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How to Dress For a Job Interview When You Are Over 40

It’s tough enough to get a job, but even tougher after 40. While it’s not fair, it’s reality. So how do you project an image that communicates you are hip, modern and still in the game?

Here are our top 5 tips:

1. Do Your Homework.

Things have changed. A navy blue suit and white blouse is not necessarily the best way to show up for a job unless you are going after a position in law, banking, or work at a serious corporation. Do a little research and find out what most people are wearing for the job you want. Go on the company’s website, call and ask about their dress code. Showing up in a suit, when the dress code is more casual in a business like graphic arts or p.r. will send the message that you are stiff and clueless and won’t fit in. Always bring a jacket just in case. You can always remove it.

2. Find a way to add a small splash of color

Most people really play it safe in an interview, but then everyone starts looking the same. If you are wearing a navy suite, why not pair it with a wonderful flattering colored blouse. Color adds life, especially to over 40 complexions which may be starting to fade because of aging skin. Stand out from the crowd in color and chances are you will not only get a compliment; you will get hired!

3. Don’t show up wrinkled

Being wrinkled means that you are not a detail person. So make sure and get out the iron and show up looking nice and crisp. Avoid wearing fabrics like linen or those that are “supposed” to look wrinkled. (Do you really need more wrinkles after 40?) Also, make sure your shoes are in good condition and polished if they are leather!

4. Wear Updated Glasses

If your glasses are looking out of date, your hair boring, then you might be sending the message, I’m not stuck in old ways. Make sure your glasses are in style and your hair freshly trimmed. This can instantly make you look like the right person for the job!

5. Dress hip not young

This can be very tricky. There’s a fine line between dressing hip and too young. If you need some easy guidelines just remember: No short skirts, no cleavage, not too much makeup and forgo the perfume. Keep jewelry to a minimum and don’t wear anything that jangles or makes noise; it will be distracting. Look in the mirror; if you think something you are thinking of wearing might be too young looking, it probably is!

Deborah Boland and JoJami Tyler (The Glam Gals) are Image and Style Experts specializing in helping women 40+ look and feel fabulous. They are the authors of the eBook, The Glam Plan~ 12 Simple Steps to Take You from Frumpy to Fabulous and Tweak Your Chic: Mother of the Bride, and CHEAP ON THE CHEAP- How to Update your Wardrobe on a Budget, as well as coaches for their Tweak Your Chic(TM) Image Make-Over program. For more tips go to http://www.fabulousafter40.com and sign up for their bi-weekly newsletter.

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