Interview Outfit Do's and Don'ts From Fashion Experts (+ a Giveaway)
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Interview Outfit Do's and Don'ts From Fashion Experts (+ a Giveaway)

BLACK BLAZERS AND SENSIBLE HEELS, SURE. BUT AREN'T WE ALLOWED A LITTLE ROOM FOR AESTHETICS AND TASTE WHEN WE'RE INTERVIEWING? 

We all know, when it comes to proving you're the right candidate, the little things add up. So it's not surprising that an over-glitzed dress or overdone nail art could bring you down. Truth: when you're going for the dream job, there's no room for fashion faux pas. That's why we asked five women-run clothing brands for their best advice on what to wear to your next big interview. And there's something else:

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To make sure you look extra spiffy for that upcoming job interview, we've teamed up with our favorite fashion companies to give away a work wardrobe refresh worth about $1,000. Yes. A thousand bucks.

The giveaway is sponsored by five great brands: 

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And now for the good, the bad, and the just don'ts from the women who know best: 

DO

"Wear your power outfit—the one that looks and feels good. It is important to walk into an interview looking and feeling confident, so put on that outfit that makes you feel like you can take on the world."

DON'T

"Wear uncomfortable clothing or shoes. Any time spent thinking about (or fidgeting with) your outfit will distract you from the interview questions and making a good impression." 

DO

"Dress with personality even when applying to work in a more conservative work environment. Black suits become repetitive (and boring). When choosing your interview outfit, describe the outfit in three words—do you want those three words used to describe you? If not, change your outfit."

DON'T

"Wear tight clothing and no over the top nail art."

DO

"Stick with natural colors that speak to your core strengths the most. They say that navy inspires confidence and trust, while charcoal gray shows that you’re conservative and mature. Of course, black is a power color. Your color choice should play up to the interview vibe that you’re going for."

DON'T

"Wear shoes with destroyed or distressed heels; it make you look so sloppy. You think people may not notice but they do."

DO

Dorie: "Choose an outfit that matches the company culture and dress code. You want the interviewer to see you are ready for your first day of work and will be a good fit for the company’s corporate culture. If you look out of place, it will also be clear you haven’t done your research and adequately prepared for the interview."

DON'T

Emelyn: "Skip anything too revealing. No matter how casual an office environment is, short, sheer, or skin-tight are definite no-nos."

Dorie: "Avoid flashy designer logos. You don’t want to distract the interviewer from your brilliance. Everyone has associations with brand names (both good and bad), so it’s best to avoid them."

DO

"Apply the Rules of 10. Take your first 10 steps in the door with confident strides. Make sure the first 10 words that come out of your mouth are friendly and self-assured. And the potential employer will size you up based on the first 10 inches up and first 10 inches down. Make sure your hair looks good and your makeup is not too heavy. And wear a pair of killer professional shoes."

DON'T

"Wear a dress that doubles as your club clothing. While some of our nicer professional clothes can be dressed up for the bar with accessories, sometimes our wardrobes needs to remain separate."