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Wear it Well: Springtime Interview Attire

By Style Girlfriend | Mar 6 2014

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It’s (practically) spring, and you know what that means – for those of you in the “real” world, the new year’s budgets have finally kicked into effect and places are hiring again, and for the college guys, you’re on the hunt for a summer internship so you don’t have to work at Dairy Queen for the 8th straight summer in a row.

Whether you’re still drafting your resume, or you’ve got ten informational interviews lined up this month alone, we’ve got you covered.

Corporate Gig

This Banana Republic suit is perfect for just about any corporate position available, and boasts a ‘wear it year-round’ wool. Add some spring colors, no one wants a dull interviewee (or employee). This number from J.Crew is almost heaven sent for the season and it has been sold out once already, always a good sign in my book.

Where to Find:

Suit Jacket: Banana Republic Tailored Fit Navy Suit, $398

Suit Pants: Banana Republic Tailored Fit Navy Pants, $160

Shirt: J.Crew Ludlow Point-Collar Shirt, $88

Tie: J.Crew English Linen-Cotton Tie, $70

Pocket Square: The Tie Bar Opulent Pocket Square, $8

Bag: Cole Haan Madison Commuter Brief, $398

Socks: Pantherella for Ted Baker London Rib Socks, $30

Shoes: Cole Haan ‘Air Madison’ Wingtip Shoe, $248

 

Creative Workplace

The guy headed into a creative industry can afford to get a little funky with his interview attire – bring in the sport coat and dress chinos. In this outfit, you can even afford to save some gas and bike to the office. Just go slow so you’re not sweating when you get there.

Where to Find:

Sportcoat: J.Crew Ludlow Sportcoat in Irish Linen, $298

Pants: Club Monaco Davis Dress Chino, $90

Shirt: Nordstrom SmartcareWrinkle Free Dress Shirt, $50

Pocket Square: Brooks Brothers Gingham Pocket Square, $20

Bag: Fossil Vertical Estate City Bag, $168

Shoes: Cole Haan LunarGrand Long Wingtip, $228

Helmet: Bern Watts Bike Helmet, $60

 

College Internship

 

If you don’t have a suit yet (and don’t worry, you really don’t need one…yet), you can still look grown up and pulled together. Grab a sweater but keep it contemporary and professional with a dress shirt and tie. As you can see from the creative workplace interview attire above, you don’t necessarily have to wear a suit to land your dream position. Plus, dressing too formal might be a bit much for role for that college radio station marketing gig.

Where to Find:

Sweater: Lands’ End Men’s Regular V-Neck Cardigan, $160

Pants: Club Monaco Lightweight Kennedy Basic Chinos, $70

Shirt: Nordstrom SmartcareWrinkle Free Dress Shirt, $50

Tie: Mint Green Neck Tie, $20

Boots: Johnston & Murphy Hutchins Cap Toe Boot, $295

 

Tell me:

What did you wear to your last interview (and did you get the job?!)?