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A big part of getting a job is making a good first impression, and a big part of making a good impression is how you dress for the interview.

While you don’t have to spend a lot of money on your wardrobe, putting in a bit of extra effort pays off in the long run, according to users of

Before your next interview, make sure you’re not making any interview attire mistakes by avoiding these fashion don’ts curated by casinoroar.

Bright, Flashy Colors

Be mindful when choosing clothes for an interview. A short hemline and plunging neckline aren’t acceptable for a job interview, and if an outfit is also in a bright, flashy colour (like red), it will accentuate the clothing’s inappropriateness for an interview setting.

If you plan to wear a daring colour, make sure the overall design of your outfit acts as a counterbalance. Otherwise, the colours will simply distract from the substance of what you’re saying during the interview. For instance, wear a bright red shirt, but pair it with a black suit. There are other less-dramatic colours that work well for business interviews.

Overly Casual Clothes

It can be hard to figure out what to wear for a summer job interview. No one wants to suffer in a heavy suit when the weather is warming up. But warmer temperatures don’t mean that you can throw professionalism out the window and wear casual shorts or a sundress.

Fortunately, because many summer jobs tend to be more “business casual” than especially dressy, most likely, you won’t have to dress in a dark wool suit or heavy blazer. Both men and women can consider wearing tailored khakis, a nice polo shirt or button-down, and a pair of sensible shoes—but no flip-flops!

Dated Fashions

In a competitive job market, everything matters — including your overall appearance. If your wardrobe is outdated, or if you have been out of the workforce for a while and your closet reflects it, invest in some modern, fashion-forward clothes to wear to your interview.

Don’t forget about shoes, either. Throwing on a pair of sneakers, an old pair of pumps, or beat-up dress shoes certainly won’t make you look polished or professional. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on your wardrobe because you can easily find great pieces at discount stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls, or major chains such as Target and Old Navy. You might be surprised by how much your shopping trip will pay off.

Heavy Perfume and Cologne

Take it easy on the perfume and cologne, as you never know if your interviewer might have an allergy or aversion to strong scents.

Either way, you don’t want your overwhelming spray of perfume or dab of cologne to be the first or last thing your interviewer notices about you.

Excessive Accessories

Regardless of the accessories, you choose to wear, just remember that you want to look polished and professional. Don’t let your outfit detract from the focus of the interview: you, your work experience, and how you would be the best fit for the job you want.

Both women and men should keep accessories to a minimum. Ladies should avoid excess jewellery; instead of big hoops or chandelier earrings, opt for classic studs. It’s also a good idea to avoid wearing flashy necklaces, large sunglasses, or anything bedazzled.