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Dress For Success

Men's Interview Attire

The Suit:

  • The sleeves should taper, gradually ending just over the wrist so the shirt cuff extends about 1/2 inch beyond the jacket sleeve.
  • The pant leg bottom in the front should touch the front of the shoe and angle towards the back of the shoe to fall just above the heel.
  • Pant cuff or no cuff is a personal choice.
  • Choose dark colors, such as navy, gray or coffee beige. Suit should be solid color or subtle pinstripes.
  • The fabric should be worsted wool or gabardine, a firm hard-finish durable fabric (such as lightweight wool or rayon).
  • Suit is always first choice, but if unavailable, a navy jacket or blazer with black or navy buttons and gray or beige pants are acceptable.

The Dress Shirt:

  • The button down collar offers a more casual look than the more formal business style of a point collar.
  • Choose a good fit, neatly pressed.
  • Best colors include white, pale blue, tan or yellow
  • Always wear an undershirt. Avoid v-neck style since the neckline may show

The Tie:

  • Your tie should be darker than your shirt and should not extend below the belt.
  • Purchase several ties that compliment your suit to give your wardrobe versatility.
  • Wear 100% silk (or similar looking) in solid colors or small patterns.

 

Women's Interview Attire

The Suit:

  • Choose conservative colors such as black, navy, gray, tan or brown in a flattering cut.
  • The fabric should be gabardine, a firm hard•finish durable fabric such as light wool or rayon.
  • Suit should be a solid color or subtle pinstripes.
  • A business dress, worn with a jacket, or a tailored pantsuit is acceptable.
  • Avoid wearing trendy lapels or buttons.
  • Make sure the skirt length is just at knee length, either right above or right below the knee.

The Blouse:

  • Wear a neutral color such as white or beige; avoid bright colors and large prints.
  • Do NOT wear a low-cut or see-through blouse

Make-up and Jewelry:

  • Avoid bright colors and excessive amounts.
  • Light shades of lip coloring and nail polish are recommended.
  • Jewelry should be small and conservative. Only 1 ring per hand.
  • Avoid costume jewelry
  • Earrings should be small studs or clip-ons with only 1 earring per ear.
  • Wear hair so it's not always falling into your face.

Shoes and Hosiery:

  • Do not wear open toe or open heel shoes or heels higher than 2 inches.
  • Your shoe color should coordinate with your ensemble and remain in the neutral zone, such as navy, black or taupe.
  • Wear hosiery that is close to your skin color.