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What Are the Best Colors to Wear to an Interview

Updated on September 29, 2010

What to Wear to a Job Interview

Interviews are always nerve-wracking experiences. Most people rehearse what they will say and try to imagine what questions will be asked. Interviewees will make sure to be on time. They will agonize over the best outfit to wear to make the best impression.

However, most people don't think much about the color of the clothing they will wear to an interview. Of course, this isn't the most important thing to consider when going for a job interview. But studies have shown that colors do trigger subconscious responses in humans. Why not use that to your advantage at a job interview? Any little trick to make a good impression at an interview can't hurt.

The color black is an authoritative color. However, black should not be worn to interviews as a main color. The reason is that too much black can cause a person to appear distant and arrogant. Wear black to interviews as an accessory, such as a tie or scarf.

Red is not recommended as a choice to wear to an interview. The reason is because red evokes emotions more than any other color. It is not a good choice when you want to project a calm, cool exterior. Avoid wearing yellow or orange to an interview for the same reason.

Men should avoid both purple and pink as wardrobe choices to an interview. Both colors symbolize femininity. A male wearing pink or purple to an interview would seem to be undecided and unsure of himself.

Now that we've covered which colors not to wear to an interview, let's find out which colors are the best to wear for a job interview.

Blue is one the best choices to wear to an interview. Blue causes its wearer to seem authoritative. At the same time, wearing the color blue makes a person seem trustworthy. This is a perfect representation to make in front of a potential boss at an interview. Another reason to wear blue to an interview is because blue is most people's favorite color. This increases your chances of the interviewer approving your appearance. Studies have even shown that salespeople and people at interviews who wear blue have higher success rates.

Gray is another excellent wardrobe choice for an interview. Gray denotes authority without being overwhelming.

Brown is a good choice for job interviews as well. Wearing the color brown makes a person seem calm, trustworthy, and levelheaded.

Of course, these aren't hard and fast interview rules. It totally depends upon the individual situation. If you are seeking a job that requires creativity, wearing neutrals may be an unwise choice. Also, if your potential future job is in a casual environment, the wardrobe interview rules need not be so strict. An excellent middle of the road color choice for an interview is green.

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      Sal 7 years ago

      What about black as a suit? Black is professional. To say not to wear "too much black" is ridiculous. I understand not black, on black, on black, with a black tie. But a black suit, especially for a corporate position, is not an option...it's a necessity.

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      Cathy 7 years ago

      Also...don't wear green to an interview. This article is not correct about that.

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      amber 7 years ago

      I think it depends on the green. If it is an olive that can pass for brown or grey, I think it is all right as a neutral. Wasn't that an Amway thing back in the 1980s? There was this huge backlash against wearing green for interviews because they said it would make you look like you were greedy "because money is green." I think the right shade of green can be very chic.There is a fine line between looking stylish and/or like a leprechaun.

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      louis  7 years ago

      I agree with Sal--a black suit is a necessity and certainly is appropriate for an interview. Depending on the person and the tie chosen, black may be an even better choice than blue. Blue could make one look like a politician. And green--wow, this article is way off on green. Wearing green to an interview has long been considered inappropriate--the color of money, etc.

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      donotfear 7 years ago from The Boondocks

      I think green is a good color...not vibrant, but an evergreen color. It's a soothing color, also.

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      chafiq555 7 years ago from Gatlinburg

      Great Hub. I definitely Prefer the blue color as it also evokes trust and confidence.

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      rihana 7 years ago

      hi,blue colour is good for us and also my favorate

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      charles reed 7 years ago

      blue it is

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      Mark 7 years ago

      Do you REALLY want to work for a company that judges people in such a way. I want to work for a company that WOULD hire someone in an orange and purple suit! No wonder our workplaces are so boring...

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      Teddie  7 years ago

      I would like to thank you all for the input. Unfortunely, we do live where you are judge by your outside and then by your worth. I have an interview on monday, and had a small disargeement with my wife cause I wanted to wear my gold silk Donald Trump Signature Collection tie with my Black 4 button single breast suit.I was told the gold in too bold so now I'm wear a smoke grey to calm and comfort the interviewer....

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      JJWolf 6 years ago

      Color matters in an interview not because this is a main criterion. It is important because peoples subconscious plays such a large part in their lives and decision making. First impressions sometimes shape relationships for years, in a toss up between two qualified candidates subtleties, subconscious or not, make the deal.

