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How To Dress For A Job Interview

Updated on May 2, 2017

Dress For Success

Article By Sharon Stajda

Are you a woman looking for a job? If so, check out these helpful fashion tips that will help you wear the right clothes to a job interview. Many professional women are also guilty of multiple fashion faux pas when it comes to dressing for success, without ever even realizing it. The lack of good workplace fashion judgment, could lead to being passed over for a job or a desired promotion.

It's true that most fashion forward women have the believe that fashion is part of how they express themselves, and also believe one should have the right to pick and chose their workplace attire. Unfortunately in most workplace settings there is little or no room for expressing one's personality when it come to fashion. The first thing to think about before you choosing an outfit for a job interview is how do you want to present yourself? Keep in mind the person interviewing you will consider what you are wearing, and how you might represent the company's reputation. So, you may want to tone down what your personality may be dictating.

Let's Keep It Buttoned Up !

Number one - Before walking out the door for that job interview check your cleavage.

Don't Get Passed Over - Button up your blouse.


Keep That Hem At Knees Length


To Much Cleavage And To Short of Skirt Is A No No.

Showing too much cleavage at work is a mistake. Actually, it's one of the top fashion faux pas, in fact it's at the top of the list. Studies have shown that women who dress in sexy attire in a professional environment are more often passed over for promotions. Women who dress more conservatively as a rule get the job. The bottom line, If you want to get ahead, keep your low cut number's for socializing after work.

Too short of a skirt can send a message that's loud and clear. That message can read - I am trying to compensate showing off my great legs, because my office skills are a bit under - pare. Keep in mind, he interviewer's attention can be drawn downward to your great legs as you enter the office, instead of toward your face where it should be. Again save your mini's for after work. A good skirt length for the office is knee length or below the knee.


Make sure you can't see through your blouse...

See-through clothes - Need I even go into it


See-through clothes - Need I even go there?

While lightweight materials such as organza, and liquid jersey look, and feel cool and pretty. Think about how in the light of a staff meeting this type of materials can reveal the outlines of your legs, and much perhaps much more? I suggest checking out your ensemble in a bright of day before you walk out that door. If wearing a transparent blouse, make sure you add a cami under it or better yet, add a jacket over it. In regard to transparent dresses, and skirts, make sure to wear a slip or leggings. A good tip, when buying see-through clothing, only buy clothing that include a matching lining, this is always the best option.

Suggestion - Keep Your Jewelry Tasteful

Don't overdo accessories, remove a bit of that hardware.

Over Accessorizing - Keep your inner Gypsy out of the workplace.


The rule of thumb when it comes to accessories for the workplace, less is always more. Costume jewelry when worn in bulk tends to look over done. Even the real thing, can come off as gaudy if you wear to much jewelry. A boardroom-ready look can include one show stopper, plus one other subtle accessory. That means if you're going to put on a chunky bracelet, skip the necklace, and wear a simple pair of earrings.

Suggestion - No Beach Attire

Thinking about bringing a bit of the beach into the office Toots? If so you may get the old "Toot Tootsie Bye Bye!"

Don't Bring The Beach To The office


Make Sure To Where A Simple Shoe

There is nothing that can make you come off as unprofessional than wearing a flip flop open heel type of shoe to the office. The very sound that the a flip flop shoe creates throughout the day will draw negative attention, and can actually drive co-workers bonkers.

Let 's talk sun dresses or a dress with spaghetti straps dresses. Let's face it, work is never as fun as a day at the beach. Need I point out that sun dresses, and spaghetti straps dresses should not be worn to work. There is nothing more unprofessional than coming to the office like you're dressed for a fun day at the beach.


You May Want To Consider Your Hairstyles - Before Going On A Job Interview


Tame Down Your Wild Child Side

If you do decide to walk on the wild side, and wear a sun dresses or spaghetti straps dress to work? Make sure to play the look down by adding a cover-up like a pashmina, blazer or a cardigan sweater. This will help make your fashion choice an outfit that will come off a bit more professional. The truth is these little summer goodies are best avoided at the office altogether. Opt to trade your tank top for a silk shell, and flip flop mules, for perhaps a quiet pump shoe.

Hairstyle - Stick with the classics

There are some great hairstyles that are classic, and seem to never go out of fashion. Keep your hairstyle classic and simple.

Just Curious?

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