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    What should I wear on a job interview?

    This is a question we get asked a lot. So we checked in with HR maestro Allison Nawoj of for her thoughts: "Your attire and personal grooming are both an important part of interviewing and are necessary to selling yourself well." Her advice? "Strive for crisp and clean—you want the interviewer to be listening to what you're saying, not critiquing what you're wearing." Of course, your attire should correspond with the job and the working environment. We rounded up a few interview options for corporate and creative gigs that are both foolproof and affordable. After all, you don't want to spend that first paycheck before you get it.


Sharp, polished and professional. Go with a charcoal grey suit, tailored for a proper fit. A small checked shirt will separate you from the sea of drones in starched white button-downs. Finish with a simple patterned tie and subdued cap toe lace-ups.

Wright jacket, $379 and trousers,
$180 at Club Monaco

Micro-check shirt, $60 at Nordstrom

Cap toe oxfords,
$158 by Cole Haan

Pocket square,
$8 by The Tie Bar

Striped silk tie,
$80 by Brooks Brothers


When you skip the jacket, make sure your shirt fits perfectly. Go with an of-the-moment spread collar in a subtle pattern and accent it with a textured silk knit tie (which feels less stuffy). If you'll wear jeans to the job, you can wear them to the interview—just make sure they're dark and clean. Ground the look with some desert boots or a pair of polished loafers.

Tattersall shirt,
$80 at J.Crew

Logan loafers,
$99 by
G.H. Bass

501 jeans,
$48 by Levi's

Silk knit
tie, $25 at
The Knottery

Waxed canvas folio,
$110 by Ernest Alexander



Check out Allison Nawoj's other top tips for landing the job.






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