Expert Interview Outfits: What Carte-Mere Editors Wore to Get Their Jobs

These looks sealed the deal.

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Designed by Amy Armani

What makes a great job interview outfit? Step one: It has to fit well—no pulling buttons or skirts hiking up. Step two: It needs to be appropriate for your field. The elusive x-factor, though, comes from creating an ensemble that makes you feel like a powerhouse. And while it's tough to check all those boxes, the great news is you only have to do it a few times. Keeping a dependable, proven interview outfit is like having an up-to-date resume; you're always ready for whatever opportunity comes next.

While the Carte-Mere offices are pretty casual compared to, say, a law firm, they also demand a certain sense of taste and style. (Read: Finding a look can be panic-inducing.) Here, the digital staff share the outfits that got them their jobs and where you can find the looks.

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Rosa Heyman, social media editor
<p>"My interview outfit signaled that I understood the Carte-Mere brand—that I was a woman who was stylish, professional, and confident.&nbsp;I wore a green&nbsp;vegan&nbsp;leather mini skirt with black tights and a white blouse.&nbsp;<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>"
</p><p><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Chic Wish faux leather skirt, $35, <a href="http://www.chicwish.com/truly-concise-faux-leather-skirt-in-army-green.html" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">chicwish.com</a>; Halston Heritage blouse, $118, <a href="https://www.theoutnet.com/en-US/Shop/Product/Halston-Heritage/Crepe-blouse/949735" target="_blank">theoutnet.com</a>; Falke tights, $43, </em><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor"><a href="http://www.matchesfashion.com/products/Falke-Soft-Merino-tights-1031082" target="_blank">matchesfashion.com</a>; Stuart Weitzman boots, $685, <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/stuart-weitzman-corley-over-the-knee-boot-women/4588230?origin=category-personalizedsort&amp;fashioncolor=BLACK%20SUEDE" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">nordstrom.com</a></em><br></p>

"My interview outfit signaled that I understood the Carte-Mere brand—that I was a woman who was stylish, professional, and confident. I wore a green vegan leather mini skirt with black tights and a white blouse. "

Chic Wish faux leather skirt, $35, ; Halston Heritage blouse, $118, ; Falke tights, $43, ; Stuart Weitzman boots, $685,

Jazmin Jones, video editor
<p>"I wore a striped Zara pant/skirt situation. It was kind of like a skort, but longer.&nbsp;I paired it with&nbsp;a black turtleneck. Hey, if it's good enough for Steve Jobs, it's good enough for me."
</p><p><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">H&amp;M turtleneck, $17, <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/product/67189?article=67189-A" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">hm.com</a>;&nbsp;Zara striped and floral trousers, $30, </em><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor"><a href="https://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/trousers/view-all/striped-and-floral-trousers-c719022p4565017.html" target="_blank">zara.com</a>; Loeffler Randall sandals, $325, <a href="https://www.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/loeffler-randall-vera-ruffle-block-heel-slide-sandals?ID=2423059&amp;CategoryID=16961&amp;linkModule=1#fn=ppp%3D%26spp%3D24%26sp%3D1%26rid%3D15%7CBOOST%20SAVED%20SET%26spc%3D65%26rsid%3Dundefined%26cm_kws%3Dloeffler%20randall%20%26pn%3D1%7C1%7C24%7C65" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">bloomingdales.com</a></em></p>

"I wore a striped Zara pant/skirt situation. It was kind of like a skort, but longer. I paired it with a black turtleneck. Hey, if it's good enough for Steve Jobs, it's good enough for me."

H&M turtleneck, $17, ; Zara striped and floral trousers, $30, ; Loeffler Randall sandals, $325,

Jessica Pels, site director
<p>"I wanted to feel confident,&nbsp;but also not overly done up.&nbsp;So&nbsp;I stuck with my formula: A sheath dress, really tall heels, and bright red lipstick. The bold lip is&nbsp;my signature—my boss remembered that about me when I came in for my interview! And really tall heels make me feel like a badass who takes no prisoners; I love that they put me on the eye level of any men I might be shaking hands with."<br></p><p><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Gianluca Capannolo shift, $340, </em><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor"><a href="https://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/gianluca-capannolo-shift-dress-item-12068535.aspx?storeid=9446&amp;from=listing&amp;tglmdl=1&amp;ffref=lp_pic_162_2_" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">farfetch.com</a>; Zara sandals, $56, <a href="https://www.zara.com/us/en/collection-aw-17/woman/shoes/high-heel-platform-sandals-c269191p4620503.html" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">zara.com</a>; MAC lipstick, $17, <a href="http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13854/310/products/makeup/lips/lipstick/lipstick#/shade/Ruby_Woo" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">maccosmetics.com</a></em></p>

"I wanted to feel confident, but also not overly done up. So I stuck with my formula: A sheath dress, really tall heels, and bright red lipstick. The bold lip is my signature—my boss remembered that about me when I came in for my interview! And really tall heels make me feel like a badass who takes no prisoners; I love that they put me on the eye level of any men I might be shaking hands with."

