Have you ever wondered what color suit is best to wear to an interview? Maybe you aren’t currently interviewing for a new job, but you give presentations or attend meetings in the professional world? There are a few options that would be appropriate, but I vote navy blue for a classic suit!
It’s an Interview, not a Fashion Show!
True! But did you know that research has shown 85% of communication is nonverbal? Your overall appearance in an interview won’t necessarily save a poor performance, but it can do a lot for your overall impression if you are also prepared and competent in your field. Above all, you want to appear polished, put together and trustworthy.
Color Options for Classic Suits
I am wearing a tailored, classic navy suit. This has always been my preferred color suit for interviews, meetings, trials, and presentations. I did some research and it looks like I was “right” as far as the best pick! A navy blue suit portrays the image of confidence, honesty, and being a team player.
Some people may think that classic black is the way to go, but if you aren’t careful in styling the look, it can appear too harsh. It can command authority, but it can also appear dramatic and you don’t want to overpower the interviewer. You could save this look for executive level interviews, but ladies make sure you soften it with a white or blush shell and feminine jewelry.
Another safe option is gray. I would pick a darker gray and make sure you add a light colored shell or jewelry as you don’t want to be too washed out.
You want to avoid brown, red, orange, or patterns. An interview is a first impression, so don’t let your outfit distract from what is most important, which is what you have to say!
Photography By: Miguel Emmanuelli
Ann Taylor Classic Suit Collection in Navy
I am wearing Kasper Suit separates in this photoshoot. I could not find the exact suit to link, but I found a very similar collection from one of my other favorite brands. If you want to invest in a great suit that is sold as separates, you can’t go wrong with Ann Taylor! They fit true to size and separates help when your “top” and “bottom” are different sizes! (like me)
The Classic Suit: Skirt or Pants?
My vote is for the classic skirt suit. Pants are totally acceptable, but I am super traditional so when I have a choice between a skirt suit or pants, I almost always buy the skirt option. As with all of my suggestions, consider them in light of your chosen industry. If you’re in a conservative field or you will be meeting with persons who are much older than you, a skirt is probably the safest choice. If skirts make you uncomfortable, or you just feel like a pantsuit makes you look your BEST, then go with the pants! The most important thing is that you feel your BEST, so you will perform your BEST!
The Classic Suit: Other Rules
- Keep your jewelry minimal and classic as well – think diamond or pearl studs. This is not the time for statement earrings ladies! LOL
- Heels should be new or in like new condition – pay attention to the back and bottom of the heels where they get the most wear. Closed toe style is the most conservative and safe option for this look. Oh, and did you notice I said heels…no flats ladies! (pet peeve of HerBestAlways) 🙂
- Hair – use your common sense … just don’t distract others with your hair in your eyes or face. I tend to touch my hair when I am nervous, so I would pull mine half up just to eliminate the temptation. (as pictured)
- Bag – small purse or laptop sized tote is acceptable – just make sure it is in good condition and coordinates with your overall look
- Perfume – something you may not think of, but don’t overwhelm with your scent … even if it is a good one!
The Classic Suit: Exceptions
If you are seeking a job in an industry such as technology or art, make sure you either ask the HR contact or do some research on your own. What do their employees wear? What do the bosses wear? While you would rather be overdressed than underdressed, you don’t want to show up in a power suit and find out the executive staff wears jeans and t-shirts. You may leave the impression that you are not the right fit for the company, just because you overdressed.
The fashion/retail industry is another exception to the classic suit rule. You have a little more room to be creative in your styling and personal expression. Just remember to do your research into the company and their dress code. ALWAYS put together a polished look that won’t be a distraction.
Classic Navy Suit: More Affordable Options
These four skirt options are less than $100! I have a few Le Suit brand suits in my wardrobe and the only thing I would caution you about is the sleeves tend to run a little short. It probably won’t affect most, but I am tall and have long arms, so I tend to buy their 3/4 length sleeve options for every day wear. Otherwise, they are a nice affordable suit brand. I also included one of my favorites, Tahari, it is on a great sale but has limited sizes left.
I wish you happy shopping and the best of luck on your future interviews or important work events! Be prepared, look your BEST and you will most certainly make a great first impression!
Funny fact for those of you who read to the end…if you look closely my ears and feet are bright red in these photos from the heat! It was my first time shooting photos in the Florida summer heat and I was so hot!!