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      Al 6 years ago

      Yes, JJWolf I agree with every word mentioned in your comment. No one truly comprehends the recommendations listed in the passage. It referred to the subconscious level of thinking. This is where people cannot cover up how and why they feel a certain way about your appearance. For example, the article gives alternatives on how to dress for a less structured/traditional job interview. The point of the whole passage is to understand the right color/color combinations that will win you the job. People think outside of the box and do not get hung up on traditions, things change.

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      Daisy 6 years ago

      @Mark- Most people don't consciously and intentionally judge you on your color choice. Color speaks to people on a subconscious level, and wearing a lot of red can mean the interviewer feels you were too aggressive without really knowing why he got that impression. Once you have the job, assuming you look professional and they don't have a uniform for you to wear instead, feel free to don any colors you like. This is just helping people get through the interview process with one subconscious hint. Similar to body language.

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      Jen 6 years ago

      I've just been for an informal chat with a prospective employer - I wore a red jacket. I wonder what will happen there! I did take it off for the chat though. Underneath, pretty standard - white top, not showing cleavage and very dark grey trousers.

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      me 6 years ago

      first job interview tomorrow,

      blue it is.

      thanks!!

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      Angela Harris 6 years ago from Around the USA

      I hope you got the job, me!

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      steven9950 6 years ago

      What about a white shirt and blue tie?

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      lindsey110 6 years ago

      Actually I just learned that black suits for men only should not be worn to an interview. Black suits are for funerals or for formals. There is a very distinct line between formal and professional. Men should wear charcol grey or dark blue just as the article states.

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      Nathan Scola 6 years ago

      Hi guys, ive got a brown pin-stripe suit but I am not sure whether to buy a blue pin-stripe suit. Its not for an interview but its for a day within private banking to see whether its for me or not. This suit I will wear if i get an interview. So brown or blue?

      Thanks

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      Angela Harris 6 years ago from Around the USA

      Nathan, I would go with the brown suit. I wouldn't spend money on an entire suit, unless you can afford it and will be able to wear it on other occasions.

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      Angela Harris 6 years ago from Around the USA

      Steven9950,

      Yes, a white shirt and blue tie would look nice for a job interview.

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      markus webster 6 years ago

      Interesting comments. I have a 100% interview success rate over the last 10 years and always wore a brown suit. Black is a big no no. Black is for funerals not interviews. I also disagree with grey. The only other colour I would consider is Blue, but a brown suit makes you come across as very calm and in return calms everyone else around you in the interview. Wear a brown suit, tell them exactly what they want to hear, and the job is yours :-)

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      brittany 6 years ago

      yall r the ones who looked this page up.y the hell do u find it necisary to comment so arrogantly?! grow the hell up and take constructive critisism.damn

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      2 Brittany 6 years ago

      Oh Brittany u little girl ...learn to speak and spell before you go for an interview!

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      jobman 6 years ago

      Without a doubt keeping in mind little aspects like colors on shoes,tie,shirts etc, will definitely be important for a good first impression that can be a big difference when it comes the time for the employer to make a descition,great tips thanks.

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      Kathy 6 years ago

      Crap I just went and bought a really cute black suit. I thought I might wear a light cool green blouse underneath now I'm stumped.

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      Lu 6 years ago

      I've just bought a black skirt and jacket with bright turquoise undershirt and accessories. The job involves working in a music environment so I thought a bit of colour would be good?!

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      Carrol 5 years ago

      I have interview this Thursday, I currently have a grey pant suit with thin white stripes and plan to wear a black shirt undearneath. This job is supervisor position.

      Is this okay to wear?

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      Marc 5 years ago

      My thought are that you will be fine. As long as you look well put together meaning; everything matches, is ironed, and you feel good wearing it. Good luck.

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      Sue 5 years ago

      This information is dead-on, but don't limit it to interviews. Pay attention on a regular basis. I look carefully at what I wear to my board meetings. If I'm in their face to get something done, I wear red. If I just want to get the @#%$& thing over, I wear light blue. It works every time!

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      Pantomyme 5 years ago

      hmmm...lots to say about this article and some of the responses:

      - black suits are NOT business attire, especially not corporate. you wear a black suit if you're a butler, going to a funeral, the opera, or too young to know better. the only "necessity" suit color is NAVY, so please don't go out and buy a black suit when you can get a navy one (navy's a lot more versatile too - you cant wear cordovan or brown with a black suit....)

      - deep purple isn't a feminine color....in truth, tyrian purple is associated with power without being as aggressive as red or orange, and with a pale suit exudes character strength....

      - something i don't recall seeing on here, which is critically important, is that what's appropriate varies dependent on the job you're going for. blue suit, blue shirt, blue tie is boring for most people....if you're an accountant, that might be a good thing; if you're a marketing manager, it probably won't....

