As most college women know, no great opportunity is just handed to you. In order to land that killer summer internship, first job post graduation or campus leadership position that will take your resume to new heights, you will most likely have to have an interview first.
One of the most crucial parts of preparing for an interview is making sure you dress to impress. As the old saying goes, “dress for the job you want, not the one you have.” You want your outfit to say “I am a hardworking professional…but I also have style!” Wear pieces that are business wear standards (think blazers, trousers and skirts) but don’t be afraid to personalize your look so that you can stand out from the rest. Another piece of advice is to make sure you are comfortable in what you are wearing. Don’t walk well in heels? Wear flats! That new skirt just a tad bit too short? Substitute it for a pair of trousers instead. Interviews are stressful enough without a possible wardrobe malfunction to worry about so make sure you are comfortable in whatever you are wearing.
This week I had an interview of my own to be a leadership guide for incoming freshman, so I definitely took my own advice to heart when deciding what to wear. While waiting to be called in for the interview, I spotted this Fashionista waiting to be interviewed as well. Her outfit stood out from the rest because she stuck to the basics with her charcoal trousers and black cardigan, but she added some fun and unexpected pops of color to her outfit with her floral blouse and coral ballet flats. Her outfit was both girly and professional and I love that she was daring enough to bust out some color even in the dead of winter! Best of luck to all the other Fashionistas out there prepping for their own interviews. Knock ’em dead!
One Simple Change: To take this look from an interview to a casual first date switch out the trousers for a cute pair of skinny jeans like these ones from Lucky Brand!