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There are few events in life quite as nerve-wracking as a job interview. You’ve spent countless hours perfecting your resume. You’ve recited answers to common questions in the bathroom mirror. You know what relevant skills and qualities you want to highlight. There’s just one thing left on your list: What to wear to a job interview. I love to help my ladies get outfit inspiration by posting my own pairings from my inventory each week in my FB group. To get your own ideas or request a personal styling session to work with items already in your closet, request to join here.
Understated is a Statement
They say, “Dress for the job you want”. Easier said than done, right? If you’re a serious go-getter, fighting for that corner office CFO position, you’re not looking for fashion advice. You would already have a closet full of designer suits at your disposal.
This advice is for the average woman, whether you’re applying for your first job fresh out of college or making a mid-life career change, and those of us who question the difference between business casual and business professional is. Then comes the daunting task of shopping. I aim to make this process easier by suggesting two fail-proof outfits, which include styles from my LuLaRoe boutique, as well as some Do’s and Don’t’s.
A Simple Dress – This is an interview, not a fashion show. Let them know you’re serious and confident without extra fluff and fuss. I recommend a solid color or subtle pattern paired with minimal jewelry. The LuLaRoe Julia, Debbie, and Amelia dresses are all perfect candidates. These dresses are simple, classic silhouettes that flatter all body shapes.
A Classic Blazer – A well fitted neutral blazer is a wardrobe staple. It says ‘I’m here to do business’. This tailored jacket is versatile in that it can be worn with trousers, skirts, or over a fitted dress. Keep your look powerful yet feminine with a comfortable LuLaRoe Cassie pencil skirt.
Your Last First Impression
Do keep colors and accessories toned down to eliminate distractions. Unless your prospective job calls for something more… exotic, modesty is not negotiable.
Don’t show excess cleavage or wear unreasonably short skirts.
Do make sure your garments are clean and wrinkle-free, and worn properly (buttons buttoned, zippers zipped, etc.).
Shoes, although one of my guilty pleasures, should be practical and not draw attention. (If you need footwear suggestion, read my recent post here).
Do let your clothing accentuate your personality and ambition, but don’t let your choices overshadow them. A well thought out interview outfit will give a strong first impression, often by not making an impression.
What other suggestions do you have for what to wear to a job interview? Comment below and I may add them to my list! If you’d like a free personal styling consultation with the above-mentioned styles, please contact me.