5 Perfect Interview Dresses For Women (+ Accessories!)

Let’s first address the elephant in the room. Can you wear a dress to an interview?

I’ve interviewed hundreds of people over the course of my career, coached dozens on interview preparation, and have been interviewed myself a few times. With all of this interview-related experience, my answer to whether you can wear a dress to an interview is… absolutely!

In many situations wearing a dress to an interview is a no-brainer. However, go with a more traditional skirt or pant suit in the following situations:

  1. The office has a business professional dress code.
  2. You are interviewing for an executive level position.
  3. You would wear a suit if meeting with clients in the new job (e.g. a lawyer or accountant).

You want the interviewer to be able to envision you in the job you’re interviewing for. So, if the job requires a full suit, wear that. Otherwise, wear a dress if that makes you feel confident.

With that, let’s jump right in to 5 perfect interview dresses for women.

1. Karen Kane Cascade Faux Wrap Dress

This jersey wrap dress is classy and breathable. The three-quarter length sleeves, nipped-in waist, and high v-neck are sure to make you look and feel your best.

This is great for curvier figures, especially if you don’t feel as comfortable in more structured materials. Comes in sizes XS – XL.

Wrap interview dresses for women

Try these accessories:

Gorjana Parker Link Bracelet
Calvin Klein Gayle Pump
Gorjana Parker Retro Elongated Hoop

2. LK Bennett Frankie Black Crepe Belted Dress

This dress means business! The fitted silhouette, clean lines and belt detail at the waist will give you a sleek and sophisticated look. The subtle colar and sleeve button detail elevate the look even further.

Comes in sizes 2 – 14.

Fitted interview dresses for women

Try these accessories:

Kendra Scott Brooke Layered Pendant Necklace
Ted Baker London Wishiri Pump
Karine Sultan Stud Earrings

3. M.M. Lafleur The Lara Dress

This dress is classic cut with a twist in the A-line hem. The color is perfect for an interview. The cut is a bit looser and can work for wider hips or mid section.

This dress is even machine washable! Comes in sizes 0 – 18.

A-line interview dresses for women

Try these accessories:

M.M. Lafleur The Mabel Necklace
M.M. Lafleur The Lillian Pump
M.M. Lafleur The Ponza Earrings

4. Adrianna Papell Tie Waist Crepe Sheath Dress

This classic sheath dress with a fun tie waist in the middle will define your shape and give you some pep in your step. This dress comes in a variety of colors — and many of them could be good for interviewing.

Sizes XXS – XXL.

Sheath interview dresses for women

Try these accessories:

Kurt Geiger London Bond 90 d’Orsay Pump
Vince Camuto Orla Canvas Tote
Panacea Octagon Hoop Earrings

5. Lulus Westwood Black Half Sleeve Sheath Dress (Budget Friendly!)

This is by far the most budget friendly dress on the list, and with hundreds of five star reviews, it is a winner. The half sleeves, front pleats and overlapping hem give it a sophisticated flare.

Comes in sizes XXS – 3X.

Budget interview dresses for women

Try these accessories:

Lulus Art Deco Gold Earrings
Quay Australia Blue Light Filtering Glasses
Panacea Large Multiband Wrist Cuff

The Best Interview Dresses for Women

The most important thing is that you feel powerful and amazing in your interview outfit. If a dress makes you feel good, that will come through in your confidence and ability to present yourself well.

If you choose to wear a dress for your interview, I will leave you with three must-dos:

  1. Make sure the dress is right for your body type. For example, if you have a curvy frame don’t go for a stiff, straight dress.
  2. Absolutely no clevage for an interview.
  3. A dress that hits just above the knee is the best choice for an interview. Be sure to sit down in the dress to ensure the length is appropriate and that you’re comfortable.
  4. Take it to a tailor to get the fit just right.

Once you’ve found the perfect interview outfit, get a polished interview bag and then check out our tips to get your best professional headshot and how to write a career story to land your dream job.

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