What To Wear for A Job Interview featuring Sassy Red Lipstick

Preparing and interviewing for a new job can be nerve-wracking. You feel pressured to make a stellar first impression and to answer all questions eloquently and adequately. To make you feel more prepared for your next job interview, Sarah from Sassy Red Lipstick is sharing a few interview tips, plus what you should wear for three different types of job interviews. Meet our friend and fashion-blogger, Sassy Red!

Hi! My name is Sarah and I’m the creator of sassy red lipstick! I’m a twenty-something fashionista and soon-to-be San Francisco transplant. I buy too many heels {is there such a thing?!}, and I blog about body positivity and the latest trends. Thanks to Cassie and Latisha for asking me to write an editorial piece today! I’m excited to share with you three outfits you can wear to a job interview that’ll help you dress for success.

I’m a firm believer that what you wear can have an impact, especially at a job interview. “Dress for the job you want” is the popular phrase, right? While it’s most important to be mentally prepared and qualified for the job, your outfit can speak volumes before you even start talking.

What To Wear: Corporate Job Interview

My first outfit is something I would wear to a corporate interview. A fitted pair of business casual pants makes a statement, while also being appropriate for the business setting. I added my favorite printed blouse tucked in with a white blazer-like jacket over the top to pull the outfit together. Offices are always cold, plus wearing a third piece shows you mean business {pun intended}. As mentioned before, I love heels. They perfectly dress up any outfit. {If you’re more of a flats girl, rock ‘em! Just make sure they are a dressier pair.}

What to Wear: Corporate Interview featuring SRL - Topaz & Sapphire

PHOTO SOURCE// Haley Nord

What to Wear: Corporate Interview featuring sassy red lipstick

PHOTO SOURCE// Haley Nord

Interview Tip #1: I always bring a few copies of my resume and a digital copy on my iPad {where I can also pull up my blog; interviewers usually ask about your hobbies outside of work and love to see your creative side}. I make sure to plan ahead and bring along anything else I feel could be useful to that specific interview. I toss all those items in a larger bag, which can even fit my laptop if needed.

What to Wear: Corporate Interview featuring sassy red lipstick

PHOTO SOURCE// Haley Nord

I would stay away from wearing bright colors or loud prints at a corporate interview. You want to look chic and put-together, while avoiding your outfit being the center of attention. However, I wore cheetah print {it’s my thing!} and gold heels in this outfit to still let my personality shine through.

{See this full post on my blog here.}

What To Wear: Fashion-Related Job Interview

My next outfit is appropriate for a fashion-related job interview. My best advice for an interview like this is to not be overdone; you don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard. If you’re applying for a fashion-related career, the interviewer will already assume you’re into fashion. There’s no need to wear designer from head to toe. I wore a simple, yet flattering olive green dress and added my favorite nude Stuart Weitzman pumps. You want to be comfortable and trendy!

SRL fashion interview outfit - Topaz & Sapphire

PHOTO SOURCE// Haley Nord

Lastly, I added a statement bag to this outfit—my Celine Luggage Tote. It’s my favorite bag for a few reasons. One, it’s hot pink and two, it’s fashion-forward. Anyone working for a fashion brand should know who the bag is and that’s all the statement you need! As mentioned before, I like to bring bigger bags to interviews so I can have all the essentials with me: copies of my resume, my iPad, and even my laptop.

sassy red lipstick fashion interview outfit - Topaz & Sapphire

PHOTO SOURCE// Haley Nord

Interview Tip #2: Arrive at least ten minutes early to get a feel of the office. You also want to be waiting on the interviewer, not the other way around.

{For full outfits details visit my blog here.}

What To Wear: Agency Job Interview

My last outfit is for an agency interview. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising, so when I say agency interview, I generally think of an ad agency or creative agency. That being said, the work dress code is usually a lot more relaxed.

what to wear ad agency interview featuring sassy red lipstick

PHOTO SOURCE// Haley Nord

what to wear ad agency interview

PHOTO SOURCE// Haley Nord

Interview Tip #3: Interviewers will never tell you what to wear to an interview, but you can ask what the office dress code is beforehand or look it up on their website! It makes getting dressed a whole lot easier and then you’ll have a reference for what to wear. It always pays off to do your research!

That being said, last Fall I interviewed with a creative agency and wore a more corporate look {think business casual pants and a sweater with heels}. I obviously did not do my homework because I felt way too overdressed—my interviewer was wearing jeans and a tee! Usually I would feel better being overdressed, but in this case I just felt unprepared. Since an agency is usually on the more casual side, I would suggest doing the same.

In my last outfit, I wore a denim dress with sandals and a neck handkerchief. Still fashion-forward and dressed up, without actually wearing jeans {which in any case I would consider a big no-no when interviewing, even if your interviewer is wearing them}. You’ll still feel somewhat in line with the dress code—casual, yet put-together—and you won’t have to worry about being under or overdressed.

what to wear ad agency interview - topaz and sapphire

PHOTO SOURCE// Haley Nord

{See the full look on my blog here.}

Thanks so much for letting me share these interview outfits with you! Head on over to my blog for weekly fashion and beauty inspiration or my Instagram @sassyredlipstick for day-to-day street style! xx


Do you have a job interview coming up soon? How are you preparing yourself so that you feel and look your best? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Greta Hollar

    Great post! I have a job interview with an agency tomorrow an have been wondering what to wear all day!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Boxwood Avenue

    I LOVE your hot pink Celine, I bought a red one while in Paris, and it’s definitely a statement bag! Great tips!

  • I am OBSESSED with all of these outfits! The first one…I need it in my closet, like, yesterday!

    Coming Up Roses

  • Great outfits! The first one is definitely most like what I would go for. I work on government, so I always dress conservatively for interviews.

  • I’m in love with the bright pink purse! A favorite color and pop of color!