Dressing to Impress: How to Interview in Style

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I have heard my fair share of interview-outfit horror stories. A friend of a friend was stopped in the middle of describing her extracurricular activities and told that, in the future, she should try and wear a more "modest" top. My brother wore blue corduroys to an interview unaware of the fact that the company had a shirt-and-tie dress code. And I can only imagine the looks that some girls must get when they forget that American Apparel spandex does not — I repeat, DOES NOT — qualify as pants.

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By acquiring a few basic pieces, you can ensure that you will be dressed appropriately no matter where or who you're interviewing for. These articles are stylish but appropriate, and I promise you'll wear them with confidence. With that out of the way, you can worry about describing your mental and intellectual assets rather than exposing your physical ones.

1. The solid-colored blouse

I recommend buying at least two blouses, one in white and one in black or navy. Great for pairing with stylish sweater vests, layering under cardigans, and tucking into high-waisted pants and skirts, these tops are a must-have. If you find blouses too boring or preppy, stylish turtlenecks can be a great option when interviewing during the winter months. Stay away from materials that will reveal unsightly pit stains (it's okay, everyone's nervous) and low-cut V-necks, and never wear a tight tank or tee without covering up with a cardigan.

Read about the other interview outfit essentials at collegecandy.com.

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