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Dress To Meet The Firms

  1. 1. Dress to Meet the Firms February 14, 2007
  2. 2. Why dress special for an interview? <ul><li>Because </li></ul><ul><li>looks can kill—opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Because it shows </li></ul><ul><li>you recognize this as an important occasion </li></ul><ul><li>Because it shows </li></ul><ul><li>respect for your interviewer </li></ul><ul><li>Because it shows </li></ul><ul><li>you can adapt to company expectations </li></ul>
  3. 3. Hair <ul><li>Clean </li></ul><ul><li>Neat </li></ul><ul><li>Professionally styled/cut </li></ul><ul><li>No unusual hair colors </li></ul><ul><li>No big barrettes or combs </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing distracting </li></ul>
  4. 4. Body <ul><li>Clean and fresh smelling </li></ul><ul><li>Natural looking makeup (women only) </li></ul><ul><li>No jewelry except: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>wedding ring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>functional conservative watch that doesn’t beep during the interview </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Clean and well manicured hands </li></ul><ul><li>Natural colored, clear, or no nail polish </li></ul><ul><li>No visible tattoos or body piercing </li></ul><ul><li>Perfume—when in doubt don’t </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to brush and floss your teeth—carry small mints </li></ul>
  5. 5. Clothing <ul><li>Women </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skirted suit or pantsuit, conservatively tailored </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Skirts usually knee-length </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate colors are navy, black or gray </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cleaned and pressed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not flashy </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Clothing—buying guide <ul><li>You should be able to button and/or zip and still allow you to move and sit comfortably—“pinch an inch” </li></ul><ul><li>Clothing should be smooth, without pulls or wrinkles </li></ul><ul><li>Sleeves should cover the bend in the wrist </li></ul><ul><li>Hem should be even and stitches well hidden </li></ul>
  7. 7. Samples
  8. 8. No visible blouse would be worn under this jacket A little trendy
  9. 9. Traditional blouse would be better
  10. 10. Sleeve length good
  11. 11. Needs blouse, no jewelry
  12. 12. <ul><li>Good except for ruffle on skirt </li></ul><ul><li>Notice the soft drape of the fabric. </li></ul><ul><li>Blouse or shell could be worn under jacket </li></ul><ul><li>Non traditional collar </li></ul>
  13. 16. Double breasted
  14. 17. Double Breasted Jackets <ul><li>Double breasted jackets add bulk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use only if you need bulk </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Double breasted jackets should remain buttoned </li></ul><ul><li>Never wear a button down collar with a double breasted jacket </li></ul>
  15. 18. Blouse or shirt <ul><li>White, ivory or light colored blouse or shirt </li></ul><ul><li>Long sleeved </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative lines </li></ul><ul><li>Neckline should compliment jacket lapel </li></ul><ul><li>Quality-silk or cotton </li></ul><ul><li>Cleaned and pressed </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid tight fit </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid sheer </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid low necklines </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid sleeveless and short sleeved </li></ul><ul><li>If button up, make sure buttons don’t gape at bust line </li></ul>
  16. 19. Blouse/shirt examples
  17. 21. Shirt
  18. 22. Linen wrinkles
  19. 23. Wrap around--possible peek-a-boo problems
  20. 24. Mentioning the unmentionables <ul><li>Panties, no thongs—thong lines are distracting </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriately colored underwear-- so it doesn’t show thru </li></ul><ul><li>Always wear hose with a skirt— </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Color? Plain-style, non-patterned in a neutral color. Take an extra pair “in case”. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 25. Shoes and accessories <ul><li>Wear low heeled pumps in a neutral color that matches your accessories </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure they are clean and polished </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid open toed shoes </li></ul><ul><li>If you wear a belt or carry a purse or briefcase (one, not both) be sure they are the same color, polished and conservative </li></ul>
  22. 26. Keep is simple
  23. 28. A little more risky for some situations
  24. 29. Younger Women can wear a little higher heel to the office But NOT these Like these
  25. 30. Oops 1 color 2 texture 3 heal height
  26. 31. Good heal height
  27. 32. What to wear for men <ul><ul><li>Suit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shirt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessories, socks, shoes </li></ul></ul>
  28. 33. Suit—Objective <ul><li>Conservative —Two-piece two- buttoned, vented, single breasted business suit, 100% Worsted Wool, fully lined coat, half lined trousers in navy blue or charcoal gray (pinstripe, muted plaid, solid or herringbone) </li></ul>
