What to Wear to Your Fashion Design Job Interview

What to wear to your interview

Be Prepared

When you’re interviewing for a job in the fashion industry, or a fashion internship, you need to take your wardrobe even more seriously than someone interviewing to work in the regular old corporate world!  If you’re going to be working with clothes, you need to show the people hiring you that you know how to dress well!

The first step in figuring out what to wear to your interview is to do some research!

If your interview is with a fashion house, know their style aesthetic and attempt to show them that you fit with their brand.  Don’t wear their label head to toe, but take note of what the designer’s style is and attempt to show them that you understand it.

If you’re interviewing with a fashion magazine, you should go trendier than normal to show that you understand current fashion.  Don’t be over-the-top though: you still need to look professional.  Even though it might be a dream job, it’s still a job!  Remember that when you’re getting dressed for it.

Also, this sounds obvious but can sometimes get overlooked: take note of what the staff wear in the retail stores. Also don’t blatently dress in competitors clothes. If possible, try to wear something from the brand or label, or wear the season’s current look. It can be expensive to buy the clothes from the company that you are interviewing for, but it can have a significant impact on your interview success.

Your interviewer will be asking themselves- ‘’can I see this person working for our company? Is this person’s style the same as what our brand represents?’’ . So needles tp say, if you are wearing their current clothing line, and styled appropriately to the brands look, the interviewer will see that you will fit in perfectly with the brand.

So, if it’s a young edgy brand, dress young edgy, if it’s classic and tailored, where a suit, and it’s not unheard of to wear jeans when interviewing at a denim company.

If you are new to the industry or interviewing for a lower level position, do not worry if you don’t have high-end designer duds for your interview.  Nobody expects a 23 year old to be wearing Prada!

The only traditional “interview rule” in dressing whch still applies to the fashion industry is: do not show too much skin: so basically, no cleavage, no micro-minis, no short-shorts.

A good rule of thumb is, if there is any way your outfit would cause your father or grandmother to call you a hussy, you need to change!

Remember: Fashion is visual. Fashion communicates a message. So this is vital that you get  your outfit matched correctly for each company that you go for a interview with. Presentation counts almost as equal to your resume!

Hair & Makeup

When it comes to doing your hair and makeup for a job interview, just remember: less is more.  You should try to look as polished as possible while still keeping your makeup simple and understated.

Do Wear:

  • Your hair in a clean and simple style
  • Concealer if you need it
  • A small amount of translucent powder to get rid of shine
  • Mascara
  • Neutral-toned lip gloss or lipstick
  • A small amount of eyeliner & neutral eyeshadow (optional)

Don’t Wear:

  • Your dirty hair teased out to here
  • Tons of caked-on foundation
  • Heavy eye makeup
  • Brightly colored eyeshadow
  • Glittery or super bright lip gloss

Summary

At the end of the day, dressing for an interview is about dressing for the job you want, and showing your professionalism via your clothing choices.  If you follow the tips above, your next interview will be that much more successful!

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