It’s the night before possibly one of the biggest opportunities of your life–an interview you have been slaving toward since you were a little squirt pretending to be a grown-up. Problem is, you’ve scoured your entire wardrobe and are still at a loss as to what to wear, desperately searching for that special something that will show your true colors without making it seem like you’re trying too hard. Fret not, VG is here. I’ve assembled three looks that every working girl should own in order to score her big break. Whether you are a savvy business woman, a boho dream girl, or still in school lookin’ for a part-time gig to help pay for textbooks, these outfits will be the secret weapon you need to help land your career of choice (along with being well-rested and prepared on paper, of course).
1. First of all, just ’cause you want to be a CEO doesn’t mean you have to dress like an old, stuffy white lady. Start with these beauties from Zara ($80). Trousers are a classic wardrobe essential that can easily be paired with a variety of tops, jackets, and shoes. Once you’ve landed the gig you’re going for, you’ll be able to put together a plethora of looks starting with these pantelones. Top the trousers off with a sleek silk blouse like this ($40). For your feet, you can add some color to your monotone look with a fun pair of colored kitten heels like these from Jessica Simpson ($50). Then, pull the entire outfit together with a neutral-toned, well-fitted blazer like this one, also by Zara ($129). Remember, all of these items are interchangeable, so you can express your own sense of style. And don’t be scared! It’s your time to shine. Feel free to accessorize with unique pieces like this necklace by We Never Sleep ($43), or with some cool bracelets as well ($22).
2. For all you boho chic ladies going for a job that’s a little more artsy, you’re going to want to put together something creative, but not over-the-top. If you’re into vintage but want an inventive outfit, start with this distressed leather skirt from Spanish Moss Vintage ($58). Then, balance the awesomeness of that vintage skirt with a flowy top from Free People ($78). These wedge espadrilles ($128) contrast nicely with the leather skirt, but you could also rock a pair of boots and socks if you want something a little more comfortable, like these by Topshop ($135). Finally, top off the bohemian vibe by tying a unique scarf around your hair like this one, from ASOS ($17), or layer jewels around your neck or wrists.
3. As if you aren’t already losing enough sleep over making the Dean’s List, you now have to pick out the clothes you’ll need to succeed without spending your entire student loan check. My advice, keep it simple. Save your money (and mind) with an effortless dress like this one from Forever 21 ($23). Then, wrap a cool belt ($7) around your waist to add dimension to your shape and keep your nerves at bay with a pair of basic flats ($25). Minimal accessories will help your interviewer stay focused on your talents, so choose either a pair of earrings, a necklace, or a bracelet (Forever 21 is literally loaded with inexpensive options you will find useful–even after you land the job!).
Once you’ve got your outfit pulled together, your resume in hand, and that gorgeous smile on your face, the only thing you’ll need to remember is confidence. Sporting the appropriate attire to an interview can only help your future employer come to realize how awesome you are, but when all is said and done, it’s up to you to knock ’em dead with your fierce and flawless attitude.