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.
Fall Workwear Trends For Every Body Type
Photographer: Bethany Vargas
Hair & Makeup: Mishelle Parry
Styling: The Zoe Report
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.