Spring 2018 Looks From ChannyintheCity's Closet V. 4
Photos: Alona Jey
Blazer J.Crew | Dress Ann Taylor | Booties Aldo Shoes | Handbag YSL
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Sheath dresses should be in every women's work wardrobe. I actually have gotten away from wearing suits when I interview and prefer to wear a sheath dress. The insurance industry is business casual on a normal basis, so when interviewing I've stopped restricting myself to dark suits. I would wear a nice sheath dress with a blazer or a nice top with a skirt, but pants rarely. If the dress is a beautiful color like the one I am wearing I would pair it with a muted color blazer, like navy or tan. If it were a muted color dress, I would pair it with a nice statement blazer or colorful cardigan. If you're hesitant to try my tips that's ok, but trust me when I tell you wearing an orange blazer with navy slacks or a floral print sheath dress with a navy blazer has yet to interfere with me getting a job. :) (If you're wondering why I wear navy click this link)
Here's a great tip when interviewing in the summer. Do not wear your interview jacket or shoes when commuting switch before hand. If you are still hot, carry the sweater or jacket perfectly draped over your arms. This will signal to whomever greets you that you have the appropriate attire with you, but that you are cooling off. (It doesn't hurt to remark about the weather after introductions.) You must put the blazer/sweater on, if not before you actually sit down with the first person who interviews you, definitely after the first 3-5 minutes. Let's say you forget to put the blazer/sweater on because you never really cooled down, make sure you fold the sweater or blazer onto a chair in the line of sight of the person interviewing you. This way they can see it and know you had the intention of wearing it. If you are interviewing in a more business casual industry/office I would say it is ok to wear a nice cardigan on an interview, and not a blazer. If you're interviewing or working in a more business attire or conservative industry like banking financial services, I would stick with a blazer.
I never wear sandals to an interview, at the most I would wear a peep toe. Different people have different pedicure schedules. Some people don't like nail polish, while others wouldn't dare wear sandals without polish. Whichever you are should not matter on an interview, stick to pumps or a peep toe.
It is tough being appropriately dressed for an interview during the warmer months especially when taking public transportation. I hope these tips will help you stay cool and get the job.