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Wardrobe Guidelines for Women

Wardrobe Guidelines for Women

  • Traditional interview dress is considered a matched skirt or pant suit or tailored dress
  • Choose a neutral color like black, navy, gray, or camel in a solid or subtle pattern such as pinstripe
  • Jewelry should be simple.  Choose something in gold, silver or pearl that is not distracting
  • Choose a blouse or shell in white or light color for conservative careers.  If you are in a communication or creative career you can add color or pattern to add interest.
  • Choose a neat and well-groomed hairstyle.  If it is long, you may want to consider pulling away from the face.
  • Make sure the length of your skirt is appropriate, no more than one inch above your knees
  • Keep nails trimmed and neat.  Go with a natural nail or a light, subtle nail polish.
  • Keep makeup colors neutral and apply with a light hand
  • Wear pantyhose if wearing a skirted suit or dress
  • Wear comfortable shoes with closed toe and moderate heel (no more than 2 inches)
General Guidelines for everyone
  • Avoid wearing cologne or perfume
  • Hair should be clean, neat and in a conservative style
  • Shoes should be polished
  • Clothing should  be clean and pressed
  • Carry a professional, leather briefcase to hold all essentials in one place
  • If the weather is cold or rainy, make sure that you wear a dress coat with a professional look