Linc Style: Interview inspiration

Written by Corrina Bolino.

With the end if the academic year approaching, it means one thing for many students – interviews.

An outfit suggestion. Photo: Corinna Bolino

Whether it is for post graduate employment, summer internships or just something part time to get the cash in, one thing is for sure: you need to dress to impress.

The first key tip is to know the dress code of the company you are interviewing with. This way you can gage how you need to dress.

For example, many different jobs in the retail sector have varying degrees of dress. It can range from smart casual to being extremely tailored. If you already know the company’s dress code you can ensure you are in keeping with this when planning your interview outfit. Also, you already look the part.

A good tailored item is a key sartorial choice and a must-have for your wardrobe. Not only will it ooze professionalism, but a tailored cut is also extremely flattering – another bonus as it will add to your confidence on the day.

I personally favour a tailored pencil skirt – you can dress it up or down to suit any interview- a perfect investment. Retailers such as Next or Topshop also offer many different cuts to their tailored trousers. A Capri cut is fitted to the calf and sits just above the ankle which would be great for modernising your interview attire.

Life isn’t all about plain tailoring however! Don’t be afraid to add some fashion flair to your interview outfit.  One of the easiest ways to do this is by adding some colour pop, steering away from the usual monochrome suit. Just ensure that you stay in keeping with the company.

You can go through the classic colour pop route. This is when you add a standout bright item to your look. I often add a muted yellow blazer to a classic white shirt to brighten up my outfit, whilst staying smart with a smart cut. Or you could add a twist to your outfit- why not inject a complementary colour scheme?

So if you are hoping to, or already have some interviews lined up, remember these three simple tips:

1)    Know the companies dress code and stay in keeping with this

2)    A good tailored item is an essential

3)    Keep your flair- colour pop and complementary colour schemes are an easy way of achieving this

Last of all, good luck.

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