So you got the degree, refreshed your resume, and wrote a stellar cover letter… but what about your wardrobe? When it comes to landing your dream job, picking the right outfit is a MUST. Your accomplishments may get you in the door, but the right look will give you all the confidence to seal the deal.
Your guide to “dress for success”:
Comfort is KEY
When you’re physically comfortable, you’ll spend less time thinking about how you look and more time mentally preparing to crush your interview.
That doesn’t mean to flaunt your Juicy Couture track suit and UGGs. But don’t trot around in a mini skirt that accentuates your assets either. Choose something fitted, not skin tight. (If you can see your panty line, move on). Keep a professional look with a tailored fit — tailored to the office look, not a Saturday night at a club.
Now let’s talk shoes. No one is impressed by a girl who can’t walk in heels. If that’s you, opt for flats. If you feel comfortable in heels, try a block versus a pointed toe. And speaking of toes, make sure you cover those bad boys up. The likelihood of your new boss having a foot fetish is slim. We hope.
Less is More
Remember, YOU are the star of the show, not your accessories! Keep accessories simple and minimal. Stud earrings and a simple chain necklace are your best bet.
Don’t Overlook Your Hair and Makeup
Save your smokey eye and powerful perfume for another occasion. Don’t distract the interviewer. The focus should be on you and what you bring to the table. Keep your makeup light and fresh. Try a nude lip and eye palette with minimal eye liner (if any). Your hair should be light and fresh, no up-dos necessary.
Be mindful of how much fragrance you’re spraying before leaving your apartment. It’s best to play it safe and skip altogether. Oh and don’t forget to take off that chipped nail polish! Either go bare or choose something neutral or nude.
This one may seem obvious, but don’t wait until the morning of to pick out your interview outfit. Track down your entire ensemble and try it on for a test run. The sooner, the better. That way if the skirt you’re planning on wearing seems a little too short, you can find an alternative. Have other options handy just in case you get outfit cold feet!
Phone a Friend
Let’s face it, trendy business attire is NOT cheap. Instead of shopping online, “shop” in your most fashionable friend’s closet. Chances are you’ll find some gems. There’s no shame in asking. Trust me, it’s not worth worrying about how you’re going to pay rent to buy a killer outfit you’ll probably wear once. Just remember to have it dry cleaned if you borrow. 😉
The Final Touch
Wear your confidence proudly. You got this, girl.
Abby Smith is a college student and lifestyle blogger for @authenticallyabby. This East Coast native splits her time between NYC and MD, when she’s not blogging she loves exploring the city and all it has to offer.