Finding that perfect, impressive outfit for an interview can be a tough task to crack. We all know that the first impression in an interview should be a good one. The interviewer will look at your credentials and work history, but it's important to dress the part. Wearing the right ensemble shows that you’re confident and ready for the job! That’s why we have decoded the art of dressing up for an interview to help you land the gig. Whether it's virtual or face-to-face, you'll be able to choose your outfits confidently going forward.

Interview Outfits for Women

Business formal is generally the go-to attire option. A black dress or suit with heels can work for almost any job interview. They’re classic looks for a reason, and can be dressed up or down effortlessly. 

If you prefer skirts, pick a skirt suit in a darker color and a pair of tights to match. When it comes to the blouse or the shirt, pick them in solid colors and avoid bright, popping ones. 

Complete the outfit with a tailored jacket or fashionable cardigan and you’re all set to go. 

If you're applying at a company with a little more relaxed dress code, a business casual outfit will be the way to go. You could follow the same rules as you do formal, but you could choose colors beyond the scope of neutral colors. For instance, consider a knee-length skirt or slack in block colors and a dark floral shirt to keep up with the minimalistic route. Lean on to your personal style with a few accessories like a simple pendant chain or a bracelet.

• When wearing a skirt, pick a knee-length one, as your skirt will hike up when you sit
• Hair should be neatly styled or tied back. Wear minimal makeup and accessories
• Closed shoes are always appropriate with kitten heels
• Do not wear too much perfume

There is no one-size-fits-all scenario when it comes to dressing for an interview. But remember, it's always better to be overdressed than underdressed. This doesn't mean pick your brightest ensemble and stack it up with accessories – the key is to look the part! 

1. Do a Little Research – When you're prepping for the interview, consider more than just the questions; you should look into the company’s dress code so you can meet their expectations. You could reach out to someone who works in the organization, check with your recruiter, or see if the company website has listed guidelines. 

2. Dress for The Role – It's always a good idea to dress for the role you're applying. Avoid casual clothes with shimmery or printed details, as it can be distracting in an interview. Instead, focus on looking sharp and professional and consider dressing one step above the workplace environment. For example, if the company's leaders and employees typically dress in jeans and tees, kick it up a notch yourself with a pair of sleek trousers and a button-down shirt. 

3. Comfort and Confidence Go Together – Interviews are stressful as it is. You don't want to be worrying about your waistband rather than the question at hand. Whether it's a power suit or a formal skirt, make sure it's non-restrictive and doesn't irritate you. Consider practical fabric that looks and fits you seamlessly, that way your full attention can be on the interview itself.

Interview Outfits for Men

When interviewing for a company that follows a formal dress code, it's imperative that you get it right. Researching and understanding a company's culture can grab the interviewer's attention. 

A well-fitting suit is a fail-safe. Wear a single-breasted or two-piece suit in dark or neutral colors. 

Complete the look with a white or light-colored dress shirt that is neat and sleek (no crazy patterns), and a nice necktie to pull it all together. 

If you're interviewing in a company with a business casual dress code, lean on to your relaxed dressing style. The trick is to look polished and not over the top. For instance, pick out chinos or trousers and team it with a button-down shirt with a collar. You’ll be able to experiment with colors and textures a bit more, so feel free to try out different color combinations with your shirt and pants. Ties are not required here, but maybe throw on a nice sport coat in a complementing color to finish the look.

• Choose dress shoes that are polished and free of stains or scratches
• Avoid wearing jeans and a shirt without a collar
• If you're wearing a tie, generally avoid bow ties
• Don't cake on the cologne

In an interview, you get limited time to impress the hiring manager for the job you have applied for. Other than your qualifications speaking for themselves, it becomes critical for you to create a positive, lasting impression with your outfit. It adds a subtle nod toward your professionalism, attention to detail, and understanding of the company's dress code.

Business Professional

A well-fitted suit jacket or a sweater paired with a button-down with tailored slacks or a knee-length skirt are fail-proof combinations. Don’t overthink the tie or a scarf, either! 

It’s always a good idea to add them on, but as long as the pattern is simple and not too loud. Complete the look with a nice pair of men’s dress shoes, or heels for women.  

Business Casual

Chinos, khakis, or relaxed pants make an ideal pick if the industry is a little lenient with its dress code, but you should look slightly dressier and more polished than the other employees – which means no jeans! 

In terms of your top, pick out for a polo shirt, button-down, or blouse to stay on-trend with the dress code. You should also avoid athletic shoes and sneakers, and instead wear a pair of loafers or flats that match your outfit.

How To Dress for Virtual Interviews   
The same rules as in-person interviews work for virtual interviews as well. Stick to the attire meant for the role you're applying. Business casual outfits are usually the go-to, unless indicated otherwise – but you should always dress above the expected level to impress the interviewer. And while you may think it's not necessary to be fully dressed for a video interview, camera mishaps can happen. So, it goes without saying that you should dress head-to-toe (even shoes) for your virtual interview. This will avoid any unwanted embarrassment, and it will help you feel full prepared and confident for the role.   

What Colors Should You Wear for a Virtual Interview

Keeping the background in consideration, neutral colors are a safe option. Seek black, gray, tan or navy blue as they are not too distracting. Also, be sure the in-camera frame is clutter-free, so they focus only on your words but not on things around you. Busy patterns will also look noisy on-camera, so stick to solid prints and colors as much as possible.


Should You Wear Makeup for a Virtual Interview

Light makeup works best for in-person interviews, but your laptop camera can make you look washed-out for virtual interviews, so consider adding on a neutral bronzer, a little bit of blush, and a darker lip color. Also have a test call with yourself or a friend to see how your makeup looks on-camera and make any adjustments you might need ahead of your big call.

If you’ve made it this far, you should now know how to dress for any type of job interview. Remember, the way you present yourself can have a direct impact on whether you make it to round two or get an offer. Stick to these tried-and-true recommendations to take your look to the next level and land the gig. And once you get the job, be sure to check out our entire workwear collection for men and women! We have everything you’ll need to look and feel your best in any workplace.