Summer Interview Attire: What Not to Wear!

Summer Interview Attire: What Not to Wear!


Hi, everyone! Adam with Johnson & Hill
Staffing. Today, we’re talking about summertime, that mystical, short
three-month period of time in New England where we all get to enjoy
feeling the warm breeze on our skin. But when it comes to interviews, interview
attire, if you’re feeling that warm breeze, you might not be appropriately
dressed. So that is today’s topic. Interview attire during the summertime:
what to wear and even more importantly, what not to wear. First thing is really
the basic rule that applies year-round: always dress your best. Always dress for
success. And the reason for that simply is this is your only chance to show the
interviewer you putting your best foot forward . The interviewer has no way of
knowing that today’s casual look isn’t normally how you dress for work or for
professional things, even if you tell them it’s not how you would normally
dress for professional things. They really have no way of knowing. Your best
shot, your guarantee is to put your best foot forward with proper interview
attire, even if it’s not the most comfortable option given the weather. So
anyway, more specifics. As always, ladies first. In terms of what to wear under the
blazer, I mean sometimes you could really lighten things up quite a bit by wearing
a blouse that might be lighter in fabric. That might be shorter sleeves. You do
even have the option of doing a sleeveless blouse under the blazer.
However, you do have to commit to keeping the blazer on for the entire time. You
don’t want to end up still overheating and then taking the blazer off and
having a sleeveless shirt. The only time that you really can have the option of
taking the blazer off mid-interview is if you have a short sleeve, or longer
sleeve would be even more ideal than that. And in terms of prints colors,
things of that nature, you really want to keep it simple. In the
summertime, in those few three months that we have, we tend to get really
ambitious and wear bright colors and fun patterns. And normally it’s absolutely
fine, but in the case of the interview, you really want to keep very simple
patterns, if any at all. And limit the number of colors, and limit the intensity
of the colors. Keep things a little bit more on the conservative side. That’s
going to actually help you quite a bit. And in terms of pants and what to wear
from the waist down. Honestly, the classic. Stick with a nice
basic pair of slacks. Stick with a professional (at least knee length) skirt.
Capris, even in the best of scenarios, are business casual, and that’s at best.
Oftentimes, they really are just casual. So definitely stay away from those for
interview purposes. And last but not least, shoes. There are many many
wonderful awesome, cool, fabulous options out there when it comes to shoe. But
this is not the time to let your shoes shine in that way. What you want to do,
really, with your interview attire is create a cohesive look from head to toe.
So when it comes to shoes, you really want to stay away from those big high
showy kinds of shoes because if you step back a little bit and look in the mirror,
do those shoes, as wonderful as they are, really contribute to making that
cohesive look or do they just sort of stand out awkwardly? And that’s what you
don’t want. So in the summer time, we’re very tempted to go with things that are,
that might be open-toed or things that resemble sandals. Stay away from all of
those. You really have to stick with the classic footwear when it comes to
interview attire. And now on to the gentlemen. Honestly, the very best thing is
shirt and tie with a blazer. That is the ideal look, and in some cases, you really
do have to wear a suit. It depends on what type of environment that you’re
going to be interviewing for. In some cases, you might have the option of doing
shirt, sorry, a tie with a short-sleeve shirt,. But even that for some scenarios, I
mean as if you were going for a law firm, I certainly wouldn’t recommend wearing a
short sleeve shirt even with a tie. It’s still just a little bit too informal for
them. So it is a possibility but keep in mind the ideal still is to have the full-
length sleeves. Certainly wear the blazer. And as I mentioned for the ladies, if you
want to lighten things up a little bit, you can certainly wear short sleeves
under the blazer. Nobody will ever know as long as you
keep the blazer on for the entire time>That’s the important thing. And the other
pitfall that I see often with the guys is the polo shirt. Believe me, I
understand they’re comfortable. They’re light. And in a lot of office
environments, they really do work, especially during the summer where
oftentimes things get a little bit more casual. But they are never at the level
of professional attire. At best, it’s always business casual, and you also
really can’t pair a tie with it, at least not without looking rather odd. So
for all intents and purposes, you can’t pair a tie with it. So that’s all for today! We
hope that you got a little bit of something from that. As we get
more updates and more ideas for you, we’ll have more posts. In the meantime, thanks
so much for watching and have a great day!

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