Woylaa.com – Gone is the time when all job interview candidates must wear super formal outfits; many job fields now allow the candidates to wear casual dresses to wear during the interview, especially in fields such as marketing, design and advertising. This is because many companies also have semi formal work atmosphere, so the interview dresses can mirror that. However, while you may think this is a refreshing change, this can be confusing once you actually face the job interview day.
Strict dress codes at formal offices such as banks and government offices may be boring, but they help you determine what you actually must wear at any occasions. Meanwhile, while casual dresses offer more freedom to choose, you still choose dresses for work, and you may be considered as wearing inappropriate dresses if you are not careful. Therefore, here are some useful guides to choose casual dresses for job interview.
Basic Rules for Job Interview Casual Dresses
Basically, formal dress may have more ornaments or embellishments than standard formal business suits such as classic three pieces. Casual business dresses may have non-collared blouse under the suit or coat, or maybe a short dress but with length that is just above the knee, and not less. Also, the embellishments must be sparse, and should not contain anything glittered, anything with metallic accents or something gaudy and shows more skin than necessary.
The above ensemble has minimum embellishment (ruffled accent near the neckline) and nothing more. The high waist black pencil skirt and black pumps add professional look, but the white t-shirt with feminine embellishment gives more casual tone and lessens the seriousness of the black skirt and shoes.
The above illustration shows casual dress without sleeves, but still with modest neckline, nude color, neutral pumps, minimum embellishments, and appropriate ‘just above knee’ length that is mostly tolerated at semi formal work environments.
The above example is actually more like a formal casual dress; while it is essentially a three piece (suit, blouse, skirt), it has patterns and the skirt length is quite short. However, she tones it down by choosing grey, black and white combo (neutral tones), adding white blouse to cut all the patterns, donning grey shoes, and adding modesty element by wearing black, non-sheer pantyhose. She also carries black handbag without any embellishments. This ensemble is probably more appropriate for job interview in design industry.
Is Denim Allowed?
As mentioned, casual dresses do not mean you can break many rules of appropriate working clothes. However, in rather casual or semi formal working environments, you can try combining denim in your job interview ensemble. However, make sure your denim has minimum embellishments, and if you wear pants, make sure they are black or navy blue with straight cuts, and not too tight. This one is also a cool combo; straightforward denim shirt with black skirt and belt. However, you may want to button up.
The conclusion: combining casual dress for job interview is not as easy as it sounds. However, if you do it right, you can give amazing impression in the job interview, while still maintain amazing sense of fashion style.