Cost/Quality: One good quality suit is sufficient for a job search if that is all your budget allows. Look for classic fabrics, patterns, and colors which are always in style and easy to accessorize.

Accessories: Minimize jewelry and accessories. You do not want anything distracting the interviewer. Carry a portfolio or briefcase with extra copies of your resume. Don’t forget a pad and pens.

Women’s Clothing:
Your suit should be a dark, 2 piece skirt suit in navy, black or charcoal.  In less conservative industries, a pant suit may be acceptable. Dresses in solid color or conservative print. Wear tailored blouses/shirts, not a lot of frills or ruffles. Solid colors, white, cream or pink or conservative prints should coordinate with your suit. Neutral color or sheer black look best – never wear hose that are darker than the shoe.

Speaking of shoes… Wear low heeled pumps,  1-1 ½” heel, that coordinate with your suit/dress. Keep your shoes clean and in good condition.

Men’s Clothing:
A two-piece matched suit is always the best and safest choice. Don’t combine a suit jacket with pants that don’t match. Navy and dark gray are safe and are the most conservative for men.  Other color trends may come and go; avoid the extremes. Choose a solid or very subtle weave pattern or plaid. Tie styles also come and go. Select good quality silk ties. Avoid fashion extremes, like character ties, in interviews. Notice what men in your industry wear on the job, at career fairs, at information sessions, when they meet with clients.

Men should wear long-sleeved shirts, even in summer. Choose white or light blue solid, or conservative stripes.  You should wear dark socks, mid-calf length so no skin is visible when you sit down. Leather, lace-up or slip-on business shoes, preferably black or cordovan are best. Invest in a good pair; even if you don’t wear them daily on the job, you’ll need them for other occasions and you should expect to get lots of years out of good shoes. Black or cordovan leather, to match your shoes.

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