What makes a great job interview outfit? Step one: It has to fit well—no pulling buttons or skirts hiking up. Step two: It needs to be appropriate for your field. The elusive x-factor, though, comes from creating an ensemble that makes you feel like a powerhouse. And while it's tough to check all those boxes, the great news is you only have to do it a few times. Keeping a dependable, proven interview outfit is like having an up-to-date resume; you're always ready for whatever opportunity comes next.
While the Marie Claire offices are pretty casual compared to, say, a law firm, they also demand a certain sense of taste and style. (Read: Finding a look can be panic-inducing.) Here, the digital staff share the outfits that got them their jobs and where you can find the looks.
"My interview outfit signaled that I understood the Marie Claire brand—that I was a woman who was stylish, professional, and confident. I wore a green vegan leather mini skirt with black tights and a white blouse. "
"I wore a striped Zara pant/skirt situation. It was kind of like a skort, but longer. I paired it with a black turtleneck. Hey, if it's good enough for Steve Jobs, it's good enough for me."
"I wanted to feel confident, but also not overly done up. So I stuck with my formula: A sheath dress, really tall heels, and bright red lipstick. The bold lip is my signature—my boss remembered that about me when I came in for my interview! And really tall heels make me feel like a badass who takes no prisoners; I love that they put me on the eye level of any men I might be shaking hands with."
"I wore all of the textures: A sheer black blouse with dark cami underneath, black leather leggings, and a cream fur stole. My shoes were grey suede pumps."
Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, $175, net-a-porter.com; Forever 21 faux fur wrap, $7, forever21.com; H&M camisole, $6, hm.com; The Row leather leggings, $1,950, matchesfashion.com; Chinese Laundry grey suede pump, $60, chineselaundry.com
"I wore a Marni graphic print top with Madewell black skinny jeans and funky ear jackets. On my feet were Sergio Rossi black suede pumps—I call them my 'interview heels.'"
"It was winter, so I wore a grey shift dress that made me look like a presentable adult with black tights and boots. Oh, and really big earrings. They're kind of my thing."
"I go back to this formula: a boxy jacquard Topshop shirt everybody always assumes is Kenzo; whatever black trousers I most like at the moment (currently cropped and flared); and low, sturdy heels, like a pair of red suede Dorateymur loafers. It's a clean, boyish silhouette that's made subtly fashion-y with the fabrics and cut. Plus it's chill enough that you can wear it out to the bars after if you tank at the interview."