Fashion Math: Interview-Outfit Edition

Whether it’s because you bought it under stress, were confused about the type of position you were interviewing for, or played too hard into suit trends (remember the era of the pin-striped, flared pant leg?), most women who’ve done the interview circuit probably own a getup they’ve never worn again. It’s not worth the closet space, we say. 

Now that you might be considering a better position, a chance to work at a company you’ve always admired, or a whole new career change entirely — trust us when we say that it helps to take even an ounce of the thought you put into your cover letter into what you should wear to the interview. To help prep, we’ve come up with nine foolproof outfits that work for all ladies, whether you’re gunning for a corporate job or something more relaxed. Bonus: You’ll definitely be able to wear these babies again. The coolest résumé boosters, right this way…


Proenza Schouler Basketweave Tweed Jacket, $1,950, available at Net-A-PorterProenza Schouler Basketweave Tweed Dress, $1,950, available at Net-A-PorterZara Pointed Court Shoe, $89.90, available at ZaraAldo Faulkner Bag, $60, available at Aldo.


J.Crew 1035 Jacket in Super 120s, $109.99, available at J.CrewJ.Crew Emmaleigh Dress in Super 120s, $129.99, available at J.CrewLoeffler Randall Tamsin Pump, $295, available at Loeffler RandallMichael Kors Leather Tote, $1,195, available at Neiman Marcus.


Reiss Check One Button Jacket, $425, available at ReissReiss Check One Fitted Dress, $360, available at ReissFranco Sarto Henna, $79, available at PiperlimeDVF 440 Raffia Satchel, $495, available at DVF.


J.Crew Blythe Blouse in Polka Dot, $128, available at J.CrewAcne Brooke Turn Up Trouser, $128, available at La GarconneJean-Michel Cazabat Pumps, $298, available at IntermixCollection WEEKEND by John Lewis Patent Tote, $44, available at John Lewis.


Equipment Slim Signature Bright White Colorblock, $228, available at EquipmentReiss Paris Slim Leg Trouser, $170, available at ReissRock & Republic High Heels, $48.99, available atKohl’sLevi’s Colorblock Tote, $79.90, available at Levi’s.


Miu Miu Shirt, $655, available at Miu MiuMarni Cropped Trouser, $472, available at FarfetchLiz Claiborne Layla Polka Dot Pumps, $40, available at JCPZara Shopper with Metallic Plaque, $49.90 available at Zara.


Madewell Striped Downtown Skirt, $58, available at MadewellHugo Open Blue Abea Blazer, $445, available at Stylebop; Ann Taylor Perfect Suede Pumps, $128, available at Ann TaylorSandqvist Stina Briefcase, $313, available at Need Supply.


Tibi Waxed Eyelet Pencil Skirt, $650, available at TibiMango Relaxed Fit Smoking Blazer, $44.99, available at MangoKate Spade Karolina Pumps, $298, available at Kate SpadeSteve Mono Oscar Mix Shoulder Strap Briefcase, $525, available at Opening Ceremony.


French Connection Queenie Rae Pencil Skirt, $78, available at French ConnectionTed Baker Velvet Blazer, $210, available at Ted BakerCoach Nala Pump, $158, available at CoachL.A.P.A. Women’s Red Leather Briefcase, $698, available at Forzieri.

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