What To Wear To An Interview | Advice From Our Stylists

What To Wear To An Interview

What to wear for an interview – suit or casual business attire? These are important questions. Getting dressed for an interview can be intimidating; especially since what you’re wearing can make or break your first impression. When choosing what to wear to an interview follow these guidelines.

The featured image is an illustration of a gray and blue suit.

CHOOSE A NAVY OR GRAY SUIT

Today many companies dress code calls for business casual for men. We still believe you should go with a classic gray or blue suit and only go with bolder colors if you are interviewing for a creative position. A black suit would be a fine option if that’s the only color suit you have, but that often strikes a more formal tone. That’s why we recommend a gray or blue color.

The featured image is an illustration of a gray and blue suit.
The featured image is an illustration of blue suit with a measuring tool to ensure proper fit.

FIT IS KEY

Make sure the fit is properly tailored, pressed, and season appropriate. You definitely don’t want to show up to a summer interview wearing a wool suit or a winter interview in a linen suit, it just doesn’t fit the temperature norms. Tailoring can be costly but it is worth the investment for formal business attire. Having a properly fit suit that can be worn for many occasions will suit you well.

The featured image is an illustration of blue suit with a measuring tool to ensure proper fit.
The featured image is an illustration of a blue suit with a white shirt.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

We generally recommend avoiding any fancy detailing on your shirt – choose a white shirt made with 100% cotton without any distracting pattern. Wearing a white shirt allows for the addition of a subtle pop of color on your tie. You could opt for a lightly patterned shirt but we recommend keeping the pattern and colors in the design very light and subtle if you do. You want to be the center of attention during your interview, not your shirt.

The featured image is an illustration of a blue suit with a white shirt.
 The featured image is an illustration of a blue suit with a white shirt and red tie.

ADD A HINT OF COLOR

Opt for stripes or solids in your tie selection – nothing too busy. Go for red if you’re feeling bold and powerful, or blue if you want to give the impression of sophistication and persistence. Don’t make the mistake of going overboard here, a simple print or color will work well.

 The featured image is an illustration of a blue suit with a white shirt and red tie.

THE ICING ON THE CAKE

The final step for a successful interview outfit for men is the shoe. This is the best place to let your style shine. We recommend sticking with a classic black or brown dress shoe. While we love color here at Stacy Adams, a first-round interview might not necessarily be the place for boldly colored shoes. Save those for your office style! These are a few of our favorite interview-ready shoes.