Best interview outfits for women: The first impression is certainly important when it comes to your professional life. And where else is a first impression more important than during an interview? Remember, every job interview requires something different than what you would not wear a ball gown to a ball game.
However, some things are non-negotiable: professionalism, class, and decency. You want to send the message that you are a confident, neat, professional person who is perfect for the job you’re interviewing for. Your choice of interview attire is seen as an indicator of how serious you are about the job. Always remember that your outfit should be comfortable and something you feel confident in. We often get dressed to impress and forget our personal style. You don’t have to look like a model or a fashion fanatic for an interview, but never choose something that doesn’t suit you and that compliments you the most.
Here are some tips and ideas to help you dress up for an interview regardless of the type of job:
What NOT to wear to an interview
It is also important to know what to wear to an interview and what to and what not to wear. Here are a few to NOT consider next time you have an interview.
- Do not wear very short skirts or extremely figure-hugging clothing. Go for well-fitting outfits that don’t pay too much attention to your figure.
- Do not wear textured, patterned, or brightly colored stockings. Too distracting and not very professional.
- Don’t go to your interview with wet hair! Are you running late but need to jump in the shower? Better to skip the wash and go for a dry shampoo than rush to your interview with water stains on your jacket and wet hair!
- Do not wear strong perfume or strong scented body products. It can be distracting or even harmful as some people are extremely allergic to certain smells and scents.
- Do not wear distracting or excessive jewelry. You want the focus to be entirely on you and your message.
- Avoid visible piercings and tattoos. Whenever possible, keep tattoos and piercings under lock and key unless you are interviewing for Hot Topic.
- Do not wear jeans, t-shirts, sneakers, canvas slip-on shoes, or other casual clothing.
- Don’t wear sunglasses like a headband on your head. Not cute for an interview.
- For the interview, mute your cell phone and keep it out of sight.
- Do not wear sleeveless tops or dresses (without a cardigan or blazer).
- Don’t wear boots … except for certain types of interviews. Slim ankle boots can look great for an interview, but most boots (cowboy boots, over the knee boots, etc.) are not the best option.
- Don’t wear anything that is too short, tight, or low cut.
- Don’t wear flip flops.
- Do not wear excessive jewelry. it can be too distracting.
Did you find these tips helpful? What was your favorite interview outfit? Let us know in the comments below!