      - lastly, nothing here is gospel; remember that accessories and colors are best used to balance an overall look. if you're a square-jawed, hard-as-nails looking guy, a pink tie might work for you, because it might soften your image....whatever you choose to wear, make sure it helps send the message you're trying to send

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      darcey 5 years ago

      The color green all depends on the shade that it is and what job you are looking at.

      Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.

      Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.

      Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.

      Olive green is the traditional color of peace.

      These are examples of different colors of green and what they mean. If you want to work on Wall Street or some place that deals with money it is okay to wear a little accent or a shirt as long as it is covered with a suit jacket to cover the shirt, then it is okay.

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      JJ 5 years ago

      About to venture on my market research tour. I myself will be paying potential clients a visit to inquire about a new service to offer in a particular area. Any suggestions on what to wear. Thanks JJ

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      karthik 5 years ago

      yeap excellent i m going to wear blue for my upcoming interview

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      eee 5 years ago

      can i wear dark blue

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      Wishful thinking 5 years ago

      What about a goldish/tan dress suit for a lady to wear to an interview at a college?

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      Carolyn 5 years ago

      My fiancé has a black pin stripe suit; he wears that in and takes the jacket off prior to the interview. He wears a blue shirt and a gold and white paisley tie. It looks stunning, and he's never been refused a job in that suit. I wear nice brown or gray (or gray/brown) dress pants and a blue top. Always, and I have also never been refused a job.

      Blue. Always.

      And, by the way, it's not about a company judging you based on the clothes that you are wearing, it's about the subconscious expression of yourself that you give before you even say a word. :)

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      Juliet 5 years ago

      I have an interview tomorrow,I don't know what to wear,I have a charcol gray skirt,am thinking of a gray stripe shirt to go with it,for the position of admin.secretary.

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      maryanb 5 years ago

      For an interview wear whatever color you want. Everything is just luck. I went for my interview ten years ago with black pants and a white blouse. I got my job as a supervisor now i am the manager of the same department. Everything is just luck, not color. Main thing is to work hard, be nice to your coworkers. Those people see your true colors.

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      MIchael 5 years ago

      I have always worn a dark navy blue suit with a blue shirt and blue/yellow/grey tie. no lie, I have always been complemented by the interviewer and have landed the position 100% of time. the color combo really works and is professional

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      Jonathan 5 years ago

      Let's be honest, everyone wants to look sharp at an interview;

      - Navy Suit

      - High Quality White Shirt

      - Striped tie with Navy as one of the 2 main colours

      - Well Groomed

      Job's yours.

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      enl 5 years ago

      brown

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      usha 5 years ago

      In blue there are different shades, i guess sky blue attract or create a good impact and may be pleasant and when it comes to green its bottle green or pista green which has a plseant look so its better to be specific when it comes to blue or green which suits to individual...

      thank you

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      Serena 4 years ago

      If you look sharp, feel confident, and have the experience needed for the prospective job, wear what you think is appropriate.I've been reading a lot of reviews and there is so much controversy on what colors you should or shouldn't wear.It's not what you wear that gets/or doesn't you the job,spend more time on your answers to most common interview question, and just relax!

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      tasmin 4 years ago

      you have spelt the colour grey wrong

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      Tam 4 years ago

      Tasmin...if they are American gray is fine to use just as grey is. In the U.S. we spell it color not colour btw.

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      piruthiviraj.p 4 years ago

      what type color easily attract interviewer.

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      jackie 4 years ago

      I have an Interview on tomorrow, after reading every ones article I'm so confused on what color to were. Is "Black" not the proper thing to were?

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      Samantha 4 years ago

      I find it very offensive that this says men should not wear pink or purple because it makes them look undecided and unsure of himself.

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      Swedt 4 years ago

      A small print muted color pink dress, from Talbot's, okay for a final interview?

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      Fabulous 40 4 years ago

      I'm Transferring from one position to another (in a hospital as a registrar) my interview is this week the weather is going to be in the 90's. I don't want to wear a suit, I don't have any skirts. I have several dress pant. I want to wear gray slacks (light gray). What color top would be appropriate. If I can't find anything I will go with my trusty ol' white blouse :)

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      L.Irby 4 years ago

      Hi everyone ! I wore olive green to an interview for nursing and got the job.

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      manisha 4 years ago

      i m a girl..and i am going for the very first time on an interview..its a bank interview n i hav bought lite purple shirt and black trousers...is it fine ..n which colour scarf should i wear.

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