We've done our fair share of discussing what is the perfect outfit when you go out for a job interview; and while we feel like we've provided some helpful advice along the way, it's also fair to say that there really is no set-in-stone rulebook for this kind of thing. The Coveteur agrees, which is why they sat down with 11 fashion icons to ask their thoughts on the matter.
Big names like Marie Claire Creative Director Nina Garcia, Yahoo! Style Editor-in-Chief Joe Zee, and Who What Wear's own co-founders Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr shared their sage wisdom on what you should and should definitely not wear to an interview. Below, find a few of our favorite pieces of advice; then head to The Coveteur to read the rest of the brilliant responses!
Candidates should wear "something that demonstrates a knowledge of what is happening in the fashion world, but that highlights their own personal style at the same time."
"I prefer the person to always shine through in a job interview versus what they are wearing. I'm less concerned about the specific outfit but more that they are polished, clean, pulled together and smart. I would be more distracted if someone showed up wearing a crazy head-to-toe runway outfit. It would make me worry that the actual work would take a backseat."
"What you wear to an interview is far more important than people think. What you're wearing communicates who you are before you even open your mouth. It’s just as important to look polished, as it is to be articulate in my opinion. The biggest mistake that most young girls make when interviewing for a style-related job is that they often try to be so trendy they end up sacrificing professionalism."
"I’d say something relatively polished that still shows your personality. I think jewelry is a great way to personalize an outfit, especially if the pieces you’re wearing are vintage or have some sort of sentimental value. I also suggest wearing either a shirt or blouse with sleeves or a blazer; there’s something a little odd about seeing someone’s bare arms in an interview."
Christene Barberich, Refinery 29
"Because I'm so busy, I really do remember candidates that project a strong aesthetic image that's really chic and put-together. I'm super impressed by talent who obviously know what looks good on them and exhibit how that can work so powerfully in their favor. When something really suits you—whether it's a beautifully tailored blazer, high-waisted trousers, or a flattering midi dress—it shows that you know who you are, and that confidence permeates how you conduct yourself in so many capacities."
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