Interviewing Wardrobe Dos and Donts

26 Mar

Congratulations! You are interviewing! You’re moving up in the world. Maybe not even up, but you’re taking your career in a new direction, and that can be exciting. The goal of getting someone to look at your resume is anaccomplishment, and frankly that can be the hardest part. Now you just have to waltz in there and knock em’ dead with all of your excellent background I’m sure you have and the personality that will make them give you the job! But then you think “Oh crap! What am I going to wear?”

If you’re anything like me, you’ll run through every piece of clothing in your closet wondering what is going to make you look professional, like a winner and most importantly, fashion forward. For a woman, there is no single uniform appropriate for an interview. Here in lies the challenge!

You want to dress a step above the position at the company you are interviewing for. For example, if you have an interview with teen casual brand American Eagle, you wouldn’t necessarily wear a suit. If you had an interview with JP Morgan, frills and overly bright colors wouldn’t be the best choice either.

Below, I’ve listed examples of types of company environments with examples of what would be appropriate to wear to that interview.


i.e. Banks, Law firms, Medicine,



i.e. Teaching, non profits, Insurance



i.e. Garment industry, part time positions, freelance


No matter the type of interview you are going on, below are 10 vital tips of what you should never wear!

1. Too much perfume

This is not a club and you’re not picking up a man, so tone it down. Yes, I have been hit on in an interview. Stay away from it!! Stay as professional as possible.

2. Too much/no makeup

No need to cake it on like a drag queen, but wearing nothing can make you look tired. The key is to striking a conservative balance. I believe everyone looks their best, relaxed, confident and easy going with foundation and mascara. Beyond that, tread lightly! Neutral eyes and lips that go with your skin tone are acceptable.

3. Anything low cut or too short

Refer back to #1.

4. Wearing flats

Even if you wear the smallest of heels, heels will always make you look like you put more effort into your outfit. Hence, it looks like your cared about this interview.

5. Too many accessories/overpowering accessories

You want to stand out with your qualifications and personality with your outfit only aiding. Save the long earrings and gaudy necklace for the weekend. Keep it modest.

6. Jeans

Even if you are interviewing for a denim company, no jeans! Never! Forget it! Don’t do it! Better to be overdressed than underdressed.

7. Worn out clothing

There should be no pilling, fading, or other damages..Throw it away! You shouldn’t even have it in your closet.

8. Too tight/ too loose clothing

Too tight..refer back to #1, too loose…baggy pants went out in the 90s, and its just unflattering in general. NO NO NO!

9. Crazy hair

First of all, it needs to be clean and neat. No roll out of bed mess. For the those who like to experiment with crazy colors and cuts, leave it for the weekends. Again, keep it modest.

Also for more conservative interviews, keep your hair pulled back and out of your face.

10. Open toed shoes

The exception…peep toes. Other than that, stick to a good closed toe shoe.


With this and your own STAR POWER, you are bound to land the job of your dreams!

What have you noticed when it comes to wardrobe in interviews? Share your stories!


One Response to “Interviewing Wardrobe Dos and Donts”

  1. Rhonda Uretzky (@HotYogaCoolLife) March 26, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    Its good to know there are still those with fashion sense in the business world. These outfits are stellar! How about some tips on this for men? They need help badly!

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