Have you ever had a job interview or an important meeting and in the process of getting ready you completely destroyed your closet trying to find the perfect outfit? Then, after all the chaos, you settled for a boring pair of black slacks and a white button-down. We have all been there. But now, there is no need for hectic mornings like that. Here is my simple guide to putting together the perfect interview outfit while incorporating some of the hottest trends – may you never have your closet spread out on the floor again!
First, you must see what category your interview fits into. If you get the job, will you work in a formal office setting or at the boutique in the mall? At a Fourtune 500 company or with a prominent designer? There are certain interviews where it is okay to dress down a little bit or push the fashion envelope. I think the boutique owner or the fashion designer will appreciate someone who incorporated their own personal style into their outfit at the interview. You might get the job because of it! After all, what can you learn about a person who wears the same old slacks as every one else?
It is important that your look makes a good first impression. Employers obviously want someone who looks put together and ready for their first tasks. They want someone who they can picture working in a particular environment. For a formal office interview, you can never go wrong with slacks with a bottom-down shirt and a blazer. But, why not add a little pop of color with the blazer or add some detail with a sequin heel? A blazer definitely shows professionalism, but a colored blazer shows your ability to put together a unique outfit. You can leave them thinking, ‘I would have thought of that, but it looks really good on her.’
In the picture, hardly any of the girls’ blazers match their pants. It’s okay to mix it up, but don’t put together a look that is totally out there. Some employers may be distracted if the outfit is too bright or wild. I’m encouraging you interviewees to incorporate your own fashion sense, but that doesn’t mean go overboard with prints or clashing colors. Stripes are hot right now, so a striped blazer may be the way to go, but pair it with a solid-colored blouse and pants. Here are some of my favorite colored blazers from Gap. They fit really nice also!
A classy dress can also work for many job interviews. Choosing to go with a dress for an interview can be a good idea if the dress is not too short and does not show too much cleavage. Sometimes a cardigan is the way to go with dresses that are sleeveless. For some dresses, it is nice to add a belt to really define the waist and add a detail or pop of color. Here is a dress that incorporates the stripes trend and adds a pop of color with the blue pointed-toe heel. It looks very put together and what employer doesn’t want that?
Now, dresses may not always be the safe choice because there are manydresses that are not appropriate for the office. Think about the occassion that the designer meant the dress for. There are dresses that are meant for the red carpet, the runway or the club. Don’t pick one of those dresses! I advise that when choosing a dress for an interview you are certain that it is appropriate for the event. Here are some dresses that will not work at an interview for example. Well, unless you’re trying to be a model. In that case, I don’t think it really matters.
I don’t think I need to explain why these dresses would be a bad choice. I would stay away from a tight all-leather dress. It could give employers a promiscuous vibe and nothing could be worse than a wardrobe malfunction at a job interview. There are ways you could work the leather trend into your outfit, but in a more subtle way like a black leather tank or t-shirt.
The Lady Gaga outfit in the picture is also a bad idea because of the cleavage. It also doesn’t look fitting for most work environment. Actually, nothing she wears would be good for an interview. Don’t look to her for an example! The second picture is of a dress that incorporates the popular sheer trend, but I don’t believe it would be plausible for most jobs even though it may look cute on the dance floor when you’re out with your friends. Save it for Friday night ladies!
What are some of your favorite looks you’ve rocked at an interview? Share pictures or tweet @emcblue.
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