The old rule-of-thumb for job interviews is that you should dress one step more FORMAL than the standard dress at the company. The new rule-of-thumb? Wear a purple crushed velvet suit or leopard print high heels.
A new study out of Harvard University found that people who dress a little bit OFFBEAT for job interviews are more likely to get the job than people who dress very traditionally.
People who dress a little strange for work also tend to be more successful than people who don't.
Why? In the modern work environment, you need to STAND OUT . . . and dressing just a little weirder than everyone else can do that. It also shows you're creative, you're a nonconformist, and you're confident.
Now . . . the study didn't say HOW far over-the-top was too far. But we assume if the job interviewer is wearing a suit and you show up in a grizzly bear costume, you probably won't get the job. So be offbeat . . . in moderation. (LiveScience)