Best Menswear for a Job Interview

You’ve just scored an interview for your dream job. Well done you! 

But just because you’ve got the right credentials and experience doesn’t mean it’s a shoe in. First impressions last, and it would be a shame to blow the interview by not looking the part. 

Deep breaths, we’ve got you covered. Whether it’s a formal interview or a casual chat, read on to find out how to dress for success.

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    Just because you’ve got the right credentials and experience, it doesn’t mean the job is yours. You’ve got to make the best first impression at your interview, and it would be a shame to blow it by not looking the part.

    Deep breaths, we’ve got you covered. Whether it’s a formal interview or a casual chat, read on to find out how to dress for success.

      What to Wear to a Formal Interview

      These interviews are the easiest to dress for—go old school every time. This is the world of law, banking, medicine, basically the professions your parents really want you to succeed in.

      We can’t state this enough … do not turn up in anything other than a well-fitting suit in a classic color (navy is a good choice, keep reading and you’ll find out why). And no, you can’t borrow your roommate’s, unless you are exactly the same size, and we doubt you are.

      Wear a tie for this interview, and fasten that top button. We get this all sounds a bit like what your father would wear, but you can really show your own style in the shirt and tie you select.

      Take a look at the Cabrera Cotton Dobby Shirt as a non-solid solid that adds interest, while the Mulberry Cotton Stretch Shirt is a classic with a hint of stretch for much-needed comfort while you’re being grilled about your academic achievements.

      Formal Interview Checklist

      • Suit: a solid color in navy, black, or gray—two button, single breasted
      • Shirt: a long sleeve, white is safest but a slight pattern or pale shade is fine
      • Tie: don’t go crazy with pattern and color
      • Footwear: a quality leather shoe, such as brogues or Oxfords
      • Belt: a conservative leather belt in black or brown
      • Socks: always match socks to your suit, no pattern

        Cabrera Cotton Dobby Shirt

        A classic dobby weave, this non-solid solid will add texture and interest to your look. Details include a point collar and a contrasting interior yoke and collar stand.

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          Van Meter Micro-Print Shirt

          Crafted from European cotton in a tonal micro-cross print, this long sleeve has a cutaway collar and a contrasting interior yoke and collar stand.  

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            Van Meter Micro-Print Shirt

            Crafted from European cotton in a tonal micro-cross print, this long sleeve has a cutaway collar and a contrasting interior yoke and collar stand.  

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              Mulberry Cotton Stretch Shirt

              A classic white shirt in rich cotton with a hint of stretch for comfort and ease of movement. Its detailed construction means less wrinkling, and it’s finished with Mother of Pearl buttons.

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                What to Wear to a Semi-Formal Interview

                If your interview is for a job in an office, say sales or marketing, you can tone down the formal attire, but not too much. You want your potential boss to see you’re taking this meeting seriously.

                Wear a suit, but you can drop the tie. No sneakers! It’s a look, but not for this. Without a tie, you can push it a bit more with shirt pattern.

                ZACHARY PRELL’s prints run from subtle to bold, so think about the office environment and choose accordingly.

                A gingham print shirt, such as the Paride, is timeless, while the vibrant colors and large-scale print give it a contemporary twist.

                The Van Meter in a tonal micro-cross print adds color, while the non-solid solid pattern adds depth and interest.

                • Suit: a solid color in navy or gray—two button, single breasted
                • Shirt: a long sleeve, some color or pattern is ok
                • Tie: optional, consider the dress code of the office
                • Footwear: a quality leather shoe, such as brogues or Oxfords
                • Belt: a conservative leather belt in black or brown
                • Socks: match your socks to your suit

                  Paride Gingham Shirt

                  A three-tone large-scale gingham that adds a touch of color to a suit. This point collar long sleeve also has interior piping.

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                    Wilson Cotton Stretch Shirt

                    This stylish micro-print long sleeve is a non-sold solid that adds interest. Crafted from Italian cotton stretch fabric, it also has an interior contrasting collar.

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                      Caruth Cotton Shirt

                      A button-down pique cotton short sleeve with a super-soft feel. This versatile shirt can be dressed up or down—pair with a suit and it’s all business.

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                        What to Wear to an Informal Interview

                        If your interview is for a creative post or a start-up, it would be a mistake to turn up looking too formal. Obviously, you’ve got to make an effort, but you can show some personality in how you put yourself together—in fact, your potential boss will expect that.

                        Consider a stylish shirt, like the Sandler, or a polo, paired with tailored pants, such as the Aster, and a jacket. Mix, match, and add your own personal style.

                        • Pants: tailored, such as chinos, never jeans
                        • Jacket: a smart bomber jacket in a dark solid
                        • Shirt: a short sleeve shirt is acceptable, as is a polo
                        • Footwear: leather sneakers will pass for an informal chat, leather shoes or boots, such as a Chelsea, are a safer bet

                          Aster Cotton Stretch Chino Pants

                          They look like chinos but feel like sweatpants; our best-selling Aster is made from ultra-soft Italian cotton. Choose from eight stylish shades.

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                            Sandler Stretch Print Shirt

                            A two-tone dot print with cutaway collar, this short-sleeve shirt includes our signature v-notched cuff for added style and ease of movement.

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                              Mattituck Reversible Bomber Jacket

                              On one side, a blue heathered linen blend with slight texture, which works for an informal chat. On the reverse is a sleek navy nylon that’s better for a biz casual interview. 

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