In the past year, I’ve had a few job interviews where I was told to dress casually. At first I thought this was some sort of trick. Since high school I was taught to dress business casual for a job interview. However, as the tech sector has grown the job interview game has changed.
I came to realize that being instructed to dress casual wasn’t a trick. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to pick out the right outfit. Here are just a few ideas to help you get dressed for your next casual interview.
This is not a test!
Striped Blazer (similar) | Tignanello Perfect Pockets Leather Medium Tote (similar) | Land’s End Women’s Plus Size Mid Rise Trouser Jeans | Suede Kitten Heels (similar)
Jeans are the ultimate way to meet the “casual” requirement of your job interview without seeming too casual. I recommend going for a dark wash denim and avoiding jeans with holes at all costs. The same goes for jeans with too much fading or a lot of whiskering. You can dress jeans up or down in a ton of different ways.
In terms of cut, you shouldn’t wear jeans that cling to your legs or jeans that highlight your butt. After all, this is a job interview and you want the interviewer to be focused on your skills and not your behind. I find trouser cut and looser cut jeans are a great option.
After you’ve picked out the jeans as the base for your casual job interview outfit, you’ll want to do for a top. I think a blazer is always a safe bet. You can also do a nice sweater or a button down with an interesting pattern.
Once you have your jeans and a top, you can pick out your accessories, shoes and a purse. For jewelry, I think less is more. For a bag, I almost always prefer a classic leather shoulder bag that’s large enough to fit a portfolio and the rest of the items usually in my purse. For shoes, I like to wear a simple high heeled shoe with a lower heel around 2″. Flats are also a good idea, but just make sure your shoes are in good shape and don’t have any obvious signs of wear.
As always, good luck!