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Why is it important to be put effort into your attire for an interview? Because the first impression is everything, you cannot take it back, and whether you like it or not, your appearance plays a huge role in your first impressions. A study was conducted on the effect of physical appearance on the judgment of guilt, interpersonal attraction, and how severe the punishments would be in a simulated jury task.  The results were that physically attractive defendants were judged with less certainty of guilt, the prescribed penalties were less severe than that of the less attractive defendants. Physical appearance matters and the very first step to getting the job is to present yourself in a clean, polished and professional attire.

What should you wear to a job interview ?

Whether you’re going to a job interview, a college admission interview,  it is best to have your purchase professional or work essential pieces such as  a black pencil skirt, a white blouse, neutral colored trousers,  black or nude pumps, and a structured handbag.

When preparing for a job interview, it is imperative to know what garments you can or can’t wear. Today I will present appropriate and inappropriate interview clothing. I will specifically address, 10 things a female should not wear to an interview, followed by the most appropriate garment.

The first thing you should not wear to an interview is jeans, palazzo pants, parachute pants, baggy etc…

Let’s first discuss pants that you can wear to an interview

Pants that you can wear to an interview

Stretch Pants
Stretch pant is a form-fitted pant that is typically created from some type of stretch fabric. While you can wear this type of pants, be very careful of the kind of shirt you wear. Avoid wearing shirts that too form fitting as well. Opt for a loose fitting shirt or wear a blazer on top of your shirt.

Ankle Pants
Slim pants that are ankle length. these pants may be tapered (skinny legged) or straight legged

Straight legged pants

 Slim-legged pant with a circumference of leg hem less than 18 inches

Pants you should not wear to an interview

Palazzo Pants
Long pant with extremely loose flare from the hipline to hemline.

Baggy Pants
Pants wide at the hip and narrow at the ankle. 

Parachute Pants
Pants with a zipper on the outside of legs from the hem up to mid-calf to and give it a  tight fit at ankles. Sometimes they pants have Zippered pockets the side of the leg and on hips.

Jodhpurs, hunt, riding breeches
Riding pants with drop front or zipper losing, rounded flare at thighs and
narrow legs straight-cut below the knee. 

Boot-cut, Skinny Jeans
Do not wear denim to an interview

Overalls, suspenders, or painters., Bib /Bip-top 

Pants with a rectangular piece attached at the waist and is held with shoulder straps.

Harem, Shalwar, Zouave Pants
Full pants that is assembled at waist and ankle.

Tailored knee length pant with fullness assembled into a band just below the knee.

Toreador Pants
A tight-fitting pant that ends just below the knee and usually has braid trim down the sides.

Western Pants
Low-waisted slim pants with jeans-style
fitting and pockets.

Bell bottoms, Flare leg or flared pants, sometimes called sailor pants
Fitted at the waist, flare from the knee to hemline on both outer and inner seams. You can sometimes wear this style if the flare is minimal

The Second thing you should not wear to an interview is ski sweaters, tennis sweaters, emblem sweater…

Let’s look in details of many different type of sweaters and the ones you can or can’t wear.

Sweaters you cannot wear to an interview

Ski Sweater
This is a heavy pullover sweater and is typically a striped or elaborately patterned sweater in Jacquard knit. This type of sweater is not appropriate for a job interview.

Tennis Sweater
Pull-on, long-sleeved V-neck sweater with  and some time has a cable-knit
pattern.  The sweater is typically in white with narrow bands of color at neck and wrists. This sweater is also not appropriate for an interview because it has too many details

Pullover type of sweater made from knit or cotton. This sweater is not recommended for an interview

Letter, or school sweater 
Bulky V-neck cardigan, shawl-collared cardigan, or pullover sweater with school emblem or letter on the left front chest. 

Sweaters you can wear to an interview

Poor boy
A pullover of rib knit that is form fitting. It Usually has round neck or turtleneck and long or short sleeves. You can wear this sweater in a neutral color such as brown, navy, black, white or grey.


A shrink is a sleeveless pullover sweater that resembles a short vest. You can wear this sweater on top of a collared shirt or under a blazer.

Third thing you should not wear to an interview is sundresses, princess dresses, tent dresses, etc..

Dresses you can wear to an interview

Chemise , Sack, Shift Straight dress

Dress without a waistline seam You can wear this dress, choose a neutral color of your preference.

A-line, Skimmer, Dress
Dress with regular shoulders, small flare toward the hemline, but does not include a waistline seam.

