- The simple rule of thumb here is that the belt should match the shoes. A brown belt with black shoes, or vice versa is considered a basic fashion no-no. Make sure the belt matches the shoes! Also, the sizing of a belt should be as follows: the middle hole of the belt should be the hole used (and should match your waist circumference). Only 1.5″-2.0″ of the tongue should be exposed past the “keeper.” (The keeper is the portion of the belt that you slide the excess belt tongue leather under. (These finer sizing details are unknown to most, so you wouldn’t look out of place if they were incorrect — they are simply nice to know.)
– Cuff Links
- While cuff links are entirely okay to wear for an interview, make sure you understand the culture of the company before you opt to wear these “flashy” accessories. If the position and company you are interviewing with is team-based and blue-collar in nature, I would avoid wearing cuff-links as they may make the wrong first impression. If you are interviewing for an IB (investment banking), consulting, or white collar job, cuff links may be more acceptable and even thought of highly.
– Pocket Square
- Pocket squares can add an excellent accent to your interview attire. The pocket square should match the color of the tie, and should remain only modestly exposed above the pocket opening. The exposed pocket square should lay flat on the wearer’s chest. Ensuring that the pocket square matches the tie, will promise that the pattern remains simple or non-existent. The pocket square should accent the tie, and the outfit as a whole. It should not distract the interviewer’s attention.
- While suspenders, or braces, are perfectly appropriate for an interview, you must remember the likelihood of them being seen is unlikely. Some suspenders have their own clips to attach to the pant’s waistline, or they may require specially placed buttons to work properly. If the latter is the case, you can have a tailor position the buttons to your liking on the inside of the pant’s waistline. Remember if you’re wearing braces/suspenders then you DO NOT wear a belt. These accessories perform the same function, so it looks out of place to wear both. Suspenders may be more appropriate during a full day interview process, when you suspect that you may be asked to “relax” or take off your jacket throughout the day. The suspenders will allow for a maintained professional look, even with the suit top being removed.
- Jewelry should be kept at an absolute minimum, if not non-existent. All earrings, bracelets, and necklaces should be removed or hidden beneath your clothing. Whether it is right or wrong, many people (interviewers) can and will make assumptions based on male jewelry. While these assumptions could be neutral to negative, there is rarely a situation where the perception will be positive. Avoid any need for a negative perception by simply removing or hiding the jewelry from view. If jewelry is important to you and you feel compelled to wear it visibility, attempt to match the color of the jewelry with the metal on your belt, cuff links, tie bars, and or shoes (if applicable).
– Tie Bar/Tie Pin
- Tie Bar – This is the small piece of metal that rests across the middle of the tie parallel to the ground. While this accessory may add a nice accent to your outfit, I would recommend viewing these similarly to cuff links. If cuff links aren’t appropriate for your interview, then neither are tie bars. If tie bars are worn, all accessory metals should match (i.e., all silver colored or all gold colored.)
- Tie Pin – This accessory is worn across the collar opening and below the tie knot. It helps to ensure the collar remains in place and the tie knot is predominantly displayed. The guidelines for tie pins are the same as for tie bars and cuff links.