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Last Wednesday’s Dress for Success post talked about what to consider when dressing for a successful job interview in a conservative field. This post covers the creative work field.

  1. Dress for Success – Interview for a Job in a Creative Work Environment
  2. What to Wear: Fit in, but Show Your Creativity
  3. Style Me Wednesday Linkup Party


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Dress for Success – Interview for a Job in a Creative Work Environment

All the points about neatness (makeup, grooming, wrinkle-free clothes, polished shoes, clean clothes, etc.) discussed for a job interview in a conservative field, apply also when you go to a job interview in a creative field.

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You want to convey the message that you are professional, can fit in, but also stand out. Thus, you pick an outfit under the same considerations as for a job in a conservative field, but style it a bit less formal to send the message that you are creative.

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fashion blogger wearing leather joggers dressed up classic in a creative way
Vince jeather jogging pants with Ann Taylor cashmere sweater, printed silk scarf, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Hermes enamel bangles, Michael Kors pony-hair camouflage wedge sneakers (all own), and Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source. Note that another fabric than leather would be better for a job interview in a creative field, but all my black pants are leather

What to Wear: Fit in, but Show Your Creativity

The goal is to combine classic pieces with one item that shows your creativity. Here is how you can play this card out.

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  1. Black slim pants, tappered trousers, 3/4 pants, wide slack pants are great options. Pair them with a colorful or bright-colored solid shirt, may be with a camisole underneath. In contrast to the conservative work field, you can sport open-toe pumps when it is appropriate for the weather. Wedge or heel ankle boots are great options too. Go for a statement belt or accessory. Leopard, zebra, giraffe or snake print are great options for the belt, shoes or bag (but only one animal print at a time).
  2. Another option is a black pencil skirt with a colorful printed blouse worn over the skirt and hold in shape by a statement belt. Add a large structured bag and black pumps.
  3. In warm climate or summer, what about a solid color knee-length dress with pumps and bag in another color or with a printed structured bag or pumps?

Stylist’s tip: Never wear a hat or sunglasses inside at a job interview.

If it is a sunny day and you needed sunglasses for driving to the interview, take them off before going in. Do not shift them in your hair like you often do at the beach or for style on weekends. It’s too casual and gives the wrong impression that you can’t wait to get out to explore the town.

If your interview is in the middle of the winter, you will need a hat. Go for a hat that does ruin your blowout by giving you a hat head. Berets are great for curly hair and bobs. Always take the hat off immediately when you get inside. It is part of being respectful!

Also, take your gloves off. More on glove ettiquette and style in this guide.

It is always better to be slightly overdressed than under-dressed. Click To Tweet
Being overdressed is seen as respect, while being under-dressed conveys the message “I don’t care.”

outwear  for a job interview in the creative field

style book author in Creative outwear look suitable for a job interview
Leopard with diamond print short jacket worn over the outfit shown in the first photo of this post. LeatherCoatsEtc gloves. Take them off before shaking hands. A 3.1 Philip Lim bag is structured enough and a statement color like fuchsia is perfect for a creative work environment (all own)


stylish wedge sneakers in camouflage print
Zoom-in on Michael Kors pony-hair camouflage wedge sneakers


You can more tips for professional outfits and various other dressing situations in midlife, in my style recipe book “How to Dress for Success in Midlife”. Buy your copy now.

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Style Me Wednesday Linkup Party

Now I want to invite you to a party. I am super-excited to co-host Style Me Wednesday the weekly linkup party of my friend Liz from Shopping My Closet. In case you missed our joint venture the last time around here is a brief pitch on what you can find on her fashion and lifestyle blog. Liz loves mixing and matching various pieces of her wardrobe to create her stunning looks for work, going out, or relaxing. She uses high-end luxury products, which is possible because she knows a good deal when she sees one. She pairs these designer items with non-designer items to great outfits that don’t cost a fortune. She definitively knows how to have fun with fashion.

Co-hosting the Linkup Party with Liz from Shopping My Closet
Liz the lifestyle and fashion blogger at Shopping My Closet featuring one of her great outfits

Welcome to the weekly Style Me Wednesday fashion link-up! The Style Me Wednesday fashion blog link-up goes live every Wednesday and is meant to be a venue for you to showcase what you’re wearing or a favorite look. It’s the perfect opportunity to discover new bloggers (and friends!) and styles.

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