How To Look Stylish, Smart And Trendy As A Woman Entrepreneur

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“First impressions counts”, “Your not going to get a second chance at it”

these are the dreaded comments we get from our friends love ones or career advisor while preparing to go for that all important job interview. Knowing what to wear on a job interview is half the battle of the interview itself.

When you’re going on a job interview, your appearance is extremely important. Whether or not you look professional or sloppy could play a huge role on if you get hired.

Woman Wearing Yellow Floral V-neck Long Dress and Pair of Green Wedge Sandals

I’ve heard and seen in my job so many tips and advise on what you should or should not wear when going on an interview here are a few. which ones would you adhered to and which one would you just walk away from?

 

Take a look at the video from Miss Louie below as she shares with Rachael Academy how to get ready for your next interview.


Like it or not, the first impression people get from you is your appearance.  When engaged in an interview or you are already hired, you always want to look best.  Clean cut, professional looking people get treated like a professional.  How you dress sends specific signals to people.  Let’s start from head to toe for women.  First of all, never wear too much jewelry or makeup.

Woman Bending Knees Photo

One item of jewelry is enough.  A small ring on one finger, or small earrings is plenty.  No big loops ladies.  Makeup should be conservative, just plain powder or concealer and barely any eye makeup.  No lipstick is appropriate at an interview.

Woman Wearing Blue Bathroom Robe Near Red Wall

It is just not professional.  The woman’s suit should be wool, linen, or cotton/polyester. Stick with navy, gray, and medium blues, at least for the first interview.  As for blouses, solid colors and natural fabrics, such as cotton or silk look clean and professional.

Woman Sitting on Chair While Leaning on Table

A scarf says a lot about a business woman; it is a powerful status symbol.  Shoes should never be open toed and stay within 2 ½ inch heels, nothing faddish or multicolored.  The color of your shoe should be the same or darker than your skirt.  Pantyhose should always be neutral skin tones, nothing outlandish, unless you are interviewing in the fashion industry.  A briefcase is an excellent choice for a business woman, but don’t bring along your purse too.  It looks awkward trying to juggle them around.

Grayscale Photo Of Woman Wearing Blazer And Pants

You should choose either brown or burgundy, black or navy, either one is fine.  You do not want to ever distract the interviewer with your outfit, makeup or accessories.  Last but definitely not least is your personal hygiene.  Bad breath, dandruff, body odor, and dirty unmanicured nails do not give a good impression.  When it comes to body odor, you are what you eat.  If you consume a lot of garlic, onions, cilantro, and junk food, not only will it show in your skin, but it will seep through your pores.  Gross.  Make sure you eat a natural healthy diet so you always smell pleasant.

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1. Check out the company culture

When first deciding what to wear on a job interview, you should first take into consideration the culture of the company you are interviewing with, and dress accordingly. Are you interviewing with a company where the employees wear suits everyday or do they wear t-shirts and jeans?

Grayscale Photo of Woman in Formal Suit Sitting on Folding Chair

Personally for me: The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. The first judgement an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That’s why, in many cases, it is still important to dress professionally for a job interview, regardless of the work environment.

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2. Nothing too fancy, nothing to casual

A suit is not always the best choice for what to wear on a job interview. If you show up wearing a suit and tie and all the employees are wearing shorts and flip-flops, you will look out of place, feel uncomfortable and give off the wrong energy. The same is true of the opposite. If you show up wearing shorts and flip-flops to a company that wears professional attire, you will be just confirming that you don’t fit into the company.

Woman Wearing Black and Grey Tattersall Blazer and Multicolored Plaid Skirt With Black Mesh Stocking and Yellow Chunky Heeled Sandals Sitting on Grey Concrete Pathway

Me personally: You’ll want that first impression to be not just a good one, but, a great one. In general, the candidate dressed in a suit and tie is going to make a much better impression than the candidate dressed in scruffy jeans and a t-shirt.

 

How to Dress for a Professional Interview

Women’s Interview Attire

  • Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
  • The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes
  • Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
  • No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry
  • Professional hairstyle
  • Neutral pantyhose
  • Light make-up and perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Here are examples of interview clothes for women:

Photo of Woman Wearing Blue Long-sleeved Dress

Woman Standing on Road Under Trees

Woman Standing at Outdoors While Holding Black Leather Bag

 

What Colours to Wear

Wearing the right colours can help convey your confidence, professionalism and your ability to fit into an organization’s environment. Here are some example s of coloures you may choose.

Woman in Pink Suit Walking Near Garden

Woman Standing Beside Metal Structure

Photo of Woman Standing Near Mirror

Woman Wearing Blue Crew-neck Long-sleeved Shirt and Orange Miniskirt Outfit

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