Job interview nerves can send even the most together of women into a spin. Feeling comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing is a must.
The ideal women's interview outfit is smart and polished but something that you still feel yourself in. If you never wear high heels because they make you feel awkwardly tall (and you struggle to walk in them) then don't invest in a pair for an interview.
If you feel uncomfortable in what you're wearing it's likely to come across in your body language. Dodge the pre-interview morning panic by having your outfit laid out the night before.
French Connection, Dorothy Perkins and Reiss are indispensable pit-stops for ladies in need of an interview outfit. If you're stuck for ideas, here are three tried and tested interview outfits for women.
White Shirt & Pencil Skirt Interview Outfit
A crisp white shirt and don't-mess-with-me pencil skirt is the classic interview outfit all-rounder. If a long sleeved button-down doesn't feel like you, then a sleeveless white cotton shirt or chiffon blouse is an option.
High-waisted pencil skirts are fabulous with a cropped or tucked-in blouse, or go for the original pencil skirt that sits snugly on the hips.
If you want to inject some individuality into your outfit, do so with accessories. It's best to avoid anything too garish or out there for an interview, but that doesn't mean that your jewellery and accessories can't still subtly hint towards your personality.
Pencil Dress & Blazer Interview Outfit
A fitted sheaf or pencil dress will create a streamline silhouette and is an appropriate dress shape for an interview. Just above or below the knee is the right length.
Neutral colours such as black, camel, navy and charcoal are easy to pull off and will create the impression that you're after.
A pencil dress with a contrasting top half or colour block design is another good option; just avoid anything overly frilly or lacy.
The Trouser Suit Interview Outfit
If skirts and dresses aren't your thing, a trouser suit is both comfortable and formal. A matching blazer and trouser set takes the stress out of deciding what to wear; pair the trouser suit with a neutral cami top or blouse and all you need to think about are the accessories...Ta-da! Instant killer interview outfit!
If you can, good quality fabric and the right tailored fit are worth investing in. A tailored slim leg trouser or bootcut trouser is enhanced with a pointed toe court shoe. For a summery take, you can go for a cropped cigarette trouser and pair with a block heel sandal.