What to Wear to an Interview, in 42 Outfits

Updated 12/03/18

Now that you’ve made it through the journey of updating your résumé and cover letter all the way to the final round of interviews, it’s time to think about what to wear. The hiring process is stressful enough as it is, but dressing for it doesn’t have to be. You’ve already landed the interview and have proven that you have the right skills for the job. Now, it’s all about showing them who you are. We may be biased, but what better way to do that than through your wardrobe? What you wear speaks volumes about your confidence, attitude, and dedication, so it’s important to plan accordingly when walking into an interview.

Whether you’re dressing for a more creative and casual company or you’re interviewing for a major firm, there’s a perfect outfit for that. To take away the extra pressure of what you’re going to wear, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite fashion looks that are also interview-ready. Get inspired to dress for the job that you want because there’s no doubt you’ll be feeling cool and confident in these looks.

Interview Outfit
Style du Monde

Layer a midi skirt over tall boots for a cool look. This adds a little edge to your look and shows you mean business.

Interview Outfit
Style du Monde

Play with contrasting colors. This will help you stand out as a candidate and also look chic.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

Mix prints and textures to create interest. Let your personality shine through via a standout outfit like this one.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

Cream tones are always flattering and very professional. These neutrals show that you have elevated taste that's perfect for any office environment.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

A tucked-in sweater is never a bad idea, especially if you're wearing standout pants like these ones.

Interview Outfit Rihanna
Getty Images

Who wouldn't want to see an oversize blazer in the office? Take a style tip from Rihanna and style it with a pair of matching pants for a modern take on an office-appropriate pantsuit.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

Go monochrome for a polished look. If Olivia Palermo is wearing it, it's guaranteed to get you the job.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

Turn that summer dress into an office-ready outfit with a turtleneck. Because who says you can't wear a dress to work?

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

A pussy-bow tie under a blazer is the best kind of vintage-inspired trend. Plus, it instantly elevates any look.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

If you're going black and white, choose varying prints to ensure intrigue.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

This is guaranteed to make you look the part. A sleek all-black outfit screams professional while also staying fashionable. 

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

Swap that standard black skirt for an unexpected shinier version. You'll stand out from the pack in the best way.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

Nothing says business like a matching set, and trust us—Alexa Chung means business.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

A plaid pantsuit will easily make you stand out while still looking polished and professional.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

Wide-leg pants? Yes, please. Especially when paired with a plaid blazer like in this look.

Interview Outfit Adele
AKM GSI

Yes, an all-black outfit can definitely be interesting—and chic, to boot.

Interview Outfit
Sandra Semburg

A good boxy blazer is so chic and professional. Stand out even more by pairing it with a mismatched print. 

Interview Outfit
Sandra Semburg

Dress up your dress with a streamlined overcoat. You can never go wrong with a coat and loafers.

Interview Outfit
Sandra Semburg

Pair your classic white shirt with statement pants for a modern take on a button-down look.

Interview Outfit
Sandra Semburg

Layering up will make a shoulder-baring dress appropriate for the office. Little tweaks like this one open up your whole closet to office-appropriate looks. No need to buy a whole new interview wardrobe!

Interview Outfit
Sandra Semburg

Adding a pop of color to your classic prints is the ultimate way to show off your bright personality.

Interview Outfit
Sandra Semburg

A good skirt paired with a white blouse is always a winner. 

Interview Outfit

You'll definitely shine through regardless of what you wear, but a bold blazer will help make you memorable.

Interview Outfit
Sandra Semburg

Camel is a great color on anyone. 

Interview Outfit
Sandra Semburg

A standout skirt will look great against a white sweater for when temperatures begin to drop.

Interview Outfit
Sandra Semburg

Go classic with pinstripe pants and a leather jacket for an edgier look.

Interview Outfit
Sandra Semburg

Yes, velvet pants can be professional. and we highly recommend you show them off.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

Pleated pants mean business. Pairing them with a matching top is the perfect interview uniform.

Interview Outfit
Sandra Semburg

Red is a major power color. Plus, it's so flattering.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

Relaxed but still polished. You'll feel confident in this.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

A statement blazer will get you the right type of attention.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

You can truly never go wrong with a silk top, especially when paired with sleek white pants.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

Who doesn't love matching their separates? Paired with a pair of nude heels, this look is top-notch.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

We had to throw in one classic interview look. It's just so good.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

Show your personality through a printed skirt.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

A pencil skirt is an interview go-to. Try one like this for an elevated take on the classic look.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

Make your accessories the hero pieces. Every little thing matters.

Interview Outfit
Collage Vintage

Earthy tones are guaranteed to look good without distracting from your résumé too much.

Interview Outfit
Style du Monde

They'll easily remember you with this statement coat and metallic boots.

Interview Outfit
Style du Monde

Layering blazers is a chic alternative to a puffy coat. While a puffer can be seen as unprofessional, a double-blazer look will ensure you stay warm while looking chic.

Interview Outfit
Style du Monde

Bright colors will make an impression.

Interview Outfit
Style du Monde

Play with prints and tones for an eye-catching appeal. 

Up next: 7 style tips that will make you more confident in your career.

This post was originally published at an earlier date on our sister site, Who What Wear, and has since been updated. 

Related Stories