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What to Wear for Your Virtual Interview (Depending on Your Industry)

This is not the time for mullet dressing.

By Madeleine Kim

Navigating what to wear as you work from home is strange. But even stranger is the process of selecting an outfit for a virtual job interview. Interview dressing is all about looking capable, polished, and, to some extent, by-the-book. Remote-work style, on the other hand, is lawless. A sheath dress with a cashmere shawl and some tie-dye socks? Sure. A button-up and blazer with pajama shorts? We’ve been there

But when it comes to dressing for your virtual interview, we take a firm stance: Get fully dressed, including shoes (that haven’t seen the outdoors for several days, of course). Wearing shoes inside might feel weird (I’m half Korean, so to me, it feels extremely weird)—but that’s kind of the point. Looking the part isn’t just for your potential future employer’s sake; it also helps you feel the part. (Plus, wearing shoes will remind you that just because your feet are off-camera doesn’t mean you should prop them up on the table mid-interview.) Here are virtual-interview outfits for five different industries, modeled by M.M. employees.

Education

The stretchy Juliana dress in pin dot jersey strikes a balance you know all too well if you’ve been living on Zoom for the past year. It’s got enough going on—patterned fabric and shirring at the neckline—to make an impression on camera, but it’s not distracting. Plus, the polka dots will help you look fun and approachable, and the fabric seriously feels like you’re wearing silk pajamas. Add the spiral Celia earrings and slowly tilt your head back and forth to hypnotize them into giving you the job. Just kidding—you don’t need any tricks to show what a great candidate you are. But you should still wear those earrings, because they’ll look really good with your dress.

Consulting

You’ll want to keep things fairly buttoned-up for your consulting interview, but opting for a rich jewel tone instead of a classic neutral will give your look that extra something. Try the Woolf jardigan in deep sea for a subtle splash of color. The Lagarde shirt in cream is a no-brainer, since it’s easy to layer and machine-washable (stress sweat is real), and the Mejia pant is a chic, reliable essential. Finish your look with the sparkly-but-not-flashy Nikolina earrings, then go forth and speak confidently, with your feet firmly planted in your memory-foam-soled Irene slingbacks.

Fashion

At the risk of being obvious, if you’re interviewing for a position in the fashion industry, you’ll want to look fashionable. And I can’t think of a better way to show you’ve got style than with the gorgeous Lilia jacket—undeniably modern, but with vintage Chanel vibes that your future colleagues will surely appreciate. Bring the color palette full-circle with the Paige T-shirt in dark cactus, the Milo jeans in tusk, and the Luna earrings—a complete outfit you’ll be eager to show off in an actual office someday.

Media

Media tends to be a fairly casual industry, but not in a tech-bro-hoodie type of way. What I’m saying is: Don’t be afraid to have some fun with your interview outfit. A light-colored top, like the Annika in rosewater, will make you stand out in a good way, as will the (surprisingly lightweight) Flores earrings. Pair these pieces with the Melrose skirt in rust to create a tonal look that’s perfect for gleefully twirling around your apartment after they offer you the job on the spot.

Government

If there was ever an occasion for a power suit, it’s your government job interview. But here’s the thing about the power suit: it’s only powerful if you feel like your best, most confident self when you wear it. That’s why it’s best to choose something that’s professional but has personality, like the pleated Gaia jacket and wide-leg Hadley pants. The V-neck Emmy top in raincloud is a lovely way to incorporate some color, and the amethyst Wangari earrings will add a unique touch. Prefer something more formal? Swap the Emmy for the Lagarde shirt.

Law

You should dress conservatively for your law interview, but that doesn’t mean you need to wear a black suit. Try navy for a look that’s fresh and summer-ready (dare I say nautical?)—but still undeniably classic. For your underpinning, stick with a crisp, light-colored button-down. The machine-washable Lagarde shirt has a beautiful gold button at the neck to give your Zoom look some shine—and it looks great with jeans and some sleek earrings for your post-interview stroll around the block.

Startup

Startups tend to have relaxed dress codes, so feel free to mix things up with non-traditional neutrals and unexpected textures. Stand out from the super-casual masses by wearing the Merritt jardigan, which has a more relaxed vibe than your standard blazer, but sharp lapels that place it firmly in the interview-friendly zone. Pair it with other light neutrals for a look that’s fresh, cool, and perfectly professional.

Finance

When you wear hibiscus, you exude confidence—exactly what you need when the person in your screen is grilling you on the ins and outs of your resume. Offset the vibrant color with some clean lines, and tie it all together with complementary rose-colored shoes. (Warning: You might feel compelled to take mirror selfies in this outfit. Do it—and then send them our way.)

Tech

If the trendsetters of the tech industry really want you to wear a T-shirt to work, so be it. The Choe top has the cut of a classic tee, but with a tailored fit and sleek, knit material that make it decidedly professional. Pair it with the Carson blazer, which has a slightly boxy cut and ¾-length sleeves that give it an edgier feel than your typical jacket. Simple gold hoops will complete the I-tried-but-not-too-hard look.

Healthcare

If you work in the healthcare industry right now, thank you. Also: You deserve mood-boosting colors and machine-washable fabrics. The Carrie top in primrose is polished and professional, and it looks great on Zoom. Wear it with the dove-colored Mejia pants to channel sunny-day energy, even though you’re indoors.

Madeleine Kim

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Madeleine Kim

Madeleine Kim is a Brand Manager at M.M.LaFleur, where she started out as a stylist. She loves developing styling-focused content and creating newsletters that bring the M.M. community together.

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