If you're traveling to a country that requires a visa, then be prepared to go through the make-or-break interview process. Even though there's no set dress code (and eventually it all boils down to how you answer the consulate officer's questions), it won't hurt to start with a good first impression by looking clean and presentable.

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The key to dressing up for you visa interview? Think smart casual! It strikes the perfect balance between casual and formal dressing. After all, while you don't want to seem like you tried too hard, you also don't want to look like you didn't care at all.

Here are a few sample outfits to get you inspired:

A blazer will always elevate your outfit, even your T-shirt and jeans combo.

It's best to wear closed shoes for this one and opt for minimal accesories.

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TRY: MANGO take Action V-neck shirt, P795, SM Megamall; BERSHKA flowing blazer, P1,995, SM Megamall; MANGO skinny Noa Jeans, P1,995, SM Megamall; CHARLES AND KEITH ankle strap pumps, P2,499, SM Megamall; CHARLES AND KEITH criss cross bangle in Silver, P1,099, SM Megamall

Trousers are easy finds for a smart casual look.

Pair them with a long-sleeved blouse and heeled loafers for that clean, sleek, and smart first impression.

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TRY: ZARA flowing blouse with frills, P1995, SM Megamall; UNIQLO EZY ankle length pants, P1,490, SM Megamall; CHARLES AND KEITH sculptural heeled loafers, P2,799, SM Megamall;  H&M narrow belt in powder pink, P299, SM Megamall.

Dresses are always a good way to look put together, but it's best to avoid ones that are too form-fitting.

Cinch your flowy dress with a belt for a structured silhouette. Also remember to wear comfy shoes that won't cause you any blisters, as you might end up waiting for a while for your turn to be interviewed.

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TRY: ZARA poplin dress, P2,495, SM Megamall; ZARA slingback court shoes with elastic strap, P1,995, SM Megamall; MANGO metal buckle belt, P795, SM Megamall; PARFOIS nostalgia rose short necklace, P790, Gateway Mall

Avoid skin-baring clothes like mini skirts and opt for a more modest length instead. 

Got a cute sleeveless blouse? Make it interview-appropriate by layering a tweed jacket over it.

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TRY: ZARA shirt with contrasting bow, P1,995, SM Megamall; MANGO trim tweed jacket, P2,995, SM Megamall, ZARA pleated skirt, P2,495, SM Megamall;  CHARLES AND KEITH classic penny loafers, P2,599, SM Megamall

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