Congratulations! You scored the interview. Now… what the stinker are you supposed to wear?
Figuring out what to wear to an interview is almost as stressful as conducting the interview itself. But, y’all, it really shouldn’t be. You should be focused on making sure you sound like you have your sh*t together (which, mademoiselle #girlboss, you totally do). Not on how your stomach feels in this skirt or how much your feet hurt walking around in those heels. Because the latter happening would be just about the worst.
What I’m Wearing:
Suit: Tory Burch, old (similar, similar) / Shoes: Cole Haan / Purse: Henri Bendel / Earrings: similar
Brooches: vintage (similar, similar) / Bow Earring (worn as a brooch): Kate Spade
Bow Ring: Kate Spade, old (similar) / Signet Ring: BaubleBar
Okay, so first things first: when figuring out what to wear to an interview, make sure that you wear something that makes you feel confident. It’s called a power suit for a reason. You want to walk into an interview feeling like a total badass and you wont feel like a badass at all if you are worried about your stomach or your arms or your legs or – quite honestly – something only you will notice. Do fit-and-flares make you feel like a total BAMF? Great. Work it. More of a pants chick? Wear that instead.
Now for the second piece of business: dress conservatively. Pretend it’s 1955. I mean no cleavage (a slight v-neck is totally okay but just don’t give the girls the opportunity to even think about popping out of your top!). If you wear a skirt or a dress, make sure that it ends past your fingertips (at the very shortest, 1-2 inches above the knee). Find a top or a dress that has a bit of a sleeve (a cap-sleeve is totally cool!). Try to find a suit in navy, black, or gray. Oh, and please for the love of all that is holy, please wear comfortable shoes.
Third: one can never be overdressed or over educated. Oscar Wilde really knew his sh*t… and that quote is especially applicable when it comes to interviews. Wearing a full suit is always a good idea… unless the interviewer says explicitly that the office is casual (like jeans and a t-shirt) – in that case, you should wear the suit without the blazer (aka just the dress, or just the skirt and top / pants and top). Still dressy, but not crazy. Ya dig?
My final piece of advice in determining what to wear to an interview? Show a little personality. I like to wear a conversation-starting piece of jewelry (or several, like with the brooches in this post). Be yourself and you’ll totally rock it!