101 Professional Interview Outfits for Women Who Want to Make a Great First Impression

Interviewing for a job is stressful enough without having to worry about how you look like. You need to make a good first impression, so it’s only normal to stress over getting there on time and dazzling the potential employer with you skills and expertise. What you wear shouldn’t even be that important – but unfortunately, it is. It’s crucial to look professional and pick an outfit that respects the dress code of the company you’re interviewing for.

Seems like a lot of hassle doesn’t it? Especially when you think about the fact that guys get off so easy. They just put on a suit and that’s that. For women, things aren’t that straightforward. While having a business suit in your wardrobe is highly advisable, you can totally get by with a few blazers, skirts, and even quality jeans. The business-casual look is very in these days; and if you’re looking for a job at a start-up or in a less corporate-oriented environment, there’s no need to go shopping. You can easily create a strong look with what’s already in your closet. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired.

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A simple dress is the easiest pick for an interview. Pair it with heels and a basic bag and you’ve got yourself an awesome interview outfit. Just make sure that the dress isn’t too short and you don’t show too much cleavage.

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When it comes to job interviews, blazers are your best friend. Throw one over a basic T-shirt and pair it with a pair of pants and some loafers. You’ve got yourself a casual, yet professional look.

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If the company you’re interviewing for promotes a more casual dress code, you can totally get away with wearing jeans for your interview. To elevate the outfit, pair the jeans with a tailored blazer and a pair of comfortable heels.

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It’s called power suit for a reason. If you’re after a job in the corporate world, showing up for the interview in professional business attire is a must. You can soften the look with a fun necklace or a funky bag.

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The pearls really give this outfit a big of an edge. Perfect for a job interview, business lunch, or after-work drinks. You’ll look – and feel – amazing.

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If you want to appear laid-back, shirts are your BFFs. This look works if you’re interviewing for a creative job, with a company that’s particularly relaxed when it comes to dress code. Otherwise, the outfit may be a bit too casual for a professional setting.

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Adding a statement necklace into the mix is the quickest way to spice up an apparently boring professional outfit. However, there’s nothing boring about this look. The pattern on the skirt is particularly stunning.

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Blazer + skirt + heels = perfection, at least when it comes to job interviews. You’ll dazzle the potential employer in no time.

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Adding a tie to your business suit is a bold choice, but it’s endearing if you think you can pull it off. We love the contrast between the manly tie and those adorable and feminine shoes. Way to make a splash!

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This look is perfect for a lunch interview or casual get-to-know-each-other meeting over drinks. You might want to wear heels though.

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The statement look of any serious business woman out there. The blouse is extremely feminine, creating a cute contrast with the suit. Love it!

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While most of us go for neutral colors when picking an interview outfit, you can easily stand out from the crowd with some bold prints and funky colors, as long as you don’t overdo it.

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High-waist skirts are flattering on any silhouette, so they’re the perfect choice for a professional meeting. Pair them with delicate shirts and comfy heels and you’ve got yourself a winning outfit.

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Not everyone can pull of shorts for a job interview, so they’re definitely a bold choice. However, they’re the perfect pick if you’re interviewing for a fashion magazine or a designer. You can show off your fashionable side without appearing unprofessional.

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A classic business look for when etiquette is of utter importance. You can’t go wrong with the pants-blazers combo, while that golden chain will ensure you’ll make a memorable first impression.

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We are very much in love with these dotted pants! The red shirt is the perfect companion, while the white blazers will give you a polished look. All in all, a whimsical outfit perfect for an interview for a creative position.

Ellen Page always knows how to stand out from the crowd. Feel free to follow her lead.

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Those shoes look extremely comfortable without appearing unprofessional. As you can see, it’s totally possible to come up with a business-casual outfit without including heels, especially if you’re not a fan of them. You’ll be more relaxed, hence you’ll have a better chance of keeping your interview-related anxiety in check.

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Basic and yet edgy, this combo makes for an awesome interview outfit.

When you get a job in the corporate world, you’ll need to be willing to spend some money to build a business wardrobe. Start with a variety of blazers and basic dresses, since they’re the easiest items to combine.

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When you opt for a manly look, pick accessories that highlight your femininity. Those earrings, for instance, are to die for.

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A top knot is a great pick when it comes to interview hairstyles. It makes you look put together and it’s extremely easy to pull off. You’re welcome.

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If you’re going with a basic dress in a neutral color, spice things up with a funky clutch. By the way, a ponytail is also a great hairstyle for an interview.

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No wonder she’s smiling – she looks gorgeous! The black and white combo is timeless, and the leopard print on the shoes adds a much-needed touch of glam into the mix. Flawless!

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A classic look for when you want to keep things simple. A bold lip, however, can give you an instant confidence boost, so keep that in mind when getting ready for your next interview.

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Nude shoes go with basically everything, so they’re a great investment when looking to build a professional wardrobe from scratch.

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Peplums are still in and always will be. Plus, that color is gorgeous. We’re total suckers for blue.

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How awesome are those shoes? They really give the entire look a bit of an edge.

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Comfortable and professional. If you’ve got a casual interview scheduled, here’s a great look you can try out.

Remember what we’ve said about bold lips? Well, here’s another great example of how a basic suit can look hella feminine when paired with the right accessories.

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A classic business look for when you want to keep things simple.

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Those pants are great and the blazer keeps the outfit balanced. We’re also digging the belt.

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When in doubt, always go with the shirt/pant/heels combo. You can’t go wrong with this one. Add a statement necklace into the mix and you’re good to go.

