08 May 2023

Autor: Marine Langlais
08 May 2023

In this Luxe Talent Blog you will learn how recruiters place great importance on how candidates present themselves at a job interview. It sends a message about their professionalism and seriousness. In the luxury sector, dress code requirements are particularly high. Candidates must be able to represent the values of the company, which explains the demand for perfection and refinement in the recruitment process. In this article, we will therefore give practical advice to maximize your chances of success and help you present yourself in the best possible way at a job interview in the luxury sector.

How to dress for an interview in luxury

How to dress for an interview in luxury | Blog | Luxe Talent

PART I - Luxury sector: Dress codes 

A. The main trends in dress code 

In the luxury sector, presentation is paramount and dress code is an important element to take into account. Dress codes vary from job to job, company to company, and country to country. It is therefore essential to find out what the company expects before going for an interview.

A sophisticated and refined image is usually expected. Dressing should be tailored and of high quality. Dark and neutral colours are often preferred. 

Current trends in this sector are marked by a return to classics. Suits for men and suits for women are common, as are white shirts and leather shoes. Accessories are also important, with discreet and elegant watches and jewellery.

B. Adapting dress to different positions: salesperson, shop manager, shop manager, etc.

As mentioned above, dress code varies according to the position held. During initial discussions, it is recommended that sales advisors wear a uniform outfit, consisting of a suit or black dress, with accessories that are always in line with the image of the brand or the House they are meeting. 

Shop managers generally have more freedom in terms of dress code, but they must still ensure the codes of luxury. Suits are often the rule, but you can try brighter colours or discreet patterns as long as the outfit remains elegant and professional.

C. What are the cultural differences in dress code in different countries?

Cultural differences have an important impact on dress codes in the luxury sector. In Europe, dress should generally be simple, elegant and refined. It is advisable, especially during the first interviews, to wear neutral colours that are in line with the brand's image. 

Our experience in recruitment, particularly in some Saudi Arabian countries, has shown us that fashion trends are more modest and sober.

In order to avoid making mistakes and to show respect for the local culture, it is therefore necessary to find out what is expected in terms of dress code in the country where you are applying.

Part II - How to choose the right outfit for a job interview in the luxury sector?

It may seem trivial, but the way you dress can have a significant impact on the impression you leave with your potential employer, especially in the luxury sector.

A. Adapt your outfit after analysing the company and the job. 

Before diving into your wardrobe, it is essential to research and analyse the company you are targeting. Dress codes can vary from one company to another. 

You can go to the brand's website, but we also recommend looking at their social media (Instagram, Facebook, TikTok) and LinkedIn pages to get a better idea of brand's universe. 

You can also ask the recruiter who is accompanying you during the recruitment process for advice. 

If you are applying for a job in a fashion maison, you will probably have to adopt a more dressy and sophisticated style. On the other hand, if you are applying for an opportunity in a less high-end company, you may want to consider a more casual outfit, but still in keeping with the image of the brand you are being interviewed by.

B. How to find the right balance between sobriety and originality?

In luxury job interview, it is important to find the right balance between sobriety and originality. It is essential to show that you are capable of respecting the dress codes of the recruiting company, while showing your own style and personality. For example, you can opt for a sober outfit, but with a touch of originality, such as a pair of colourful shoes or a brightly coloured scarf.

C. Mistakes to avoid

There are certain mistakes to be avoided when choosing an outfit. It is important to avoid wearing clothes that are too casual, such as ripped jeans or trainers. It is also best to avoid outfits that are too eccentric or flashy, as this could give the impression that you are not serious. Finally, it is still very important to avoid outfits that do not fit the brand's dress code, such as wearing a suit that is too conservative in a company that encourages a casual style.

Part III - The details that matter

A. Shoes: choosing the right pair to make a good impression

Shoes are an essential part of your outfit. They can make or break your overall appearance, so it is important to choose the right pair to make a good first impression. 

For men, we recommend that you choose clean, well-shined leather shoes. 

For women, we recommend wearing closed-toe heels or loafers to be more comfortable.

To maintain a serious and professional image, avoid worn or poorly fitting shoes at all costs.

B. Jewellery and accessories: how to wear them without overdoing it

Jewellery and accessories can add a personal touch to your outfit. However, it is important to wear them in moderation and to always be in line with the image of the brand you are recruiting for. 

Avoid pieces that are too imposing and flashy, as this could distract your interviewer and give the impression that you have not done enough research beforehand. Instead, opt for simple and elegant jewellery, such as a silver bracelet or a pair of discreet earrings. 

Also, avoid wearing piercings that are too conspicuous and do not fit in with the codes of luxury.

C. Watches: an essential accessory for certain jobs

For certain jobs in the luxury sector, a watch can be an essential accessory. Indeed, it reflects a sense of punctuality and an attachment to precision. Choose a quality, classic and elegant watch that complements your outfit without dominating it. 

We advise you to avoid watches that are too flashy or fancy, as they may distract the attention of your interlocutor.

D. The importance of beauty 

Always in line with the image of luxury, refinement and elegance, it is recommended that you make up your appearance discreetly, avoiding too much make-up which would not be in keeping with the image of the recruiting brand. Go for sobriety and keep your beauty simple. 

Accessories, jewellery and beauty are essential to make a good impression at a job interview in the luxury sector. It will show that you have taken care of your appearance and that you are ready to succeed in this demanding sector.


How to dress for an interview in luxury | Blog | Luxe Talent

In summary, if you want to impress recruiters at a job interview in the luxury sector, it is important to choose appropriate clothing that reflects your professionalism and commitment to the brand:

Make sure your clothes are neat, ironed and fit well. 

Choose sober, neutral colours for your outfit, such as black, white, beige or grey, to reflect an elegant and sophisticated image. Avoid strong colours and flashy patterns.

Don't forget the accessories: to create a professional and refined image, wear clean and appropriate shoes, a quality watch, discreet jewellery... to accentuate the quality of your presentation and demonstrate your commitment to the target brand. 

In conclusion, it is essential to take care of your appearance during a job interview in the luxury sector. The most important thing is always to be comfortable in what you are wearing. By following these outfit selection tips, you can create a professional image. A well-groomed appearance can help make the difference between a candidate being hired and not being hired. In the luxury sector appearance is considered an important part of the company's brand and reputation.

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