Dress with regular shoulders, have no waistline seam and has a bit more flare at the hemline than an A-line dress. Don’t wear a dress with too much flare.

Straight narrow dress without waistline seam, and is fitted with darts.

Basic or Fitted Dress
Simple fitted dress usually cut with jewel neckline, darts, fitted set-in sleeves, natural waistline, and a straight skirt. 

Dress with high waistline under the bust.

Drop waist
Dress with elongated bodice so that waistline seam falls below waist. (Also
called low-torso. Unfitted variation of soft, drapable fabric with short skirt may be called a flapper dress.)

Elasticized waist
Waist contains elastic for comfort. The dress may be of any style, either with or without waistline seam. Sometimes belted.

Shirtwaist Dress
Dress that is styled like a tailored shirt, usually buttoned from neck to below the waist

Coat dress
Dress which fastens (usually with buttons) from the neck to the hem like a
coat. Dress may be single- or double

Wrap, Surplice, Kimono, Back-wrap dresses
Dress wraps and fastens to one side, either front or back. Maybe held with
button/buttonhole, tie, or belt. 

Pant dress, culotte dress, pantgown, panel pant dress, and pantshift.
Combination bodice with divided or split skirt. 

Dresses you cannot wear to an interview

Tent dress
Dress with normal shoulders, no waistline seam but very wide, full, and
flaring hem. I would not recommend wearing this dress to an interview

Caftan Dress
A long dress with a decorated opening for the neck and long sleeves.I would not recommend wearing this dress to an interview

Float Dress
Straight dress with no waistline seam , has pleats in many places  I would not wear this dress to an interview.

Wedge Dress
It is a dress lacking a waistline seam, contain broad shoulders and tapers to a narrow hemline. It usually has dolman sleeves.

Big tutu dresses or long full gowns

Dress with camisole or halter type usually worn during the summer.

Asymmetric, Toga or One-shoulder Dresses
Dress that is not the same on left and right sides. May drape to one side or
close to one side. May cover only one shoulder. (Also called one-shoulder or

Sleeveless, collarless dress worn with a blouse or sweater underneath.

Dress with additional fullness pleatedmessage gathered, or held to one side.

The fourth thing you should not wear to an interview is tank tops, polo shirts, t-shirts etc.

Tops you cannot wear to an interview

Knitted, short-sleeve, pullover shirt, collarless with a buttoned placket front.

Knitted pullover shirt with a single-layer knit, square-cornered collar and buttoned placket front

Knitted pullover shirt with ribbed crew neck and short or long sleeves. Usually made of cotton or cotton and polyester blend. (Also called crew or crew-neck.) Length may be extended to be called Tshirt dress.

Tank top
A knitted pullover shirt containing a scooped neckline and big sleeveless armholes.

Western, cowboy shirt
Shirt with high stand collar, front and back shaped yoke, flap pockets or half-moon pockets, large snap closings, and piping.

The strapless top that looks like a bra

Tops you can wear to an interview

Shirt, shirtwaist or tailored blouse
A blouse that is styled similar to a man’s tailored shirt.

Back-closing blouse with band collar and square or circled inset in front. 

Blouse with drawstring or elasticized neckline and raglan sleeves. (Also called gypsy blouse.)

Twinset or Sweater Set
A pair of blouses or sweaters with under blouse similar to a shell or camisole attached.

Extended mid-thigh or longer overblouse of any style. Usually straight or slightly fitted and worn beltless. Wear this wisely

Wrap, Surplice blouse
Blouse with crossover front

Pullover or Slip-On blouse
Blouse which pulls on over the head

Overblouse that fits snugly through the waist and extends to the hips.

Body suit
Very close-fitting blouse or shirt, usually of knitted or stretch fabric. Has a pant section, with snap crotch. 

Boxy top

Overblouse with length and fullness above the waist. 

Cropped top
Fitted short blouse reaching to the ribs.Usually features a scoop neckline and short sleeves. Make sure your skin is not showing if you wear this top

Oversized blouse with yoke and fullness below yoke. Usually long sleeved and worn as a coverup.

Top with camisole neckline. Can be worn under a blazer 

Boyfriend shirt

Extra large or long blouse. Wear This with caution

The fifth thing you should not wear to an interview is open-toed, Sandals, slippers, athletic shoes

Your shoes should be neutral colored, closed toe, not too high. 

Sixth thing you should not wear to an interview is bubble skirt, trumpet skirt, granny skirt, etc.

