No one want’s to be on the receiving end of comments like; “I said to myself, go ahead. Take a chance. Hire the smart fat girl”, as Mirada Priestly so kindly demonstrated in The Devil Wears Prada. However, there is no getting around the fact that we are all judged on our appearance, especially during an interview process.
I believe that when we get dressed we set the tone for our day, our clothes as our karma if you will. After all, you can’t question the power a good (or bad) outfit has on your state of mind and therefore your state of play. With many companies requiring us to wear casual business styles whilst others preferring a more fashionable approach, it can be hard to know how to dress for a job interview these days. Often you won’t fully know the dress code until you get there (useful).Nevertheless, I’ve rounded up some simple style-tips to make sure that you nail your interview outfit first time around.
MY 5 STEP STYLE GUIDE
Be comfortable, (especially in your choice of footwear) and you won’t have to fake anything. To be honest, this is my no.1 rule for most outfits because being comfortable comes hand-in-hand with being confident. You don’t want to be fiddling around with a loose bra strap, worrying about a too-tight pair of trousers or plummeting down the staircase in an unsafe choice of footwear. Clothes are supposed to make you feel good, and so make sure this outfit does exactly that.
Confidence is Key. Clothes play a vital role in confidence, they can make or break you. The last thing you want is for your outfit to make you nervous, so make sure you are wearing something that you feel you can be yourself in; this is usually something that you already own and not a new item. Sometimes new clothing can bring out confidence, but other times it can cause that “you should have test driven the car before the race” kind of drama.
Don’t skimp on your handbag. Make sure you have a crisp handbag with no scuffs, pen marks, or scratches on it. Ideally a chic faux leather satchel or tote would work best. Try looking into Matt and Nat, one of my favourite vegan bag brands that concentrates on fashion-forward styles that are perfect for work. If you’re going to invest in a work-wardrobe piece, a handbag should definitely be one of the first purchases.
Makeup. Keep your makeup fresh and natural. Whist it’s incredibly fun to experiment with our beauty regimes on a regular basis, now is most definitely not the time. The exception would be a bold red lip; Fashionable yet classic.
If you’ve struggling with picking out an outfit for a looming job interview, chime into the comment section below and I’ll answer any styling queries.