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There’s an old saying that goes, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”

If you’re stepping into the corporate world, suit yourself up and make sure you look smart. Likewise, if you’re going for a job in the fashion industry, make sure you’re wearing your most on-trend outfit.

Fashions come and fashions go, but style remains, and, for both formal and informal interviews, there are a few hard and fast rules. If you look great, you’ll feel great and if you feel great, there will be a much higher chance of you storming your interview. Here’s how to choose the winning outfit for an interview.


Formal Interview

You should be aspiring to dress one notch above what you would normally consider suitable for work. And that of course means the job that you’re interviewing for. You could hang around the car park at clocking off time to get a clear indication of what people are wearing, but as a general rule of thumb, for both men and women, it’s going to be a suit.

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Suits never go out of fashion. You have the choice of trousers or skirt. The rule with a skirt is that the hemline should be no more than one biro length above the knee. You can’t go far wrong with black. Black is the new black after all. Navy, brown and, in the summer, a lighter plain colour are also perfectly fine.

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Business Casual

Some companies like to test your ability to interpret fashion etiquette by setting a business casual dress code. Casual trousers and blazers can be mixed and matched, ties dispensed with and even shoes can be less formal. But if it seems confusing, just follow these rules: No jeans. No trainers. No T-shirts. Business casual – the clue’s in the title.


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Whatever you decide to wear, I would recommend that you start with a fairly safe, uncomplicated canvas and add a splash, but no more, of your own personality with a well-chosen accessory.

Tip: Make sure your shoes are polished and if it’s a un open shoe- perfect pedi is a MUST!

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If you’re interviewing at company with a most casual dress code, dress as if you were going to a dinner party on a Saturday night. When in doubt, bring a jacket and carry it with you. You can throw it on to formalize and leave it off to be more casual.

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