Question: What clothes should I wear to a fashion magazine interview?
Answer: First of all, congratulations. Countless cover letters, resumes and phone calls later, you’ve finally done the impossible: you’ve landed an interview at a fashion magazine. This is the stuff dreams are made of. But now for the tricky part, a.k.a. your outfit. It’s safe to say that whoever interviews you will have a pretty thorough knowledge of current trends, as well as a well-honed sense of style. To impress them, you’ll want to show them that you have both of those things—while still looking polished, professional and elegant.
The dress-and-blazer combo
Topping a flowy, printed dress with a structured blazer is an ace interview outfit. Since this isn’t a law firm, you can have a little fun with what you’re wearing, but at the same time, you want to make sure that you can show your interviewer that you’re just as prepared to work in their office as you would be meeting with a prominent client. This season, big prints are in, so your dress will show them that you’re up-to-date on the latest trends, while the blazer makes the look a bit more put-together and professional.
Pants and a blouse
Pants and a blouse is the classic interview outfit, but you’ll want to update it a bit and give it an edge. Try pairing printed pants with a neutral blouse. If printed bottoms aren’t your thing, many stores have bright-colored slacks that you can pair with a more muted top for an update on the pants and blouse look. Or, wear a pair of skinny black trousers with a flowy, printed top.
Black and white
You can’t go wrong with this classic combo. Whether it’s a chic black pencil skirt or a pair of trusted black slacks—when it’s paired with a white button down skirt, you’re sure to look the part for any interview.
Always wear heels. Depending on your outfit and the season, you may be able to wear strappy sandals or open toed pumps. When in doubt, though, black leather pumps are always a good look. Make sure the heel isn’t too high. If you don’t usually wear heels, walk around your apartment with them on. The last thing you want is to stumble in front of the interviewer.
If you can, invest in a good handbag. These can be expensive, but they’ll last a lifetime and will impress the editor you’re meeting. If it’s not in your budget, get a simple black leather (or faux leather) tote.
As far as jewelry goes, don’t be too over-the-top. If you’re wearing solid colors, a statement necklace is a great way to add some visual pizzazz to your outfit. If you’re wearing a printed dress, a pair of great earrings will do the trick.
Above all, remember that the most important thing, no matter what outfit you choose, is confidence. If you feel uncomfortable with what you’re wearing, it’ll be obvious. You want to show your interviewer that you’re confident in your outfit and your talents.
Have you ever interviewed with a fashion magazine? What did you wear?