It’s that time of the year when so many newly grads look for their first real job and the perfect interview outfit that will certainly impress that HR lady and land them a job. If you are a newly-grad or a savvy business gal, looking for new opportunities, and trying to step further in your career, you must know what interview outfits to wear to the job interview this year. Although your outfit isn’t everything, stakes are high here.
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INTERVIEW OUTFIT DO’S AND DON’TS
You must have heard that rule saying that a job candidate should always wear a dark suit to the job interview. And then again, you also heard about tech-guys wearing hoodies at their work and fashionistas wearing ripped jeans and combat boots at the advertisement agencies and media companies.
With all this, I don’t wonder why no one knows what to wear to the job interview anymore. I mean, let’s be honest, the interview outfit rules have changed radically in last few years. The HR ladies in big corporations have become fashion averse. And prefer candidates who follow the latest trends, as this means they quickly adapt to the changes, are independent, creative and overall know how to solve problems. You know what I mean. Finding out what is in fashion now and how to get it within your budget, and later style them to suit the situation is a real struggle.
On the other hand, small startup companies simply prefer to accept someone who shares their lifestyle. Meaning doesn’t show up to the job interview with a tie when they are rolling in the office in their hoodies all day. Yet, don’t want to look the candidate look sloppy either.
Undoubtedly the interview outfit became challenging in the last two years. But, luckily fashion trends did us an enormous favor this year. Putting the suit on the fashion pedestal made our dressing up for the job interview much easier.
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WHAT TO WEAR TO THE JOB INTERVIEW IN 2018
So what to wear to the job interview this year? Once for a change, the answer is fashionably simple. A suit. But wait, not that dull dark suit that fits only to the law office. I mean the suit. The one you can wear even to the interview at some hipster hooded startup too.
INTERVIEW OUTFITS FOR A JOB ON WALL STREET, LAW OR ADMINISTRATION
GREY’S OFFICE IN GREY SUIT
Don’t say you didn’t see this one coming. You saw it on my Instagram. The gray suit is still quite fashionable suit at the moment. And no, it’s far from being boring. Well, as long as you don’t wear the classic short tailored blazer and plain gray straight pants in that material that can wrinkle easily. Simply go for a nice oversized boyfriend blazer made of wool. And match it either with a gray wide-leg pants or a midi skirt.
Luckily, the midi skirt is fashionable in the same way as the mini skirt this season. Therefore you can never go wrong with the midi skirt. Not even for a job interview at Vogue or another fashion magazine.
As it goes for the material of your skirt. Yes, you can wear even your midi suede skirt and suede over the knee boots. Yet, I would hold back on leather and suede if you are looking for a job in finance. Think smart and look fierce. Leather and suede are simply too soft.
WHEN LOOKING FOR A JOB ANYWHERE
As it goes to the interview at the hooded or hipster startup office, the tailored gray suit might not be the best possible outfit for this interview. You can do it even better for that job interview. And look more business casual chic while still matching with the geeks in a hoodie who you want to work with.
CHECKS AND THE OFFICE
Either in gray or in pink, single-breasted or double-breasted the checked blazer will be a perfect for any job interview. Yes, even for the hooded startups. While checks are the most fashionable pattern of the season, they also soften the look. And make your suit look more casual than a plain gray suit.
Ps. If you can only afford one blazer, then get the double-breasted blazer that can be worn as a single one too. The one I’m wearing is like that. Therefore you can wear the same blazer to all of your job interviews. And do the buttons depending on your interview.
Let me clarify this; if you have an interview at the Wall Street or law office, wear your blazer as a double-breasted, and match it with either a midi pencil skirt or straight leg pants, as I did. And then, when you have an interview in a company with more relaxed clothing policy, wear it as a single-breasted blazer.
Finally, unbutton it completely for the interview at the hooded office. You can style it with track pants for the hooded office. Yes, I wrote track pants, but don’t get too excited, I meant the high-waisted track pants with a side line and not pants for running.
THE INTERVIEW OUTFIT CARRY BRADSHAW WOULD WEAR
FIERCE AND POWERFUL
Take a note here. Although red is the color of the season, and the all in red outfits are the most fashionable thing you could wear now, you will need to pass this fashion trend for the job interview. Or at least tone it down. Cooming all in red to the job interview is undoubtedly a no no. Even for the job interview at some fashion magazine. So what would Carry Bradshaw wear to a job interview in 2018?
Surely, Carry would wear something red. But with pink or even better orange. You know that color clashing fashion trend I wrote about here. Yes, Carry would wear that. And so can you. Check the product widget below and the EDIT above to see how exactly she would pull off this fashion trend for the job interview.
Remember, a little bit of red is always welcome at the job interview as it boosts your confidence and gives you power. However, moderation is in a game here, or you might let the HR lady think you are too conceited.
Ps. Another option is also blue and neutrals. Again, this one is both, conservative yet fashionable.
SHOP AN WEAR MY STYLE
I’m wearing ERIKA CAVALLINI checked blazer jacket (shop the same here), and black straight-leg pants (last seen here and here). You can get similar pants over here. Finally, I finished my look with a black bag (last seen here) and brown leather pumps (shop similar here).
MORE OFFICE LOOKS
Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see more from street to office looks and see all the other ways I styled this blazer. Also, check here and here. And don’t forget to come back to find my fashion office staples. You know, the gray checked blazer is a winning item this season, but certainly not the only one. By the way, what did you wear to your first job interview? Did you get that job?