We’ve noticed that the comment thread on the cold offers post has morphed into a fashion advice column. Here are some of the on-campus interview attire questions that have been posed:
– Is a light gray suit a bad choice for interviews? Dark brown shoes, black, or either?
– What suit colors are acceptable?
– For females, do you have to wear a button down under your skirt suit, or can you wear something else?
– Skirt-suits v. pants suits?
We pajama-wearing ATL bloggers are no longer well-versed in the world of suit fashion, but Corporette has an advice post on interview fashion, in response to a query from a 3L. Their advice for the ladies:
Choose a dark suit. A black or navy suit is always more conservative than a brightly- or lightly-colored suit, and if you have to buy something inexpensive then it will hide the imperfections in the fabric and the seams. Buy a skirt suit…. Be sure you pull a chair over to a full-length mirror and practice sitting in the skirt suit; you want to see what the interviewer will see and make sure you look appropriate and tasteful.
Is this to prevent a Basic Instinct moment?
Additional fashion tips, after the jump.
Dress for the season you’re in. If you’ve got an interview this week, please don’t go in wearing a tweed suit — you’ll look like you’re not aware of your surroundings. Similarly, if you’re interviewing in January or April, don’t go in wearing a white linen suit.
And most importantly, wear a suit that fits well. Warning signs that the suit is a wee bit too small:
You can’t button the jacket, or the buttons don’t lay flat once buttoned The skirt is “smiling” because it’s being pulled so tight across your hips When you walk the skirt hikes itself up because it’s too tight across your hips Your arms look like sausages in the jacket You can’t lift your arms above your head
So here’s a thread devoted to OCI fashion. Enjoy, and watch out for sausage arms.
You can read more, including specific tips about skirt suit selection, over at Corporette.
Reader Mailbag Part I: What To Wear on Interviews Generally [Corporette]