Dressing for the Interview: DOs and DON’Ts

First impressions mean a lot (not everything but a lot). I know we are not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I’m calling bullshit on that rule. We survive on the ability to be able to size up a situation based on an impression.

For the most part it doesn’t matter what people think. The old woman behind me in Aldi’s doesn’t get a say on whether my socks match. However, it matters during a job interview and at work every day. What you wear should be an expression and extension of who you are. Every morning you wake up a brand new canvas. Your wardrobe is the paints in your palette. How you put it together creates a beautiful picture that people can learn from.

The interview look is your first “painting” in what will be a series of works along your new job path.It’s a very important first impression. You should think it through carefully and have a little fun. I can show you an example of what I would wear based on what is in my closet, if you have any questions about adapting it to fit your own wardrobe, ask away in the comments below.

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Every candidate will be walking into their interview wearing the expected uniform of a crisp, clean, button-up shirt and suit. I am a non-conformist at heart so whenever there is an opportunity to go against the grain, I take it. I challenge you to wear something that will help you stand out. The zebra-print sweater pictured above is a perfect example. A world away from a button-up but still very sophisticated and work appropriate. Every piece works on its own but mixed and matched this way makes it an eye-catching look that wont soon be forgotten. Always add a pop of color where you can, here I added red suede pumps, $40 by Steve Madden. You can shop this complete look here.

Add accessories that speak to your unique personality, try a bold necklace or statement ring. I recommend keeping your hair and makeup subtle. And don’t wear anything uncomfortable, no one wants to feel their toes pinch while trying to land a dream job. Try on your outfit ahead of time in case something doesn’t work or fit. Wear pants, they are comfortable and you don’t have to worry about showing your slip to your interviewer. Layer your look over smooth intimates, no panty lines or patterns you might be able to see through your clothing. Keep things smooth and polished.

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Wear what makes you feel good, as long as it’s appropriate. There are no rules, fit the body you have and not the body you want and do it in a way that ensures you are leading with your best foot forward. Clothes, when they fit well, flatter your shape and do a lot for your self-confidence. The most important accessory you can wear to a job interview is your self-confidence.

What are your Dos and Don’ts? Share them with me below.

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