Planning what to wear for any day of an ordinary week can be a hassle for some people, but imagine not having your outfit down for something as important as a job interview or a business meeting. While there are a few basics a lot of us know about professional wear, there may be some we tend to overlook but are still vital to making a good first impression or continuing to keep our professionality in a business setting.
Tip #1: DO keep your make up, jewelry, and fragrance minimal!
Here is where the importance of “less is more” comes into play. It’s better to wear subtle and natural-looking makeup in a professional setting so it won’t distract the interviewer or future employer from what matters: you and your expertise. When it comes to jewelry, you should remember that it’s best to avoid really big pieces of jewelry such as hoop earrings and statement necklaces. Other kinds of jewelry to avoid are any kind that can go on your face, are flashy, and any that make too much noise like sets of bangle bracelets. Finally, something else that can be a distraction is a strong scent of your perfume or cologne. You don’t want the interviewer or your coworkers to be overwhelmed by your fragrance.
Tip #2: DO wear the right shoes.
Stilettos for the club and the parties should remain for the club and the parties. Not only can high heels be really uncomfortable, but you risk looking unprofessional in a business setting. Nice, simple flats or neutral colored 3 inch heels will serve you justice. For men, my tip would be not to go too casual. You can never go wrong with black lace-up dress shoes.
Tip #3 DO pay attention to detail.
Just like you triple check your resume before sending it off, you’ll want to double check your outfit for any tears, stains, missing buttons, etc. You may think your outfit is in shipshape until you notice a faint coffee stain on your shirt, it may be faded but it’s still noticeable! Your outfit should always be neat, clean, and ironed.
Tip #1: DON’T dress to stand out too much from the crowd.
This one might sound like a damper if you’re really into fashion, creativity and have the ultimate goal of setting yourself apart from the others. However, doing this through your clothes can make or break your opportunity. Unless if you’re applying to or you’re already working somewhere in the fashion industry or an ultra-creative field, you should play it safe and avoid wearing colors that are flashy and patterns that are too busy.
Tip #2: DON’T substitute your skirt or slacks for leggings or yoga pants.
Even though your yoga pants and leggings can be your comfort retreat that you wear to class on a daily basis, they’re not meant for a professional environment. You might think you can get away with it but it shouldn’t be something you should risk. Remember that leggings are not pants and nothing says you’re feeling lazy more than wearing yoga pants.
Tip #3: DON’T wear ill-fitting clothes.
Wear your right size, not too loose or too tight. You’ll want your professional suits tailored to suit your body type. Your suit should not fit you baggy and your skirts and dresses should cover enough of your legs. You should opt for a skirt that fits to your knee or just slightly above. You obviously want to make sure your outfit fits so there aren’t bulges, unwanted creases, and so you can feel as comfortable as possible when you sit and have to walk around.
Below, you can find some examples of modern proper styles for different business or work related settings: