You've landed the interview for your dream job, and now you're faced with a daunting question: what to wear. Of course, your resume, and credentials will outweigh your outfit. However, a first impression can make all the difference on whether or not that offer comes through. What you wear is the first thing your potential employer sees, before you even say a word. A well put-together outfit can help you stand out from the pack.
Having your closet ready with job interview staples can take some pressure off your preparation. When thinking of outfit possibilities, it's important to consider the workplace culture of your desired job. If you’ve done your research, you should have a good sense of the company's expectations.
Remember, there are no set rules, but a classic, professional and polished look is always desirable regardless of the role. You want to avoid showing too much skin or clothes that could be appear sloppy (that means no wrinkles).
My biggest piece of advice is simple: only wear pieces that make you feel 100 percent confident.
When you stride into the interview room, you want to present the best version of yourself. Keep in mind, your clothing and accessories shouldn't steal the show or distract from your capabilities.
In this post, I'm rounding up three of my favorite looks to wear to a job interview.
Dress the Part
Whoever is hiring needs to be able to visualize you in the position they’re trying to fill. Navigating a professional look that showcases your personal style can be tricky.
I frequently find fashionable, yet polished interview options at White House Black Market, which is where I purchased this dress. I love the belted look, and a sensible ruffle always adds a stylish flair. Although this particular dress is no longer in stock, I found a similar style by Antonio Melani, which can be purchased by following this link.
If you want to add a jacket, I recommend a fitted light grey or white blazer, such as this one from BCBG Generation. Invest in a nice blazer. It can be used to dress up countless pieces from simple blouses to tailored trousers.
When purchasing work dresses and skirts, make sure they are long enough, especially if you're planning to wear a pair of heels. A good rule of thumb is ensuring they hit around your knee. I also recommend sitting down in a chair before purchasing dresses to make sure they're an appropriate length and you can move in them with ease.
Keep jewelry and accessories simple, especially with an outfit that makes a statement on its own.
I've worn these Sam Edelman t-strap black studded heels for a variety of work occasions. They pair perfectly with sheath dresses, pant suits and pencil skirts. A black pump is a must in every woman's work wardrobe. If the studs are too much for your personal style or look, here is a great pair of plain black pumps.
Keep it Classic
This two-piece outfit is perfect for the woman who wants a patterned look. The faux lace detail adds interest without being too much. I absolutely love the peplum top, which is such a flattering style. For a more formal interview, I recommend pairing this outfit with a black or beige blazer.
While black, white and grey are solid choices for an interview, don't be afraid to go a more colorful route. Keep it classy though. You don't want anything too vibrant, or bright as it could distract.
Jewel-tones can be a great option in the spring and summer months. I often opt for blues since it brightens my look while still remaining professional.
This dress is from Nordstrom and is designed by Felicity & Coco. Their line offers beautifully fitted dresses in a variety of colors that are perfect for your work wardrobe. This blue dress features a goldtone two-way zipper traveling the full back length.
Since this look is more simple, I added a statement necklace to complete the look.
Feel free to message me with any work wardrobe questions you may have. I love hearing from you!
Remember, take a deep breath, walk in with confidence and smile. You've got this.