The New Year is a great time to start making life-changing plans, and usually one of those plans is to get a new job. January is always a fresh start for those who possess the drive and determination to change their lives, so from internships to graduate jobs, senior level positions to working freelance, first impressions always count – and that means clothes as well as personality.
If you haven’t had a fresh fashion look in a while, then diving into your wardrobe to find interview attire is sure to disappoint. Keeping in line with present trends, the modern-day suit might not be the best option, especially if you’re going for the job in the creative industry.
Either way, to look trendy you’re going to have to spend some hard cash, but spare dollar can be hard to come by especially after Christmas. Don’t fret though, because whether you’re a skint graduate or just generally broke altogether, we’ve got some great tips on how to dress for an interview on a budget.
The Retail Job
The retail industry engulfs a large variety of shops, meaning one version of interview attire may not suit all job positions. With this in mind, there is plenty of leeway when putting together your outfit. As long as you keep ‘style’ in mind, and the fact that you’re selling yourself as a brand, then you’re already halfway there.
Take clothes shops for example. If you’re going for an interview and you don’t know what to wear, don’t just try and look like one of the manikins from the window. You’re sure to flatter the boss with your dress sense, but your lack of fashion confidence certainly won’t.
If in doubt, keep it simple. Forget the heavy make-up and weighty accessories, and opt for a pair of leggings and desert boots. As long as the top half of your body isn’t too professional, and you’re going for the ‘executive cool’ look, then you’ll be fine. The guys can’t go wrong with a decent pair of chinos either, and although they’ve been a heritage interview piece for a number of years, there’s no sign that the trend is slowing down.
The term ‘office wear’ is pretty ambiguous and vague in today’s employment pool, and no matter how tempting it is to go for the beloved suit, there isn’t really any outstanding code of conduct when it comes to temping. If you’ve had a few temping jobs in the past, then you might have already realised this – as long as you come in on time and do your work, then no one is going to make a fuss over flats, heels, trousers or jumpers.
If it’s your first temping job, the last thing you want to do is turn up completely over-dressed on your first day of work. Not only will you stand out like a sore thumb, but you might give off the wrong impression. Try a casual middle ground, like a V-neck sweater, tailored trousers and a collared shirt. Tesco is a great place to find such items, and for a really fair price too!
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This article was contributed by Lloyd, a freelance fashion and culture blogger, who is currently working with Brookson.