What to Wear to a Retail Job Interview

Pink is a fabulous color for a retail interview.

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A retail job interview requires your best professional attire. But don't let your fabulous sense of style go to waste. You're in the business of selling, and if you don't add some creative flair to your look, your customers might think the products you're selling are just as drab as your look. Punch it up with some color, add a bit of accessory pizazz and show your interviewer you have a keen sense of style and a fabulous personality to match.

Black Dress and Multi-Colored Scarf

You can't go wrong with a simple black dress; it's sophisticated and business-like, particularly if you pair it with a cropped black blazer. If you don't want to look like you are headed to a funeral, punch up your look with some color by tying on a colorful scarf. You can either drape it around your neck or tie it in a small knot. Keep accessories small and simple: perhaps silver studs or pearls.

Business Suit with Skirt

Professional attire is key to dressing successfully for a retail interview. Wear a tailored business suit, preferably with a skirt, and a solid-colored blouse. Depending on the retail business for which you are interviewing, you might be able to get away with a pantsuit. Add sophistication with a wide-collared shirt, perhaps with a retro pin on the collar or lapel of your jacket and small, but dangly earrings.

Blazer and Dress Slacks

Perhaps you don't want to go with a full-blown business suit, because the retail business in question is not quite so formal. You can then slide on a pair of dress slacks with a simple silk tank and a blazer in either a matching or contrasting shade, depending on the place with which you are interviewing. If it is a fashion-forward clothing store, then match up a pair of white, wide-legged dress slacks with a red silk tank and a cropped black blazer to look as stylish as the clothing in the store.


If your shoes are usually your calling card, this is the time to tone your shoe game down a bit. Traditional pumps are your best bet; they are always sophisticated and professional. If you want to add a little pizazz to your look, then you can go as far as a peep-toe style, but that's it. Leave the strappy sandals, ankle boots and wild colors and patterns at home.

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