Dress For Success: Tips for Men and Women

Chelsea Lawler

The simplest and smartest way to find out the proper attire for an interview is to contact the Human Resources department. You can ask the Human Resources department about the dress code, or stop by to pick up an application in order to observe the employee’s attire. Career experts state that two sets of professional attire are key, however, you do not have to spend an astronomical amount of money to achieve a professional look.

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So, what exactly should you wear when job hunting or at an interview? We will explore the specifics by breaking them into two categories: women and men.

Please keep in mind that the fabric choices of your attire will depend on the season. Fall and Winter call for wool blend fabrics, while Spring and Summer utilize cotton fabrics for breath-ability.

The attire you choose to wear should reflect your personality, but also correlate to the company’s overall vibe.

It is important to do a little investigating in regards to the company’s aesthetic and personality.

Dress Tips for Women

  1. As stated above, perform a little research in regards to the company’s dress code and aesthetic.
  2. To play it safe, incorporate conservative colors in your attire, such as black, gray, navy, beige, or brown.
  3. Always wear a blazer with your attire.
  4. A skirt suit set, pantsuit set, or a conservative dress is appropriate attire.
  5. If you choose to wear a skirt, keep in mind that the length should be a little below the knee.
  6. Blouses should be composed of a breathable cotton or silk and be worn in a light shade (white, light blue, light pink, etc).
  7. If you decide to wear heels, keep them at a low-heeled length. For example, a kitten heel is appropriate.
  8. Keep make-up and nail polish colors to a conservative tone.
  9. If you are wearing a skirt or dress, especially in the Fall and Winter season, make sure your pantyhose does not contain any runs.
  10. Keep perfume to a minimum.
  11. If possible, carry a briefcase instead of a handbag.

Dress Tips for Men

  1. As stated above, perform a little research in regards to the company’s dress code and aesthetic.
  2. To play it safe, incorporate conservative colors in your suit set such black, dark navy, or gray.
  3. A two-piece or three-piece business suit is appropriate.
  4. Your dress shirt should be a button-down, long-sleeved, and a light color such as white.
  5. Be sure to wear a tie that matches the colors within your suit set.
  6. Make sure your dress shoes are nicely polished and match the overall aesthetic of your attire.
  7. If you are wearing a belt with your suit set, be sure that the belt color matches your shoe color.
  8. If you do not own a two-piece or three-piece suit, or if the company is more casual, you can wear a conservative sports coat.
  9. For informal dress, wear conservative colored slacks, a long-sleeved, button-down, light colored dress shirt. Additionally, add a tie and clean dress shoes.
  10. If you have facial hair, keep it neatly groomed and trimmed.
  11. Any visible piercings should be taken out for the interview.
  12. Keep the cologne to a minimum.
  13. If possible, carry a briefcase to the interview.

If you are confident in your appearance and are prepared, your self-confidence and positivity will shine through at the interview. Good luck!

About The Author

Chelsea Lawler

Chelsea Lawler is a recent graduate of Philadelphia University with her Master of Science degree in Fashion Apparel Studies. She graduated from Mount Aloysius College in 2010 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Chelsea enjoys running her small jewelry business for vintage clothing, and traveling. With her writing at Career Igniter, she hopes to educate both students and job seekers on the various facets of the job hunting process.

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