Interviewing for a new job can sometimes feel like a full-time job in itself. It requires a dedicated professional wardrobe, an always-on attitude, and the constant communication cycle of cover letters, follow-up calls, and thank you notes. So, it only makes sense to arm yourself with some classic luxury business accessories that will help you tackle the role — and will leave you looking good while you do it.
Here are seven business professional accessories that will prepare you for wherever the interview process takes you, from first interview to an offer letter.* (Don’t worry, you got this!)
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Britannia Messenger Bag
If you’re looking for something more modern and trendy than a typical leather briefcase — but without losing out on the organization — a durable and versatile messenger bag might be the way to go. This Britannia Messenger bag from Herschel can transform into a briefcase, a backpack, or a shoulder bag, but it doesn’t skimp out on functionality or fashion. We especially love that it’s structured like a typical briefcase, meaning that you can easily carry it into a business casual interview in a classic Black color, or you can bring your personality through with a color like Apricot Brandy for an interview in a creative role.
Luxe Softside Shoulder Bag
In our opinion, one of the smartest business decisions you can make is investing in a reliable, ready-for-anything work tote bag. (Okay, maybe we’re being a little dramatic… but they seriously are an investment you shouldn’t make lightly.) This 18” Hartmann Luxe Softside Shoulder Bag is a great pick because it’s crafted with a durable, gorgeous fabric that you can easily wipe down. It also has a SmartSleeve™ that can be slid over your suitcase handles, for when you’re on your next business trip, and a zip closure, a must when it comes to storing it on an airplane or walking through a busy city. It also features several interior compartments to keep you organized whether you’re in the office or on the go. What more could you ask for?
Cotton Paper Notebook by Maison Margiela
$162, Luisa Via Roma
A fresh start at a fresh job requires a fresh, new notebook. This gorgeous cotton paper notebook from Luisa Via Roma, made by Maiison Margiela, is crafted in France and features a stunning white embroidered cotton canvas cover and 30 pages of starched cotton paper — making it the perfect clean slate for all of you new business ventures. Use it to jot down pre-interview questions, notes about the hiring process, or to sketch out your next innovative idea. It’s your own book of blank possibilities.
The Met x ACME Studio Celestial Pen
$110, The Met Store
When it comes to interviewing, you only have a short amount of time to make an impression — and oftentime your fashion and accessory choices can do that for you. That’s why we love the idea of having this rollerball pen, designed after an intricate calendar watch from The Met collection, to take notes with throughout your interview. Crafted around 1650 by Thomas Alcock, the original dial indicated the time of the tides, phase of the moon, and more. So what better design to carry into this new phase of work than this Celestial Pen by The Met x ACME Studio.
Dreamer Card Case
Add a little style (and practicality) to your next networking event or job fair with a designer card case. The Coach Dreamer is inspired by the mood of New York City — full of possibilities and constantly moving forward. (How perfect for a business card holder, right?) This slender, androgynous design features an easy snap closure, four credit card slots, and an inside zip pocket that’s perfect for holding your own business card to give out after you nail your next elevator pitch.
Thank You Cards by Bell’Invito Letterpress
$72, Bergdorf Goodman
We’re big believers in the post-interview thank you… and we’re not the only ones. 80% of hiring managers find thank you messages helpful when reviewing job candidates — even though only a fourth of hiring managers actually receive thank you notes from applicants, according to an Accountemps survey. We love the personal impact that comes with sending a good, old fashion handwritten note to a hiring manager, and these gorgeous Thank You Cards from Bergdorf Goodman are a classic choice no matter what kind of role you are interviewing for.
The Wear to Work Book by M.M. LaFleur
Last, but not least, don’t make the mistake of only putting consideration into your job interview outfit. Once you ace the interview, you’ll also need to start thinking about what you will be wearing day-to-day in your new role. Thankfully, in this business casual manifesto from M.M. LaFleur, this go-to women’s luxury fashion brand will show you how to build a “career-making wardrobe in four delightful steps” so that you’ll never have to stress about what to wear to work again.
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