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24/01/2022

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What To Wear To An Interview

You’ve landed the interview! Congrats! Before you start planning what you’re going to wear for the big interview, it’s really important to research into the company culture and try to find out what the dress code is. It’s going to set you up for your best performance and the best first impression you can give.

Interview Clothes For Plus Size – 4 Tips:

  • An outfit you feel comfortable in will set you up feeling confident before you even step into the room. You’re aiming to showcase your best self so be purposeful in your outfit choice to get across your personality.
  • Unsure on the dress code? If in doubt go formal. You’d rather have dressed a little too formal than turning up super casual for a smart dress code. Showing up in a smart outfit instantly gives a professional appeal.
  • If you know someone in the profession you can take inspiration from what they wear to work but tailor it for the interview, or get inspiration from what they wore.
  • Plan what you’re going to wear before the night before! There’s nothing worse than not knowing what you’re going to wear and rushing around in the morning. Give yourself plenty of time to figure out your outfit and order anything you need so your focus is on preparing for the interview questions.

Best Interview Outfits For Plus Size Women

Plus Size Interview Outfits

Whether you’re looking for formal interview outfits or casual interview outfits, we’ve rounded up the ultimate guide on what to wear to an interview. You’re guaranteed to feel confident wearing an outfit you love!

What To Wear To A Formal Interview

Interview Trousers

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Black Interview Trousers

Plus size black work trousers are your fail-safe option for any interview. If you’re interviewing for a company where blazers and smart trousers are appropriate, keep it classic with black trousers. There’s no denying that black instantly looks professional and smart, and the colour goes with smart shirts and blouses you probably already own. There are so many different leg styles to choose from whether you’re after a tailored tapered fit or a wide leg fit for a power move.

Smart-Casual Interview Outfits

Many companies now have a ‘smart-casual’ dress code that usually falls into the smart denim with a blouse or shirt combo. You can still create a powerful and professional outfit with a pair of signature black jeans as your base if you feel more comfortable in them over smart trousers. Whether you opt for jeans or trousers it gives you the option to inject your personality through a pop of colour and statement prints up top. Remember, dressing smart doesn’t mean having to stick to a basic white shirt or blouse!

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Smart-Casual Interview Outfits For Women

These outfits show how you can wear your comfiest pair of black jeans as your base and pair colourful printed blouses and shirts on your top half. The best thing about a black base is that it goes with everything and widens your options. Chiffon blouses are super lightweight in fabric to keep you cool and comfortable and longline shirts offer extra hem length if you’re after more coverage.

There are so many styles to choose from! Hem styles are such an easy way to add detail into your top whether you opt for smock and peplum hems that nip you in at the waist and float over your curves, side split hems or curved dipped hems to define your silhouette.

What Jacket To Wear To An Interview

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Blazers are your best option for an instant professional appeal. You can’t go wrong with a black blazer to polish off any outfit from your blouse and black trousers combo to shirt dresses and loafers, the colour makes them so versatile and can be worn beyond the interview too. Want to stand out? Try a statement check blazer layered over an all black outfit to really make an entrance and own the room.

What To Wear For An Informal Interview

Casual Interview Outfits

A lot of companies have a relaxed dress code nowadays especially creative companies and fashion brands alike, but you don’t want to go too casual as you’re still attending an interview with a level of formality associated with it. If they have told you it’s super relaxed and given you the casual dress code or you’re attending the interview over a video call, you can adapt your outfit to fit.

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Casual Interview Clothes For Women

How casual you can go depends on the company you’re interviewing for. Researching the company is such an important part of your preparation. Interviewing for a corporate business requires a completely different outfit to interviewing for a local café right?

This outfit gives a slightly more informal edge without being too casual. The short sleeve shirt brings a smart feel with a traditional collared neckline and button fastenings, but the short sleeves create a balance between smart and casual. The lighter wash and flared fit of these indigo bootcut jeans offer a slightly more relaxed appeal over your traditional skinny and straight leg.

Fashion Job Interview Outfit

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What To Wear To A Retail Job Interview

Landed an interview for a fashion retailer? Whether you’re interviewing for a store position or office role, sitting in front of a fashion brand is the perfect opportunity to show you’re in the know when it comes to the latest trends and putting together an on-trend outfit that gives a nod towards sophistication too. If you’re just starting to get into the latest trends and the fashion industry, have a look on their website and competitors to see what features their new products have and pick out any trends you notice.

At Yours we’re obsessed with knitted vests being the ‘it’ trend of the moment. Pairing a long sleeve top underneath or long sleeve shirt for a more formal approach ticks the smart and fashion boxes. If leather look leggings are a bit too casual switch them up for black tapered trousers or leather look straight leg trousers – it’s as easy as that!

What To Wear For A Video Interview

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With many companies working from home now there’s a chance your interview could be over a video call. Being on camera and not physically in a room with the interviewer means you can keep it comfy on your bottom half that won’t be on view and business up top – they’ll never know and they’re probably doing it themselves too! Feeling comfortable is key to setting yourself up for the best interview you can give.

This 2 in 1 shirt jumper is the perfect style with the look of a shirt underneath a jumper but you can keep it as comfy as you want on your bottom half with black leggings and joggers. You’ve got the best of both worlds.

Dresses To Wear To A Job Interview

How To Wear A Dress For An Interview

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Can I Wear A Dress To An Interview?

In short, the answer is yes you can. If dresses are more your style and suit you best, you can still give a great first impression with a smart dress. There are so many smart-casual silhouettes you can tailor to your interview from business-ready shift dresses and figure-flattering skater dresses to achieve your desired fit.

We love this long sleeve maxi dress for a modest option that nods towards the animal print trend, just pair it with tights and loafers to complete the look. Pinafore dresses are such a versatile style you can tailor towards the dress code by smartening it up with a shirt or blouse underneath or a long sleeve top for a more relaxed appeal.

What Shoes To Wear To A Job Interview

Ladies Footwear For An Interview

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Your choice of footwear is key to rounding off your outfit and giving a professional edge. If you’ve got smart trousers and a blouse on, pairing it with casual trainers is going to bring the whole look onto a more casual level, which you want to avoid. The best shoes to wear to an interview are loafers, ballerina pumps or black boots depending on the season. Make sure you’ve worn them before the interview so you don’t get any unexpected blisters and irritation to distract you from performing your best.

Flat Interview Shoes

  • Loafers are the hero footwear style you can wear with trousers, jeans and dresses on rotation and comfy enough for all-day-wear.
  • Brogues offer a retro appeal into your look and are a sturdier option guaranteed to see you through all weathers. We think they pair best with tailored trousers or dresses with tights.
  • Ballerina pumps are a great option for warmer months and our wide fit pumps have a comfy padded sole so you can wear them for the whole working day.

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