Dressing for any job interview can be tricky, let alone when it's for a role within the fashion industry. I work with some of the most impeccably dressed women I know, so I was curious what outfits they wore to the interview that led them to join the Who What Wear team. If you're prepping for a job interview and want to look professional but still show some personality, these five outfits are easy to replicate and will make you feel confident. Because whatever your industry, confidence is the most important thing when putting together an interview outfit. Scroll below to see what our editors wore to their job interviews.
Elinor Block, Assistant Editor
"I wore a black Jigsaw blazer, pinstriped cropped trousers from Topshop, my favourite American Apparel grey T-Shirt, my grandma's Gucci scarf (you can still get it with a black border, mine has a red border), and a pair of patent Topshop boots. I usually opt for something that I feel is 'me.' If it's not, I just feel uncomfortable and trussed up. However, I always buy something new so I feel smart. A mix of old and new. I wouldn't recommend buying a whole new outfit, but try to wear something that will stand out."
Elinor's Key Pieces:
Hannah Almassi, Editorial Director of Who What Wear UK
"When it comes to interview dressing, comfort and finding subtle ways to showcase your personal style are both key. But most of all, dressing with the weather forecast in mind is vital—I turned up to an interview a long time ago looking like a drowned rat in (destroyed) suede stiletto sandals. Feeling like a complete fool from the off is not ideal.
"For my CMG interview, I wore a super-comfy but chic Rachel Comey dress with a vintage waist belt, so I wasn't drowned in it, but I also wasn't fidgeting to keep it in place as you would with a tighter skirt/blouse combo, for example. I paired that with some Aquazzura midi heels (easy to walk in, but also smart and in pristine condition—very important to not have scruffy shoes) and a leopard-print bag from Jerome Dreyfuss. Going matchy matchy—but not to the extreme like Kate Middleton—will help you feel pulled together.
"As for other people I've interviewed, I have one very important nugget of advice: Don't ever sit in front of your potential new boss with sunglasses on your head! It's overly casual and dismissive of a professional environment."
Hannah's Key Pieces:
Hannah McGhee, Senior Director UK of CMG
"It was important to me that I looked smart and professional but not too corporate, and so I opted for workwear classics that were updated with relaxed silhouettes. I wore a crisp white shirt but made it look more fashion-forward by choosing an oversized style with an open collar showing my layered necklaces. I then stuck to the professional theme and opted for a pair of pinstripe culottes. Overall in the workplace, I lean on more traditional prints and colours but in updated shapes. I think the trick is to be memorable and make an impact overall, rather than to have one statement item that is the focus of attention."
Hannah's Key Pieces:
Amy Lawrence, Editorial Director of Byrdie
"I believe in the saying 'Dress for the job you want, not the job you've got.' I work in media, so it's okay to veer from the classic workwear rules, but if your new role will require you to wear a suit then wear one to your interview. I'm also not afraid to use social media to spy on the person interviewing me to get a feel for what they deem appropriate workwear.
"I usually always go smart but not too smart as I wouldn't want my current employer twigging I had gone for an interview! It's also important that you feel comfortable and confident in the outfit. I think clean, smart shoes and a good handbag are key, but I don't think you should shy away from accessories and jewellery that give an insight into your personality as long as they still feel work-appropriate. My interview uniform? A smart pair of trousers, or midi skirt if it's warm, a trench coat or blazer and then a simple, smart top like a cashmere blend T-shirt or light jumper. I always think a blow-dry goes a long way, keep your makeup neutral and your nails groomed."
Amy's Key Pieces:
Isabel Mundigo-Moore, Associate Social Media Editor of Who What Wear UK
"I wore a long-sleeve cream midi dress, black mules and my favourite gold hand earrings to my interview. I find wearing one amazing piece like a dress that I feel confident in is key for an interview. You don't want to be wiggling around in an uncomfortable ensemble while trying to keep your cool and impress your interviewer. Fun earrings are a great way to stay memorable (and a personal obsession of mine)."