If finding a new job is one of the top goals in your Best Self Journal this year, it’s time to get down to business. While polishing up your resume will help you get in the door and rehearsing your elevator pitch is critical to moving past the recruiter stage, finding the perfect outfit is also a huge piece of the pie to help exude confidence and give off a strong first impression.
But dressing the part doesn’t necessarily mean grabbing that standard suit and calling it a day — especially if you work in a more creative field. It’s all about showcasing your personality, while keeping it professional. And to achieve this, it boils down to a few interview dressing dos and don’ts. Ahead you’ll find tips on what not to wear when you’re in the interrogation chair, along with advice on what may be more appropriate. Read on and you may just come that much closer to crossing off the “land my dream job” portion of that 2019 checklist.
Do Be You
Don’t Try to Be a Different Version of Yourself
Genuine People Lightweight Velvet Ribbed Jacket, $141, available at Genuine People
Do Keep Your Bag Somewhat Subtle
Don’t Go For Flashy Labels
You may love your designer logo bag, but leave it at home for the interview. It could come off as overtly pretentious or stuffy, even if that’s not the vibe you’re going for. You can’t go wrong with a neutral satchel in a classic shape and extra points if it’s roomy enough to hold a few printed out resumes (yes, even in these digital days, always bring your resume).
Dagne Dover Allyn Tote, $375, available at Dagne Dover
Don’t Forget About the Tailor
Presentation is key — so if something doesn’t quite fit, skip it. The last thing you want to do is to fidget with sleeves that are too long, a skirt hem that looked great standing but now that you crossed your legs is a bit…short, or have jacket shoulders bunch up on you as you take your seat. An ensemble that’s tailored and fits you properly will feel polished and put together, which is exactly how you want to come across.
ASOS CURVE Heritage Check Blazer, $47.5, available at ASOS
ASOS CURVE Tailored Heritage Check Pants, $35.5, available at ASOS
Do Go For Classic, Yet Forward Footwear
Don’t Forget About Your Shoes All Together
They say people notice your shoes first in an outfit, so don’t make them the afterthought. That said, you don’t want to necessarily go for your most statement kicks that may skew inappropriate and you want to make sure you’re not doing the baby giraffe walk in a pair of way too-high for you heels. A pair of sleek croc-stamped mules (like these stunners on sale) are forward yet sophisticated in nature, but classic loafer or pumps in a moderate height or on-trend kitten boots work flawlessly as well.
Barneys New York Croc-Stamped Mules, $85, available at Barneys Warehouse
Do Be Mindful About the Finishing Touches
Don’t Kill Your Look With an Afterthought
Everlane The Cashmere Rib Mockneck, $155, available at Everlane
Everlane The Cocoon Coat, $250, available at Everlane
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