Women fight a battle when they first sign up to do an interview. They have to weed through the huge amounts of resources dedicated to men’s interview fashion in order to find out what is most appropriate to wear. Thousands of websites exist to tell men how to tie ties and not to wear brown shoes with a black belt, yet finding a resource for the business woman can be difficult. Here are some basic guidelines.
Keep it simple and go more conservative. Neutral colors like black, blue, beige, and gray generally keep the interviewer from becoming distracted. The most professional look is the two piece suit. If you are opting for pants with your suit, you can add a little style in depending on the current trends. Currently, pants ending at the ankles with a high waist are at the height of fashion. As long as your pant legs are neat, ironed, and not dragging the floor, you can be assured that you will seem professional. For skirts, if you can see thigh, then it is too short. Stay away from long slits, instead there should be a small slit in the back. Wear pantyhose. Wear sheer, neutral pantyhose. Opting for your skin tone is generally the best choice.
For blouses, place your thumbs into your armpits and have your index fingers meet in the middle of your chest. That should be the lowest a neckline should go without a neutral camisole underneath it. Go with a color complimentary to your suit. White is always a good option, but with black suits you can pair other colors. Your shirt should be made with material like cotton or silk. Have it fitted.
For shoes, stay away from hooker heels. Toes are not appropriate in the office and neither is stumbling. Go with leather or quality fabric pumps of 1-2” or with elegant flats. Some look down on flats because it makes you shorter, but it is better to wear something you can walk in than trip all over the place. If you carry a purse with your brief case or portfolio, match your shoes to your purse.
Make-up should serve to highlight natural features, so go with minimal. Use a little perfume if you want, but no more than one spray. Keep it to a minimum. The same foes for jewelry and accessories unless you are interviewing for a company that prizes creativity. Ear piercing should be small, and all other body piercing and tattoos should be covered.