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A funky dress makes for a memorable appearance. And we’re totally obsessed with the shirt underneath. Lovely print.

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Polka dots will never go out of style. So a similar blazer might be a good investment if you’re into whimsical looks.

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Stripes are awesome and we’re totally for taking them into consideration when creating your badass interview outfit. We would have picked blue shoes instead of black, but this works as well.

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As we’ve said before, don’t be afraid of color when picking an interview outfit. This color blocking dress is trendy and professional, so what more could you wish for?

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Jessica Alba looks stunning even when she’s running errands, so using her as style inspiration is certainly a wise choice. The bracelets are particularly appealing.

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There’s a fine line between casual and professional, and that’s line almost always made of shoes. Pair this outfit with some flats and it’s not very appropriate for a business encounter. Pair it with heels and you’re good to go.

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Who said an all-black look can’t make a splash?

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She looks effortlessly cute and very put-together, so you might not have noticed that her outfit is constructed solely of basic items. Jeans, blazer, shirt, sweater – you definitely have a few of those in your closet, right?

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The little black dress is extremely versatile, so there’s no wonder we’re recommending it for job interviews as well.

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The pants are amazing, the coat is stunning. That’s all.

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Choosing the right amount of accessories is crucial when creating a professional look. She opted for several bracelets, but that’s it. No earrings or necklaces. It’s all about balance, guys. Keep that in mind.

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Simple and cute. The necklace is great.

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When the weather is chilly, boats and trench coats are your best bet. We’re digging the bag as well – very classy!

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This outfit will totally turn a few heads, due to that interesting splash of color.

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Comfortable and glam at the same time.

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Another great outfit for an interview in a more casual setting. The cardigan gives the look a bit of an edge.

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The pants are perfection. And absolutely great for spring.

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As you can see, a good dress is often the easiest option when it comes to interview outfits. Pair it with a comfy pair of shoes and you’re good to go.

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Emma Watson is a style icon for a reason. She surely knows how to make the most of business suits.

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Another comfy/casual outfit, for when you’re not required to dress too professional.

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A good scarf can give even the most basic of outfits an interesting spin. Especially when it matches the shoes.

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Bold prints? Yes, please!

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There are literally tens of good shirt/skirt combos you can include in your professional wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to get creative.

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Dress + blazer = the perfect work uniform. Feminine accessories will help you showcase your personality with ease.

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See how she matched the belt to her shoes? She wins bonus style points.

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Colors and stripes can make for an amazing interview outfit. The blazer keeps things professional.

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Another amazing dress we need to buy immediately. Who said business outfits need to be boring?

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The shoes go great with that interesting blouse, while the bracelet is a welcome accessory.

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Who would have thought leather pants can be a good choice for an interview? And yet, she makes it work. The T-shirt is also a spotlight stealer.

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Basic, and yet so elegant.

We love this dress/blazer combo. It’s professional and feminine at the same time.

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If you’re looking to make a splash, this is the outfit for you. Bold and memorable. If you’re going with something similar, keep your accessories to a minimum.

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This looks incredibly comfortable.

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A well-fitted dress can do wonders for your confidence. And you want to look and feel your best when interviewing for a new job, right?

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Edgy and yet very business-like.

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If you’re looking for style inspiration, look no further than Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Cambridge surely knows how to rock the professional look.

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Awesome collar!

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We’re not big fans of the socks, but the black/white combination is classic and elegant. In other words, the perfect pick for a job interview.

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If you’re able to rock a classic vest then there’s nothing standing in your way. You’ve got some serious skills, girl!

If you’re going for neutral, you can easily add a touch of color with a whimsical scarf. Case in point.

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Preppy, but extremely cute.

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We love the print on the skirt! And that delicate pink is precious.

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When building your professional wardrobe, look for versatile pieces that are easy to mix and match. It’s the only way to get the most of basic items and keep your spending to a minimum.

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The leopard-print details really breathe life into this otherwise classic ensemble.

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There are easy ways to look classy when the temperatures are high. A skirt/blouse combo should become your go-to outfit – professional and playful at the same time.

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This dress is way too short for a job interview, but you can go with something similar as long as it’s knee length.

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Another dress and blazer combo because the options are infinite.

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A classic suit looks great when paired with an elegant shoe.

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Oh, Blake, always fashionable! This looks like a perfect power lunch outfit if you ask us.

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Feminine, cute, and very professional.

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We’re loving this casual look!

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A bright pink blazer is a bold choice, but the perfect way to showcase your style and personality.

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Doesn’t she look like she could conquer the world?

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Really digging those jeans. Pss, we hear they’re back in style!

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The perfect ensemble for a warm spring day.

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Great shoes, awesome belt.

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The blazer and dress combo works even when with tights, when the weather outside is frightful.

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Showing your midriff may not be ideal for a job interview, but it can work if the position is with a laid-back company.

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The boots are cute, while the coat adds a welcome splash of color.

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Kim isn’t particularly popular for her professional outfits, but she can surely pull off the business look.

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Layers are your best bet in autumn – cute, casual, and professional.

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Feminine and chic. Loving it.

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Her legs look amazing, agree?

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We’re becoming slightly obsessed with bold prints, so we couldn’t have overlooked this great ensemble.

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For when you want to keep things simple.

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A business suit doesn’t have to be boring. You can choose a print that works for you.

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Basic and elegant.

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Lovely dress.

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We’re going to end on a high note, with another perfect black/white combo. You can definitely run the world in this outfit.

You’ve got your outfit, so all that’s left to do is to smile and charm the potential employer with all your awesome skills. We’re totally rooting for you.

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