Gianluca Capannolo shift, $340, ; Zara sandals, $56, ; MAC lipstick, $17,

Danielle McNally, features editor
<p>"I wore all of the textures: A sheer black blouse with dark cami underneath,&nbsp;black leather leggings, and a cream&nbsp;fur stole. My shoes were grey suede pumps."</p><p><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, $175, <a href="https://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/798192/Diane_von_Furstenberg/yeva-corded-lace-top" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">net-a-porter.com</a>;&nbsp;Forever 21 faux fur wrap, $7, <a href="http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&amp;category=ACC&amp;productid=1000231721" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">forever21.com</a>;&nbsp;H&amp;M camisole, $6, <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/product/38345?article=38345-A&amp;cm_vc=SEARCH" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">hm.com</a>;&nbsp;The Row leather leggings, $1,950, <a href="http://www.matchesfashion.com/products/The-Row-Moto-stretch-leather-leggings-1068687" target="_blank">matchesfashion.com</a>;&nbsp;Chinese Laundry grey suede pump, $60, </em><a href="http://www.chineselaundry.com/shop/heels/pumps/copertina/BCLP04SDE.html" target="_blank"><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">chineselaundry.com</em></a></p>

"I wore all of the textures: A sheer black blouse with dark cami underneath, black leather leggings, and a cream fur stole. My shoes were grey suede pumps."

Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, $175, ; Forever 21 faux fur wrap, $7, ; H&M camisole, $6, ; The Row leather leggings, $1,950, ; Chinese Laundry grey suede pump, $60,

Lauren Bernstein, senior editor, branded content
<p>"I wore a Marni graphic print top with Madewell black skinny jeans and funky ear jackets. On my feet were Sergio Rossi black suede pumps—I call them my 'interview heels.'"
</p><p><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Marni silk top, $260, <a href="https://www.theoutnet.com/en-US/Shop/Product/Marni/Floral-print-silk-top/787952" target="_blank">theoutnet.com</a>; Madewell skinny jeans, $115, <a href="https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/DENIMBAR/skinnyjeans/PRDOVR~B1799/B1799.jsp" target="_blank">madewell.com</a>; Sergio Rossi pumps, $595, <a href="https://fivestoryny.com/products/godiva-suede-pump?variant=33081546248&amp;gclid=CjwKCAjw47bLBRBkEiwABh-PkQEl1-VOorskeEr2vHHIT10GzC1HPDgnWV2q24z0293ZfH4I_MXZ0BoCTkwQAvD_BwE" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">fivestoryny.com</a>; Shashi ear jacket, $52,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shopbop.com/open-wing-ear-jacket-shashi/vp/v=1/1583994834.htm?fm=search-viewall&amp;os=false" target="_blank">shopbop.com</a></em><br></p>

"I wore a Marni graphic print top with Madewell black skinny jeans and funky ear jackets. On my feet were Sergio Rossi black suede pumps—I call them my 'interview heels.'"

Marni silk top, $260, ; Madewell skinny jeans, $115, ; Sergio Rossi pumps, $595, ; Shashi ear jacket, $52, 

Samantha Leal, senior editor
<p>"It was&nbsp;winter, so I wore&nbsp;a grey shift dress that made me look like a presentable adult with black tights and boots.&nbsp;Oh, and really big earrings. They're kind of my thing."</p><p><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">French Connection dress, $118, <a href="https://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman-collections-dresses/71gzx/summer-sudan-marl-jumper-dress.htm?clr=9e9c9a" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">frenchconnection.com</a>;&nbsp;Forever 21 earrings, $5, </em><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor"><a href="http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&amp;Category=acc_jewelry-earrings&amp;ProductID=1000092658&amp;VariantID=" target="_blank">forever21.com</a>; Rag &amp; Bone booties, $247, <a href="http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Rag-Bone-Margot-Suede-Ankle-Boot/prod126520003/p.prod?ecid=BGCS__GooglePLA&amp;utm_medium=CSE&amp;utm_source=BGCS__GooglePLA&amp;utm_campaign=RagBone" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">bergdorfgoodman.com</a></em></p>

"It was winter, so I wore a grey shift dress that made me look like a presentable adult with black tights and boots. Oh, and really big earrings. They're kind of my thing."

French Connection dress, $118, ; Forever 21 earrings, $5, ; Rag & Bone booties, $247,

Chelsea Peng, assistant editor
<p>"I go back to this formula: a boxy jacquard Topshop shirt everybody always assumes is Kenzo; whatever black trousers I most like at the moment (currently cropped and flared); and low, sturdy heels, like a pair of red suede Dorateymur loafers. It's a clean, boyish silhouette that's made subtly fashion-y with the fabrics and cut. Plus it's chill enough that you can wear it out to the bars after if you tank at the interview."
</p><p><em data-redactor-tag="em">Topshop blouse, $60, <a href="http://us.topshop.com/en/tsus/product/hummingbird-pyjama-shirt-6193484?bi=40&amp;ps=20" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">topshop.com</a>; Michael Michael Kors trousers, $92, <a href="https://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/michael-michael-kors-cropped-flared-trousers-item-11780511.aspx?storeid=9475&amp;from=listing&amp;tglmdl=1&amp;ffref=lp_pic_6_33_" target="_blank">farfetch.com</a>; Dorateymur suede loafers, $450, </em><a href="https://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/dorateymur--harput-suede-loafers-item-11785616.aspx" target="_blank"><em data-redactor-tag="em">farfetch.com</em></a></p>

"I go back to this formula: a boxy jacquard Topshop shirt everybody always assumes is Kenzo; whatever black trousers I most like at the moment (currently cropped and flared); and low, sturdy heels, like a pair of red suede Dorateymur loafers. It's a clean, boyish silhouette that's made subtly fashion-y with the fabrics and cut. Plus it's chill enough that you can wear it out to the bars after if you tank at the interview."

Topshop blouse, $60, ; Michael Michael Kors trousers, $92, ; Dorateymur suede loafers, $450,

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