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What to Wear to an Interview: Corporate Formal and Business Casual

Sharp but modern: Kayla, left, in more conservative attire; Kara, right, for a more casual business interview.

Sharp but modern: Kayla, left, in more conservative attire; Kara, right, for a more casual business interview.

A few months ago my friend who works at USC tapped me to review the career center’s advice  on what to wear to an interview (check out their finished video, here). This is a topic with almost never-ending variations – I did one of my first posts on the topic with Jenn, here, exploring interviewing for finance vs. tech roles. This time, I thought I’d focus a bit on two other variations: office formal and casual examples.

Business non-suit interview attire:

Business non-suit interview attire: sweater here; skirt here; bag here; necklace here.

Interviewing in a more relaxed business environment, it’s best t to wear something other than a suit, as seen on Kara. Here, her office basics  – black sweater and suit skirt and simple black heels – use accessories to elevate the look. The colorful statement necklace adds interest while the structured bag anchors the outfit.

Pair a suit jacket with a crisp dress for an updated traditional interview look:

Kayla pairs a suit jacket and crisp dress for an updated traditional interview look. Similar dresses dress here  and here; the perfect blazer here; black pumps here.

For a modern take on traditional interview attire, opt for a suit jacket paired with a crisp dress. The pattern is toned down by the black blazer…and the black blazer is jazzed up by the pattern! : )

A few other things to keep in mind for interviews: It’s not just your resume and outfit that need to be polished. In this great article from Glamour magazine, Sacks Fifth Avenue President Marigay McKee describes how she once stopped an interview and sent a woman to the washroom to remove her nail polish before continuing with the (ultimately successful) interview. Wearing nail polish, makeup or your hair up or down is beside the point. Really, you need to give yourself a once-over and make sure you are representing the best version of yourself and, of course, remember to do your power pose ahead of time and smile! : )

Remember to enjoy yourself on an interview! It's ok to be happy and smile.

Remember to enjoy yourself on an interview! It’s ok to be happy and smile.