7 interview outfit ideas according to an HR specialist AND a chic fashion designer






Lauren Cunningham



Everyone knows how stressful interviews can be, and what to wear to an interview for your dream job can be one of the biggest worries. But, never fear, scroll down for some of the best fail-safe interview outfits so you have one less thing to worry about.

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First, we wanted to know what an HR specialist had to say about how to look professional for a job interview. “The most important thing is to be comfortable, smart and give the best impression of yourself,” said the HR expert. “But, obviously make sure your outfit matches the job description, and when in doubt, a monochromatic suit can never go wrong.”

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Channel VB’s chic workwear in a white shirt and trendy suit

From a polished suit to a trendy coat, these are the looks that will make you look and feel confident no matter how fragile you are on the inside. And we promise that once you get the job, you’ll be wearing these pieces in a loop.

As a fashion designer, I have seen how the right shoe, dress or shirt can transform people from the inside. So good luck, take a deep breath and don’t underestimate the power of a great outfit.

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What not to wear to an interview, for women

Try not to wear anything that would make you feel uncomfortable. If you’re not used to walking in heels, stick to flats, if you’re prone to clumsiness, don’t wear white (or if you do, accept a glass of water, not coffee) and always check the weather forecast before you go – your suede pumps won’t look as good when they’re soaked.

All black with a trendy coat

All-black outfits are a must-have for most of us, but when it comes to interviews, you want to stand out from your competition, and it’s certainly wise to use your outfit to help. Of course, we don’t want you to go overboard, but a simple, brightly colored coat can really help you stay in the mind of your conversation partner long after you’ve left the room. Tip: Choose a color based on the company logo or brand.

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Black funnel neck jumper, £17.50, Marks & Spencer

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Cigarette pants, £14.99, H&M

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Harlem Point pumps in black leather, £62, Office

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Red double-breasted trench coat, £100, River Island

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A midi dress and high boots

For an instant, simple look, this cream Massimo Dutti A-line dress is hard to beat. Pair it with brown knee-high boots like this Mint Velvet pair below for a classic minimalist outfit that’s clean-lined yet chic.

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Shirt collar maxi dress, £119, Massimo Dutti

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Rachel Leather Long Boots, £199, Mint Velvet

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Chic look in camel

Monochromatic outfits can be hit or miss, but with neutral color palettes filling every Pinterest board and Instagram feed right now, anything camel, beige or cream is a definite win. Keep it simple and sharp with skinny pants, a v-neck knit and a blazer for an effortlessly sharp look.

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Beige double breasted blazer, £65, River Island

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Benetton sweater

Beige V-neck jumper in pure merino wool, £45.95, benetton

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Skinny ankle pant with stretch, £29.50, MRS

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Signature Leather Ballerinas, £36, Following

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A sweater dress and riding boots

For those particularly cold days, the idea of ​​just wearing a shirt or pumps can really scare us. Cue the sweater dress and all winter woes will soon be over. The dark green of this Hobbs option works great with all skin tones, and the fit is just formal enough for office wear, pair with classic flat riding boots for the ultimate in cozy comfort.

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Merino wool and cashmere blend dress, £129, Hobbs

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Gabor Slim Fit Brook Leather Riding Boots, £180, Jones

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A neat suit

Of course, a suit has to be in an interview, and this dark brown Arket is a great find. Crafted from wool, it has a structured fit that’s more wrinkle-resistant than cotton or linen options, and the color lends itself perfectly to a classic white shirt.

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Hopsack wool blazer, £135, Marlet

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Hopsack Wool Trousers, £89, Marlet

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Classic cotton shirt, £65, & other stories

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Horsebit leather loafers, £98, Boden

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A printed dress

A print dress is an easy way to bring personality to your interview outfit while keeping it elegant and formal. This Reiss option is a no-brainer, and when paired with white pumps and a trustworthy tote, you simply can’t go wrong.

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Kirby Ditsy fitted midi dress, £238, Reiss

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Trapeze heel pumps, £45, Charles and Keith

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Bayswater tote, £750, Blackberry

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A printed blouse

You can’t go wrong with monochrome, as we’ve shown you before, and a printed blouse is a great way to add some interest to a standard shirt and pants combo. This Ted Baker option pairs perfectly with white pants and a solid flat.

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Ted Baker Caarina v-neck top with tie neck, £59, Ted Baker

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H&M Crinkle Leg Trousers, £17.99, H&M

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ASOS Design Leanna Pointed Ballerinas in Black, £18, ASOS

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