Preparing for a job interview is stressful. Top priorities being – update your resume, gain an understanding of the company, research those who will interview you, and of course, find that perfect ensemble that displays real confidence and know-how. In other words, you wouldn’t wear the same outfit to an interview in finance as you would for an interior design firm. Understanding the industry and what would be appropriate is important! So today, I want to show you a few outfit suggestions that would work in different career fields, yet all still keeping you looking very sharp. Are you ready?
The CONSERVATIVE (Law, Medical, Financial Firms)
So there is a simple reality that those interviewing for a job at a law firm or financial institution must face – suits and more conservative colors are still what’s considered professional and appropriate. You want to dress in a way that instills trust in those interviewing you as they want to ensure future clients will have that same feeling. This J.Crew navy pinstripe suit is slimming and sleek. Adding this Club Monaco blouse keeps the outfit current and softens the strength of the navy with its warm, earthy tones. Emerson slingbacks in caramel – a must! Accessorizing is where these buttoned-up professionals can have some fun! Add some style with this Tory Burch satchel – further incorporates the caramel of the shoes. Another must in my styling opinion, doubling-up on necklaces to bring interest to a more neutral outfit. Some tips for combining necklaces – keep them in the same tone (silver or gold) unless you are going for a very bold look. Also, ensure they are different lengths (unless they don’t have much of a drop and have very simple pendants – then you can stack 2 of the same length).
THE SEMI-CONSERVATIVE (Public Relations, Marketing, Interior Design)
This outfit is fun but professional for a small boutique firm where ingenuity and creativity are valued – and it will ensure you to stand out! The Minkoff jacket and pants grounded by the cool tones of the DVF blouse (which will look great without the jacket as well). And I love the hint of the orange in the floral print. The Tibi sandals are so wearable and are in-keeping with the overall feel of this bold choice, and I love how the band of the sandal echoes the stripes of the Minkoff tote. These Elizabeth and James earrings couldn’t be more perfect. This outfit will ensure you are remembered in the best possible way!
In an industry with the sole purpose of making the homes of others look good, you have to look the part! This DVF dress is a statement-maker– bold in the print and coral color yet DVF always keeps that classic element. The cut is feminine and a good interview length (short skirts are never the way to go for an interview!). Pair it with this clean, tailored black jacket from J Brand and really step up the style with these Belle by Sigerson Morrison booties (I have them in grey and in soft brown suede – so comfortable and a great heel height). I adore these Alexis Bittar earrings and cuff. And this Kate Spade tote ensures you carry your portfolio with grace!
THE NOT-SO CONSERVATIVE (Retail, Fashion/Tech Start-Ups)
Ok, so I had to do two versions for this interview. One is my dream outfit, should I have money to burn. The other is a bit less painful for the wallet. Fashion/Tech start-ups are great in the sense that there is much less conventionality incorporated into the work setting. Creativity and forward-thinking are essential. My “money is no object outfit” pairs Lam with Lim. I love this dress – it conjures up almost a Midwestern housedress feeling with a modern twist and a sassy green. Go the unconventional route with the Lim long vest. A Celine purse – but of course! And well, I just can’t get enough of the Sigerson booties!
The second look I have is still pricey, but a bit better. A DVF wrap dress is an important investment piece and the print is young – just like a start-up. The Juicy Couture trench – timeless and the sheen makes it a bit more unique (pair it with dark skinnies, a black top, black pumps and you have a great date night outfit). The bag – a unique, red Minkoff. And third times the charm – the Sigerson bootie makes one more appearance.
Remember to smile and have a good, solid handshake – you are now looking the part and the rest is up to you! – Katie
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