Interview Attire – Artist Edition

This past week I visited my alma mater, Wahoo go Shepherd!, ahem, and was able to visit with some of my favorite professors.  While catching up with them, I mentioned that I started a “be yourself fashion blog”.  They asked if I would do a post on how to dress for an interview as an artist.  You see, artists are not required wear a suit and tie to an interview.  Artists should stand out and show their personality!  However, this makes things a bit more complicated.  How do I dress professionally for an interview while keeping my individuality? Well, by the end of this post you will know how to stay true to yourself, while looking professional and appropriate.

Overall interview tips for everyone (non-artists included) :

Good Hygiene is KEY.  Fresh breath, tidy nails, fresh scent, clean face.  These are the basics.  Your breath should smell nice, however do not chew gum during your interview. Carry a pack of tic tacs and pop one before you go in to insure you have no morning breath (brushing your teeth helps as well).  Next, clean your nails – nails are often forgotten about.  Nails should be trimmed – no long nails, and should be clean.  Make sure you get underneath as well.  Third, fresh scent – this is very important!  If you do decide to wear a suit you may get warm and start to sweat – you don’t want to go into the interview smelling like gym socks.  Wear deodorant but avoid wearing heavy perfume or cologne, your interviewers may be sensitive to the scent.   Finally, Make sure you have a daily face washing regime at least a week before the interview.  It will help cut down on ache and keep you looking fresh and clean.


Interview tips for the artist :

Footwear : When it come to footwear comfortable and sensible is the way to go.  This does not mean wearing athletic shoes or flip flops, do not go that casual. FEMALES :  I suggest keeping a nice pair of ballet flats or loafers.  If you do decide to wear heels, practice walking in them before your interview. MALES & ANDROGYNOUS : Loafers or wingtips are a fantastic choice – sometimes Toms and Chucks are acceptable, but this is in rare cases.

Hair :  This is where you can show your personality, but remember you do not want to distract the interviewers.  If you have a unique cut or color – shaved or brightly colored – keep the style tame.  Pull your hair back, and make sure to keep it out of your face.

Tattoos : The body is just another canvas and many artists use it to express themselves.  It is acceptable in many artistic interviews to have visible tattoos, but keep it limited.  If you have chest tattoos wear a high neckline.  If you have arm tattoos wear a 3/4 sleeve (it’s okay to show a couple, just not the whole sleeve).  If you are applying for an artistic position such as art historian working for a museum, or a teaching position, make sure all tattoos are covered.  For these types of professions more conservative attire is the way to go.

Make up : Natural is key.  Do not do any heavy make up – you don’t want it to be distracting!

The female artist :

FEMALES : Don’t wear anything too low cut or tight.  You don’t want to distract the interviewers from your fantastic personality and brilliant responses.


The male artist :


Another example of a wonderful interview outfit :


Males!  Check out these fantastic blogs :

The androgynous artist :



For more androgynous fashion tips check out : 


Still worried about what you are wearing or just have general interview attire questions?  Send me a photograph in your interview attire – I will help you figure out the perfect interview outfit.


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