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Plus Size Job Interview Outfits

Posted on 04 May 2021 by Jen Anderson


Job interviews are all about making a good first impression. Your clothes can do a lot of the work for you, but there is no longer a one-size-fits-all job interview outfit. A suit is the right choice for some industries and the worst possible choice for others. And tall women already fight an uphill battle in the job market, so the right job interview attire can help you advance your career and increase your income.

It’s a lot of pressure to put on an outfit, but don’t worry, I have some ideas.

Dress for your body

plus size black work clothesAs always, wear clothes that look great on you. If your lucky interview costume is too small now (or too big), don’t wear it. If parting isn’t your friend, wear a dress like Vikki Vi’s sleeveless shift dress.

You can’t go wrong with black, although a different color can help you stand out from the crowd. A job interview probably isn’t the time for a lime green pantsuit, but blue, red, or purple would have the right kind of impact.

Dress for the industry

Not all industries expect you to dress conservatively for an interview, although you should dress relatively more conservatively than you would at work. You don’t want to sound out of touch and want to let the hiring manager know that you would be a good fit for the company.

Allegra in navy blue suit

For retail, dress more casually and elegantly. For a law firm, wear black or navy blue – a makeshift suit or a dress with a jacket. For tech companies, go for a super casual look, but not sloppy – try pulling on pants with a 3/4 sleeve top and maybe a swing vest. Techs are easily scared off by people who are much cooler than them, so now is not the time for a trendy jacket. Jeans, a shell and a boyfriend cardigan are appropriate for a job interview at a tech startup.

For a job in the arts, let your creativity run wild. Prints and vibrant colors are the way to go. But you still want to look serious, so leave the statement jackets at home. They want to know that they can introduce clients to you without you sounding like an eccentric artist.

allegra in black dress and purple feather duster

Dress to look stylish

This means clothes that fit on you – something that is too tight here and too loose there is going to be awkward and can make you look like you don’t know how to dress. Don’t show too much skin – keep those arms covered. Not because your arms will make you look incompetent. Cover up to show you understand how to dress professionally. Do it to look serious. (Yes, it is a strange and arbitrary rule, but we live in a strange and arbitrary world.)

Don’t wear anything distracting – leave the chunky collar and brightly colored scarf at home.

Dress for Confidence

Confidence in your skills and abilities is the most powerful weapon you can use in a job interview. Wear an outfit that looks good on you. And don’t forget to read your resume beforehand to remind yourself how amazing you are.

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