Interview Outfits! (HELP!)

posted 2 months ago in Career
Post # 16
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Busy bee

I would not wear khaki pants or a button up shirt of any color. Khaki tends to be unflattering. Button up shirts can be very frumpy and you run the risk of some see-through issues with the buttons. I would wear a black sheath dress and a white blazer, with heels. I am not familiar with the PR field so maybe you can be a little more bold with your accessories. Regardless, you want to look polished and I think a black sheath is the best way to do that. Make sure the length is no more than two or three inches above your knee. 

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper

morethanyesterday :  some of these outfits are really cute, I just….. I can’t imagine interviewing in anything less than a business suit. Since you’re in events definitely a suit with a modern cut (maybe even a cropped pant), but a jacket is absolutely necessary in my book. 

Post # 19
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Busy bee

morethanyesterday :  I would definitely wear a blazer. You really can’t go wrong with a sharp, on-trend blazer. Plus some people still give some side-eye to bare arms, so you might as well avoid that. I love a black-on-black look with a chunky necklace or colorful statement scarf (silk, given that it’s summer), or a black-and-white look with some metallic jewelry. Good luck on your interview! 

 

Post # 20
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Busy bee

Chiming in to say I agree with the black dress or some part of your outfit being black.

I wore a black dress with mid-length sleeves (sort of a lace material, but more in a crocheted way, not skimpy at all) and it had a nice belt that was included. Paired it with a simple blue necklace, and shiney black pointed toe pumps… got the job 🙂 

Since it is within PR and I work in that field (although not as customer facing), I would think going bold with a colored blazer would be appropriate. Try to pink a color that is seasonally appropriate as well as one that fits your personality. Maybe you could even find a nice printed blazer like below?? Pair it with solid color or metallic jewlery?

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Post # 21
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Busy bee

morethanyesterday :  You can wear a slevless dress, but I would ALWAYS pair it with a jacket, personally. I recently interviewed in something very similar to this outfit:

I’m not sure since I’m not in PR, but I think that PR may have a bit more leeway with colors and fashion than my industry. In terms of that, stick to what is appropriate for your industry!

If you are unsure, IMO you cannot go wrong with classic outfits, and you cannot go wrong with an outfit that is more formal (whereas you can go wrong with an outfit that is less formal).

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Post # 22
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Sugar bee

morethanyesterday :  I would go with the black dress you were considering but would pair with a blazer or sweater. Lots of workplaces still have dress codes that dont allow for bare arms and it will look more professional to be covered up a bit. For PR & event design, you could go with a little statement jewelry & heels to finish off the look. Good Luck!

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

morethanyesterday :   OK I’ve said this on here before but don’t go all neutral tones especially if it’s a position that has lots of people interviewing for it. Go neutral but pick one statement piece that makes you stand out amongst the sea of beige, white and black. Either a classic fitted jacket in a bright color, a pair of amazing but appropriate shoes or a statement but classic necklace. 

I also second avoiding button down shirts. The fit is usually off on most people and can look frumpy if you don’t have a modelesque figure.

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
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morethanyesterday :  For my last interview (current position) I wore a pair of black slim fit pixie pants, a black ruffled collar blouse, and a fitted blazer that cinched in my waist with 3/4 sleeves. It sounds like a lot of black but it was forward, modern, and professional. I tend to stick to cmsgirl’s method of thinking and always pair my classic staples with something fun to catch the eye. For my all black outfit I went with a pair of mustard pointed toe flats. When the director that I interviewed with spoke with her staff after the interview about which candidates they liked based on their interactions with them, several women were able to distinguish me from the others by my yellow shoes. 

 

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