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WHAT TO WEAR: Interviews

Many mentors will say that anything you have the initiative to pursue can be achieved. In the fashion world, we have our own version of that mantra—dress for the job you want, not the job you have. This Fashionisto is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee, and he knows exactly where he is headed in life. He is on his way to an interview for an office position for the Engineering Honor Society, but he will one day be on his way to an interview for a major law firm.

Knowing your passions is an incredible advantage to have in life, but having the courage to embody them before they are a reality is beyond admirable. This Fashionisto knows that every successful lawyer has a certain presence, and most of the time, that is achieved by confidence and attire. He plans to carry that same ideology into his interview.

His classic blue suit is a fantastic way to start. The classic cut presents an image of professionalism, especially for one so young. Black is always a safe way go to, but gray and blue can be edgy enough to steal the attention away from other people while still retaining the classic feel. It is also a color that will never go out of style. Investing in a suit is an unspoken requirement for this age, and it should be an investment that lasts through style trends.

Of course, interviewers are there to be impressed, so the Fashionisto has to look on point from head to toe. Wingtip shoes are the way to achieve a flawless form. Brown or black are the staple colors that should be pursued before edgier colors. Complete the look with a snappy tie that either pulls all the colors of your outfit together for a classic look or stands out against the backdrop you’ve created.

These staple items are sure to grab the attention of any employer. It doesn’t matter if you are applying for the job of your dreams or another job, you should always dress for success.

One Simple Change: For a celebration after the interview, remove your snappy tie and unbutton your top button for a relaxed, carefree appearance that doesn’t take away from the professional lawyer-to-be that you are.