By Nichola English

We’re all told never to judge a book by its cover, however when you are applying for a job position I’m afraid it’s an integral part of the interviewing process. It doesn’t matter what industry you decided to work in, your attire is still a crucial part of the interview process, just as vital as your pitch.

We live in a very visual world, in a nano-second a first impression is already being formulated based upon your appearance alone. Now we know the big conundrum is always what to wear for a job interview, the best advice is always dress for the industry in which you’re interviewing for, that way you’ll feel super confident.


Colours are just as important when thinking about what to wear. In 2017, Smart recruiters in the USA released a study after 180 applicants were hired with some 1800 who didn’t make it. Of the 70% hired the candidates wore black and only 33% who didn’t make it wore black. I guess black is still the top spot for interviews!

Black is a colour associated with leadership. Black communicates sophistication and glamour. Never mix your black or different fabrics it just looks sloppy and unprofessional.

Blue is next in line, sending messages of trustworthiness and integrity and inspiring confidence.  23% of interviewers like to see candidates wearing shades of blue. Remember, we are talking about darker blues here, not pastel or light blues.

Grey tells the interviewer that you are both logical and analytical, however it can be a colour that lacks some personality. You could always dress it up by adding some coloured accessories, like a bag or a statement piece of jewellery.

Green, Orange and Yellow are all creative colours, perfect for jobs in the fashion or the creative world.

Red is all about passion and strength. Who doesn’t like a bit of passion dressing? However, I would stick to either a red nail varnish or lipstick, this will still convey that you are both bold and assertive.

Let’s talk Formal Attire

The general rule of thumb is to stick to a tailored suit and you can’t go wrong, unless it’s from 80s or 90s. It can be a skirt, trousers or even a dress as long as it’s smart. If you choose a skirt, then pencil or A-line work well with a pair of closed toe heels. Please note, mini skirt’s need not apply! Keep them for cocktail and girls nights out. If like me, you want to express your style personality (I’m not really a suit woman) add an accessory like a nice bag or statement jewellery. However, if you’re still not sure then err on the caution and do some research in to the company’s dress code, this is a great way to show that you’ve taken the time to do some background work.

Gold star for you.

Casual Attire

If you’re opting for a more informal position it can be a pain to get the dress code right. Again, do some research and find out the company’s dress code. Unless it’s part of the former, please don’t wear ripped jeans, keep them for home, instead opt for a smart blazer that gives you a professional edge with patterned shirt/blouse and casual trousers or a dress skirt with a shirt. Your best bet for more informal dress is a pair of well-fitting khakis or cotton slacks paired with a basic button-down heels or pair of pumps.

Finally, remember to choose an outfit that makes you feel comfortable and confident then add a smile and your halfway there.

With Love,  

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My Name is Nichola and I am addicted to fashion.

From an early age picking out clothes for friends and family I always had an eye for style which only expanded as i got older, eventually leading  me to create my business,  The Wardrobe Provocateur. I adore working with women (and men) across the world discovering personal style, reinventing that old tired wardrobe and discovering new confidence and vitality through coaching, shopping and good old clearing out of the old. You can read my story of becoming The Wardrobe Provocateur here.

I am thrilled to be here as part of this amazing community and I aim to share some of my personal insights, Ideas and my famous 'Wardrobe Wednesdays' with you. I will be popping regularly into The Community page so feel free to connect with me, ask questions and get social. You can also join my Facebook group, full of inspiring men and women here.

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