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Dress for Success

Blog / April 24, 2017

Red Heels? Check.

White blouse? Check.

Navy bra? Uncheck.

What will I wear? My interview is tomorrow!

We are all faced with this question. There is not one of us who have not faced this thought at some point in our careers. I recently saw a woman who in the stress of the moment posted several pictures of herself the night before her interview, trying on clothing and asking for help in choosing A, B, or C. It makes sense. If we don’t know something, we ask, right? That never hurts.

Adam Glassman gave us great insight into the mystery when he said, “Anyone who thinks it’s okay to flaunt her body 24/7 is, to put it mildly, confused. It’s understandable since the workplace dress code is so ambiguous now. … American men and women desperately need workable guidelines. To develop yours, build a fashion database. Assess the nature of your profession. Observe what your boss wears—and your boss’s boss—for clues to get-ahead style.”

I, for one, love this idea. Who would know more about what to wear than the boss or bosses’ boss? To help you mirror your potential boss’s style, we make it our job to sit down and get to know their style and the type of environment they represent. We feel our job is to give insight and tips to help you to be successful during your interview process. Men and women both have their own challenges, but we will try to hit on a few of the most important guidelines to follow.

What to Do vs. What Not to Do

“Do” would be to keep it conservative. Err on the side on conservative. The reason being your idea of what is trendy might not match the interviewer’s perspective. Keep it clean and classic.

“Do” would be to always keep a pair of black or navy slacks and coordinating jacket on hand. No matter your gender, you are safe with these as options and you will always be ready for anything.

“Don’t” would be NO fabrics that crease easily. (example: linens and rayon) You want to make sure that you show up to your interview with clothing that look like you have just ironed them. You don’t want something that wrinkled while you were sitting on it in your car in transit to the meeting.

“Don’t” would be avoiding overdoing the black ticket. Black, though considered professional, should be paired with other colors like white or tan. Too much black can put off a lack of creativity and make you seem like you are unhappy. Black attire is normally only customary for a funeral or time of mourning.

Stay tuned for more on What to Do vs. What Not to Do. In the meantime, we’ve got you covered and will make sure that you will ‘dress for success.’ Have a great week! It is a pleasure working with each one of you!