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What to Wear to a Fashion Interview

05.06.11 | 4 Comments

Clockwise from left: Helmut Lang Angled Blazer $575, Theory Eleisha Tailored Cropped Pants $295, Lanvin Happy Medium Watersnake Shoulder Bag $2256, See by Chloe Contrast-Cuff Silk-Chiffon Blouse $350, OPI Nail Color in Step Right Up $8.50, Miu Miu Platform Pump $595.

Interviews have been on my mind lately. Rebecca had one recently, and we discussed everything from tucking in her shirt to what jewelry to wear. I’ve also been interviewing interns for work, and I’ve realized that a lot of people are confused about the right thing to wear to a fashion interview. Here are my personal tips:

-Don’t wear a lot of anything. As in, don’t douse on the perfume, don’t wear a lot of make-up, and if you must wear jewelry, keep it simple. Nails should be Park Avenue pink, not the trendiest color of the season (if you’re meeting with HR, at least). You don’t want to create distractions.

-Be conservative. Don’t show up in a suit, but don’t be overly editorial, either. Blazer, trousers, blouses, and pumps are always a good idea. You want to have a sense of style, but in an understated way—i.e., wear a boyfriend blazer with some silk trousers. Also, if you’re interviewing for a fashion house, keep their aesthetic in mind. You need to prove to them that you understand the brand. If you can, wear something that’s theirs.

-And finally, this isn’t a style tip, but bring your resume, and send a thank you note in the mail. These things may not seem very important, but they’ll show that you’re organized, meticulous, and passionate about the job. A simple thank you note can make you stand out from the pack!


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