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Interviews: what to wear

I've got a couple of training contract interviews coming up. Obviously, I need to wear formal/business attire, but what exactly does this mean - especially for women? 

Training contract interview and scenario-based question help

What should I do if I don't know the answer to a scenario-based question at a training contract interview?

Submitting training contract and vacation scheme applications early

Do certain law firms give vacation schemes and training contracts out on a 'first come, first served' basis? If so, how do I find out which those firms are?

Training contract applications: your love letter to a law firm

How do I make my training contract application stand out from the thousands of others that my preferred firms will receive?

How many training contract applications should I make?

Last year I sent off over 50 training contract applications, but wasn't invited for a single interview. What am I doing wrong? How can I improve things this year?