The Job Interview ‘What to Wear’ Handbook
- Jan 17, 2018
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Going on a job interview comes with many stressors, like how much time should I give myself to commute? Is my resume up to date? And the ever-daunting question what will I wear? While all the following questions are important, it seems the last one is the one that keeps us up at night looking over Pinterest for outfit inspiration. One huge fashion lifesaver that all enthusiastic business professionals should consider is having that one perfect interview outfit waiting for you obediently in the back of your closet. Wanting to choose your best interview outfit? Or looking to change up your current one? This handbook will give you all the information you need to head off into the professional world with confidence.
Before deciding what to wear, you need to do a little research about the company you will be meeting with. Most companies fall under three different categories of workwear.
Dress perfect for: Advertising, PR, Logistics, Editorial, Real estate
While casual work environments do exist, this also doesn’t mean you can wear whatever you want. Business casual offices are often a place for creativity, which allows you to express yourself with your wardrobe while still remaining professional and conservative, tricky right? It’s easier than you think! Think dressing down while still remaining polished.
Tops: Choose a classic sweater over a button-down combo or a blouse with a short jacket or blazer. Steer away from anything too tight or too showy, wear something comfortable that you feel put together in.
Pants: With denim might be too casual for the workplace, you still have many great options when it comes to pants. Try a pair of pixie pants or skinny slacks. A neutral color like black, navy, or grey will allow you to change out tops while still matching.
Bag: Now on to our favorite part of the outfit, the bag! While it might not seem important, it is, your bag is what ties your whole outfit together and can make you stand out from the rest. Not to mention it’s essential for holding your resume. We suggest a Tote, like a "Ralph Lauren Truffle Soft Leather "Ricky 33" Satchel Tote, this tan tote matches any outfit and turns it from classy to high class, and at Couture Traders.
FASHION FORWARD CASUAL
Dress perfect for: Fashion, Beauty, Retail, Advertising, PR, Design, Startup
Fashion Forward is a lot like business casual but gives you the opportunity to be a bit more creative and trendy, which for many companies, especially in more visionary industries will give you a leg up. Let your personality shine through with fashion-forward casual and add a bit more pizzaz.
Outfit: Try to find a chic two-piece ensemble, with either a skirt or slacks. Be innovative with the pattern or design but stay classic with the colors. Layer this with a light sweater for a more crisp look.
Bag: Your bag is your opportunity to splash some color on this look. Our bright blue “HERMES BLUE STRIPE CABAG ELAN SATCHEL HANDBAG” take a classic look to the next level with its bright color.
Dress Perfect for: Finance, Accounting, Law firm, Consulting, Marketing, Business
While this interview outfit is more formal and comes with more restrictions, it doesn’t mean it can’t be fashionable or easy. Opt for more black and navy and stay away from flash and bright colors. Make sure your outfit doesn’t detract from your personality or professionalism but compliments it.
Outfit: You can’t go wrong with a classic suit with a crisp button-down, look for pants that are fitted and have a bit of a taper. Avoid looking sloppy with boot cut slacks. A skirt should be knee length and tailored appropriately.
Bag: In this setting your bag is all about practicality, make sure you have something that can carry paperwork, your laptop, and other work essentials. Our KATE SPADE BLACK PEBBLE LEATHER "KORY" WELLSLEY TOTE BAG is the essential bag for any business professional. The bags classic look that goes with any outfit while being functional and stunning.