Many pageant systems are moving away from suits to fashionable dresses for interview. This doesn’t mean the task of finding the perfect interview dress is any easier. You still have to find the right color, cut and style that compliments your coloring, body shape and sense of personal style.
For Miss America’s Outstanding Teen and Miss America contestants, sheath dresses in bold colors are a great choice. Look for dresses that have an interesting neckline or some sort of feature to bring attention to your face. One solid color will make you look professional and taller. Another option would be to find a dress where the top third of the dress is one color (or a print) with the bottom two thirds is a different color (solid). The hemline should be high enough above your knee so it is flattering to your legs but long enough so you don’t make the judges blush.
Below you’ll find some examples and the links to the dresses I found that would be great choices for interview. The Cache dresses are on sale for $80 now. If you like one of them and they still have your size, order it. You don’t want to wait until the last minute to find your interview dress. All the shoes are from Zappos.
The stores are receiving regular shipments of their spring lines now. Make friends with one of the sales people in the store. Tell them your size, color and possible style of dress you’re looking for so they can call you when fresh inventory arrives.
Mark your favorite websites and check a couple times a week for new dresses.
Then line up a local seamstress who can make any necessary adjustments to make it fit you like a glove- not too tight, not too loose.
For your shoes, find a fashionable pair of high heels (peep or closed-toe) that coordinate with the color of your dress.
Now, you don’t want them to be so attention grabbing that the judges spend their time admiring your feet during the interview; but you don’t need to wear the plain closed-toe taupe shoes any more.
If you’re petite and want to elongate your legs, then stay with a skin colored shoe but choose a pair that is stylish.
You’ll have to do a store locator search to find this Heather French dress.
No black hose for interview.
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Rhonda Shappert is an expert pageant coach, an iPEC Certified Professional Life Coach, an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF).
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She has over 30 years experience in the pageantry world as a contestant, judge, emcee, staff member, mother of daughters who compete, Mrs. Ohio America 2005, and has held multiple titles at the local, state and national levels.
Rhonda graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Musical Theater from The Ohio State University and has performed on stage in 15 countries on the Asian, European and American continents. This mother of three home educates their children and has been married 23 years to her husband Stephen, is the former mayor of her community, and serves on two governing boards of non-profit organizations. She and her husband perform original contemporary Christian music. For more information on Rhonda, visit www.WinningThroughPageantry.com.