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ace your job interview

Your resumé was polished and they loved your cover letter. Perfect. You got the interview. You know you can nail it, but one big question remains: what are you going to wear?

Dressing well for an interview shows professionalism and that you understand the culture you’re going to enter. It’s a great way to make the right impression and be memorable to the interviewer. It’s not rocket science, but there are some things you need to know.

Consider three things when picking your outfit:

  1. Industry — Would you wear the same thing to a conservative bank as you would to a casual tech startup?
  2. Job function/department — What flies in marketing may not be greeted as enthusiastically in accounting.
  3. Seniority — Younger guys should err on the safe side, versus someone more established in their career who has “earned” the privilege to dress with a little more flare.

The common theme here? Know your audience.

Unless you’ve been specifically told not to, wear a suit. You’ll look your best and most professional. It shows you respect the interviewers’ time and take this seriously.

Now, let’s get into the details.

THE SUIT
When dressing for a job interview, the safe play is a dark charcoal or navy blue suit. Charcoal tends to be the more conservative of the two — but you really can’t go wrong with either. If you’re having trouble deciding, once again: consider your audience. Paul Betenly makes an awesome starter suit in both charcoal and navy.

If you’re interviewing for a more senior position or a job in a more creative industry, a brighter blue or lighter grey suit can work too. A black suit is never okay unless the job is in the funeral business.

One last thing — please, please make sure your suit fits.

THE SHIRT
Your interview shirt should also fit great. Check out our video guide for finding the perfect shirt to make sure you’re doing it right.

For the style details, go with normal cuffs (not french), and a spread or semi-spread collar.

In terms of colour, solid whites and light blues are most conservative. These go well with any suit. Stenstroms and our own Gotstyle-Lipson shirts are both fantastic options.

For a bolder look, try a micro pattern. A geo pattern like the one below from Oscar works well.

THE SHOES
Never, ever wear a square toe dress shoe. Say no to square toe.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I recommend black or brown leather oxford dress shoes for an interview. You can’t go wrong with an oxford shoe in a business setting. The Gotstyle Cap Toe Derby Shoe is a perfect example.

Double monkstraps are a riskier alternative. Only consider these in situations where — you guessed it — you’re interviewing for a senior or less conservative role. And again, keep the colour to black or brown.

No matter what shoes you choose, make sure you give them a good shine and that you’ve worn them before. Often a new pair of dress shoes takes some time to work in, and the last thing you need is blisters on the day of your interview.

THE ACCESSORIES

Belt
First things first, your belt should match your shoes. Black with black, brown with brown. Keep your belt sleek and simple — no big buckles. Anderson’s black or brown pebbled belts are perfect.

Tie
Here is your chance to show some personality. Choose a colour or pattern that’s stylish and memorable — just make sure it’s setting appropriate and that it matches.

For creative industries (especially in the winter), add versatility to your formal look by trying a more casual, texturized knit tie. When choosing a tie knot, go with a half windsor or four-in-hand. Knots are not the place to experiment.

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Socks
Have some fun! It’s fine to show a little colour or pattern, as long as they don’t clash with the rest of your look.

Watch
If you’re going to wear one, keep it sleek and understated.

Everything Else
Save the funky lapel pins, cufflinks, and tie bars for once you get the job.

Got any more questions? Our team of stylists is here to help, with private appointments and free wardrobe consultations. Book your appointment today at 416-260-9696 or info@gotstyle.ca.

Good luck (not that you need it). You’ve got this!

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Sasha Ferkul June 25, 2014

Equality enthusiasts or member of the LGBTTIQQ2SA community, choosing attire for the most sartorially smashing weekend in Toronto’s calendar is a daunting task. Pulled together, appropriately brazen or somewhere in between, set a new standard for celebratory looks. Vivid hues, flashy prints and New Balance kicks are energetic, on-trend and immediately conspicuous- even in a crowd thousands of revellers deep.

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Footwear is ultra directional- the foundation of attire from the black-tie formal to the cabin casual. Cue Gotstyle’s Spring Shoe Roundup- from the car to the boat shoe, we’ve gathered the latest and greatest pairs for the balmy days ahead.

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Get out! Out of the city that is, and off to some sunny beach destination where the only place you’ll fill sub-zero temperatures is in your beer cooler. With spring break, march madness, reading week upon you there couldn’t be a better time to get away from this never-ending winter. Whip out your duffle, throw in some polos, swim trunks, sunblock and one of these mesh, water resistant, shoes by swims and you’ll be set. Swims are casual enough for a game of volleyball on the beach, yet formal enough for a nice night out on the town. Their unique construction is guaranteed to give you comfort while keeping your feet dry, and odour free.

Check out these great new styles for your next tropical vacation.

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Last night we celebrated the best and brightest in the movie industry at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, otherwise known as the Oscars. Some of the highlights included 12 Years A Salve walking away with Best Picture, Lupita Nyong’o’s incredible Oscar win and speech, Ellen Degeneres’s infamous record breaking celebrity #selfie which not only garnered over 2,813,444 retweets but officially shut down twitter and who could forget style icon Matthew McConaughey nabbing oscar gold for Best Actor. 

Speaking of Style Icons, last nights red carpet definitely saw it’s fair share of some great menswear fashion moments. We saw everything from white & burgundy dinner jackets, to classic blue & black tuxedos, down to shorts, yup fashion mogul Pharrell Williams channeled his inner Thome Brown/Nick Wooster and rocked a look only he could pull off. So without further adieu here are our picks of Best Dressed Men at the 2014 Oscars.

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Italian Made Prime Shoes

February 21, 2014

Prime shoes are a made in Italy brand known for their exceptional craftsmanship and durability. Whether you’re replacing an older pair or simply looking to invest in a great shoe that will last you a long time then this brand is for your. All Prime shoes are goodyear welted, and come with a variety of great features. For starters the foot bed is made of cork fill which not only offers great comfort to the wearer but also helps insulate the feet against the cold. These shoes also feature a waist which provides great foot support and prevents the shoe from splitting and an insole lip which is sewn with the uppers and the surrounding welt offering no seams inside the shoe. This treatment also helps to keep the liner perfectly dry, even in the rain.

Lastly, our Prime shoes all come with a leather stitched sole which is great because after several years of wear and tear it is really easy to get your shoes re-soled to help prolong their life.

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