Interview Dress Code: Winter
Arran Williams, November 26, 2015
It’s that time of year again… The temperature has suddenly dropped and the wooly hats and scarves are out in full force and being typically British it is all we can talk about!
The harsh bitter weather can often cause quite a lot of interview stress – What do I wear? How can I be warm and still smart? Should I wear a coat?
But don’t fear we are here to help!
Before we get into how to appropriately dress for your winter interview, it is important to cover some general interview etiquette.
First of all it is important to understand the culture of the company you are interviewing for, as this will not be the same for all industries. Are they smart casual? Are they strict on suits and ties? Is there a uniform? Is it modern or more traditional?
If in doubt, it is always better to dress formally – as this will illustrate a professional attitude. Even if the dress code of the workplace is quite casual, companies often still expect people to turn up in smart dress for an interview.
Secondly, your overall appearance is key to making the right first impression and this starts with what you decide to wear…
Lastly, if you feel comfortable in what you are wearing you will feel more confident and give a great first impression.
So let’s get into it. Here is a breakdown of what to wear for your winter interview this year for both men and women.
Current trending colours of Winter 2015 are grey and green. Due to the colder season, we would recommend darker shades of both of these colours. A light mint green has more of a summer vibe, and light grey may display unwanted sweat patches!
It’s more than likely that you will be wearing a topcoat to your interview. You have to remember that this will be the first thing that your interviewer will see. In terms of length we would recommend mid-thigh length or longer so it covers the bottom of your blazer or suit jacket.
It’s hard to go wrong with a well-tailored suit. This is a safe bet to go on to ensure that you come across smart and professional.
If you are going to go for a more casual look (due to the culture of the company) a knitted jumper with a shirt underneath is a great smart casual approach. Do remember however that many offices may have their radiators turned up during the season so ensure that your shirt underneath is neat and most importantly IRONED in the event that your outer layer has to come off!
This winter square patterns and patches are also on trend so how about incorporating this into your choice of suit to show off your personality and flair that you can bring to the organisation?
In terms of footwear, leather shoes are not only a smart option in terms of looks but are also a sensible option. Chancing wearing canvas or suede shoes leaves you at a risk of wet feet in the case of a snow or a heavy downpour, which Britain is pretty famous for.
There are a few colours that are currently on trend this winter. The most popular ones include green, navy blue, burgundy and mushroom grey. It is a great idea to incorporate these into your attire.
Wearing all one colour can make a bolder statement than mixing prints and colours. If you go for this trend, we would recommend sticking to a neutral colour and tones (such as grey).
Alternatively, you could go for a brighter colour, but keep it classic. Try a pencil skirt, turtleneck, and pointed-toe pumps in burgundy or navy blue. As stated before job attire differs from industry to industry. For a more creative job, top your camel sweater and black midi skirt with an edgy leather jacket. This can help you stand out from the crowd and the competition.
A textured tweed skirt (or tweed trousers if its too cold!) is also a great idea. Keep the shapes classic and clean, choosing pencil skirts, slim sweaters, and oxford flats.
Although the colours suggested are currently trending, that doesn’t by any means mean that they are compulsory. Go for a simple black-and-white look, but add a statement necklace for that little something extra. This is a quirky way to show off your personality and an indication to the type of person you will be around the office.
As is always the rule with job interviews keep accessories, makeup and perfume to a minimum.
And don’t forget your umbrella!