How to Dress Business Casual to Interviews (For Men)

How to Dress Business Casual to Interviews (For Men)

Men, what you wear to an interview can undermine the years of branding you have cultivated and experience you have earned. It doesn’t take a lot to look great when you interview business casual.

Follow the guidelines below for men’s business casual attire:

Collared shirts with long sleeves

Put on a light-colored, pressed button-down shirt with long sleeves and a collar, and tuck it into your pants neatly. Wearing a tie with a simple pattern or solid color is entirely optional. Additionally, a nice sweater worn over a button-down shirt creates a polished business casual look. Although not required, consider adding a grey, black, or navy blue blazer or lightweight sports jacket to complete the look. Avoid wearing a polo shirt to an interview, even if the company is casual.


Dress pants or chinos

Cotton pants that have been freshly pressed, light-colored chinos, or khakis are all excellent choices for a business casual interview. Wear neutral colors such as grey, black, brown, and navy blue, because these complement a wide variety of shirt colors. Dark-colored jeans may be acceptable in some workplaces.   If you’re unsure whether jeans are appropriate for this office, always opt for chinos or dress pants.


Dark shoes paired with coordinating socks

Choose dark-colored leather shoes that have been freshly polished. You can wear brown or black loafers, lace-up dress shoes, Oxfords, or another closed-toe professional shoe that complements your ensemble. Make certain that your dress socks are mid-calf length and match the color of your trousers. Do I need to tell you to avoid athletic socks or anything you would wear to the gym or to work out? 


Accents that are straightforward

Feel free to wear a classic wristwatch with a metal or leather band, but any distracting jewelry, such as earrings, necklaces, nose rings or bracelets, should be removed. Always wear a leather belt that is a close match to the color of your shoes. 



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