  29. 34. Suit—Objective <ul><li>Semi-Conservative —Same as conservative plus three or four button suit in navy, charcoal, earth tones or possibly even black. Additional options are textured fabrics in lighter to medium tones, as well as non-vented jackets. The more creative your work environment the more creative you clothing options. </li></ul>
  30. 35. Jacket Fit <ul><li>Jacket should lie smoothly over your shoulders and across your back </li></ul><ul><li>Shoulders cut too wide diminish the head. </li></ul><ul><li>Shoulders cut too narrow make the head appear larger than it is. </li></ul><ul><li>The jacket's shoulders frame the head--A balanced presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>Collar should follow neck silhouette closely—no gaping </li></ul><ul><li>Jacket length should cover your entire seat and should be half the distance from the collar seam to the floor. Jacket hem should line up with the thumb knuckle. </li></ul><ul><li>Sleeves should cover the break of the wrist, allowing ¼ to ½ inch of shirt cuff to show </li></ul>
  31. 36. Hollywood knows about sleeves length <ul><li>You should too. </li></ul>
  32. 37. Trouser fit <ul><li>The waist of your trousers should be just at or slightly below your navel and should fit snugly without feeling tight. This puts the crotch of the pants at the crotch of the wearer, which allows for movement without stressing the pants. </li></ul><ul><li>Trousers should fit smoothly across the top of the buttocks, then follow the curve about halfway down, then fall straight down. When pants follow the curve all the way down, we call them jeans! </li></ul><ul><li>Hems may be either straight or cuffed—if cuffed, make sure they are proportional to the wearers height. </li></ul>
  33. 38. Shirt <ul><li>White is best. When in doubt wear white. </li></ul><ul><li>100 percent cotton is preferred </li></ul><ul><li>Point, button tab, or spread collars best </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Point collar for fuller faces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spread collar for narrower faces </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collar should show ½ inch above jacket collar at nape of neck </li></ul><ul><li>Cuff should show ¼ to ½ inch below sleeve. Sleeve must have enough length for the arm to bend without pulling on the cuff. Cuff must fit snugly so additional sleeve length will not fall over the hand. </li></ul><ul><li>Very clean and well pressed </li></ul><ul><li>Shirt should fit well and have an index finger of breathing room at the collar. </li></ul>
  34. 39. Shirt samples — spread/point collar                                  
  35. 40. Narrow face, spread collar
  36. 41. Wide face, pointed collar
  37. 42. Accessories <ul><li>Ties </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservative pattern in silk or silk like fabric </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must coordinate with suit, but contrast with shirt </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shoes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lace-up, wing tip, cap toe or split toe styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean and polished in very good condition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No tassels, loafers or cowboy boots </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Socks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Should match your pants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear over the calf socks that won’t slide down </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Belt, briefcase </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leather matches leather—shoes, belt, briefcase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metal matches metal—belt buckle, watch metal, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  38. 43. Tie samples Subtle or simple patterns enhance credibility
  39. 44. Men’s Dress Shoes
  40. 45. The little things count <ul><li>Wear a tee shirt under your shirt </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your nails are well manicured and hands not rough </li></ul><ul><li>Moisturize your face </li></ul><ul><li>No beards or mustaches </li></ul><ul><li>Line it up </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>tie/belt buckle/zipper </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Unbutton your suit coat when sitting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Never button just the bottom button of a suit coat </li></ul></ul>
  41. 46. Presentation <ul><li>Use a full length mirror </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat what is good or compliments </li></ul><ul><li>Do not repeat what is not good or minimizes </li></ul><ul><li>Proportionalize your patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Beware of texture </li></ul><ul><li>Ladies—use proportion to your advantage </li></ul>
  42. 47. References <ul><li>www.menswarehouse.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.brooksbrothers.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.thejobexchange.com/women_attire.html </li></ul><ul><li>www.amdt.wsu.edu/research/dti/general_guidelines.html </li></ul><ul><li>www.seekingsuccess.com/articles/art166.php3 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.mens-fashion-tips.com/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>www.zappos.com </li></ul><ul><li>Style and the Man by Alan Flusser </li></ul><ul><li>MBA Style Magazine’s Color and Patterns to Wear for Interviewing </li></ul>