Fashion industry job interviews are notoriously difficult to dress the part for. Utilising expert, industry advice we’ve compiled a selection of clothes to help you look smart, fashion forward and confident. There’s budget prices from just £12 too.
Fit and flare skirts are on trend and accentuate a narrow waist. Remember you need to be smart, so opt for knee length. If you’re feeling confident pick a fashion forward choice like this neon vest or a bold print dress, though ASOS stylist Gamze warns: “Pick one trend; don’t try to incorporate everything current into your outfit.” So if you opt for the neon vest, avoid the printed jacket and team it with black instead.
Trouser suits don’t have to be dated: keep it modern with a cropped length and bright colour or print – both cobalt blue and monochrome are popular trends this season. Debenhams HR Specialist Victoria explains: “It’s good to acknowledge the brand you’re applying to – but subtly: don’t turn up head to toe in their clothing.” So if you notice your (fingers crossed!) future company has vintage influences, you could acknowledge it with this Victorian style shirt. Previously, fashion industry experts recommended heels, but if you’re determined not to tower, choose smart flats – and make sure they’re polished.
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Next week Dress the Part will look at accessories and personal touches to make your outfit utterly unique.
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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.]