I love fashion. I love to wear headbands and fun do-dads in my hair. I like bright colored hand bags and sky high heels. Don’t wear any of these things to a job interview. Obviously, take into consideration the field in which your interview is. If you are interviewing at a head shop, hot pink hair and sky high heels may be appropriate. These guidelines are for your run of the mill, corporate, or office jobs.
There are several wardrobe choices that are appropriate here; either a pantsuit or a skirt suit. I would highly recommend black or navy blue for the color of the suit. Under your blazer, I prefer a crisp, bright, white button down shirt, well tailored and with a collar.
If you choose to wear a skirt suit, make sure the skirt is an appropriate length. It should be at or slightly below the knees. Not too much below the knee or it can start to look frumpy. A pencil skirt is a good silhouette for most shapes of women. Instead of coming straight down the sides, the skirt tapers in towards the knee and creates a flattering, yet appropriate, shape. During a job interview, you should always wear a nude-colored stocking. This may not be necessary once you land the job, but best to err on the conservative side during an interview.
For pants, the hem should be one half to one inch off the ground once your shoes are on. Pants that are too long can look sloppy. You should wear black shoes with a heel height between one inch and three inches on the high end. Wear something you are used to and comfortable in. If you are used to one-inch heels, do not try three-inch heels on the day of an important interview. When you go to have your pants tailored (as you always should), bring with you the exact shoes you plan to wear with them so they will be the precise length.
If you need to incorporate some color into your interview look, it is acceptable to carry a handbag that adds a pop of color to the look. I wouldn’t recommend hot pink or anything else too overwhelming, but a red bag can bring a nice look to a suit.
If you are not used to this look, it could feel boring or stuffy to wear black on black on a slice of white. However, there is a reason this is the look for a job interview. It is so classic-looking and professional. A well tailored suit is one of the most beautiful and… dare I say, sexy… things a woman can wear. Invest in a designer portfolio to carry your resume and you are all set. You are unstoppable.