opt for a tailored pair of straight cut trousers. When worn with the right shoes, they can be the staple of power dressing and show you to be a professional who means business.

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$275

Boss ‘Tamea’ Straight Leg Wool Trousers

To play it safe, opt for a tailored pair of straight cut trousers. When worn with the right shoes, they can be the staple of power dressing and show you to be a professional who means business.

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$245

& Other Stories Wool & Mohair Blazer

Keep it formal with a blazer, this one from & Other Stories has a hint of style about it, so you don’t have to worry about the stuffy school-esque blazer in the back of your wardrobe. The satin lapels will offset your white shirt nicely, and create an altogether polished look.

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$695

Gianvito Rossi Patent Leather Pumps

If you’re comfortable in heels, they can be a powerful combination when paired with trousers and a blazer. Stick with a smaller heel and a comfortable cut that supports your foot, so you can strut your stuff in confidence.

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$695

Gianvito Rossi Patent Leather Pumps

If you’re comfortable in heels, they can be a powerful combination when paired with trousers and a blazer. Stick with a smaller heel and a comfortable cut that supports your foot, so you can strut your stuff in confidence.

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Fashion forward

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If you’re interviewing for a job in fashion the main point to keep in mind would be to not show up wearing a crazy head-to-toe outfit fresh off the runway.

Keep it simple and chic with a beautifully patterned two-piece, high-waisted trousers, or a flattering midi dress. But, don’t be afraid to add some detail and personality to your accessories, your bag and shoes should never be an afterthought.

$75

ASOS J.O.A Ruffle Shirt

The good thing about applying for fashion jobs is that you can inject a bit of personality and fun into an otherwise corporate outfit. Play it down, and keep it on-trend, you want your style to turn heads for the right reasons.

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$75

Topshop Check Peg Leg Trousers

These trousers are the perfect mix of fashionable and work-appropriate. Of course, you’ll need to research the company beforehand to see what you can get away with, but with the right shoes and a great handbag, you’ll rock that interview.

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$75

Topshop Check Peg Leg Trousers

These trousers are the perfect mix of fashionable and work-appropriate. Of course, you’ll need to research the company beforehand to see what you can get away with, but with the right shoes and a great handbag, you’ll rock that interview.

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$198

Mansur Gavriel Heel Slippers

These fashionable shoes will surely help you power dress. Chic and comfortable, you won’t regret reaching for these over other shoes. And they look super on trend with cropped trousers or long dresses.

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$894

Eddie Borgo Chet Minaudiere

No fashionista would be caught without an investment bag, if you don’t yet have one you can also browse Vestiaire Collective to find an affordable investment bag to up your style stakes.

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$894

Eddie Borgo Chet Minaudiere

No fashionista would be caught without an investment bag, if you don’t yet have one you can also browse Vestiaire Collective to find an affordable investment bag to up your style stakes.

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Get creative

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Creative types seem to steer well away from anything that hints at a uniform. Rocking up in a full suit and high heels will completely send the wrong message. People in this field usually think outside the box and are up-to-date with the latest trends.

Setting yourself aside from the rest is really important so, I would shy away from anything too basic. Jeans, a nice shirt, and a trendy coat is a great way to show off that smart-casual look. Don’t get too comfortable though – although it may be more casual than other industries, you still need to look professional & put together!

$375

Rebecca Taylor Star Print Shirt

In a more casual job interview, you can still look polished and put together. Choose on-trend key pieces, the kind of pieces you could wear from day to night. There are a fair few industries that this beautiful shirt would impress in.

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$680

Stella McCartney Leather Pencil Skirt

This pencil skirt can look dressed up with a t-shirt, a blazer and slingback heels, but also works well with a less-casual vibe. It’s comfortable and soft, so you don’t need to worry about sitting down in your interview – and can dress it up with a nice pair of heels.

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$680

Stella McCartney Leather Pencil Skirt

This pencil skirt can look dressed up with a t-shirt, a blazer and slingback heels, but also works well with a less-casual vibe. It’s comfortable and soft, so you don’t need to worry about sitting down in your interview – and can dress it up with a nice pair of heels.

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$480

Prada Slanted Heel Pumps

A pair of investment shoes will off-set any outfit nicely, and give you that little boost of confidence that comes from power dressing. Even if it’s casual, you should still choose clothes that make you feel powerful and ready to impress.

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$495

Vince Crepe Blazer

Any fashionable outfit looks a million dollars more with an oversized blazer, this one is luxurious and will look great if you’re planning on an all-black number. Remember not to swamp your figure so if you wear an oversized blazer, choose a fitted shirt.

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$495

Vince Crepe Blazer

Any fashionable outfit looks a million dollars more with an oversized blazer, this one is luxurious and will look great if you’re planning on an all-black number. Remember not to swamp your figure so if you wear an oversized blazer, choose a fitted shirt.

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