• Formidable fashion: how to dress for an interview at a fashion company

We’ve all heard the saying, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This is certainly the case when it comes to dressing for an interview. Like it or not, the receptionist, the interviewer and a number of others in the office will form an opinion on you the moment you step through the door.

Things have altered dramatically since the days of tailored suits, smart shoes and neat shirts. Today’s companies have introduced an individual and innovative dress code. Dress down Friday has morphed into the entire week in some companies whilst others insist on formal attire at all times.

This means a ‘one size fits all’ approach is no longer possible – instead, you must tailor your interview dress to the specific job and industry you are applying for. So, what does this mean for those applying for jobs in the fashion industry?

Stay on trend

One of the most important factors when applying for a job in this industry is showing your knowledge. Turning up in last year’s favourites will not demonstrate your style prowess so stick with timeless classics or make sure your choices are bang on trend.

Drainpipe trousers are another popular trend at the moment, so show your knowledge of the industry and combine with a dainty yet professional heel to strike a real impression. If attending your interview this winter, consider ankle boots as an alternative footwear item. These can be either flat or slightly heeled and are a great on-trend choice for this season.

Look good from head to foot

Shoes and accessories are an important factor to consider when creating an interview-savvy style – especially in the fashion world. The range of ladies shoes is always diverse so consider the style, height and colour you want carefully. Remember to choose shoes which are practical and comfortable to walk in – after all, stumbling through the corridor during your interview will not make you look like the most attractive candidate.

A smart pair of kitten heels is a popular, fail-safe option. The slight height will give you support and add shape to the leg without jeopardising your stability when walking.

Be yourself

Students and graduates are always told to be honest when answering interview questions but you shouldn’t hide your personality in your attire either. Revealing a little of your style without giving away too much will allow you to showcase a professional yet stylish appearance and give the company an idea of the type of person you are.

Of course, making a good impression should still be at the front of your mind when applying for any new job role. Moda in Pelle have stated that making such an impression comes down to:

“Being professional and smart whilst still keeping your sense of style will help your personality shine through and boost your confidence.”

All on a budget

Those that boast only a small budget can still dress to impress. Investing in a few staples will allow you to mix and match your outfits, giving plenty of fashionable interview options.

Changing your shoes and accessories is the easiest way to alter an outfit so stock up on jewellery, handbags, scarves, hats and shoes. Keep current trends in mind when shopping and buy items which you can then tailor to your own unique style. After all, the fashion industry is about setting trends; not just following them.

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