16 August 2019 By CoolLadies 0

How should I dress for an interview as a woman

The power of first impressions in determining the outcome is crucial. A stranger makes assumptions and stories about you from their first talk with you, the first look and at what you are wearing. Dressing to succeed is true, more so at interviews. Interviews are essential determinants of first impressions that always define one’s future endeavors.


The style of dressing for interviews remains even though the years change. However, as a woman, it becomes difficult to decide what to wear for interviews wisely. With a wide range of options to choose from – dresses, skirts, different kinds of pants and different fashion style, confusion approaches. Dressing rightly for an interview as a woman has been made easier. The following paragraphs include how a woman should dress for an interview.


How to dress for a formal interview

Formal Interviews always follow the business dress code. It is, therefore, vital to wear classic business basics.


  • Upper wear: For a formal meeting keeping upper wear simple is the goal because the interviewer sees your face and your upper wear almost throughout the interview. Wear a simple top, shirt or a blouse. Avoid too many frills, prints, and wider necklines. It is always advised to carry a blazer.

  • Lower wear: With simple upper wear and a blazer, a woman can either wear a tailored pant or a pencil skirt.

  • Colour coding: Keeping the entire look and color combination monochromatic is crucial. If you are mix-matching a bright color, always ensure that the other part (upper or lower) and all different attires should be subtle colors.


  • Footwear: Avoid chunky, bright and high heels. It is always advised to wear simple closed toes heel or pumps. Only choose between grey, navy blue or black colored that matches with your entire outfit.
  • Accessories and hair:

The way a woman keeps and styles her hair depends on the length of her hair. But, following a professional hairstyle is crucial. The expectation is to have a simple look that does not distract anyone during the interview.

Avoid too many accessories. The least that a woman can carry is a simple earring and a necklace only if the upper wear is simple and have a slightly open neckline.


  • Other options: A woman can alternatively wear a dress to a formal meeting. However, the design of the dress should be professional formals, and the length of the dress should not be too short. A neutral-colored tailored dress up till the knee length is ideal.

A pantsuit with a collared shirt is also one of an ideal dress code for formal interviews.


How to dress for an informal interview

  • Upper wear: In an informal interview, a woman can experiment with her closet and try wearing a designed blouse. The blouse can have some cuts, frills, and patterns. The only thing to avoid is not going too much.
  • Lower wear: For an informal meeting, a woman need not necessarily wear a tailored pant. She can pair her pretty blouse with a pair of pants or pencil skirt.
  • Colour coding: One can move out of the business colors and go bright and experiment mix-matching the colors. The only things to avoid is to go too bright, shocking or wearing too many patterns and prints.
  • Footwear: Footwear even for informal interviews remain the same as formal meetings.
  • Other options: Even for informal meetings, a woman can wear a dress. It may not always necessarily be a tailored dress. However, it is crucial to ensure that the dress is not too short. A woman need not have to wear a coat or a pantsuit for informal meetings unless directed.

The question of, if jean pants with formal upper wear are allowed for informal meetings may arise. At most cases, it is best to avoid wearing jeans to any interviews.


How to dress on Winters and Summers:

  • Summer:

Summers gets hot, and it is without a doubt that dressing for an interview is heavy clothing. On summers, a woman needs to be able to balance her clothes between comfort, relaxed wear and polished, presentable clothing.

Wearing trousers are not mandatory. So for interviews on summers, a woman can always choose to wear a light fabric dress or skirt. Only ensure that it does not reveal too much to the body, and it should look professional.


  • Winter:

Unlike light wear on summers, on winters, a woman will have to cover up. Instead of a tailored coat, wear a thicker material coat or jacket. The length can be slightly longer till the mid-thigh length. Layering below this can also help. Wear a sweater or a cardigan and carry a muffler. Avoid heels in winter. Instead, wear professional boots.




  • If you are wearing a skirt, the length should be at the knee and nothing more above it.
  • At emergency cases when you are late or cannot decide, always choose to go black. This can be a black coat, trousers, skirts or a dress.
  • However, that is just an emergency case. At other situations, try to mix and match different professional colors. This can be navy blue, khaki or brown.
  • Avoid anything too bright and many patterns. Avoid any attire with graffiti of artwork.
  • Closed toes footwear and not sandals. Avoid any high heels. The average heel length should be just 2 inches.
  • No fancy accessories or jewelry. It is always advised to wear a round-topped earring or a pearl earring.
  • Keep your hair tidy.
  • Avoid heavy makeup.