Bold statement dresses
Looking smart and sharp does not necessarily mean you have to turn up for the interview in a boring skirt suit. An eye-catching dress too, is appropriate. Just make sure that the necklines and hemlines of are of decent lengths.
Dual-coloured pleated midi dress with leather panel details by Givenchy, £2,995 (S$5,365), via Net-a-Porter Cotton striped shirt dress by Altuzarra, £720 (S$1,290), via Net-a-Porter
Metallic thread sleeveless dress by Zara, S$69.90
Shirt dress with tie waist detail by J Crew, S$183.60
Navy blue blazers
Forget black — navy is a highly versatile colour that still conveys professionalism. You can pair a navy piece with other neutrals like khaki, grey and camel.
Striped wool blazer by Oscar de la Renta, £1,865 (S$3,332), via Net-a-Porter Cotton blend blazer by Gucci, US$2,678 (S$3,639), via Matches Fashion
Double breasted polyester blazer by H&M, S$64.95
Pinstripe blazer with tie detail by Pomelo Fashion, S$69
This is a staple for any interview. If you’re going loud with this piece though, tone it down with a blazer, and a classic skirt in dark colours. Do avoid showing cleavage, and don’t opt for light colours and sheer fabrics.
Retro printed silk shirt by Gucci, £990 (S$1,769), via Net-a-Porter Printed silk shirt by La DoubleJ, S$649, via Farfetch
Multi-coloured striped shirt by Zara, S$69.90
Mulberry silk shirt by COS, US$190 (S$259)
Pencil and midi skirts are our top picks, and your personality can come through with a fun print or a bright colour. Stylish working women, such as fashion editor Carine Roitfeld, even choose to wear ones in leather to the office.
Python printed leather skirt by Rochas, US$1,640 (S$2,237), via Moda Operandi Silk-satin wrap midi skirt by Vince, £260 (S$465), via Net-a-Porter
Checkered wrap midi skirt by Topshop, S$106
Checkered pencil skirt with button detail by H&M, S$54.95
A sweater with smart trousers
If the job isn’t terribly formal, you can look smart in a sweater and tailored trousers. Choose soft, muted hues and pair with tasteful flats or heels. Avoid wool sweaters — you don’t want to sweat even more during the interview.
Cotton blend pullover by Michael Michael Kors, US$150 (S$204), via Net-a-Porter Pullover with button sleeved detail by Zara, S$49.90
Gabardine tapered trousers by Joseph, £205 (S$366), via Net-a-Porter
Ankle length smart trousers by Uniqlo, S$49.90