Vital Fashion Ideas For Men

Platitudes about how looks don’t matter are perhaps nowhere less-suited to the realm of the job interview. Though of course appearance has little or nothing to do with someone’s ability as a company employee, we only have to reflect for a moment to realize that aesthetic judgments are unavoidable when we begin to attempt an appraisal of someone we have heretofore never met. So, what type of men’s clothing should we wear, and how does it affect a job interview?

First of all, there is the subject of taste. Certainly, this is as variable a topic as one could imagine, but there are certain choices which are generally agreed upon to be appropriate and inappropriate for job interviews. Most of these are of course obvious; the enormous kipper tie, the white chinos: these are going to get you nowhere. But there are several more subtle observances that should be remembered; your suit colour should for best results be a solid, conservative shade – navy or char before jet black, which tends to look cheap even at mid price range. A belt should ideally match one’s shoe colour and, if possible, texture. Tie clips, cufflinks and other accessories should be kept to the neutral, rather than the showy. Erring on the side of the timeless is the best way – if there is the slightest chance of garishness, don’t wear it.

Secondly, there is comfort. Your employer or interview panel may specify that you must wear impeccably-smart dress, but if it’s the first time you’ve ever set foot in a pair of pressed slacks and worn your shirt buttoned at the throat, you’re likely to not only look uncomfortable, but feel unnatural in your interview delivery too. There are several ways to remedy this. The first is to make it known to your tailor or shop assistant that this is your first foray into general suit-wear. This way you can find something in which you can move freely when standing and when seated, rather than if you opt right away for a suit with a razor-sharp cut. If you’ve got time, get used to sitting and finding your comfort zone in your suit before the interview date.

There is also the question of propriety. If your employer is less formal and you have been asked to dress casually, you will no doubt be wrestling with what is expected of you, now that your suit-bubble has well and truly been burst. There is no point wearing a suit regardless when it is not what has been requested. Smart casual – there are hundreds of ways you could go with this, but some are of course better than others. Going from the stature of the suit, a sharp corduroy jacket with a shirt nicely offset (but on the expensive side) is good for the upper torso. For the lower half try to avoid jeans, especially blue denim. Choose a straight, narrow fit and try to splash out on the shoes: expensive but not flashy. Forget the tie, unless it be on the slim and fashionable side. Lastly, be sure that you are comfortable before your own bedroom mirror in what you choose; if it doesn’t make you crack a smile, is the outfit or are you yourself likely to impress the panel?

Interview time is always a stressful period, and what is perhaps important to remember is that you have been invited along most likely because people are already convinced, on principal, of your aptitude; your attire need only reflect your professionality – you probably won’t earn any extra points for alligator-skin shoes. Try a few men’s outfits on, take the advice of friends and professional acquaintances, and above all, don’t expect the clothes to do the talking; rather wear what allows you to appear comfortably before your potential employer