When it comes to dressing formal, I know by what I have seen that most people are clueless about what to wear. While those who aren’t indefinitely end up wearing the black pants and white shirt combo. I swear, I have seen placements happen over and over again in my college and everyone undoubtedly ends up wearing that. I bet if I were the interviewer, I’d be bored out of my wits. This made me and my very fashionable friend Nganga pledge never to wear that combo for an interview.
I am possibly the biggest lover of black and white you’d ever come across. But wearing formals does not mean being so safe that everyone ends up looking the same. You can jazz it up with a fun scarf, a hot pair of coloured heels or a belt. Formal does not mean wearing dull colours and boring silhouettes. You can wear bright colours, prints, ruffles, frills, lace as long as you team it well. To be safe team a bold piece with a basic one. That way you won’t go wrong. Also see to it that your outfit isn’t too revealing. A dress which ends two inches above your knees is fine but anything higher isn’t. Make sure you are comfortable in what you are wearing. The worse thing would be to keep tugging on your hemline and fixing you shirt rather than concentrating on your interview. Also the garments must fit flawlessly.
Experiment with edgy trends like the power shoulder, an over sized blazer, flared pants, structured dresses. But never wear too many daring trends at the same time. Keep make up to a minimum and hair neat. But don’t fuss over it too much or you might come across as boring or too serious. Don’t be scared to accessorize especially with statement pieces but be cautious not to overdo it. Carry a classy satchel to keep your files. Again, iron your clothes! Wearing a nice perfume always keeps my spirits up, see if it works for you. Wear heels only when in no doubt that you can walk well in them and are comfortable. Pumps are great for formal wear. So are oxfords and brogues if you can work them. A tie, bow tie or a pussy bow can really add to an outfit if you can pull it off. A watch is a great accessory. Just cause you have to dress formal does not mean you have to leave you personality behind…
Experiment by wearing a lace top with high waisted formal pants, a crisp while shirt with a frilly skirt, an over sized blazer with a fitted dress, white skinnies with a floral print shirt [white is the new black for spring summer 2011 as seen on the runways of Alexander Wang, Thakoon and Dolce and Gabbana], a coloured pencil skirt with a neutral blouse. The choices are endless. And if selected for that interview [which I am certain you will be] make sure you bring the office style quotient up a notch as well.
Make your outfit YOU!
Be confident and do wear a smile!