Job interviews are stressful enough without the added trauma of trying to figure out what to wear. Taking the time to plan your outfit a few days before the interview can help you avoid a panic-induced, wardrobe meltdown. This will allow you to focus on the most important thing: getting the job. Whether you like it or not, appearances matter. In the first few moments of an interview your interviewer will have already begun to make a decision on the only information they have – the way you look.

There are a few things to consider when putting together your interview ensemble.

Corporate wear

When you think about the image you want to convey in an interview – polished, professional and capable – then corporate wear is your safest bet. Unfortunately, it can be a hard look to master. More often than not, women’s suits can look boxy, cheap and unflattering.

Comfort is essential

If you’re not used to wearing a suit and you feel uncomfortable, it will show. You don’t want to spend the entire interview adjusting and readjusting your outfit. It’s more important that you wear something you feel good wearing. In the end, your confidence and composure is going to have more impact than your outfit. If you decide to invest in a suit for your interview, leave enough time to get alterations made. A good suit is expensive, but unless it fits you well, you’ve wasted your money. Even a cheaper suit can look more expensive if tailored to fit you properly. Interview style doesn’t have to be boring. It’s easy to inject a bit of style into your interview look by incorporating elements of current trends in your overall look.

Vintage flair

This season there is a big nod towards the 70s with wide-leg trousers, pleated maxi and midi-skirts, flowing blouses and tweed jackets. The colour palette is muted and warm. Think tans, creams, caramels and pale pink tones.

Colour blocking

Stand out in a sea of black and charcoal by adding a splash of colour to your corporate suit. Blouses in beautiful jewel tones of emerald, sapphire or garnet are sure to impress and can be echoed subtly in your accessories.

Where to shop

Head to Cue for up-to-the-minute styles, cute jackets and great dresses. Visit Zara for a splash of colour and great blouses in jewel tones. Jigsaw has a great selection of very current corporate wear, think wide leg trousers and flirty blouses. You’re sure to find something amongst their huge range of suits and shirts. Country Road is always reliable for a selection of great separates, wonderful shirts and simple accessories.