As if the looming job interview is not stressful enough, now you’re all riled up about what to wear to the interview. It’s natural to feel concern about your appearance during a job interview.
After all, you’ll want to make a good impression on your interviewers. And that starts by dressing well for the role you’re applying for.
When it comes to dressing for interviews, a lot of people worry about either overdressing or under dressing and then looking out of place.
There’s no easy solution for any of this. If you’re worried about being under or overdressed for the interview, you might want to reach out to the company and learn more about their dressing policy, take a walk around the company or check their social media profiles and learn more about how the other employees dress to work.
In this post, we’ll be providing tips on some of the best outfits to wear to a job interview to look professional both for men and women.
Best men’s outfit to wear to a job interview
Employers like to imagine you being part of their company whenever they are interviewing you. As such, it makes perfect sense to appear in an interview in a corporate outfit.
Wearing a suite to an interview however should depend largely on the kind of business outfit you are visiting for the interview.
For instance, if you’re going to be interviewed by a tech startup characterized often by a team of ambitious youngsters who are often not interested in the corporate dress code, you might want to start away from wearing a suite to such an interview.
Suites come in different colors. Most professional coaches however advise that it’s best for you to go for an interview in a grey, navy blue or dark suite. These colors are more approachable and show an open personality than the other type of colors.
Whatever color you choose to wear, ensure your suite is well-tailored to fit properly.
Casual interview dress code
Casual interviews are even harder to dress to as you’ll not want to look out of place by overdressing. When you are going for a casual interview, it’s often safer to opt for a frame fitting dress shirt and slim-fitted chinos.
Dress shirts are a safe option because they allow you to appear well-put together without necessarily screaming corporate. They are also a safe option when you are afraid of the underdressing/overdressing syndrome. Dress shirts coupled with a tie and a well-fitting pant lies in the grey area between corporate and casual.
If you’re sure of the dress code of the company that will be interviewing you and it doesn’t require any form of corporate dressing code, then you feel free to go with a well-fitting sweater and a good pair of denim pants.
Interview outfits for women
Navy blazer combination
A blazer is one of the most versatile dresses you might want to add to your wardrobe right away if you don’t have it already. The navy blue colored type.
Blazers are quite versatile and can be layered over many simple outfits to make them look professional. As such you can still put on your favorite casual outfit while even at work. Just layer it with a blazer and it will look way better than you’d imagine.
If you’re still worried about what to wear to your job interview, you might want to start your trial run with a blazer. The blazer will look best when combined with a simple blouse or a button down shirt of contrasting color.
Combine this with a khaki pants or skirts or even a pair of denim and you’re all set for a casual interview. Skirt and a blouse with a bow
Today, more women are wearing ties than ever before. A simple blouse with a bow at the front tends to appear more formal than a blouse without any corporate design on the front.
If you are attending a casual interview, you might want to consider opting for the casual bow blouse design and a matching skirt with pointed and closed heel shoes.
Suit and khaki pants
Looking for something more professional and corporate? Well you might want to take a look at your suit. Suits whether on men or women always scream corporate and professional.
It’s one of the easiest ways of appearing corporate with minimal effort. Find a grey or black suit with a clean underdress of a lighter color and pair with a pair of matching pants and you’re all ready for the interview.
If you’re applying for top management position in a company, its often advice that you dress for the position. As such, opting for the suit and pant outfit might be your best option in this case. But this should largely depend on the kind of company you’re going to for the interview. If it’s a startup, you might want to try something less formal and more on the casual side.
A black dress
A little black dress is one of the most tasteful workplace you can add to your wardrobe. It’s the equivalence of the men’s dress shirt and the perfect dress for looking both corporate and casual. Its highly advisable that you invest a well-structured black dress shirt that skims at the knee.
If you’re opting for the black dress outfit, you might want to amplify it with simple a black textured tights that goes all the way into your shoes. Avoid all those tights that look like fishnets. Instead, go for the finely textured type and complete the outfit with a pair of black heels.
Sweater and black dress pants
A pair of classic slacks will be a great addition to your wardrobe and can make for a good job interview wear.
One of the beauties of dress pants is the ease with which one can dress them up or sown depending on the occasion you’ll be attending. For instance, if you want to look all corporate and formal to your job interview, you can dress up your slacks by pairing it with a blazer layered over a simple blouse or button-down shirts.
If you are going for a more casual interview, you can dress it down by pairing it with a sweater. The sweater of course should layer over a dress of contrasting color.