You’ve prepped your resume, practiced possible questions, and even carefully mapped out directions to the interview. What could be missing? Your style perhaps? Far too many people overlook the necessary fashion obligations of an interview. To give you the best chance of success, you need to be sure that everything from head to toe is perfectly planned.
1 – Sharp jacket
It wasn’t too long ago that the only acceptable attire to an interview was a freshly pressed suit; anything less would have shown disrespect. However, today many careers don’t require such stiff attire. Dressing too formal or too casual sends the wrong message. For instance, jobs more on the creative side, such as graphic design, or entry-level positions don’t call for uptight outfits. As long as you are wearing a sharp blazer, you should be okay. Whatever you do, never wear jeans to an interview, no matter how awesome your jacket is.
2 – Perfect bag
Almost nothing can turn off a prospective employer faster than a old tattered messenger bag. If an appropriate briefcase or satchel isn’t in your closet, beg or borrow one (please don’t steal). You can also consider simply leaving your bag in the car; just bring in a folder with your resume and other documents.
3 – The right socks
Sadly, socks are frequently overlooked when dressing for an interview. Most people simply slap on whatever pair was at the top of the drawer. However, poorly chosen socks can lead to a day of discomfort when you need to present yourself as both cool and confident. Compression socks are a great choice; they won’t fall down, the constant pressure will relax you, and they come in very professional looking styles.
4 – Great hair
Before an interview, make sure to spend a few extra minutes ensuring that every hair is in the perfect place. The extra effort will show in both your image and confidence. It will also tell the potential employer that you recognize the need for professionalism. When styling, make sure that your hair is neither too boring nor too radical; you want to be remembered for your resume and not your looks.
5 – Carefully chosen shoes
Sure, some shoes are make for walking’, but others are made for impressing, flirting, or even drawing attention. It’s important to make sure that the shoes carrying you to the interview are sending the right message. It’s generally recommended that women wear at least a short heel; too high of a heel doesn’t look professional and ballet flats look too casual. Without exception, men must always wear dress shoes.
6 – Accessories
Men and women need to carefully plan accessories; a watch, a tie, a necklace, and so on. The accessories should complement the outfit and fit the industry you’re trying to get into. Accessories are also a great way to add color or personality to a black or gray outfit.
Once you have your whole look chosen, get the opinion of a friend (preferably one in the same field you’re applying). Check everything carefully for stains, tears, or flaws. Once you’re finished, you can go to the interview confident that you’re dressed appropriately and comfortably.
Everyone gets bored with their personal style from time to time and when this happens, you want to do a few things to switch it up. There are quick and easy ways to change up your style on a budget. You can change a single thing for a more subtle change or do a few different things for a whole new you.
1. Change Your Lipstick Shade
If you normally wear light or nude colors, try a vibrant red lip to add some major depth to your look. If you normally wear a dark lip, try a nude or a pale coral color to lighten your look. Both red and nude lip colors will fit with just about any outfit and any clothing colors. Whether you are going to work or heading out on the town, a change in lip color can boost your confidence and make you more noticeable.
2. Switch up Your Accessories
Personal style is all about the details and this is where accessories come in. Add a scarf to your favorite outfit to make it new. You can wear the scarf around your neck or use it in place of a belt for a more unique change. Adding a few new pieces of jewelry can also make a big difference. You do not have to drop a lot of cash on jewelry either. Costume jewelry can make a big statement without busting your budget.
3. Get Yourself a New Hairstyle
A new hairstyle can completely reinvent your look. You can choose to switch up of the style or you can go all out and change the color too. There are so many different hairstyles trending right now, you are sure to find one that fits you perfectly. It is a good idea to have your hair professionally done because you want to make sure that the style and color turn out as you want them to. If you are a bit shy about change, try changing your hair color just one shade and getting a trim. This will make a difference without being too drastic.
4. Go Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Look around and find a piece of clothing that is not your norm, but still something that you like. This brings you out of your comfort zone and allows you to try something new and exciting without a major commitment. This is just an outfit and you can change into something else at any time, so use this as a way to change things up without the change being permanent.
5. Switch from Glasses to Contacts
Ditching your glasses and getting contacts is an easy way to change your look drastically and it may make you more comfortable. Contacts can be used in place of glasses for most vision problems even when you wear bifocals. There are bifocal contacts, like Acuvue bifocal, contacts that work just like your old glasses will.
Changing your style from time to time is an easy way to keep things fresh and new. This can perk you up and motivate you to change other things in your life that are in a slump, helping to you feel happier and more confident.