Once upon a time, I showed up for an interview with an editor wearing my usual gray, Calvin Klein interview suit. Upon seeing me, the editor noted that every single other person she had met with showed up in jeans. I joined her in faux-horror — this being LA and people being who they are, and the job being freelance, I was not actually that surprised — and landed the position.

I mean, I obviously got the job because of my superior writing skills, but I think the suit helped.

So that said, if you were one of those people who didn’t get the job, sorry bout’cha, and maybe you should avoid these mistakes next time around*:

*I’m pretty sure that none of these apply if you work in fashion. In that case, go ahead and pull off your best “Devil Wears Prada.” Whatever. But for the rest of you, you are not Anne Hathaway, so let’s keep it on the tasteful side.