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What do you wear to a university interview in Fashion?

Although I appreciate that this post probably won't appeal to everyone, I know that quite a few of my followers and readers are interested in going into fashion at degree level, so when this popped up in my Formspring, I thought it would be perfect to feature on the blog! In hindsight, this also applies to university and other casual interviews so I hope it helps some of you. I know for a fact that two years ago when my own University offers and interviews started coming through, there was hardly anything on trusty Google by way of what to wear to a university interview. So, that being said, good luck with your UCAS, erm, "experience" and I hope this is helpful!

If you're anything like me, there is usually one main problem that arises when you're offered an interview of any sort: what to wear. It's always hard to work out whether to go conservative and formal, or a casual, "I-spent-a-week-planning-this-but-hope-I-don't-look-too-try-hard" look. Having sat through four interviews at various Universities, and a fair few internship interviews, I think I have started to perfect my interview look!

(Marianna; Beth; Romina; Lily)
Some outfits that would look perfect at any University interview.

TOP TIPS:
  • Show your personality: I'm quite a nervous interviewee, so I go to an interview well prepared, and with the mindset of, "You've already been shortlisted, they just want to know you a bit better," - a gem from the wise ways of my mother! Your outfit for a fashion degree should be fairly fashion forward but not too try-hard, so don't cram a lot of trends into one outfit! If your style is jeans and a shirt, try jeans and an on-trend pussycat blouse, or wear a dress with a statement shearling aviator jacket over the top! If you stray too far away from what you would typically wear, it will show through in your voice and the way you hold yourself.
  • Always dress nicer than you think you should: I think to some extent, you should consider where you are interviewing, and reflect it in your outfit. For example, an interview for Fashion Design at the London College of Fashion would require a more quirky and "fashion forward" outfit than an interview for Fashion Marketing at Nottingham Trent, where I would maybe dress a little more conservatively, pairing a sheer chiffon blouse with dark skinny jeans.
  • Be comfortable: More and more Universities are interviewing in groups now, possibly because there are so many people going to Uni now! I really think that feeling comfortable in your outfit makes you come across more confident and friendly, which the interviewer will probably be looking out for. I really wouldn't recommend hoodies or leggings, however comfy you decide to go though! A pair of tailored harems and a slouchy jersey tee is great, or a simple dress paired with a cardigan and flats.
  • It's University, not a business position: I remember not believing my Mum when she advised me against a shirt for my first interview (which was for Fashion Communication and Promotion at Nottingham Trent University, FYI!) and off I went in skinny jeans, my favey flats and one of those simple jersey blouses from Topshop. BIG mistake, as when I saw everyone else rocking up in pretty dresses and gorgeously put together outfits, I felt like I was interviewing for an office job!
  • Finally: wear tasteful jewellery, don't show any cleavage, and nothing scandalously short. Jewellery will make a statement in its' own right, so wear a necklace or two, and perhaps a statement ring; you will be shaking their hand 9 times out of 10. It is an educational place, so you probably want to save that new killer dress and heels combo for Freshers Week ;)
Keep your Fashion Q&A's coming over Formspring and I will pick out the best questions to feature on my blog next week!

22 comments

  1. this is such a great blog post :) I loved your tips and I agree with them all x

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  2. I find it difficult enough to find things to wear for job interviews so I think if I had to go to an interview for a fashion course I'd cry! I'm loving your tips though (: Very helpful.

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  3. really good blog post :) i love your mum's advice! xx

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  4. I wish I'd had this when I went to my uni interviews I wore a friggin suit!!!! Pahahahah I must of looked like a right prat. xxx

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  5. Good post, very useful for college/sixthformers! I dressed very much in my own style for my graphic design interview (hello breton stripes haha) and there were people there in job interview style clothes like suits and shirts and ties. Most interviewers just want an accurate picture of what your style is and what you will wear on an everyday basis, that's if they even care at all! Can't really go wrong with a cute dress, cardy and flats though, always a winner! xx

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  6. Cute outfit picks! I love this post, great job :)

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  7. michelle: thank you! i'm glad you enjoyed it lovely x

    rebecca: interviews are horrible and stressful enough without the added factor of what on earth to wear! thanks lovely x

    sophie: awh thanks sweet! me tooo, i hardly ever took my mum's advice before, but i'm so glad that i do now haha! xx

    gem: oh i'm sure you didn't! i was pretty overdressed for my nottingham trent interview ;) but then i downplayed it for my other interviews! xxx

    sarah: thank you lovely! there's such a huge variety of what people wear! i really do think your outfit and how comfortable you look makes a big difference in the overall interview xx

    lydia: thanks!

    aimee: thank you hun (:

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  8. Thank you! This was very useful!!! I sent my UCAS application off last week and one of my choices say they may ask for an interview from people. I just hope I get one offer!! x

    http://jadefungblog.blogspot.com

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  9. Hey, look at that, it's the question I asked haha! Thanks for the thorough advice :-)

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  10. thanks for the tips! :) even though I'm a quite a way off I'm so nervous for applying to uni! ha, what uni did you go to in the end? :) xx

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  11. jade: oh good luck hun <3 i'm sure you'll get your offers in no time! mine started coming in about three weeks into november, it was so nerve-racking!

    naomi: you're welcome sweety! this one really made me think!

    jenny: you're welcome hun! don't be nervous, it's not too difficult! i'm now at southampton solent university, but i had places at nottingham trent, london college of fashion and the university of creative arts

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  12. love the first outfit
    check my blog out
    http://pinkyliciousvita.blogspot.com/
    x

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  13. great tips! deciding what to wear to interviews is always a toughie and you have some really useful ideas :)
    xoxo

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  14. this is a great post! college is starting to get us all prepared for University, even though i still have 2 years left at college! but this is definatly great help. Also as i want to do Fashion as a degree ;)

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  15. Thank you so much :)
    I like the post, too.
    But my name isn't Domina, my name is Romina :D you are so cute! Lovely blog
    Romi

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  16. pinkyliciousvita: thanks lovely (:

    laura: awh thanks hun, i'm glad you enjoyed the post! i'm such a worrier, something like this would have really helped me during my ucas interviews!

    rose: thanks hun! oh yeah, they prepare you well in advance to get your extra-curriculars and interests up to scratch!

    romina: you're welcome lovely! oh what an idiot, i've changed it now haha (:

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  17. Omg. thankyou so much for this post, you are honestly a total (fashion) life saver ;)
    I've been stressing for absolutely ages on what to wear to a uni interview... I want to study fashion but I'm applying next year because I think doing a foundation year first would help me build my portfolio etc.
    What did you wear to your london uni interview?
    x

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  18. spence: you're welcome lovely! i'm glad you liked it! a foundation year would probably be quite helpful, but it really depends on what route of fashion you want to go down! (: i can't remember, i think it was just a pair of straight leg jeans and a pretty top! xxxxxxxxxxx

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  19. Love the first outfit! I'm not a fashion major hence I shall take this into account for a part-time retail interview, should there ever be one.

    Completely unrelated note - 'so many people going to Uni now!' I agree, maybe the reason why the government has decided to raise the tuition fee cap. Just curious, will your uni be taking it to the streets of London tomorrow? Lol

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  20. this is a brilliant site i been wondering what to wear with my friend to our BA Fashion design interviews, my uni choices are so broad so i might choose different outfits for each one. but i really didnt know if i should do work wear with abit of personality to play it safe or just go for my personality. now reading this im defo gonna wear something that says me :D thanks for the blog! x

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  21. You're welcome Rianna! Best of luck with your interviews (: I might post an updated version of this feature actually, so 'stay tuned' haha! xx

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