Things To Consider
People often default on black clothing when they want to look professional, but this isn’t necessary! While wearing head-to-toe neon brights is a poor choice for an interview, coloured clothing can give the impression that you’re a happy, outgoing person. Colour is light, fun, and helps make you look more approachable which is important for any job that requires you to interact with other people. For a great interview outfit, a balance of black (or another dark neutral) and colour is ideal. The Amelia Icecream Dress with a Fanciful Cardi-Jacket over top is perfect—the pastel shades in the dress are relaxed and light but the black jacket grounds the look.
This classic was once exclusive to suiting and though it has become a part of casual dress over the last decade, it’s still a staple when it comes to professional apparel. There are endless styles available, but simpler is better when you’re dressing for an interview. A classic black blazer with a notched collar never fails, but modernized styles in other colours can be great as well. The Katie Blazer is a sleek design that can up the professionalism in your interview outfit and the powder blue colour looks so chic!
Not all interview outfits are fit for every type of interview. It’s important to consider how formal the job is as this will help determine how formal or how casual to dress for the interview. For example, if you’re up for a position as a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or another job that requires a professional license, a more formal look is ideal. A suit, collared shirt, and dress shoes or heels are a must when interviewing for these kinds of positions. On the other hand, if you’re interviewing for a job as a sales associate, waitress, cashier, or other customer service job, a more casual—but still well put-together—outfit is appropriate. A Belle Top, Madam Skirt, and Katie Blazer create a look that is work-appropriate and fashion-forward without being overly formal.
To keep an outfit professional, minimalism is key. Over-complicating an outfit with too many accessories is not ideal, but one or two strategically chosen pieces can help enhance the look and pull it all together. For example, if you’re wearing a little black dress and colourful blazer to your interview, adding on a silver statement necklace like the Flatter Me Necklace adds interest that gives your look a sophisticated feel without seeming overdone.
Showing too much skin
Modesty is key to a professional outfit. There’s a time and place for women’s clothes with short hemlines and deep necklines but they are not appropriate for professional environments. Avoid necklines deep enough to show cleavage and, if you wear a skirt, keep it around knee length. If it wouldn’t be appropriate to wear on the job, it’s not going to work in a job interview. Try a top with a round neckline that doesn’t plunge downward, like our Adore Lace Top, with the knee-length Popsicle Corset Skirt in black.
Some interviews are more casual than others and it’s not often that they’re laid-back enough for shorts to work. If the interview is highly casual or for a job in a clothing store that sells a particular style they might be appropriate. In this instance, choose shorts that are more fashionable and less casual like our Daisy Pretty White Shorts and add a blazer to your outfit to make it more professional. However, it’s usually best to choose something you know will be appropriate for an interview outfit. Why not skip the shorts and go for cropped pants instead? These still have a playful, casual vibe but are available in many styles that are more suited for work environments. Try our unique Delight ¾ Icecream Pants with an Adore White Top and a cute jacket for a fabulous interview look.
Too Much Makeup
Overdoing your makeup for an interview can make you look unprofessional and unapproachable which is not ideal for most jobs. Keep it minimal and simple—a little mascara, a clean swipe of eyeliner, and a sheer lip gloss is enough. A good foundation is also helpful if you tend to get nervous and flushed in interviews. A colourful lipstick is in a bit of a grey-area; this product can certainly help you look posh and put-together, but use it only if your outfit is simpler and in mostly neutral colours or it could look like too much. There are always exceptions to rules though, and if you’re interviewing for a creative position—like interior designer or makeup artist—a bolder, but tastefully done, makeup style can be suitable.