Your resume is ready to go. Your references are in place. Your portfolio is polished. Now, it’s time for the big job interview and you have no idea what to wear.

Choosing the right interview outfit depends on what kind of job you are interviewing for. If you are going for an office job, you want to be conservative. If you are going for a fashion related job, you want to be on trend as possible.

Whether you are interviewing at an interior design office or at a law firm, you want to wear the most professional, posh outfit. For years, the typical interview garment choices have been a white blouse, pencil skirt, black pumps, or a black dress.

When you pick a sophisticated outfit appropriate for your job type, you have a better chance to get the job and grab your potential bosses’ attention.

Corporate Interview Outfit
Dressing for a corporate interview is a challenging task if you are used to having fun with fashion. Your corporate interview outfit needs to be tailored and classy.

You can wear a suit with a slim pencil style skirt and add a simple belt. You can wear a suit with slim fit pants. Stick to simple shirts with basic colors such as white, light blue, or gray and tuck that shirt into your skirt or pants. Jackets or blazers should have one or two buttons.

Avoid open toed shoes and wear a classic 3-inch heel pump. Your accessories should be simple like a watch, stud earrings or a patent belt.

Fashion Interview Outfit
If your dream job is to work in fashion, you do not have to look boring on your interview. Getting a job as a fashion intern to fashion public relations associate, you want to showcase you know the trends of the season and your style is as great as your resume.

Pick one trend of the season that your love and wear it well. You can match a trendy piece with a timeless piece like a vintage dress or skirt.

Do not put on your Chanel T-shirt or Gucci sunglasses because it will make you look overly flashy. You do not want to treat a fashion interview outfit as a runway ready look or as a costume.

Creative Interview Outfit
Interviewing for a job in publishing, advertising, music, art or design, you want to showcase your creativity with your interview outfit.

Start with a classic professional garment like a blazer, pencil skirt, or dress pants. Do not be afraid to wear a patterned top because it creates an impact that isn’t too distracting. Add a statement piece of curl such as a cuff or necklace.

Most likely, you will be asked to bring a portfolio or your laptop on a creative interview. Carry a satchel to carry your interview goods in a chic way.

Remember to not wear anything too tight, short, sheer, or revealing because it is never appropriate for any interview.

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  • MarloweOverShakespeare

    I wouldn’t consider library positions to be “corporate,” but I’ll stick with the fashion tips for corporate interviews. I usually stay practical and classic in my work attire anyway.

    Now when you GET the job, it’s important to let your flair show a bit, so customers/patrons and colleagues know you have a shine and a spirit.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/vivathedivaTV Viva Charlamagne

    Wow…what a great article! Thanks for posting this!

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  • Sia

    I need some visuals. Can you link to some business casual blogs? Business casual in the summer is such a hard thing to do!

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    • Sue

      Try searching on corporette.com – not many pictures but you might get some ideas

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  • Whatever

    Cute article, I would have loved to see visuals as well. As a creative, I have to juggle between the more corporate look of some companies and the more open-minded, relax feel of creative environments.

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  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    You can add a pop of color when you are going for a corporate interview. It is not a funeral abi?!

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