How To Dress For the Creative Job You Want

 photos by  Aline Velter

photos by Aline Velter

You've managed to avoid the 9 to 5 bland corporate grind, maybe because pinstripe biz suits just aren't for you. And a water cooler talk sounds as exciting as waiting on line for stamps at the post office (before there was an app for that). You are a creative person and there's a cool job interview with your name on it, but what do you wear?  Creative people, whether it's a graphic designer, art director, designer or stylist, the way we dress is as important as our resume. Why? Because creative people tend to wear uniforms. If you're creative and reading this, your hand is up and know what I mean. A style uniform that almost defines you, but is a visual offering of what and where your interests lie. For example, a creative director could wear a well tailored blazer and underneath is a vintage logo shirt from the 90's or a favorite thrift find tee. That's her jam and it just looks cool. Usually, a creative person will put on whatever they want until they stop liking it. 

It's true that you should always dress for the job you want, but does your outfit have to differ if it's not a 9 to 5 desk job? 

DO: 

  • wear something tailored. Wearing what fits your body correctly presents yourself in a clean, cool manner. 
  • wear colors that makes you comfortable. Go ahead and wear black, it's an artist's best friend. 
  • wear comfortable shoes. Given for any situation really. 
  • comb / brush your hair. For obvious reasons. 

DON'T: 

  • wear a rocker tee. Not for the interview and if you get the job, maybe not for awhile until you get to know your boss and understand any office dress codes. 
  • wear scuffed up sneakers. I'd probably stick to a classic pair of Stan Smith, or a higher end version of the Chuck Taylors by Comme des Garcons.
  • wear a crop top to any interview. 

THE INTERVIEW OUTFITS

GRAY MATTERS / Mikol Pumps

BUILDING BLOCK / Box Leather Shoulder Bag

 

MAISON MARGIELA / Shirt in white

MARYAM NASSIR ZADEH / Agnes boot in periwinkle

& OTHER STORIES / Reversible leather shopper