Style Tips

STYLE TIPS: What to wear to a job interview

Corporate

Q: I’m on the job hunt this summer. What do I wear that’s fashionable yet professional?

A: What not to wear is often easier to outline. On FLARE’s lists of don’ts: flip-flops, Crocs, ripped jeans, denim shorts, chipped nails, exposed lingerie and/or makeup experiments. Regardless of the type of job you’re after, you still want to express your individuality through your style. If your job is more corporate then avoid looking like you borrowed your mother’s suit. And if you’re working in a more creative field, you should still look like you mean business. Either way, it’s important to keep your eye on the ball and not to over or under dress for the position you’re after. Here’s what to wear for both types of office settings:

CORPORATE CAREER GIRL

Stella McCartney


 
Stella McCartney


Gucci


 
Gucci


Chanel


 
Chanel


Stella McCartney, Gucci, Chanel

For corporate job settings, the jacket reigns supreme. There were a myriad of options on the catwalk, from the long and loose boyfriend jackets at Stella McCartney to Gucci’s cropped and colorful blazer. Of course, Chanel’s iconic tweed jacket is an investment piece that never goes out of style. Punchy brights like blue or red are energetic while neutrals offer a dose of refinement. Pair them with silk blouse and smart pencil skirt or ankle baring trouser.

Here’s what to accessorize them with:

silk blouse


 
silk blouse


H&M

A soft silk blouse is boardroom ready.

Christian Louboutin


 
Christian Louboutin


Christian Louboutin

Climb the corporate ladder in classic black closed-toe pumps.

Fendi


 
Fendi


Fendi

A structured carryall is practical and polished.

Burberry


 
Burberry


Burberry

Opt for an understated timepiece instead of something flashy or oversized.

H&M


 
H&M


H&M

A sleek pair of sunglasses adds a touch of elegance to any look.

CREATIVE CAREER GIRL

Marni


 
Marni


Hanii Y


 
Hanii Y


3.1 Phillip Lim


 
3.1 Phillip Lim


Marni, Hanii Y, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Creative fields allow you to play up your personal style and experiment with texture, shape, and pattern. A bold topper paired with an architectural skirt a la Hanii Y or Phillip Lim’s sculpted blouse are highly individualistic and will set you apart from the crowd (not to mention the other candidates). Take a cue from Marni and keep it sleek and polished with sharp accessories in a bold neutral.

Here’s what to accessorize them with:

Aldo


 
Aldo


Aldo

Get a leg up with a chic lace-up heel.

Vivienne Tam HP laptop


 
Vivienne Tam HP laptop


Vivienne Tam HP laptop

Get organized with a personal computer that’s as creative as you are.

Banana Republic


 
Banana Republic


Banana Republic

Even if you’re entire ensemble is basic, one statement piece will lift your look.

H&M


 
H&M


H&M

An architectural skirt adds to the visual appeal of an outfit.

Sonia Rykiel


 
Sonia Rykiel


Sonia Rykiel

An embellished bag exudes creative flair.

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