We're all familiar with interview etiquette, which includes
everything from not arriving too early to what to wear when
dressing to impress. Many of the traditional guidelines for
interviewing in the banking or business sectors don't apply to
creative industries such as fashion. After all, dressing is a
form of self-expression that does reflect your own creativity.
Apparel Search redefines the interview ensemble guidelines,
adapting and updating them for the fashion industry. According
to www.39thandbroadway.com, if you are interviewing for a
non-design/art related position (accounting, sales or
production) then a conservative look is appropriate. Casual
dressing is also appropriate, but be sure to appear well-groomed
and, of course, coordinated.
If you are interviewing for a creative role, being
fashionable is key. First, tailor your look to the brand that
you are interviewing for. If you are interviewing for a young
edgy brand (for example, Steve Madden), you should reflect a
young, edgy style. If the brand represents a classic style, your
interview style should follow suit. It's not unheard of to wear
jeans when interviewing at a denim company.
For apparel designers/graphic designers, fashion-forward
attire is acceptable for interviewing. The only traditional
that applies to the fashion industry is: Do not
show too much skin, so, no cleavage,
micro-minis, or short-shorts.
Just remember the biggest factor in choosing what to wear is
what company or designer you are interviewing with and what
position you are applying for. Other tips from
Don't be afraid to show off your personality, but keep your
look chic and classy.
If your interview is with a
fashion house, know their style
aesthetic and attempt to show them that you fit with their
brand. Don't wear their label from head to toe, but take note of
what the designer's style is and attempt to show them that you
If you're interviewing with a
you should go trendier than normal to show that you understand
current fashion. Don't be over-the-top. You still need to look
professional. Even though it might be a dream job, it's still a
job. Remember that when you're getting dressed for it.
Written for Apparel Search
by Regina Cooper.