April 4: Midday Fix - Dress for Job Interview Success
Ellen Warren

To read Ellen's column:



You can't go wrong with traditional business attire: a suit for both men and women. Invest the time to try on many, many options at the store.

Invest in alterations, especially for pants and sleeve length

Tuck in your shirt

Department store personal shoppers can help and they're usually free; call for an appointment

Tattoos should be covered; remove facial piercings.

Scrutinize yourself in the mirror -- front and back -- before leaving the house


Cover up: no cleavage or bare arms

Makeup (with a light touch) shows you care about your appearance

Jewelry is good -- but not flashy or jangly

Closed-toe basic pumps

Clean, manicured hands with no or classic (not bright) polish

Add a business case or no-logo tote to complete the look, hold your resume

Do your homework online or in person to see what office wear is acceptable; dress as formally as your would-be boss or the management team

Keep it professional, polished but it's OK to show a little wardrobe personality

Choose mix and match separates for versatility

Stay away from easy-to-wrinkle fabrics like linen

Belting a cardigan gives it a more professional look

No minis; skirts should be at or just above the knee

Hosiery is a must

Use a t-shirt or cami to fill in a revealing neckline

When choosing prints, keep them muted or classic

No perfume but don't forget lipstick or gloss for a finished look


Shave! Or, if you have a beard, trim it neatly

Look well-groomed; get a haircut

Unless it's a highly "creative" job, flip flops, jeans and gym shoes are out.

Details count. Polished shoes, pressed shirt and pants; a belt

Suit and tie for the interview but then dress like your co-workers