08 January 2016

Guest Post: 3 Ideal Interview Outfits

Job interviews are nerve-wrecking. It is a time when you must show the best version of yourself and prove you are the right person for the job in a limited amount of time when your nerves are working against you, your voice may crack and your mind tends to go blank.

There are things in job interviews you cannot control like the kind of questions you will be asked or how many people will be interviewing you. There are other things, however, that you can control, such as knowing the history of the workplace, being polite and professional, and looking like you belong in the company through your outfit.

When you are putting together your interview look, you should dress for that job and then take it up a notch. It is always better to be overdressed rather than underdressed when going to job interviews but that doesn't mean you should go for the overdone black suit and white shirt.

Interview outfit. Image via:.thesophisticatedgentleman.com
There are many ways you can look incredibly stylish but still remain professional and below are three ideal interview outfits that exude elegance and professionalism.

Pair a dress with a suit jacket
Full suits have been done forever, especially during job interviews. Nevertheless, suit pieces in themselves are still great to bring the professional touch to your look. Invest in a great knee length or midi dress like these beautiful Zimmermann dresses and pair it up with your suit jacket. Make sure the dress is not too tight and choose a colour that reflects the job you are applying for – go for a more subdued colour if the job is more corporate and choose a bold bright colour if it is more of a creative job and prove you can be both professional and elegant.

Rock the midi skirt
Midi skirts are life savers! This skirt is incredibly stylish, it is elegant and it is appropriate for the workplace. Choose a skirt that hits the right curves on your body and determine whether it is better to wear it right on the knees or at a lower midi length. Also, rather than pairing it up with a plain shirt, invest in a beautiful silk blouse with a subtle pattern. If it is cold, rock a statement coat with this outfit and look bold and utterly sophisticated.

Mix and match the power suit
Matching full suits can be boring but that doesn’t mean you cannot wear the power suit by mixing and matching tops and bottoms. Go for a grey pant and wear a cream blouse and a cream blazer for minimalist perfection. You can wear a bright coloured pant with a black blouse or you can mix and match soft colours like blush, nude and cream for a look that is still very professional but so stylish you will make a statement just by entering the room.

Besides these three outfit ideas, you should make sure you wear shoes that you know how to walk confidently in. Moreover, don’t be afraid to accessorize – thin ring bands and earring studs are subtle touches that will only help you shine even more.


A fashion aficionado, Regina empowers women through her writing and fashion tips. If she's not walking her dog, you can catch her surfing the web for what's new at Designer Forum.

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