What to Wear to a Formal Summer Interview

Jul 17, 2019
What to Wear to a Formal Summer Interview

Dressing for a job interview on a hot and humid day presents some challenges. You want to stay cool and comfortable while still presenting a professional image. You have one chance to make a first impression, and dressing appropriately for a job interview is one way to do so.


You will want to dress appropriately for the work culture of the company or organisation with which you are interviewing. Make sure your clothes are free from stains, missing buttons, loose seams, and wrinkles. You don’t want to show up to your interview looking untidy.



When choosing a suit make sure it is made of light-weight fabric, such as wool or cotton. Choose blue, grey or a lighter-colour and stay away from linen, which has a tendency to wrinkle very quickly and may result in your outfit looking poorly put together or messy. If the suit has a skirt, make sure it is an appropriate length. If the skirt reaches your knees, then it will be a good conservative length. Moreover, you can be assured that when you sit, your skirt will cover your upper legs properly.

Select a shirt that complements your suit. Silk can be a good choice, as long as you are wearing a suit jacket to cover up your arms. A crisp cotton shirt in white also always looks light and airy. Make sure your shirt is modest, does not reveal much cleavage and fits well. Tank tops are definitely not a good choice for a job interview, and even tasteful sleeveless shirts can be questionable for some people.


You also have the option of wearing a dress instead of a suit. Ensure the dress’s skirt length reaches your knees and choose a neutral or muted colour. Do not wear a wild or overly colourful print, unless you are in a design or highly creative field. If you opt for a dress, you can still pair this with a suit jacket to complete your look. Keep in mind that the office where you’re interviewing is likely to be air-conditioned. It might even be chilly. Wearing a suit jacket may actually keep you comfortable in your interview.


Jewellery should not be distracting either to someone’s eyes or ears. If your jewellery is clanking around, your interviewer might spend more time concentrating on that than on your responses to their questions. If you are in a design or highly creative industry, you may be able to wear jewellery with a little more dazzle. Go with the norms in your industry, and if you’re unsure, err on the side of caution.


Opt for more conservative shoes by not wearing sandals. Choose closed toe dress shoes, flats or heels (opt for low to medium height heels) in a neutral colour that complement your outfit.

If you are interviewing somewhere that demands safe shoes, such as a construction site, a hospital or elsewhere, be sure to wear shoes that are appropriate for the location.


TOP TIP: Even if you wear tights, your feet might slip or slide in your shoes when it is hot. Buy padded inserts to help keep your foot stabilised in your shoe.

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