Wondering what to wear for a fashion industry job interview?
Dress the Part has spoken to industry insiders to establish what they’re expecting potential employees to wear to interview. As we pitch ourselves to one of the most creative, competitive industries should we be showcasing our fashion credentials? Or play it safe? Heaven forbid one should look as though they tried too hard, but even Coco Chanel recognised: “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman,” and so the battle for a happy medium begins.
As a HR specialist at Debenhams, Victoria Pledger recruits everyone from fashion buyers to floor managers. “Interviewees need to demonstrate their fashion knowledge, particularly for Head Office roles,” she explained. “Dress the part in sharp tailoring: it’s great way to create a fashionable, professional look. Show them you can walk the walk!”
Gamze, a senior stylist at ASOS agrees: “Wear something really current to showcase your fashion knowledge,” she said. Though there’s no need to behave à la Lady GaGa and wear a meat frock or huge head-dress: “Something with a bold print is perfect.”
Clothing aside, both women agreed: put your best foot forward in heels. While sky high heels are less than practical: “Even a small heel will give you a confidence boost and have you walking tall.” Gamze explained, helping to establish the ideal outfit from head to toe.
Next week Dress the Part will expand on these ideas, with outfit suggestions to suit any body shape or budget, as well as more expert tips from our industry insiders.
[Images reproduced with express permission from ASOS and PR Shots.]