What to Wear: Women

Suit

Item

Advice

Example

Style
  • Suit separates can either come with pants, skirt or a dress
  • Stick to matching pieces of consistent material and style

"Guide to Basic Women's Suiting"

"How Should an Interview Suit Fit"

Color/Pattern
  • Solid dark colors such as gray, navy or black are the best options for an interview
  • Plaid, pinstripe or patterned suits are not interview appropriate
 
Fit
  • Custom tailored suits are ideal, but in some cases hard to obtain last minute
  • The back should lay flat and not pull or bunch
  • Shoulder pad lines up with edge of shoulders
  • Sleeves are not too tight or to loose
  • The buttons on the front should comfortably button and not pull or tuft
  • Cuffs should rest less than half an inch above the wrist
"Fit Tips for Women's Business Wear"

 

Tops

Item

Advice

Example

Style
  • Collared shirt either long or short sleeved
  • Dressy blouse in a comfortable material
  • Always have a conservative neckline

"10 Things to Know About: Wearing Button-Down Shirts"

"What to Wear Beaneath a Suit Jacket"

How to Wear
  • Tuck shirt or blouse into skirt or pants
 

 

Bottoms

Item

Advice

Example

Skirt/Dress
  • Length should conservative at an inch or two above the knee, but nothing more
  • Should be fitted but comfortable to sit and walk in
  • Be aware of the slit and make sure it does not pull open
  • Always wear pantyhose

"How Should an Interview Suit Fit?"

"Fit Tips for Women's Business Wear"

Pants
  • The bottom hem should be rest on top of the shoe without being too high or sweeping the floor
  • Pants should be fitted but comfortable to sit and walk in
  • Not too wide or skinny

"Fit Tips for Women's Business Wear"

 

Shoes

Item

Advice

Example

Style
  • Pumps or flats are good choices
  • Platforms, sandals or strappy heels are not appropriate
"What Type of Shoes to Wear on a Job Interview"
Color
  • Should be in a dark color coordinating with you suit/outfit
 
Heel Height
  • Must be comfortable to walk in
  • Should be under 2 inches
 

 

Accessories

Item

Advice

Example

Jewelry
  • Simple jewelry and a watch are acceptable
  • No long or distracting jewelry
"8 Jewelry Do's & Dont's"
Portfolio
  • A portfolio (leather or otherwise) is a must
  • Bring extra copies of your resume in this portfolio
"What Should I Take to My Job Interview"

 

Grooming

Item

Advice

Example

Hair
  • Neatly styled hair out of your face
  • Wet hair is never acceptable
  • Sunglasses should not be worn as a headband
"Is Your Hair Holding You Back?"
Makeup
  • A minimal natural look is always better
  • Neutral tones are acceptable
  • Stay away from bright eye shadow, blush or lip products
  • No shimmer or glitter
  • Caked on makeup is a don't
"Makeup Tips for Your Job Interview"
Body
  • Shower
  • Wear deodorant, but avoid wearing perfume
  • Clean and trimmed nails         
  • Neutral nail polish   

"5 Hygiene Tips on what to do Before an Interview"

"Grooming Advice"