"Your wardrobe should complement your skill set, never detract — or distract — from your assets," Garcia writes. "The smallest detail can set you apart from your competition. It's essential that you appear professional, capable, and confident without going overboard."
Suit Up: Garcia says a "chic, modern take on the classic suit" is the way to go for first-round interviews and recommends an eye-catching yet tactful touch of flair. "It's refreshing to see a woman who can artfully weave her individuality into an otherwise safe ensemble," notes Garcia, adding that loud jewelry, wild patterns, and heavy embellishments should be avoided. Sorry, sequins.
Why worry about your old duds when you are shopping for new ones, right? "As wonderful as this excursion may be, it's possible you'll be surrounded by many mirrors and a halo of hideously unflattering fluorescent lighting," she warns. Her tip: "Choose adorable lingerie. It doesn't have to be ultra-sexy, but you want to look your best as you slip in and out of your clothes."
Layer It Up: Wear jeans and a camisole, cardigan, and light jacket. "It allows you to adjust to the changing temperatures of each store and you can preview whatever outfits you try on with a different top or pants option, using the clothes you already own," Garcia writes.