Landing an interview is a big deal. It’s exciting and scary and once you take it all in your next thought tends to be, “What am I going to wear?”
We all love buying a new outfit, but when you’re trying to decide what to wear to an interview on top of everything else running through your head, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of options.
In this situation, having too many choices is actually a bad thing, because it can paralyze us with indecision. Fortunately I have a few tips to help get you started in the right direction.
1. Skip the suits.
Interviews use to be synonymous with suits, but the practice of wearing a suit to every interview, regardless of the job is outdated, and doing so could actually hurt your prospect of getting hired. Not to mention suits have to be altered if you want them to look their best, and that takes time and money.
2. The rule of 3.
A complete outfit has 3 pieces, whereas a typical outfit just has two, a top and a bottom. The easiest way to add a third piece is either with a sweater or a blazer. This piece not only pulls the other two pieces together creating a complete look; it gives you endless opportunities for personalization.
3. Understated is key.
If something is going to be loud and memorable at an interview it should be your personality, not your outfit. Solid, neutral colors like navy; grey and brown are better choices than bright, bold colors or patterns because they won’t dominate your image or compete with your personality.
4. Pay attention to details.
They may seem like an afterthought, but the details will make or break your outfit, so you should really pay attention to them first. Stray threads; rips, holes or tears; discoloration and scuff marks are just a few small things that stand out more in an interview than anywhere else.
5. Quality and fit rule.
No matter where you’re shopping, the quality of your clothes and how they fit should always be the deciding factors. Quality pieces are better made so they last longer saving you money over time, but that doesn’t mean you should break the bank because quality is never guaranteed with a price tag.
Fit is the second factor that should drive your decisions. Small tweaks like adjusting hems or waistbands are to be expected, but anything else and should really make you pause before you make the purchase. Alterations are meant to make something perfect, but the item should fit you from the start.
Dressing for an interview doesn’t have to be stressful or cost a fortune. In fact, it shouldn’t be either. Your clothes are a reflection of you, and while they say a lot about your attention to detail, amount of preparation and set of priorities, no one is going to know what the label says, or how much you paid.
About Brian Maynor
Brian Maynor has built a reputation as one of the leading style coaches in the Southeast and is quickly expanding his eponymous company, BRIAN MAYNOR and his FIND, FLATTER & FLAUNT line of image consulting services. A professional with a fresh, upbeat and down-to-earth personality and boundless creative energy, he works frequently with with local celebrities; Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit organizations; modeling agencies; fashion designers; production companies; record labels; media and individuals. A regular contributor to various fashion blogs and online communities, Brian Maynor is one of the most trusted and recognized style experts in the region, utilizing his education and training as a broadcast journalist to serve as a style lecturer, emcee, and commentator for over a decade. He has appeared at fashion shows, expos, and charity fundraisers, as well as events with big brands like Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Chico’s and Macy’s. His approach is innovative, creative and fashion-forward, balancing fresh, modern styles with classic pieces to keep one’s look grounded. To learn more, visit http://www.brianmaynor.com.