Not every workplace has a dress code, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t nail the first impression. We asked the Bonobos Guides for some tips on how to sharpen up for an interview without suiting up all the way. Here are three ways to get it done (and get the job):
#1: Be blazer-focused.
Keep your blazer as solid as your eye contact, and you’ll free yourself up to have some fun with the rest of your look. A patterned button-down is the perfect compromise between business and pleasure—the extra dash of personality in your shirt will set you apart. All-purpose chinos can bring it all together without sacrificing comfort. You’ll need the range of motion for that impromptu ping pong tournament in the conference room.
#2: Lead with blue.
Nothing says cool, collected, and reliable like (almost) everyone's favorite color: blue. Pull it off from top to bottom without looking monochromatic by diversifying your shades. A two-toned shirt pattern like gingham works well as a canvas for a bold, confident navy tie. As for bottoms, you can’t miss with non-iron navy dress pants. They’ll let you spend the morning ironing out your talking points instead of your trousers.
#3: Denim it up.
Your cover letter says you’re a risk-taker. Your jacket should too, so opt for denim's casual edge. You can balance the jean jacket out with a crisp white button-down and a subtle tie to keep things classic and professional. And unless your interview is on a ranch, steer clear of a full-on Texas Tuxedo by employing a pair of dark navy pants. Your future company is a unicorn, not a bronco.