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11 Creative Blouses to Dress Up a Boring Interview Outfit

Figuring out what to wear to work shouldn’t be a bore. To make your weekdays easier, welcome to Business Casual. Every Wednesday, we’ll highlight the best office-appropriate clothes, whether it’s for the job you have or the one you want.

So you have a big interview and you’re freaking out. You already studied up on the company and your résumé has been proofread so many times, you can recite it from memory. But one look at your closet and whatever confidence you had went to shambles. Nothing feels quite right. Before you go crazy and buy an entire new outfit, take a breath. Unless your go-to blazer or favorite skirt is in complete disrepair, all you need is a new blouse to make everything feel fresh again. Whether you require a classic silk shirt worn under a suit, or you’re looking for something that’ll adequately demonstrate your creativity, scroll ahead for 11 blouses that’ll boost your confidence on the big day.

L’Agence Kendra Silk Chiffon Blouse
Sale Price: $119 (60 percent off) at Barneys Warehouse

This is a creative twist on a standard white button-up. Wear it untucked over slim back pants and add a blazer for a relaxed take on a suit.
Original Price: $295

Ganni Dalton crepe shirt
$130 at Need Supply

Big flowers against a dark background feel more serious and down to business than your standard pretty floral top.

Raey crew-neck silk-satin blouse
Sale Price: $126 (30 percent off) at MATCHESFASHION

Between the beautiful shade of red and the luxurious luster of the silk, this striking top says you’re not afraid to stand out and take risks.
Original Price: $181

Club Monaco Colema silk top
$170 at Spring

A deep-navy top is a smart way to spice up a gray suit, without going too crazy.

Maje Lockin pleated top
$163 at Selfridges

Here’s another option, if you’re headed to an interview for a creative gig: a bright-green, pleated blouse that nods to the ’80s big-shoulder trend, without looking costumey.

Diane von Furstenberg drape front blouse
Sale price: $137 (40 percent off) at Diane von Furstenberg

If green isn’t your color, this is another creative interview-friendly top. Just add a camisole under it — the deep V is a touch too revealing, no matter how laid-back the environment may be.
Original Price: $228

Christopher Kane silk crepe de chine blouse
Sale Price: $236 (65 percent off) at The Outnet

With its high neck and soft peach color, it’s conservative enough for even the most traditional bank or law-firm roles.
Original Price: $675

Tibi one-shoulder stretch-faille top
Sale Price: $225 (40 percent off) at Net-a-Porter

Between the voluminous shape, flash of shoulder, and bright-red color, it’s a lot to take in, so keep it simple on the bottom: a black skirt or trousers will suffice.
Original Price: $375

Frame Chloe silk blouse
Sale Price: $153 (40 percent off) at Net-a-Porter

Billowy sleeves give this white blouse a little extra kick, so it doesn’t feel like every other button-up in your closet.
Original Price: $255

Equipment slim signature shirt
$214 at Need Supply

The best women’s blouse, in a vibrant shade of teal, can revive any blazer.

See by Chloé crochet-paneled fil coupé cotton shirt
Sale Price:$216 (40 percent off) at Net-a-Porter

Another way to wear a non-boring white shirt is to look for one with tons of texture, like this shredded-cotton-and-crochet mix.
Original Price: $360

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11 Creative Blouses to Dress Up a Boring Interview Outfit