As much as we may hate to admit it, how you look when you walk into an interview, the first day of a job and just about any day of the job really does matter. First impressions are established within the first 30 seconds of you walking into the room and as you can imagine, how you dress will be a large factor of that. Make sure to always dress for the job. No business apparel guidelines apply to every single job because just like all positons are different so are industries. Always do research before heading into any interview and find out specifics on the apparel norms.
That all being said, if you can get away with it, add your own flare to an outfit because yes, you are a professional but you are also still you and people want to see that as well!
These are just a few of the ways you can easily incorporate your personal style into a professional look:
The shoes- If there is any way to have fun with a professional outfit; it’s through your shoes. Add a fun pair of flats or a colored (nothing too distracting) pair of heels. Where most women stick with their outfits being pretty neutral colors for work, a pop of color on your shoes is nice for adding some style and fun to your outfit without it being overly distracting.
The shirt- Pick shirt that you like the style of and not just a shirt that looks like business attire. As long as the shirt isn’t a crazy color, print or shows too much… you can most likely get away with it. If it shows too much of your shoulders, wear a sweater over it for business casual and a blazer over it for business professional. Use your common sense in this department.
Hair- Doing your hair nicely will not only pull your outfit together but it will also show that you put effort into how you look and care about how you come off.
What to stay away from-
Unless you are interviewing for a fashion related job, stay away from any large, flashy jewelry. You don’t want your interviewer to be too distracted from what you are saying by your shiny and jingle-y statement pieces.
I know you are nervous for the interview or to start work and want to come off as professional as possible but don’t forget that they want to see your personality and not just this guard you are putting up.
Do you have any other tips for keeping your personal style when dressing professional? Let us know in the comments!