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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”, aMirada Priestly so kindly demonstrated in The Devil Wears Prada. We are all judged on our appearance, especially at an interview.

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, 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. Recently a 27-year old woman working for a City firm in London says she was sent home for refusing to wear high-heels to work. This has raised a few questions; is it legal, fair or healthy to force a woman to wear heels to work? Why can’t we strut around in our Gucci power-flats? Guys do.

Sometimes, you won’t know the dress code until you show up (useful)! Nevertheless, I decided to round up some simple style-tips to make sure you nail your interview outfits first time around, regardless of the industry. My ultimate tip is to wear something that you feel comfortable in.


what to wear to a job interview



what to wear to a job interview



what to wear to a job interview



Rules To Obey


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. Being comfortable comes hand-in-hand with being confident. You don’t want to be fiddling about with a bra strap, worrying about a tight trouser or plummeting down the staircase in an unsafe choice of footwear; That’s simply not a good look. Clothes are supposed to make you feel good, make sure this outfit does exactly that.

Be respectful, A given. A body-con dress, plunging neckline or see-through shirt (no matter how accidental) are definite no go zones. Make sure you’re not showing too much skin. If you opt for a skirt, check the hem-length (The rule of thumb with a skirt is that the hemline should be no more than one biro length above the knee). iIf you’re wearing a white shirt pair it with a white bra and cami.
Chanel3Confidence is Key. Remember you are only there because they asked you to be there, remain calm and be confident 🙂 Clothing plays a vital role in confidence, it 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 you feel you can be yourself in; this is usually something you already own. Sometimes new clothing can bring out confidence, other times it can cause the “you should have test driven the car before the race” drama.
Don’t skimp on your purse. Make sure you have a crisp bag with no scuffs, pen marks, or scratches on it. Ideally a chic faux leather satchel or tote, Matt and Nat is a truly inspirational brand that produces completely ethical and vegan bags which are perfect for work. If you’re going to invest in any working wardrobe pieces, this is one of the first big buys you should make, it will last a lifetime!
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; a great red lip. Fashionable yet classic.

If you’ve got any more questions about what to wear to a job interview get in touch in the comment section below. Also, check out my How To Make Your Outfit Look Expensive on a Budget post, which comes with a free downloadable cheat sheet. 🙂