You’ve landed yourself an interview—congratulations! Now it’s time for your next challenge; deciding what to wear!
We all know that first impressions matter, so finding an outfit that not only looks the part but makes you feel like your best self is key. When you feel good in the clothes you’re wearing, you’ll radiate with confidence and be ready to shine in your interview.
Before you jump into your wardrobe, it’s crucial to do a bit of research on the company to get an idea of what the workplace culture and environment is like. Are they a clean and corporate brand, or do they embrace a more edgy and creative vibe? Understanding their culture will help to guide the way—and if in doubt, always opt for a more polished look.
To help you on your way, we’ve curated tips and tricks to help you nail your outfit for every dress code.
Casual – retail store
If you’re aiming for a position at a retail store, it’s time to do some observing. Head to the store and take time to observe what the current staff are wearing. Are they rocking a polished and sharp look like the staff at Noni B? Or do they embrace a street style like the crew at Neverland?
Take cues from what the team in the store are wearing, then align your outfit with the brand’s style. For extra brownie points, you could shop at the store and pick up a new outfit prior to the interview. Make sure your outfit is clean and presentable, and to play it on the safe side, avoid wearing sweatpants, hoodies, sneakers, hats, caps, or shirts with big logos.
Casual – food service
Food service businesses often have a more casual dress code, and many will require standard uniforms. If you’re applying for a casual or part-time role, dressing too formal may look a little out of place, however, you don’t want to look untidy either.
Instead, opt for a smart casual style such as a button up shirt or long sleeve, quality tee, paired with pants from UNIQLO. Make sure your hair is neat and polished, and avoid very casual items such as sweatpants, hoodies, sneakers, hats, caps, sandals, or shirts with big logos.
Casual Business Attire
If the work environment leans toward more of a relaxed professional vibe, a business casual look may be in order. Remember, even in casual attire you still need to look smart and professional!
For women, the casual corporate options at Rockmans will offer a corporate silhouette, while adding some fun flair. Consider a vibrant midi skirt or trousers, paired with a button-up shirt and closed-toe shoes from Famous Footwear. You can also opt for an appropriate dress that is knee-length or longer paired with a blazer to add a layer of professional polish. Then, add some personality with accessories from Lovisa.
For men, chinos or trousers from Connor are a great choice, paired with a button-up collared shirt. When wearing business casual, you can add a bit more personality to your top by experimenting with different colours. A tie is not always necessary, depending on the workplace. Choose polished leather shoes with matching socks, then accessorise with a nice watch and belt.
Formal Business Attire
If you’re applying for a corporate role, it’s time to find a business formal look that exudes professionalism.
For women, both a mid-length skirt or black trouser pants are safe options—and you’ll find a great selection in Forever New, Sussan, and Forcast. Simply pair it with a classic white blouse from Target and don’t forget to top your look off with a sleek blazer from Suzanne Grae. Complete the look with chic, closed-toe shoes from Novo Shoes and you’re ready to go. When it comes to heels, opt for a modest height between 2–6 cm. Keep your jewellery simple and avoid distracting or bold costume jewellery.
Gents, it’s time to suit up! Head into Plot Clothing or SK Menswear and grab a suit in navy, grey or black. Pair it with a soft blue or white-collared shirt and a plain tie in a solid colour. Finish off your look with a pair of polished leather shoes from Williams, and a classic watch.
Hair and makeup
No matter the dress code, it’s essential to ensure your hair and makeup enhance your professional image. If you wear makeup, opt for a soft and natural look and leave the full glam for another occasion (unless of course, you're applying for a role at a makeup store!).
Long hair? A neat ponytail is always a safe bet! For those with short hairstyles, you may want to opt for a sleek straight style or add a curl for creative flair. You could also visit Hair Colosseum to make sure your hair is looking neat and fresh prior to the interview.
There you have it, the ultimate way to find your perfect interview look. Remember, be confident and authentic, and let your outfit reflect the best version of you.