Are you ready to land your dream job? Great! But before that happens, it’s interview time. You already know your resume and experience backward and forward, but we’re talking about another kind of prep—your outfit. Does the perfect interview outfit exist? There is no one-size-fits-all answer, because the right look depends on your industry. Here are some guidelines to dressing for traditional and creative interviews.
If you’re interviewing in traditional or conservative industries, begin with a neutral sheath dress. Sheath dresses are almost universally flattering because they nod to the shape of the body without hugging it tightly. And in a mid-to-knee length, it will be appropriate for the warmer months. To let your resume make the biggest statement, keep your accessories understated and clean. If you think you need to level up one step further into professional, wear a black blazer over top. There will be no doubt when you step into the room that you mean business.
Who says you can’t wear a jumpsuit to an interview? No one at Nordstrom Trunk Club, that’s for sure. As long as you’re in the race for a job with a little creative flexibility, this outfit will make a confident impression. No worrying about skirt lengths or tucking in shirttails, a jumpsuit with a sleek trench is fuss-free and fashion-forward. White mules are very much on-trend for the season as well as resin earrings. Bring along a notepad, a laptop or tablet, and maybe some travel-size deodorant in a simple tote.
Once you land the job, check back in with The Stylist for more tips on workwear essentials.