Chic And Flattering Interview Outfits That Will Land You The Job

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A job interview is probably one of the trickiest things to dress for. As a fashion-conscious woman, you prefer not to don the expected (and super basic) black pantsuit. On the other hand, you want to be careful, choosing pieces that express both personal style and professionalism. So what are you supposed to do within those parameters? We’ve found taking your body type into consideration is a great first step in narrowing down options. No one wants ill-fitting items in the mix. Most importantly, when you feel comfortable in your clothes, you naturally radiate confidence and polish, which is crucial when trying to nail that first impression. Whether you possess a defined waist or a petite build, we’ve got eight reliable outfit formulas to win the interview—and the workplace.

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Fall Workwear Trends For Every Body Type

Photographer: Bethany Vargas

Hair & Makeup: Mishelle Parry

Styling: The Zoe Report

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Petite

Asymmetric midis are a great alternative to maxis for those under 5'4". Adapt the silhouette for the office by pairing it with a tailored blazer. Elongate the legs with over-the-knee boots, and further elevate the outfit with a top-handle satchel.

Biancaz Suede Over-The-Knee Boots

$498

Rachel Zoe

Sleeveless Dress With Ring Detail

$595

Derek Lam 10 Crosby

Duchess Blazer

$595

Smythe

Classic Mini Tote

$1,719

M2Malletier

Yellow-Gold Roll Bangle With Pave Diamond

$1,650

Sydney Evan

Wave Rings

$700

Jessica Biales

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Petite

Petites can pull off abbreviated hems without looking inappropriate. (Rule of thumb: Make sure the skirt doesn't reach above the pointer finger.) A statement jacquard jacket takes the dress to fashion territory without crossing the line. Complete the look with tonal extras.

Heel Slipper Suede Mules

$495

Mansur Gavriel

Suzanna Shoulder Bag

$1,810

Salvatore Ferragamo

Jalene Floral Jacquard Coat

$2,290

Brock Collection

Felicity Pini

$115

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Garland Ring

$460

Ariel Gordon

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Shapely Legs

Wide-leg trousers are ideal when you prefer not to show any leg. A timeless belted pinstripe design is flawless teamed with a crisp blouse. Offset the super polished vibe with pink velvet slides.

Ring Tote

$555

Little Liffner

Marianne Loafer Mule

$425

Malone Souliers

Pant H076

$178

Oak + Fort

Menuet Blouse

$663

Atlantique Ascoli

Tear Cuff

$620

Efva Attling

Bracelet 94018

$18

Oak + Fort

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Shapely Legs

A high-neck Victorian-inspired lace top goes perfectly with a long flare coat. Keep the rest of the look fresh and modern with straight-leg black pants, velvet pumps, a chic shopper tote and a pair of eye-catching earrings.

Pant 1210

$88

Oak + Fort

Long Pipe Earrings

$445

Jennifer Fisher

Flower Heel Pumps

$615

Salvatore Ferragamo

Market Woven Leather Shopper Tote Bag

$645

Elizabeth and James

Long Sleeve Top

$76

Storets

Carine Collarless Cotton-Blend Faille Coat

$2,550

Brock Collection

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Tall

Love the suit look but don't want to be boring? Try an on-trend printed version in a muted palette. The classic matching jacket and pants combo looks particularly amazing on tall ladies. Temper the print with minimalist loafers, stack on dainty jewelry for a touch of glam and finish off with a geometric bag.

Tallis

$250

Via Spiga

Baja Deco Bracelet

$450

Monica Vinader

Riva Diamond Wave Cuff

$625

Monica Vinader

Geometric Structured Leather Shoulder Bag

$225

COS

Cherry Blossom Trousers

$425

Ziran

Cherry Blossom Blazer

$650

Ziran

Signature Ring II With Sapphire Baguette, 10K Rose Gold

$680

Otem

Compass Necklace

$115

The Brave Collection

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Tall

A monochromatic ensemble is eternally chic, and this ribbed top and skirt duo is no exception. Take advantage of your height by nodding to the menswear trend with an oversize coat. Break up the color palette with of-the-moment stark white shoes and an embellished bag.

Soiree Cross Body Bag

$398

Diane von Furstenberg

Earring 91045

$18

Oak + Fort

Herringbone Coat

$995

Vince

Flint Mélange Rib Mock Neck Asymmetric Top & Rib Skirt

$1,090

St. John

Leather Pumps

$760

Jill Sander

Twosome & Stars Ring

$5,800

Efva Attling

Pipe Ring Bended Round

$161

IAM by Ileana Makri

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Hourglass

To accentuate your defined waist, a knee-length A-line wrap skirt is the perfect staple. Choose one with ruffles for feminine flair and keep things business-like with a sleek turtleneck. Throw a blazer over your shoulders and accessorize with pointed-toe mules, a small shoulder bag and sculptural earrings.

Tailored Wool Blend Blazer

$150

COS

Maureen

$569

Malone Souliers

Ruffled Wrap Skirt

$70

LOFT

Albert T-Shirt

$40

Babaton

Loopiloop Earrings

$310

Efva Attling

Foldover Shoulder Bag

$1,530

M2Malletier

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Hourglass

Another great skirt for you is a midi pencil, as it cinches at the waist and drapes over the legs. Layer a knit underneath and opt for a longline trench. An elegant leather cross-body and slingback pumps complete the look.

Bracelet 94018

$18

Oak + Fort

Curvy Two Part Earrings With Diamond Pave

$5,100

Paige Novick

Penelope Embellished Suede Slingback Pumps

$795

Nicholas Kirkwood

Stretch-Jacquard Pencil Skirt

$145

Iris & Ink

Charlie Handbag

$695

ALC

Soft Suede Duster

$1,249

FRAME

Reed Turtleneck

$165

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