Whether you are a graduating college senior or a professional on the move, what you wear to your next interview speaks volumes to prospective employers. My personal preference is a good-fitting suiting, great shoes, a nice, neat tote and minimal jewelry. I'll usually add a pop of color in the form of a crisp, tailored button-down shirt. Oh yeah! And I love, love, love my diamond studs. It says that I am a polished, professional and ready to get down to business. It also says that what I wear is an important part of my interview preparation. From the time you step off the elevator, people judge you. Depending on your profession, the interview suit is considered a blast from the past. So I called upon one of my fashion experts to weigh in on what's hot and what's not. Our resident fashion guru Associate Market Editor, Reneise Francis, offered some timely advice for those of you looking to spice up your interview gear:
- Add a pop of color. If you want to go chic without going overboard, pair a classic suit with a bold-color shirt. Francis says try a cobalt blue poplin shirt. It shows creativity and style in one classic look.
- Mix and match. No suit, no problem. Pair a tailored blazer with a cute shirt and some good-fitting slacks. Ladies, make sure that your undergarments are in tow. There is nothing worse than rocking a nice pencil skirt with a cropped fitted jacket only to see a jiggly booty, dimples or worse yet, the dreaded panty line. Summer is almost here so I won't tell you to put on some lycra tights, but once the fall hits, they should be on and poppin'.
- Have fun with the trends. Color blocking is hot right now so think about matching a great pencil skirt with a structured color-blocked sweater. Just make sure it's not too loud. Remember you are going for classic chic. Nothing says WTH than you wobbling down a hallway in 5-inch Louboutins or pencil skirts that you have to tug on every time you take a step (yaw know what I'm talking about). Other trends to consider: anoraks, bold prints and oranges and tangerines.
- Accessorize. This is one of my favs. I love me some statement jewelry. Francis advises to add a cool cuff or a statement necklace. But nothing too flashy. She even liked my flouncy skirt and mustard sweater that I wore today. Pair that with a blazer, she says, and I'm interview ready. Her advice: Wear outfits that show off your personality without being a distraction.
- Invest, invest, invest. This is definitely a Tanisha's Tip: Buy the highest-end clothing and fabrics you can afford, keep them dry cleaned and only wear them to the interview. They will look good, wear well and boost your confidence.