Dear Fashion Feline, I have a job interview coming up, and I was going to wear my best navy suit. But maybe the rules have changed? --Alexa
Employment experts still suggest that you dress in your best, most conservative suit for a job interview, and I'm sure you'll make a good impression in that suit. But suits are pretty stiff and masculine, so I suggest you add something to your outfit like a colorful blouse or a necklace, earrings, or scarf that makes your look unique and conveys a sense of who you are.
Here's an example from Banana Republic. The statement necklace softens and updates the professional persona.
A blush-colored blouse brings out your cheeks and is always flattering.
Here's another example I found on a brochure. The bright, fun top and necklace soften the severity of an all-black suit. The look is professional but also full of personality.
Another great technique to use is called "mirroring": model your outfit on what you imagine those interviewing you will be wearing (or research it if you can), and they're sure to think you fit in naturally with the organization.
Take a look at this fascinating photo story by Noreen Malone on Hillary Clinton mirroring the outfits of those with whom she has met: http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/12/secret-to-hillary-clintons-diplomatic-success.html
Try mirroring your outfit with that of those you'll be interviewing with...
How to make the most of your suit:
Here's a great video that shows three girls transformed by Macy's staff into interview-ready professionals: http://www.careerspots.com/vidplay_links_ext.aspx?aid=647&partid=275&apass=/j8bKfreUnYuxo/GZaXXdQ==&id=4