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How to Pick the Best Interview Outfit for Miss Contestants

Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber before her interview for Miss Universe 2016. Photo: Miss USA Instagram
Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber before her interview for Miss Universe 2016. Photo: PR Pageant Coaches Facebook Page

Interview is by far the most important phase of the competition no matter the pageant. This is a contestant’s chance to show a softer side to the judges. It is a conversation.

A big part of this conversation is based on how contestants present themselves. The first impression the contestant makes with her outfit as she walks in the room is crucial. The wrong outfit can send the wrong message to the judges about the contestant.

Here are some tips for Miss contestants on picking the right interview outfit.

How the Pick the Best Interview Outfit for Miss Contestants

Color and Print

This is another important element when selecting an interview outfit. The right color can make a contestant stand out among the competition and help her make that positive first impression with the judges to help bring home the crown.

A great example of color is Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber in the photo above. At Miss Universe 2016, she went with this lilac jumpsuit. The pale color is a gorgeous contrast to her dark skin and hair. It also pops out her beautiful white smile.

Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017's state interview outfit – Photo: Miss Heart of the Ozarks Scholarship Organization Facebook
Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017’s state interview outfit. Photo: Miss Heart of the Ozarks Scholarship Organization Facebook

Another great example of picking the right color can be seen on Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields when she won her state title of Miss Arkansas 2016. The royal blue jewel tone is ultra-flattering with her tan skin and blonde hair. (Read: 10 Tips For Your First Miss America Organization Interview)

Miss Uptown OKC USA 2017, Jeanette Sealey. Photo: Lynne Crowe
Miss Uptown OKC USA 2017, Jeanette Sealey. Photo: Lynne Crowe

A great example of a print is Miss Uptown OKC USA 2017, Jeanette Sealey. This print is fun and flattering but also professional. The pinks and purple are great with her golden skin.

The busy top of the dress is balanced out by the darker skirt. This keeps with entire dress balanced. The dark bottom is also incredibly slimming.

Fit and Cut

The way an outfit falls and frames the body are details often overlooked. However, even if a contestant has a fantastic body, a dress that is too big can make her look heavier. The wrong length can chop up the body in a way that makes a contestant appear short, frumpy and unpolished.

Miss National Sweetheart 2016 Interview Outfit
Miss National Sweetheart 2016 Victoria Humphrey before her interview at the 2016 National Sweetheart Pageant. Photo: Facebook

For example, Miss National Sweetheart Victoria Humphrey wore this high-cut business dress for her interview at the national pageant. The high cut of the neck highlights her incredibly toned shoulders. The knee-length hem is a great length and helps elongate her frame. (Read: Should I Wear Print Shoes For Pageant Interview?)

Miss Minnesota USA 2017 Meridith Gould before her state interview. Photo: Portraits by Michael Solberg
Miss Minnesota USA 2017 Meridith Gould before her state interview. Photo: Portraits by Michael Solberg

This is a great example to show the importance of tailoring. The dress fits Miss Minnesota USA 2017 Meridith Gould like a glove. It cinches in her waist, giving her an hourglass figure. The fabrics cling to her body in all the right places. (Read: 5 Signs Your Pageant Seamstress is an Expert)

Style

There are many new styles emerging in the Miss category. Business style dresses are still popular, but business suits and jumpsuits are starting to take over.

Rachel Wyatt, Miss South Carolina 2016's state interview outfit – Photo: @rachelyukiwyatt Instagram
Rachel Wyatt, Miss South Carolina 2016’s state interview outfit – Photo: @rachelyukiwyatt Instagram

Current Miss South Carolina 2016 Rachel Wyatt wore this modern take on a business suit when she won her state title. The outfit is perfect for a Miss contestant. The long, white pants extend her already mile long legs. The simple brown top shows off her beautifully toned arms while still being professional. (Read: 4 Fierce Interview Outfits from Miss America 2017)

Jennifer Wright, Miss Arkansas United States 2016 – Photo: @misswrightbrain Instagram
Jennifer Wright, Miss Arkansas United States 2016. Photo: @misswrightbrain Instagram

This is a fantastic take on the jumpsuit. The royal blue color is super flattering on Jennifer’s light skin. The embellishment cinches in her waist and gives her a great hourglass figure. The asymmetrical cut adds an interesting but flattering detail to help her stand out. (Read: How to Dress for Interview Competition in Each System)

Accessories

It is the finishing touches that can make or break an outfit. For example, earrings that are too big may distract the judges. A bracelet that a contestant may be tempted to fidget with will also be negative with the judges.

Miss Norman USA 2017, Sunny Day. Photo: Lindsey Sharp
Miss Norman USA 2017, Sunny Day. Photo: Lindsey Sharp

At Miss Oklahoma USA 2017, Sunny Day took a basic white interview dress and turn it up a few notches. The red overthrow jacket is a great way to balance out the cutouts of the dress. Long, sparkly earrings help keep the attention on her face.

There are many aspects that go into the pageant interview. The outfit is just one of many. Luckily, The Pageant Planet is here to help with free tips for every phase of the competition! (Read: What Do Judges Look For In A Pageant Interview)

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