What to wear to an interview?
“Showing up to an interview polished and dressed appropriately for the role you are interviewing for shows that you put effort into yourself and into understanding the organization's culture”. A good interview outfit can help with your confidence going into the interview. “If you feel great on the outside it will calm the inner crazy person shrieking insecurities inside your head.”
Because there are no hard and fast rules anymore, your best bet is to do your homework ahead of time to figure out what the standard dress code would be for the role and company at which you're interviewing.
Keep these points in mind and get dressed for the interview:
Black Dress Pants
A pair of classic black slacks is an essential part of a woman's interview wardrobe. It's worth it to invest in a pair of quality black dress pants that fit well and will hold up after many wears.
With a bit of creativity, black dress pants don't have to be boring. Add a top with an interesting detail, like this heather-gray sweater with black stripes and a button-down blouse. It softens the look and makes it a bit special and style them up with peep toe heels to complete that perfect look.
Modern Business Formal
Fortunately, if you use discretion in coordinating your outfit, your business formal suit doesn't have to be boring. Work with colors that are modest but still eye-catching, like this light-blue patterned tie that matches a striped shirt. It adds a touch of urban sophistication without sacrificing professionalism.
Finally, a grey suit coat and pants still lend to a formal look, yet is more modern than the dreary black suit.
Buy a plain and simple shirt and wear it to your interview. You can experiment with fabrics, like the sheer silk chiffon here, which works great when layered over a camisole. Try being creative with color, too.
When you're shopping for a shirt, remember that the neckline should be modest. Make sure your bra is covered, and avoid showing cleavage. It's also a good idea to keep your button down tucked in unless it's a style that is designed to be worn without tucking in.
Light Colored Jacket and Pants
Not sure if the company you're interviewing at requires a business casual, or business formal type of dress? Find the best option with a light-colored or khaki blazer and coordinating pants.
A khaki blazer is less harsh than a black or grey suit coat. It's a great piece because it straddles the boundary between business casual and business formal . Worn with a tie, it is a bit more business formal. Worn without a tie, it's a solid option for when you aren't quite sure of the dress code.
Consider Adding Texture
Adding texture to your outfit lends an instant sense of class, sophistication, and style to an otherwise ordinary ensemble. A textured blazer, like the tweed one here, dresses up a button down and slacks without looking stuffy or uptight. A corduroy blazer accomplishes the same thing.
Pair the blazer with a tie for a more formal environment, or lose the tie for a look that is relaxed but professional.
A Navy Blue Blazer
A navy blue blazer is a breath of fresh air from the typical black suit coat and is a great addition to your interviewing wardrobe.
A navy blue blazer can be worn with a tie, or without, depending on the dress code. It matches numerous shirt colors and can be worn with khakis, chinos or grey slacks. Lookout for the amazing collection of blazers from Nordstrom black Friday sale and save huge on your shopping bills.
Essentially, there's a lot of flexibility packed into this one item, so you'll get a lot of mileage out of it. Navy blue blazers add a touch of class for a look that is timeless, yet always professional.
Choose a Few Basic Pieces
Don't worry, you don't have to spend a lot of money or pour through fashion magazines to figure out what to wear to your interview. Fortunately, interview fashion is relatively straightforward. Using a few basic pieces, it's easy to put together an outfit that is stylish, professional, and tasteful. But please keep those colorful shirts and slip-on for the time when you actually are old enough in a particular organization.
Interviews are the time which actually leads to success or destruction of one’s career. It is very important to dress up accordingly and not to look gaudy so that the person interviewing you gets a good impression over your idea of decent dressing. Keep it as simple as you can so that you can crack it down with full confidence.