First Impressions

(We’ve got another guest post today!  This time fellow LA fashion blogger Stephanie from The Loudmouth shares her take on professional wear.  Her own fun aesthetic paired with her working knowledge come together for a fantastic post.  Enjoy!)

I work at Ann Taylor and the one question I hear over and over is, “I have an interview coming up — what do I wear?”  This is something that I’m sure we’ve all had to deal with at one point or another, including myself, so I’m excited to present my thoughts and ideas on the subject.  There are a few simple steps one must take when putting together the perfect interview outfit!

STEP ONE: Before you go shopping for a new suit, do your research.  What type of company are you interviewing for?  What’s the job setting like?  If you’re interviewing at a bar, you’ll want to wear something different than if you were interviewing at a bank.  If the company has a website, I strongly suggest scoping it out for photos.  If it’s a retail company like AT, you’ll easily be able to find outfit ideas and see what the current trends and colors are!  If it’s a customer service place where you’re allowed to go and roam the premises, I think you should.  If it’s an office setting, probably not!  But visiting will give you an even better idea of what to wear.

STEP TWO: After researching, think about what you’ve seen — then think about what the district manager would wear.  Yep, that’s right.  You want to dress like you’re in charge!  You’ll exude confidence before you even speak.  How do you do this?  I would suggest taking an outfit that you would normally wear to the job and dressing it up even more.  If you visit the restaurant you’ll be interviewing at and the staff is wearing jean shorts and flip-flops, by all means, DO NOT wear that.  Instead, wear skinny jeans, heels and a blazer.  Still casual, yet chic!

STEP THREE: Shop your closet before hitting the mall.  What do you already have? Chances are, you have a few pieces you could wear and just need to add a couple things.  Everyone has a nice pair of black pants!  (And if you don’t, go pick up a pair.  Like, now.  Get off the computer.)

STEP FOUR: Finally, time to shop! Now that you’ve done your research, shopped your closet and thought of ideas, you’re ready to go.  Think about what you need and what you could also use for future interviews.  You might get called back for a second one!

STEP FIVE: Try the interview outfit(s) one last time before the big day.  I would suggest giving yourself a full 24 hours just in case something doesn’t work out and you need to get one more piece!  Sit, stand, pose in front of the mirror… how do you look?  Like you already have the job?  Good.

Feel free contact me with your interview story.  I would love to know how it goes!  I hope my tips prove helpful… and good luck!


  1. I love the casual chic look! You have awesome tips for picking out the best outfit for an interview! Great post!

  2. Alexis I love Stephanie’s tips + that outfit is so cute! So funny my first job after college was working at Ann Taylor at the Beverly Center while I waited for my HBO job to come through. It was a great experience and taught me a ton about sales!

    xo Mary Jo

  3. I love the jeans+blazer+pump! It’s really great!

    Blacksuit is a classic!

    The last one if perfect for spring of summer interview!!! It’s girly but serious too!

  4. Love the printed skirt! It’s professional, yet eye catching at the same time!

  5. Great tips! I think these tips would work great anytime you want to make a good impression. I’m bookmarking!

  6. Another great guest post, Alexis.

    First impressions are very important especially at a job interview. Being well dressed also gives some people (like me) little extra confidence boost and takes away some stress.

    These are really great tips. I love the last look.It always worked for me.

  7. Great tips. It’s so important to do your research. Like it or not, we all know how important the first impression is. Self-confidence begins with feeling comfortable in your own “suit”, right? :)Ada

  8. Thanks for the comments, everyone. I loved putting together this post!

  9. Great guest post Stephanie! I used to work at Express as the Fashion Expert and I would have to find outfits for ladies all the time, especially for interviews!

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  10. Wow, Alexis, where did you find her?! Haha, she’s great and that was nice advice. It can be really tricky to dress for these occasions… great tips!


  11. I don’t know if anyone should ever wear jeans to an interview – khakis might be a better choice – but other than that I completely agree with your suggestions. I’d also included changing your bright blue polish to nude, and wearing flattering but not flashy makeup!

    Another thing – double check your clothes about a week before, if possible, in really strong light. I went to an interview in a favorite skirt and jacket combo, stepped out of the car and realized my skirt really needed a trip to the dry cleaners. Opps.

  12. super cute. awesome post

  13. Gosh, I missed this one. I LOVE the dressy casual look of the jeans/jacket/pumps too. Oh, if I could dress like that.

    Thanks for stopping by the Hut !

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