When choosing interview attire for women, professionalism should always be the watchword. First physical impression is everything; it can make or mar your chances at getting the job.
An impressive Resume will get you the interview, but the impression you make during an interview gets you the job.
While a smart and crisp dress shirt can give an air of confidence, tight yoga pants might just seem out of place in a professional setting.
When making your choice of what to wear to an interview, three things should be considered:
While modern day fashion professionals (Fashionistas) believe that being overly conservative is old fashioned, adding a dash of color to your classic black pants is not a bad idea, but wearing an overly bright colored pant suit might be highly distracting
To help narrow down your choice in choosing clothes for an interview, here are ten best women’s clothes for an interview
The Classic Suit
If you are looking to work in a corporate environment, having a well-fitted suit is a must. Most corporate organizations are only partial to suits and this can help go a long way in giving a good first impression.
Either Pant suits or skirt suits, whatever label of suit you choose, it should not be too tight or loose, it should fit well.
Keep away from overly bright and outlandish colours. Dark colors gives an air of power and confidence. Stripes are good, they add a subtle design detail to an otherwise plain suit. Suits should always look professional and business like.
An example is this Aviva suit pictures below, which can be paired with a scarf, dress shirt or a modest camisole.
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Knife edge Corporate shirts
The term ”Knife edge” is used here to connote a well starched and ironed button down Corporate shirt. Creases take away the smartness and professional look of a corporate shirt. It makes one look unkempt, no matter how clean or nice the shirt might be.
Just like the classic suit, conservative and cool colors are best.
Light colored shirts are easy targets for visible sweat stains and dust.
Corporate shirts can be paired with a classic suit, a pair of blazer , a skirt or professional pants.
When wearing a button down shirt that comes without sleeves, it is advisable to wear a blazer that fits the shirt rather than wear it alone.
Modest Midi Skirts
This is a sure winner for people looking to work in the educational sector. Modest Midi skirts are long free skirts that fall well below the knees.
They are highly conservative skirts that hide most of the curves of a woman, yet maintaining professional look. This kind of skirt can be paired up with a blouse, a button down shirt or a camisole and blazer
This is a classic must have for every working or aspiring career woman. A good pencil skirt can fit almost anything corporate, look stylish and yet be professional.
Although pencil skirts are made to be well fitted, they should not be too tight. A tight pencil skirt hinders movement and can give a less professional look.
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A blazer is just like a suit jacket, but more stylish and without a pair, unlike the suit. It is a suit jacket in ales serious look.
The beauty of blazers is that it can be worn on almost anything and still leave off an air of casual yet professional look. These blazers come in different colors, shapes and sizes.
The trick to choose a blazer for an interview is to look out for well fitted, plain and conservative ones that still look stylish. There are blazers with outlandish designs and structure, these sort of blazers should be kept away from interview sceneries.
The Corporate Gown
These are plain straight office gowns that give an easy corporate feel. These gowns can be worn with blazers, small belts, brooches, neck scarves etc.
Office gowns can come in various shapes and lengths. But a modest length is best for interviews. They can come straight, pleated or even gathered.
This is another classic must have for interviews. Professional pants are usually straight cut and fit right. There are no unusual embellishments or gaudy pockets. Professional pants do not come in jeans material or jersey, but rather cotton.
They are not too tight and the crotch sits well. They are better paired with a blazer
Blouses are mostly pretty. The beauty of blouses is that they look professional, yet flatter the wearer. Blouses are better paired with skirts.
While going for an interview, choose blouses with modest necklines and sleeves. Blouses without sleeves should be worn over a blazer or jacket.
Skirt & Blouse
Fondly called up and down in most regions in Africa, they are champion apparel for interviews. It has been said severally that one can never go wrong in the right skirt and blouse for interviews.
This set of cloth often comes as a pair, in the same fabric but not necessarily color.
Just like the regular skirts, choose modest skirts that are not short or too tight.
Blouses should not have a plunging neck and must look professional. Skirt and Blouse can be paired with belts, scarves and brooches
Patterned Corporate Ankara Outfits
Ankara is slowly gaining ground in the apparel market. Little by little, the corporate world has started to embrace and accept Ankara fabrics.
It would not seem out of place to see workers in a corporate environment wearing Ankara on a Friday. Having said this, it is not however all interviews that this kind of fabric can be worn to, in fact wearing it might be a bit of a risk.
There are several professional outfits in the market made with Ankara like Ankara jackets and pencil skirts. An example is the yellow print Ankara office gown in the picture below.
Camisoles are a girl’s best friend. They are worn inside suits or blouses that are transparent or with plunging necklines.
They often come plain or with little frills and they are sleeveless.
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