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What To Wear To A Job Interview (For Ladies)

Written by Kimberley Holt

You might over-think your fair share of things, but what to wear to a job interview doesn’t have to be one of them.  Save yourself the worrying and ask your interviewer about ‘workplace culture’ and what people typically wear to the office ahead of time.

My fashion sense has multiple personality disorder (MPD). One day I look like a Hampton’s wannabe and the next I’m stuck in my pubescent years, rockin’ vintage band tees. But when it comes to interview attire — I’m undiagnosed. Luckily for me (and you) we have the highly intuitive Topshop fashion doctors. So for someone like myself, who changes her fashion sense faster than a mood-ring, Topshop’s trendy, fashion forward and affordable pieces are our cure.

Your motto for a night out with the girls may be no pain, no gain. However, this shouldn’t be the case with your interview attire. These days, trendy and comfy go together like Netflix and chill. Check out a collared shirt made with cotton; it’s foolproof and will allow your body to breath better (not that you will be sweating because you’re going to nail this interview!).

There are no one-hit wonders at Topshop. A classic pinstripe skirt can be worn in numerous ways — with black pumps on Monday and then Converse on a casual day. We work hard for our money, so investing in something that can be worn on more than one occasion will make you feel better about your purchase.

Dress to impress, but also dress to reflect your personality. A little touch of “you” can go a long way. I once had an interview where I wore a knee-length LBD (little black dress), a blazer and a colorful chunky beaded necklace.

In my second interview a woman on the interview panel said, “Yes, Kimberley! The one with the fabulous necklace!” It was a small, inexpensive item that made a big impact. The necklace was a conversation piece, but also a segway for expressing my interest in nature and flowers. Keep in mind, this isn’t to distract from what you have to offer (because you have SO much to offer).

Maybe you’re like me and are hyper aware of other people’s body language. The person that’s interviewing you probably is too. Buy something you feel good in. Meaning, when you feel confident in your outfit, chances are it shows.

By the way, the folks working at Topshop are funky and trendy as all heck. Ask them for their opinion. Some of my favourite outfits have been from admitting to them that I suffer from fashion MPD, them telling me they support my struggle and then making suggestions for some awesome pieces.

It’s about being your best professional self and Topshop allows you to do just that. Now go show those interviewers what your tenacious millennial butt has to offer!

*Opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Student Life Network or their partners.