The Women’s Guide To Interview Fashion – Comfort Level

An outfit that can be worn in the spring

There is a lot that goes into the final product when picking an outfit for an interview. I will go through the deciding factors of how to create the best interview outfit for you therefore making the outfit selecting process a little easier.

If you haven’t read them yet, check out the preceding articles company dress code and seasonal fabrics as they will provide tips leading to my final point!

At this point, you have the outfit style and the right fabrics, but none of that matters if you are not comfortable in what you are wearing. Comfort could mean a lot of things for you, it could be in the colors you wear, the sizing of your clothes, or the cut/shape of the fabric and how it looks/feels on you. Regardless of how you define comfort, you MUST have it in order for your interview to be successful. I always say, “if it doesn’t work, don’t force it.” An interview is not the time to experiment with clothes you “think” you might like or styles you have been dying to try. An interview is a meeting where someone is trying to get know YOU! You know what flatters your shape, you know what colors look good on you, and you know what fits you not too long or too short, but just right. Making sure that your outfit fits you comfortably, allows you to be confident in what you are wearing, which in return promotes confidence in you. Who wouldn’t want a little confidence going into an interview?

That wasn’t so hard was it? Follow these tips and you’ll be fashion-ready for your interview in no time!

The Women’s Guide To Interview Fashion – Seasonal Fabrics

An outfit that can be worn in the spring

The first part to creating the perfect interview outfit can be found in the first article of the series. If you haven’t read it yet, check out my previous guide to company dress code!

Seasonal fabrics are the next piece of your “this job is mine” outfit. After you know the style of outfit you are looking for, the next step is determining the articles of clothing that fit the current season you are in. The fall and winter seasons call for darker colored fabrics that keep you warmer.  A few examples include cashmere, wool, and thick cotton. Interviews that are held in the spring and summer months call for lighter colors and fabrics that keep you cool, like thinner cotton, linen, and blended fabrics. Choosing the right fabric is very important, imagine being in an interview in the middle of December with a linen suit on; your focus could shift from the interview questions to how cold you are in that suit. It would be quite distracting to regret your outfit choice amidst an interview. If ever in doubt of what type of fabrics to wear, try wearing something similar a few days before your interview. Thus, allowing you to to get a feel for what you could to wear and adjust any changes that need to be made prior to the interview and not at the last-minute.

Check out comfort level for the final step of the interview outfit process!

The Women’s Guide To Interview Fashion – Company Dress Code

An outfit that can be worn in the spring

Having a hard time trying to determine what to wear to your upcoming interview? A little insight on a few things to think about when deciding on the perfect outfit will help you nail your upcoming interview.

Company dress code is one of the first things to keep in mind when narrowing down your “this job is mine” outfit. I will go through one of the deciding factors to give a more in-depth understanding of how to create the best interview outfit for you, so that it may make the processing of selecting your outfit a little easier.

It is important to know the dress code of the company you are interviewing for, as it can help you to determine what would be considered “too little” or “too much” for the interview setting. Most companies are broken up into (3) main dress code types:

  • Business Professional
  • Business Casual
  • Casual

Determining the environment will definitely help with determining the style of outfit to go for. For example, a company that defines their work culture/attire as casual, may not expect an applicant to interview in a 3-piece skirt suit. On the other hand, a company that’s dress code is business professional, may be turned off by someone who shows up to interview in a jean skirt and short sleeve cardigan. Information regarding the dress code of a company may be obtained from a quick search on their company website, or in a detailed conversation with your recruiter. Regardless of the way you receive that information, it is a great starting point to picking the appropriate ensemble.

Check out our other fashion guides on seasonal fabrics and comfort level!