Interview Clothes That You'll Wear Once You Get the Job

One thing that feels unavoidable when you're on a job hunt: donning an interview outfit that's maybe a bit less awesome than you actually are. Nothing's a bigger bummer, though, than having those clothes hang in your closet, lonely and untouched, after you get the gig (because you will). However, if you're strategic about the interview clothes you buy, not only can you wear something for the sit-down that feels like you, but you'll actually get tons of mileage from the pieces afterwards.

Here, clothes that any potential boss would give the thumbs up... and that you'll continue wearing between the interview and when you've got that corner office.

Fitted Blazer

There’s nothing more professional than a perfectly fitted blazer — don’t settle for boxy. The pinstripe on this blazer makes it more youthful.

Pinstripe Peplum Back Jacket, $198, Ann Taylor

Straight Leg Pant

These straight leg pants have a great silhouette: not too tight and not too loose. And if you’re going to wear pants, make sure they fit… which sometimes means you’ll have to spend on tailoring.

Seasonless Straight Leg Pant, $88, White House Black Market

3/4 Length Sleeve Dress

The hemline of this dress is ace, and the 3/4 sleeve makes it a great transitional piece for interviews and outside the office.

Asos Midi Dress with Belt, $90, ASOS

Preppy Sweater

No blazer? No problem. Wear a collared shirt under a sweater, or buy this collared sweater, which does double duty.

Layered Collar Sweater, $79, Ann Taylor

Long Blazer

If you have a taller frame, opt for a longer blazer to balance out your proportions. This one cinches at the waist, which is flattering, while still looking professional.

Jacket with Drawstring, $50, H&M

Wide Leg Trouser

If you’re interviewing somewhere more creative, create a little drama with a wide leg trouser, which can be flattering on all heights, especially with the right heel.

Wide Leg Trouser in Soft Jersey Knit, $66, ASOS

Sleeveless Shift Dress

A staple piece, the high-neck shift dress is always your friend. The color stands out in a crowd — just like your résumé.

Donna Morgan Women’s Sleeveless Color Block Shift Dress, $73, Amazon

White Leather Pencil Skirt

This white leather pencil skirt is clean and says “confident.”

Asos Pencil Skirt in White Leather, $150, ASOS

Long Sleeve Dress

If your dress is on the tighter side, make sure you’re a bit more conservative elsewhere, like with long sleeves. For post-interview use, take one look at that slimming silhouette, and you’ll wear it over and over.

Whistles Lucy Midi Dress in Jersey, $235, ASOS

Loose Blazer

For more relaxed interview style, pair a bright, loose blazer with fitted neutrals.

Curve Loose Fit Blazer, $31, ASOS

Colored Pencil Skirt

A good way to show your colorful side is with subtle pastels, like this wear-a-million-times pencil skirt.

Halogen Seamed Pencil Skirt, $40, ASOS

Classic Printed Blouse

Invest in a classic printed blouse with colors that complement multiple looks. Navy is always a good choice — less severe than black.

Ann Taylor Dash Print Chiffon Blouse, $65 Ann Taylor