A suit is as traditional as it gets. In order to stand out, you can make small changes that won't change the look too drastically.
Start with the blazer. Go for a burgundy or dark blue for something that is slightly different, or look to a traditional pattern, such as a Herringbone print. Any of these choices will make an impact, but it won't be out of place in an office environment. The rest of the look should be in a neutral color, such as grays, blacks or dark blues. As far as the slacks go, pay attention to length. It shouldn't be too short that your ankles are showing or too long that it's dragging on the floor. Pick pants that are slightly fitted a more youthful look. The last place you can add a bit of sparkle is on your feet. While you don't want to bare your toes, you can look for shoes with a fun detail.
|Rag & Bone, Maison Martin Margiela, Equipment, Via Spiga|
For a creative workspace, you still want to look professional, so short hemlines and open-toed shoes are still banned. But there's more leeway. You can play with color, and you don't need to wear a suit. It's flexible enough that you can show the interviewer your personality through your dress. If it's a fashion-focused job, show them that you have an eye for style. If it's an artsy position, you can wear something with lots of color.
For this look, we started off with a dress. It's not very daring, but with its peplum and bright blue color, it does bring some sass. It's really the coat that is the star. It's bright yellow, has a bit of sweetness, and it works amazingly with that shade of blue.And because you have already gone bold on the color, a third complementary color won't hurt. Each of these pieces is professional and polished, but they aren't standard.
|Red Valentino, Tibi, Vince Camuto|
Take the best elements of both to come up for an appropriate outfit for an office that isn't completely traditional or part of a creative field. This will work well for more casual environments.
For this in-between outfit, we chose a tonal look. The color blue goes from dark to light for an interesting but professional effect made up of a blazer and a flirty skirt. The orange shoes are where the fun comes in. It's not as expected a choice as wearing nude or black, and it's the perfect way to show just a bit of personality.
|Topshop, Cacharel, Paul Smith, DV by Dolce Vita|