What To Wear

Exactly what to wear to your summer job interview

It can be really hard to know how to dress for certain situations. You don’t want to overdress and be way too formal, or underdress and be the only one in the room wearing jeans! This uncertainty only worsens when you’re trying to impress a potential future employer. If you’re not sure what to wear for your summer internship or job interview, check out these looks and use them to gauge what to put on, and what to leave in your closet.
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    Job Interview Scenario #1: The Casual Office

    This isn’t the White House, but it’s not exactly a gas station either. These in between places can be a bit tricky, so it’s best to keep it classic. Wear dark pants and a simple shirt, collared or just conservative. Flats are always a safe bet, and pop on cute but polished accessories, like this headband and ring, to show that you’re serious, but fashionable. Add a watch, which shows that you’re punctual and focused, and you should be ready!


    Cream Top, $39 (on sale!), wallisfashion.com

    Scuba Knit Pants, $25, forever21.com

    Kelly & Katie Carrie Sequin Flat, $30, dsw.com

    Heidi Watch in Midnight Black, $35, aldoshoes.com

    Isra Stone Ring, $23, accessorize.com

    Stone Hairband, $22, mango.com

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    Job Interview Scenario #2: The Chic Office

    Again, we’re not talking pantsuits, but you can’t show up in jeans and a tee. You want a pretty outfit, but nothing that will make you stick out too much. If you do wear a skirt, don’t try anything too tight or too short. Instead, wear something knee-length and flowy. Pair with a simple sweater or blouse, and a belt to polish off the look. Try flats or low heels in a demure color, and metallic accessories to accent, but not detract, from your cute look. Stripes are safe, but avoid busy, bold prints. This office is not the place to try out your new neon or tie dye trends—go sophisticated and professional, but don’t try to look like your mom.


    Striped Cotton Sweater, $30, mango.com

    Posh Pleat Skirt, $40 (on sale!), frenchconnection.com

    Milly Metallic Toe Ballerinas, $49, accessorize.com

    Pearl Long Layer Necklace, $45, bananarepublic.com

    Beaded Coil Bracelet, $10, maurices.com

    Crackled Faux Leather Waist Belt, $9, forever21.com

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    Job Interview Scenario #3: The Professional Office

    This is the big leagues! We’re talking about an outfit that’s professional, age-appropriate, conservative, but still fashion-forward. Whew. This cream dress has an appropriate neckline and hemline, but is still really cute. Add a nice blazer to show that you’re in business, and don’t forget your watch and simple, feminine accessories. To keep it youthful, add a pop of color with these low-wedge shoes—they’re fun, but put together, and really complete the look.


    AX Paris Cream Balloon Skirt Dress, $38, newlook.com

    Full Tilt One-Button Womens Ponte Blazer, $25 (on sale!), amazon.com

    Bamboo Elias Sea Green Women’s Wedge Pump, $31, amazon.com

    Debutante Pearl Stud Earring, $48, henribendel.com

    Gold-Tone Boyfriend Watch, $14 (on sale!), aeropostale.com

    Etched Metallic Bow Ring, $5 (on sale!), charlotterusse.com

    Chain-Link Pearlescent Bracelet Set, $6, forever21.com
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BY HANNAH MESHULAM ON 5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM

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