Got that big interview for your dream job coming up? As much as you’re a bundle of nerves, calm down and prepare yourself. Apart from memorising the dos and don’ts in an interview, the first impression counts too.

So, suit up and strut confidently - here are some stylish and smart outfit ideas suitable for any office dress code to step up the fashion game.

Here’s how to decide what to wear and when.

1. The Formal Office

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Your outfit is the most powerful forms of nonverbal communication and what you wear have a long-term career trajectory. Dressing appropriately shows that you understand the organisation’s culture and put an effort in yourself. In a formal setting, a stylish and powerful outlook will help you to nail it. Going for a more feminine or powerful dressing are two recommended style choices.

Style Tip #1: Go black or opt for neutral colours. Clothing and footwear from a more conservative palette such as pantsuit with heels —black, nude, grey and brown—appear professional, and people tend to take you more seriously.

Style Tip #2: Go for a pair of dainty bow pumps for a feminine appeal, or look smart in a comfortable pair of loafers. Whatever your choice, its subtle height booster will give you an extra dose of confidence. Throw on a blazer over a shift dress or tapered pants for a boardroom-commanding look.

2. The Business Casual Office

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In a business casual firm, forget the suit when interviewing. Channel smart casual vibes while showcasing a touch of your personal style.

Pro-Dressing Tip: Experiment with separates including a blouse and skirt at knee-length or below. Else, stick to a safer option of a statement dress. Keep your shoes neutral in nude or dark colours. These work best for an interview with its sleek silhouette, but add an extra flair with its buckle bow feature to jazz up your outfit. Consider some classy lady bags to complete the look.

3. The Casual Startup

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Looking professional and polished is still important when interviewing in a casual office. While start-up offices usually encourage creativity, avoid looking too shabby or casual – skip the flip-flops or sandals.

Style Tip #1: Go a tad bolder with your ensemble to impress your future boss. Depending on the company image, interview-appropriate outfits can range from a wacky oversized tee in fashion start-ups to a shirt and stylish jeans in tech start-ups.

Style Tip #2: To err on the safe side, consider opting for a collared shirt with pants, a pencil skirt or a work dress.

Pro-Dressing Tip: Comfort is key – stick to a staple pair of well-cushioned loafers or an unorthodox pair of comfortable heels like a classic high cut ballet heels to inject your own personality and style.

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