What to wear to a job interview? It's a notoriously hard decision - you want to look chic and capable, but getting the balance between looking like you’re a creative and have got an interest in fashion, and looking just a bit over-the-top, is tricky.
It's the most genuine case of judgement on first sight (or what could be only sight, though it’s best not to focus on that), so it's not to be entered into lightly. Play it safe with a classic, inoffensive look.
First off, the job you're interviewing for will obviously affect the choice of outfit. Often it's best to play it safe with a simple tailored look that you can mix up with a bag or shoe.
If it’s an arts job, and fashion particularly, you’ve got a bit more room for bolder, more out-there looks with a sensible nod to the latest trends.
Whatever the industry, it’s best to go for natural style than the wow factor. You can’t go wrong with a pair of black trousers, a shirt (that you can mix up with a scallop or bow detailing) and smart wool coat.
Flats vs. heels are up to you — if you’re someone who feels uncomfortable unless you’ve got a few extra inches, then an interview is not the time to trial a loafer or a slipper. If you’re all about flats, don’t risk a stumble with an overly flashy shoe.
Just wear what feels yourself — or, at least, the best version of yourself. Preened and confident, with your hair, make-up and nails looking minimal and chic.
You don’t want anything that’ll have you remembered for anything negative, or that gives off a scrappy vibe.
Whatever your style, check out our round-up of the best interview clothes for an outfit that'll have you looking chic AND capable. Career success, here we come...