What does your interview outfit say about you?

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What does your interview outfit say about you?

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Wondering how to dress for a job interview? “Your look should match the corporate culture – if it’s a conservative atmosphere, stick to basics in tailored cuts,” says MILLY founder and designer and Know Your Value panelist Michelle Smith. “If you’re going for a position at a more creative or entrepreneurial culture, you can let your personal style show more.” Here, Smith decodes what your interview outfit communicates and suggests five foolproof pieces to wear to an interview in any field.

1. Cropped blazer 

This piece works for all offices – it’s a workhorse in conservative offices and helps to temper prints you might wear in a more lenient environment. Smith suggests choosing a tailored cropped black or neutral blazer with structure. 

What it says: “It makes you feel powerful – almost like armor—which is important for your confidence on the day of an interview. A blazer sends a message that you’re pulled together and organized.” 

Get the look: MILLY Doubleweave Tech Angular Jacket 

2. Silk shell 

This is the perfect basic top with an elevated twist, whether layered or worn alone. For a more creative spin, get one in a print or color.

What it says: “The fabric is a beautiful silk – it communicates that you pay attention to detail. I like to stock up on these.”

Get the lookMILLY Marie Tank Top 

3. Wide leg trousers

A pair of wide leg trousers complements nearly everything in your closet. Tuck in a blouse and you’ll look instantly pulled together.

What it says: “This communicates confidence as a wide leg makes a statement.”

Get the look: MILLY Hayden Pintuck Trouser

4. Modern sheath

This is a sophisticated, streamlined classic.

What it says: “A color like red communicates you are bold and not afraid of a challenge. The streamlined shape communicates a subliminal message that you’ll hit the ground running at work.”

Get the lookMILLY Zip Sheath Dress

5. Sleek handbag 

What it says: “A structured handbag immediately communicates a message that you are organized – just clean it out the night before to make sure it’s not bursting with personal items. I am really into a rich Bordeaux color for fall, which is why I chose this one. I think it makes a whole outfit look more polished.”

Get the look: MILLY Logan Zip Tote

Make an impression with more looks from the MILLY BE THE BOSS shop—all guaranteed to up your fashion game at the office.  For more advice from MILLY designer and founder Michelle Smith on dressing at work, check out the MILLY “Be the Boss” Shop. Want to ask Michelle a question in real-time? Tweet her at @millybymichelle.

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