Ask Belle: Wearing Pink for Interviews
Aug 10, 2015
I’m a law student in Chicago and am interviewing at a bunch of law firms later this month. Do you think it’s ok to wear a pink or dark coral blouse under a black interview suit? I know pink is a very feminine color to break out in a formal setting, but it also happens to be a color I look great in.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. AD
I don’t recommend wearing pink for your job interview. It’s not because the color is too feminine, instead it’s because it might be too juvenile for a job interview. If this is your first string of interviews straight out of law school, I would recommend sticking to a more sophisticated color palette for your interviews because you want to project maturity. Wear the pink after you’re hired, just not for an interview.
Additionally, I don’t recommend black and pink/coral together. To my eye, the colors look harsh, stark when worn together. If you want to wear pink, try a navy suit or a grey suit instead. Certain shades of pink look great with a chocolate brown suit.
Looking for a sophisticated pairing for a black suit that’s perfect for a job interview? Here are some suggestions.
Black and Blue. I love black mixed with shades of blue. This cornflower would be beautiful. I also love this pale blue Topshop blouse with a drape front. This v-neck sleeveless shell from Pleione in navy is another great choice.
For something with a bit more flair, try a blue and black print. I like this pale blue, black spotted Betti silk blouse. This sheer DvF blouse with a black cami underneath would give a more dramatic look.
Jewel Tones. Prefer a non-neutral color? Jewel tones look beautiful with a black suit. This teal blouse would be gorgeous. Also, a darker green like this emerald blouse with a Mandarin collar is a chic combo. Purple is another great color to pair with black. You can choose a deep amethyst or a pale Tanzanite hue.
A Pink Alternative. If you really love pink, feel confident in pink, and look great in pink, there is another option. A blush blouse gives you a pinky hue that looks amazing with black. This printed blouse from BR (also in petite) is a sophisticated alternative to a bolder pink.
Looking for a solid color? This short-sleeve Pendleton blouse is a great buy at $49. I also love this $20 flutter-sleeve blouse from Forever21. Plus-size? Try this speckled, sleeveless blouse from Modcloth.