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5 Fashion Tips Job Seekers Should Ignore

Your goal during the interview is to stand out from the competition – in a good way – so why follow outdated fashion tips designed to make you blend in with the crowd?

Landing that coveted in-person meeting is already pretty difficult. So, when you do, you’ll totally want to dress to impress.  And, it might help – at least, visually speaking – if you interview outfit doesn’t put people to sleep before you even open your mouth.

Of course, there will always be some careers – like law – were playing it safe when it comes to style is probably the right way to go. But consider ignoring these five old-school fashion tips if the company culture of job you’re seeking encourages a touch of fashion flair.   

5 Fashion Tips Jobs Seekers Should Ignore:

Wear A Suit

You should always up the style ante when you’re interviewing, but that doesn’t mean you have to wear a boring basic solid suit. You want to look polished and professionally and also comfortable and confident. If wearing a suit makes you feel uneasy or the company has more of business casual vibe (which you can find out by checking out its website and social media profiles) then opt for coordinated separates with a bit of personality.    Topshop Embellished Midi Pencil Dress – $180 and Zara Double Breasted Blazer – $99

Wear Neutral Colors

Black, navy, brown and gray are fine colors, but you might want to leave an impression that you are more than just a “fine” candidate. A strategic color pop can give off a feeling of friendliness and/or confidence, amplifying the profile of an interviewee who knows their stuff.   

Macy’s Calvin Klein Embellished Sheath Dress – $109 

Wear Pantyhose or Tights

Yes, you should totally wear pantyhose or tights if the company you’re interviewing with is conservative, if you feel more comfortable having your legs covered or if it is just cold outside. However, cramming your legs in nylon casings should be an optional interview outfit addition when you’re already wearing pants, a knee-length – or longer – skirt or dress. Do it if it makes you feel more ready to conquer the day. Skip it if it doesn’t.         

Wear a Black or Brown Handbag

Nothing completes an interview outfit better than a clean-lined, structured handbag, but black and brown shouldn’t be your only color choices. A smartly pattern purse or tote in a complimentary color to your outfit can hint to a personality that knows how to pull things together.

Amazon MMK Collection Fashion Padlock Satchel – $42.99

Wear High Heels

I love a pair of good heels. They literally make me taller and I find I stand up straight more when I wear them. But I also love my ballerina flats and that I can move faster than a New York minute in them. Opt for whichever polished pair of close-toe pumps, ballerina flats, loafers or boots make you feel more confident to complete your interview outfit. There’s no sense in wearing a killer looking pair of heels if you’re going to worry about tripping in the company’s reception area.

Aerosoles Spin Off Flats – $69 and Ann Taylor Skyler Patent Leather Pumps – $128


Songs to Get You Pumped for an Interview

You’re completely prepared for this interview.  You’re wearing the perfect outfit, done your research and have pens, paper and your resume packed and set to go.  You’ve done a mock interview and are ready to show them how you can help them meet their goals. You have plenty of time to get to the office, and there’s just one thing left to do:  shake off the nerves and get psyched about this opportunity.  Rock out to a high energy song that puts you in the zone.


Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

The Rocky song!  You have to love the syncopated beat of this song, which makes for fun, jerky dancing.  Play this one and ‘rise up to the challenge of our rival’.

Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades by Timbuk3

Why is your future so bright?  Because you’re going to ace this interview!

Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves

Katrina & The Waves sing a lot of fun ‘wooah’s and ‘hey yeh’s that warm up your voice if you sing along, so it’s nice and clear when you greet the interviewer.


Lose Yourself by Eminem

Eminem’s lyrics tell the story of a nervous guy who conquers all.  It’s the perfect story to hear before an interview.

Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti

The other Rocky song, and just as good.  This one has no lyrics but it’s so iconic and inspiring that you’ll practically fly into the interview room.

Imagine this music as the soundtrack to the movie of your life.  Now go out there and write a happy ending.

Which songs get you pumped up?