Summer job interviews are hard to plan for and it’s not just because you must stand out from the dozens of college graduates flooding out of school. You need something convincing to wear, something that will make you look professional without causing you to sweat profusely. It’s a tricky task, but nothing a little brainstorming can’t solve. The first thing you need to decide is what look you’re going for. Is it alright to dress a little casual or do you have to be done up to the nines? What are the expectations for how you should balance professional and chic? Before you set about selecting the perfect outfit, do research on the company you’re interviewing with. Even if you don’t find a dress code, website photos will give you a good impression what to expect. Then, it’s onward to the outfits. Here are some trendy options to try.
KIKA TOP from STYLE MAFIA
They say you can never have too many white blouses, and when it comes to summer interviews they’re right. This top will pretty up dark denim or black trousers if you’re aiming for a semi-formal office look.
WIDE-LEG PANTS from ISA ARFEN
If you’re going to an interview where your fashion sense will be on trial, these flared trousers will give you a leg up. They’re also perfect for the summer weather. Your legs will have plenty of room to breathe in the billowing folds.
V-NECK MULES from MILDRED EGG GIALLO
Smoothly sculpted with a painted, egg-shaped heel, few mules are this trendy. If you have only 15 minutes to prove you’re trendy and relevant, help yourself along with a pair of shoes like these. Big risks garner even bigger rewards.
MINI PYRAMID BAG from ATELIER PARK
Easy to carry and dyed a cheery yellow, this bag will help manage your cluttered life and keep you from carting along too many things in a panic. Simple and sleek, it will say efficient and practical before you even open your mouth.
FLYNN BLAZER from DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
If you’re looking for something with a corporate slant, grab this blazer while it’s still on sale. With curves and hems that are professional yet innovative, it’s the ideal interview choice for a formal office setting.
SLEEVELESS BLOUSE from H&M
Yes, you can wear a sleeveless top to your job interview and it can come from a simple store like H&M. With subtle pinstripes and an all-around springy feel, this is a nice neutral piece to keep you cool on the outside and confident on the inside.
SLINGBACK HEELS from ZARA
If you’re interviewing for a position in finance of a law office, it’s good to err on the side of formal. With these summer heels, you get the traditional pointy toe and an open back for extra ventilation. It’s truly one of the best footwear offerings out there this summer.
D-RING SHOPPER BAG from SEB
Sometimes it’s worth the extra space. A bag like this may look intimidating, but say you’re after a public relations position. You can fit portfolios, press releases, and all sorts of documents in here. It’s also simple, chic, and easy to carry. Perfect for any job you might be traveling for.
MID-HEEL LOAFER from GUCCI
While sandals are nice when it’s humid out, there’s also something to be said for having a classic sturdy shoe to walk around in. If you want to save yourself the trouble of balancing on kitten heels and a pre-interview pedicure, opt for this firm leather shoe.
STEADY DRESS from RACHEL COMEY
A lightweight maxi is always a good go-to for summer interviews. It’s especially good for publishing since everyone in that industry on television wears a dress like this. You’ve got the belt built-in and there’s still plenty of room for the fabric to billow.
INES HEEL IN BIANCO from LOQ
Mules are the perfect combination of sandal and heels but rarely do they reach this level of delicate beauty. This handwoven interlaced leather allows your foot to breathe and shows off your ornate fashion sense. It’s also the closest you’ll ever come to having legitimate lace on your feet.
There are plenty of ways to dress well for your summer interviews without sweating up a storm. Find something from this list that fits your requirements and go shopping! Job hunting is no reason to ease up on your quality standards.
— Julie Grossman