4 wardrobe essentials for nailing that interview

Preparing for an interview can cause a lot of unwanted stress and anxiety. But the more you prepare for an interview, the better off you are — and that includes what you plan to wear to it! Whether the interview is for a professional position or for a creative one, the way you look has an instant impact on those who you meet.

It’s not always fair, but it is true, which is why it’s so important to wear an outfit that exudes confidence, poise, and respect.

Below are four pieces of clothing that will help give you the confidence you need to crush the interview, including styling tips and tricks to present yourself at your very best.

Power Suit

A power suit says so much without saying anything at all. Walking into an interview wearing a perfectly fitting suit screams “I want this job.” A business suit is a timeless interview outfit, but the power suit is a trendy and chic version of it. Take your basic black pantsuit and think of a fashion-forward rendition of it.

Whether it’s a tapered leg, a boyfriend fit, a windowpane print, or a bright, bold hue, you can now find a suit that matches both your personality and your attitude. Pair it with a classic white button-down and a walkable pair of heels to let your power suit do all the talking.

Shift Dress

Every girl should have at least one shift dress in their closet. They’re comfortable and versatile, making them easy to wear over and over again. Invest in a shift dress with a sleek silhouette that flatters your shape without being too tight. You might even consider sizing up or a choosing material with a bit of stretch, as you want to be able to sit, stand and engage comfortably.

Showing too much skin isn’t the best first impression for an interview, so opt for a sophisticated neckline, cap sleeves (or longer), and a respectful length. For some more coverage, layer it with a cardigan or a pair of tights. A pretty statement necklace or a pair of drop earrings are a great way to add more color and dimension to a shift dress.

White Blouse

The idea of wearing a white blouse sounds so boring, but it doesn’t have to be. A white top serves as a blank canvas, allowing you to showcase your personality through other aspects of the outfit. If the interview is in a business setting, pair it with a printed midi skirt or a classic pencil skirt.

For a more creative role, try wearing it with a pair of wide-leg trousers in a bright hue or even a tulle maxi skirt. Whether you prefer a classic oxford style or a silk blouse with billowy sleeves, there are so many renditions of white blouses on the market that you are bound to find one you can wear again and again.

Make sure the blouse isn’t see through and if you are not sure, wear an extra layer underneath.

Fitted Blazer

The great thing about a fitted blazer is that it can be used as a layer over just about anything that you wear — including a mini dress when the weekend rolls around! A fitted blazer gives off a professional vibe and elevates your outfit, no matter what is underneath it.

You can never go wrong with a simple black blazer, as you can easily pair it with black pants one day to create a makeshift business suit or wear it with a pair of dark denim and a silk blouse the next. If you decide to go the oversized route, boyfriend blazers look just as cute. To avoid drowning in the excess material, make sure the blazer fits throughout the shoulders.

Always dress with confidence in mind

What you wear will not make or break your interview, but it is comforting knowing that you have several interview savvy pieces in your closet that can last throughout the course of your career. Boring business attire is a thing of the past, and we can now look forward to fashion-forward office wear.

It’s exciting to have the ability to express your personality and confidence through what you wear, especially to a nerve-wracking interview.

They say people make a judgment within the first five minutes of meeting, and chances are that a bold, comfortable power suit will leave much more of a positive impression than an ill-fitting pencil skirt you keep tugging at. Be confident in your skill set and your outfit, and you’ll be bound for success.

Being both a working professional and a fashion blogger, Allie Lochiatto understands the challenges of putting together the right interview outfit. Allie writes for her blog Allie Wears and for thredUP.com, an online/offline consignment store where you can find women’s work dresses and other budget-friendly work options.