You all know how important it is to look great at a job interview but you also want to be dressed appropriately. So, in this episode of 2 Minute Tuesday we’re addressing a question from our viewer Joe about What To Wear To An Interview.
Extra special thanks to our friends at The Tie Bar for sponsoring this video! Don’t forget to check out all our outfit picks for each type of interview below.
As an overall rule, keep things simple and understated. You don’t want to stand out in a negative/showy way.
Formal – Banking, Law, Medicine
The most conservative look, you definitely want to stick to a charcoal or navy solid suit, white shirt, and simple navy, grey, or brown tie. Understated is the move here.
Semi-Formal – Sales, Standard Office
Wear a suit but you don’t need to go as conservative. Stick with a solid suit but mix up the shirt and tie a bit with some pattern – try a polka dot tie, for a little bit more personality.
Casual – Startup, Creative
Potentially the most confusing type of interview to dress for, it can be tough to figure out how casual to go. You want to dress up but not too much, you don’t want to seem stuffy. It’s better to be slightly overdressed than totally underdressed. Try a bomber or a blazer with denim or chinos. You can wear a tie, but it’s not necessary.
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By now you know how important a strong shoe rotation is to your overall wardrobe. As we talked about in our previous video, Shoes Women Hate, your footwear is a big part of what women notice about your right off the bat. Outside of choosing the right style, it’s important to keep in mind that you also need to wear the right shoe for the right occasion, too formal or too casual a shoe with the wrong outfit can throw off your entire look.
In this video, we’re going to flip the coin and run down the key styles that women will really notice. From sneakers to dress shoes, here are 5 shoe styles women love.
5 Shoe Styles Women Love
1. Casual Leather Sneakers – Classic and versatile, they go with almost every casual outfit. Just make sure to keep them clean! White, Gray, Tan, Black.
Penny Loafers – Another classic, they elevate every casual outfit with a little bit of polish. Wear them with denim, chinos, and even dressier business casual outfits.
Chelsea Boots – These boots are super sleek and sexy, a perfect fashion-forward item to give your wardrobe a little bit of edge. Leather or suede works.
Classic Lace Up Dress Shoes – When you’re dressed to the nines the wrong shoe can absolutely ruin how awesome your suit looks. Stick to a clean, classic oxford in dark brown, it looks powerful and professional. Don’t forget to keep them shined.
Lace Up Boots – A nice boot looks amazing with denim or chinos and is a great way to add a bit of ruggedness to your wardrobe.
The right blazer (or two!) is a super-versatile item that no man should be without. In this video, we’re discussing our picks for the 3 types of blazers every man should own. Don’t forget to check out our blazer fit guide and all our picks below!
A classic staple that goes with everything. Get one in wool and you can wear it with everything; dressy, business casual and more.
Try one with some texture like tweed or herringbone or even one in cotton. This one is great for fall and the color can be worn with everything from jeans to slacks and a tie.
For a third blazer, try one with some pattern like a check, houndstooth or windowpane. It’s an elevated look that’s perfect with dark jeans or chinos. This one also dresses up well and can stand in for a suit when worn with slacks.
Boots are a fall/winter staple and the right pair (or two) should be versatile enough for a variety of outfits and occasions. I think Chelsea boots are more of a spring/summer style so we’re focusing on shoes that will get you through the colder, wetter months of the year and work better with heavier clothing.
One thing to remember, look at boots as an investment, good ones aren’t cheap, but properly taken care of they can last you many years. There are a ton of options out there and we’ll include our picks, but we’ve narrowed it down to three basic styles that you should have in your closet.
The most versatile and least seasonal, you can wear these nearly year round. They’re light and comfortable and work well with both casual looks (jeans, chinos) and more dressy looks (with sweaters and blazers).
Johnston Murphy #1
Johnston Murphy #2
What you probably think of when you think of boots, these are more rugged and have thicker/chunkier soles. The look great with jeans and chinos and will get you through the colder months and weather with ease. They can come in a variety of styles, some very casual, others a bit more dressy.
Red Wing Beckman
Allen Edmonds #1
Allen Edmonds #2
Wolverine 1000 Mile
Yes, you can and should dress up your boots. Just make sure you’ve got the right styles. Think of these like the hightop versions of your dress shoes. They should have a thinner, dressier sole and nice leather. Look for them in cap toe or wingtip versions. Formality note: some dressier styles come with a bit more tread (called a lug sole) which can still look good with dressier clothes, but it will make them slightly less formal.
