Landing your dream job takes a lot of work. First, you have to look good on paper; and second, you have to be just as impressive in person. So if you do manage to secure an interview for your dream job, you have to look your best. Need tips on what to wear to your dream job interview? It's best you heed Anna Wintour's advice. In Vogue's video series, Go Ask Anna, the fashion magazine's editor-in-chief says that you should always dress as you are, but as an improved version. More importantly, don't come wearing an outfit that you obviously bought the day before.
So here, we created three fool-proof outfit equations that you can easily recreate and make your own, depending on your personal style.
1. Blazer + Casual Top + Trousers
Nothing says business more than a blazer, but try to make it look too serious or dull. Experiment with textures and prints.
Consider a pink tweed blazer paired with a red top if your style is more on the dainty, feminine side.
Tweed jacket with buttons, P5995, ZARA, Greenbelt 5. Oversized chain print shirt, P1115, BERSHKA, SM Megamall. Crop slim-fit trousers, P1295, MANGO, Robinsons Magnolia
Thinking of going retro? How about a plaid blazer teamed with colored high-waisted trousers? Get extra cool points with a vintage tee!
Double-breasted jacket, P1690, H&M, SM Megamall. Queen T-shirt, P1195, STRADIVARIUS, SM Aura. Paper bag trousers, P1490, H&M, Glorietta 4
If you prefer neutrals or all things classic, go for a sleek but oversized black blazer and style it with wide leg pants.
Tailored blazer, P1895, BERSHKA, SM Aura; Basic bodysuit, P795, STRADIVARIUS, SM Megamall; Soft fabric trousers, P2295, MANGO, Greenbelt 5
2. Wrap Top + Midi Skirt
This combo is flattering for just about any body shape and size. The wrap top cinches the waist while a midi skirt (especially pleated ones) elongates your frame, making you look taller. We advice you try to look for metallic or shiny midi skirts to up the ante of your OOTD.
You can even layer a wrap dress over a midi skirt! When paired together, you'll appear more polished and ladylike.
Ribbed wrap dress, P1490, H&M, Robinsons Manila. Pleated midi skirt, P3995, MANGO, TriNoma
Play with textures and prints. These two, when worn together, will highlight your bold and go-getter personality.
Printed shirt, P2295, ZARA, Power Plant. Metallic sequin shirt, P5995, ZARA, Greenbelt 5
Don't be afraid to mix in some trendy pieces into your job interview attire. The key is to do it subtly so you won't look too flashy. Consider puffed sleeves to update an old midi skirt you already own.
Bow cross-body top, P2295, MANGO, UP Town Center. Metallic striped skirt, P2295, ZARA, TriNoma
The easiest way to dress up is to wear pieces that are meant to be worn as one. But don't limit yourself to sets of suits. Here are a few examples on how you can spice up your coordinates.
Go for a monochromatic two-toned blazer and trouser combo to add depth to your outfit.
Double-breasted structured blazer, P5995, MANGO, Power Plant. Wide twill trousers, P1490, H&M, SM North EDSA
Depending on the position you're applying for, it's possible to wear denim to a job interview. The trick is to find pieces that come in tailored cuts and silhouettes to make this casual fabric office-ready.
Short sleeve denim jacket, P1895, PULL & BEAR, SM Megamall. Flared jeans, P1995, MANGO, Glorietta 2
If all else fails, you can always go back to simple top-and-skirt coordinates. Pick a set that comes with an interesting fabric or a trendy print!
Tie dye crop top, P1695; skirt, P2295, ZARA, Glorietta 3