Skirt you cannot wear

Fitted at the waistline with fullness and assembled into a band at the hem

Skirt with vertical seamlines and is fitted at the waist with flare
toward the hem. 

Gathered at the waistline and with fullness gathered into a band at the

Trumpet, swing skirt
Gored skirt that flares severely below the knees. 

skirt gathered at waistline. Sometimes very full 

Skirts you can wear

Straight, Sheath or Slim Skirt
Slim, straight, fitted at the waist 

Fitted at the waistline with darts or pleats and has a slight flare toward the hem

Straight skirt with vertical opening at side, front, or back. 

Pantskirt, culotte, gaucho, or split skirt

Pants that slightly resembles a skirt.

Fits smoothly at the waist area, but flares at the hem. 

Circular, skating, circular skirt 
Skirt cut from a half, complete, or multiple circles of fabric. (Also called a
circle skirt. 

 bellshapep skirt 

A skirt with full  flared hem .

Granny, Prairie 
long skirt usually with ruffles at the hem. 

Made of a series of ruffles 

A  skirt wrapped and overlapped around the body and is fastened at
the waist by ties or buttons. 

Scottish knife pleated skirt, with wrapped, unpleated front panel, fastened
with leather straps and buckles, ordecorative pins.

Draped, Serong skirt
Skirt gathered or draped on one side. 

Pleated, tucked, or gathered at the waist and hips but tapering to narrow at the hem

Panel pantskirt
Skirt with a panel in front and back 

Seventh  thing you should not wear to an interview is visible undergarments,

If you’re wearing a short sleeved blouse, make sure your bra is hidden or wear a blazer. Make sure your panties won’t peek through your pants if you happen to bend over and if worn culottes or stretchy material, wear thong or seamless panties.

The eighth  thing you should not wear to an interview is short skirts, short dresses, shorts pants

You should not wear extremely short skirt or skirt mid-thigh length 
Do not wear evening or floor length skirt if possible.You can wear skirts above-the-knee, Below-the-knee, Mid-calf or midi, 
or a bit below mid-calf.

You should not wear boy shorts, bermuda shorts, Full-cut, elasticized waist, above-knee length pants.Bermuda, Safari shorts, surfers, deck Walking shorts. You may be able to Knee-length  or clam-digger pants but be very strategic with this.Pants that you can  qbsolutely wear wear are gaucho, cropped, capri, slim-legged pants and classic full-length pants.

Ninth thing you should not wear to an interview is statement jewelry, or junky jewelry

 A small amount of jewelry may normally be worn but should not distract from your status as a professional business person.

The last item you should not wear to an interview is heavy makeup

Unless you are going to interview for a position as a beauty consultant, you should wear very natural and minimal make up. Hairstyles should be minimal as well.

In a nutshell, when dressing for an interview, keep it classic and simple.  Wear neutral colored clothes, closed- toe shoes, minimal makeup ,and jewelry. Below are some additional interview dress tips for your interview.

Interview dress tips 

My biggest interview tip is to dress to impress. If you do not have anything to wear, wear black pants and white shirt. A white shirt is universally accepted colors for interviews and it represents tidiness purity, cleanliness, innocense and peace. Think about these other colors as well:

Black- Black along with grey is a significant color, and it is the best color to choose when wearing business suits or bottoms. The color black is modern, sophisticated and elegant. As a woman, wearing black makes you look ambitious and goal oriented.

Blue represents unison, gentleness and relaxation. The color relaxes the central nervous system and lowers blood pressure. Blue is the universal color for business and it signifies loyalty, dependability and confidence.

Brown is the color of the earth and represents, calm, stability and traditions. If you’re interviewing at a family oriented company, this is the perfect color to wear.

Grey represents elegance, humility, respect, and wisdom. This color is perfect if you’re interviewing for a management position at a company.

Be careful when wearing the following colors:

Green- is the color that is often associated with health. If you have an interview in a healthcare setting, you may want to think about wearing green . Green is associated with optimism, fertility, and good luck. Green is also the color of money so you can also wear it at a business interview.

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Orange- This is actually the most hated color by Americans and is more popular in Europe. Orange symbolizes energy, fire warning, and danger. Avoid this color when dressing for an interview.

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Pink-  Soft pink is more popular than hot pink and this color is associated with warm and cheerfulness. 

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Purple is typically associated with royalty, horoscopes and the occult. Purple is associated with creativity and intelligence. A darker or lilac purple would be appropriate for interviews.

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Red increases blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory systems. The color is associated with desire, appetite and craving. Not the best color for an interview.

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