Brooks Brothers Peal & Co.
Allen Edmonds #1
Allen Edmonds #1
As I’ve mentioned before, solid white sneakers are a casual staple that no man should be without. Over the past few years the Nike for J.Crew Killshots have gotten very popular, so we wanted to discuss whether they’re actually worth the $100 price tag or not.
-Great, vintage/classic design.
-A versatile basic color scheme with blue, white and gray.
-I like the vintage look of the Nike logo back detail.
-The gum sole – I’m not a fan.
-Better looking alternatives available – they’re basically a white sneaker with a really weird colored sole that gets even worse as they get worn and dirty.
-Price is high relative to similar shoes.
Nike Killshot 2’s are not worth it.
Better alternatives to the Nike J.Crew Killshot 2
Nike Tennis Classic In White
Onitsuka Tiger GSM
Reebok Classic MEMT
Reebok Classic Club C 85
New Balance 288
New Balance 791
Adidas Stan Smith
Nike Blazer Low ID
Building a stylish, versatile wardrobe starts with a solid foundation, and with shirts, you want to find simple, versatile options that are timeless and go with everything. Don’t be afraid to buy multiple colors of the same shirt to take out over-thinking about wardrobe. These are the five essentials shirts that every man should own!
Don’t forget to check out our shirt Fit Guides for more info.
1. White dress shirt
Simple, timeless and will go with everything. Every man should have a few crisp white dress shirts in his closet. Wear with everything from a suit to jeans.
Another classic, make sure to get these in blue or white. Oxfords are the ultimate casual staple for jeans or chinos and can be easily dressed up for business casual with a blazer.
3. Black T-shirt
I love the versatility of a black t-shirt. It can be casual with jeans and sneakers or even dressed up with a blazer or suit.
4. Chambray shirt
This shirt has a cool, denim-like vibe and is perfect with chinos or as a more casual substitute for a dress shirt with a blazer and a tie.
5. Solid colored polos
Make sure you have a good rotation of solid-colored polos in basic colors like black, grey, navy, and white.
A henley shirt is only recommended if you have a trim to medium build. If you’re a bigger or athletic guy it’s not the right shirt for you.
White Dress Shirts:
Brooks Brothers Milano Non-Iron
The Tie Bar
Norse Projects Oxford
Brooks Brothers Milano Fit Oxford
Club Monaco Oxford
Rag & Bone
Rag & Bone Classic Henley
Rag & Bone Giles Henley
Denim, it’s an absolute staple, and you can wear jeans just about anywhere these days. But, it’s important to have the right colors for the job. I don’t recommend all colors of denim for every occasion so you should not only know what 4 colors you need to have, but also the right and wrong times to wear them
For more, don’t forget to check out our Jeans Fit Guide and our tips on how to take care of your denim!
The four colors of denim I recommend owning are dark indigo, a lighter wash of blue, grey and black.
If you own just one pair, a dark wash indigo is the one to own, so buy these first! It’s the most versatile and can be worn dressed up with something like a blazer and loafers or with everything casual like sneakers and a t-shirt. If you work in a business casual office dark indigo jeans are a great alternative to chinos on casual days.
Light Wash Blue
Not as versatile as a darker wash, I recommend a lighter blue for more casual situations. Be careful not to go too light on the wash as the very light shades tend to be a bit too trendy and can veer a bit too young.
While not as important as dark wash jeans, grey jeans can be quite versatile. Stick with a medium to darker grey wash and don’t be afraid to dress them up. Think of them kind of like a pair of grey chinos in terms of how and where you would wear them.
I love a good pair of black jeans and they’re almost as vital to your wardrobe as dark indigo jeans. They have a little bit of a rocker vibe to them and look great for nighttime occasions. You can never go wrong with a pair of black jeans, a white or grey shirt, and a pair of sneakers or boots.
APC Petit Standard
Uniqlo Slim Fit Selvedge
Paige in Birch
Uniqlo Slim Selvedge
Jbrand Tyler in Luna
Hudson Blake in Metal
Jbrand Tyler in Slate
Gap Slim Fit
H&M Slim Fit
AG Tellis in Deep Pitch
APC Petit Standard
Levis Made & Crafted 511
Uniqlo Slim Selvedge
No matter what the season or dress code, chinos are an essential style staple. Here are three ways to style your chinos for casual, business casual, or dressy situations!
Don’t forget to check out our chino fit guide for more details!
Rag & Bone Fit 2
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