Going for any interview is a time to look your best and dress to impress. And if you’re passionate about fashion and enjoy sporting the wears of well-known designers, then incorporating some of your favourite pieces can give you the confidence you need to really shine in an interview situation.
But is it always appropriate to wear designer to an interview?
Of course, it’s important to consider your audience. If you’re joining an accountancy firm, a design that’s particularly unusual or unique is likely to distract your potential employer from your ability to do the job at hand. Dressing in colours that are too bright, and in styles that someone outside of fashion is unlikely to appreciate, will undoubtedly make you stand out, although not necessarily for the right reasons.
On the other hand, if you’re interview is for a top fashion magazine or even a design house, it’s not a question of whether you should wear a designer – rather, you’ll need to carefully choose an outfit that’s going to flatter your prospective employers. If the job you’re chasing is a creative position, suits are to be avoided as you’ll appear traditional and conservative.
If you’re not pursuing a position at Vogue and need to restrict your use of designer wear, options like Ralph Lauren shirts and Hugo Boss suits from Cruise Fashion (in the UK) or Bluefly (in the US) will incorporate a top-end brand into an outfit in a subtle way, without brandishing the fact that you’re wearing designer in the interviewers face. Choosing strong colours like grey, black or navy - nothing beats clean, crisp white for a shirt - will give the impression that you’re professional and are out to impress.