Looking professional doesn't have to mean black (although we do appreciate its slimming effect). Choosing a classic top, pair of trousers or shift dress in a rich and vibrant color (like spring's bold tangerine) demonstrates a certain level of confidence—a must-have for any job. Splashy prints, like florals or stripes, can also be interview-appropriate...when worn in moderation. A patterned cardigan would work with a solid skirt or pair of pants. If you're prone to sweat, skip the light blue oxford or a silk blouse for something darker and thicker that won't reveal underarm wet spots.
Not ready to take the leap from charcoal to chartreuse? Think about a different, less-mournful neutral—like this season's sophisticated navy. Glassman says it flatters almost any skin tone and can be paired with everything from fuchsia to camel.