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Jun. 6, 2019

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How To Choose The Perfect Pageant Interview Dress

By: Hannah Oliver

Finding a pageant interview outfit can be tough. In most pageant systems, you are not technically judged on the clothes that you are wearing, but be mindful that what you choose to wear can say a lot about you. According to Forbes, it only takes 7 seconds for someone to make a first impression. Your beautiful smile and your fabulous outfit can help make your first impression to the judges great. Do not worry because we are here to help you with a few tips on how to choose the perfect pageant interview dress!

Yellow Dress, White Romper with White Jacket, Pink Ruffle Dress
Sitting or Standing:

Be sure to check with your pageant system to find out if you are sitting or standing during your interview. If you are sitting down, you want to make sure that you are able to comfortably sit in your outfit. Make sure that it is not too tight or too short. If you are standing, still be mindful of the length of your dress, but also make sure that your shoes are comfortable enough to stand in during the duration of the interview.


The color of your outfit can say a lot about you whether you are intending for it to or not. Our brains perceive color psychology differently. The colors our brain psychologically analyzes can be used to manipulate our decision making. According to, Here are some popular meanings of different colors:

Red: Associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It attracts attention more than any other color, at times signifying danger.

Blue: Unique and authentic. Enthusiastic, sympathetic and personal; they seek meaning and significance in life. Warm, communicative and compassionate; they care about what they do. Idealistic, spiritual and sincere; they value unity and integrity in their relationships. Peaceful, flexible and imaginative; they are natural romantics and nurturers

Yellow: Associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. Produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates
muscle energy. Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter, which is the reason taxicabs are painted this color. Yellow indicates honor and loyalty.

Green: Color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money. Has great healing power. Green suggests stability and endurance. Symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Strongly associated with tranquility and calmness. Used to symbolize piety and sincerity.

Pink: This is a color that represents a gentle type of love.

Pink stands for tenderness, vulnerability and youth. It is a calming, non-threatening color. It is linked to innocence, hope and optimism. Pink color also represents positive aspects of traditional femininity like nurture and kindness. Pink can be linked to childhood sweetness and innocence, appearing sometimes as naïve or silly

White: Associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. Considered to be the color of perfection. Signifies safety, purity, and cleanliness. Usually has a positive connotation. Can represent a successful beginning. Depicts faith and purity.

Black: Associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery. A mysterious color associated with fear and the unknown (black holes). Usually has a negative connotation. Denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious color. The symbol of grief.


Along with color psychology, take a look at how your skin tone and hair color look in different colors. Do you look better in jewel tone, pastel, or natural colors? Read our blog post to find out more about choosing a color that pairs well with your hair color and skin tone.

Your Personality and Color Psychology:

It is important to think of not only what the color you are wearing means, but also how the psychology of your color pairs with your personality. If you are very talkative and have a large personality, wearing yellow or red might be too much. If you get very nervous before your interview, then you might want to wear blue or green to promote a calm feeling. If you are very sweet and shy, then wearing pink might have you come across as too sweet and shy. Thinking through your positive and negative personality traits and using them along with color psychology can help you choose which color to wear to seem the most balanced.

Red Fabulouss Dress, Pink Dress, Blue Jumpsuit
Standing Out:

When you are choosing an interview outfit it is all about finding balance between trendy and classic styles. You want to stand out, but you do not want your outfit to be distracting to the judges. Try to stay away from large patterns, lots of stones or beading, or distracting details. If you have a larger bust area, you should probably stay away from any dress that shows too much cleavage. You could stick with a traditional dress or you could choose something more trendy like a jumpsuit, romper, or pants and a top. The color can also help you stand out among other contestants. There is no wrong answer just be sure to keep in mind what your outfit could say about you.

Proper Fit:

It is extremely important that your interview dress fits properly. It does not matter how fabulous your outfit is, if it does not fit correctly. Search around and try on different sizes, or take your dress to a seamstress. Be sure that your dress hugs your body nicely but is not too tight. You want to be comfortable. Also make sure that your dress is not too long or too short. A good rule of thumb is to stand straight with your arms at your sides, the dress should be no shorter than the tip of your middle finger. If you are wearing pants or a jumpsuit, try it on with the heels you are wearing to make sure that you get the perfect length. Mac Duggal has a size guide on our website, or you can check out this blog post for more information on getting the perfect fit.

Age Appropriate:

It is important to remember to keep your interview dress age appropriate. Consider the range of ages of the people competing alongside you. For teen contestants, be sure to not choose a dress that is too mature in style or color. Typically, lighter and brighter hues are a great way to go. A very popular style choice for teens for a pageant interview dress is one that has a full skirt. If you are a “Miss” contestant, do not wear anything that makes you look juvenile. That might make you seem like you are not mature enough to do the job.

Shoes and Accessories:

Once you have found the perfect dress, it is time to find shoes and accessories. When choosing shoes, most contestants choose a nude color shoe that is not distracting. The last place you want judges to be looking when you are in an interview is at your feet. Try on your shoes and practice walking in them at home to ensure that they are not too tall or too uncomfortable. When deciding which accessories to wear with your outfit, pick accessories that are not distracting. Make sure that they compliment the dress. You do not need tons of accessories. Just some simple earrings will do! If you choose to wear bracelets, ensure that they are not too distracting or that they do not make noises when they touch together while you are talking with your hands.


Here are a few of our favorite Mac Duggal styles that would help you make the best first impression and lasting impression in your next pageant interview:

Red Dress with One Shoulder Ruffle

Style 66998I

Look darling in this knee length, one shoulder cocktail dress. This sheath dress has a layered one shoulder ruffle. This is available in red and winter green.

White Jumpsuit with White Suit Jacket

Style 26223I

Feel empowered in this fabulous white jumpsuit and jacket. The strapless jumpsuit has skinny legged pants and a sweetheart neckline. The white tailored suit jacket features an beautiful shining gold closure.

Royal Blue Ruffled Jumpsuit

Style 26192I

This jumpsuit is made perfect by the beautiful ruffled off the shoulder detail. Beginning at the delicate straps, the ruffle continues down around the arm to reveal the shoulder. The waist forms long strait leg pants that gently flare at the bottom. The jumpsuit is available in royal blue and white.

Black Dress with Ruffle

Style 48931I

A simple dress made fabulous by a ruffle! This black or pink cocktail has a ruffle that extends from the bottom of the dress to the opposite shoulder and then down and across the back. The shoulder that is not cover by a ruffle has a delicate strap. The dress has a v-neckline.

Yellow A Line Cocktail Dress
Style 55268I

This dreamy sunshine or hot pink cocktail dress is an A-line dress with a high neckline. It would be perfect for a teen interview!

Pink Peplum Top and Ivory Pants

Style 26144I 

This simple but fabulous ensemble includes a both a top and a pant. The pink top is sleeveless and has a peplum detail. The white pants are skinny legged.

Royal Blue Fabulouss Fit and Flare Dress

Style 48887F

Style 48887F has the popular off-the-shoulder sleeve with a sweetheart neckline. The waistline flares into a flared skirt with horsehair braiding underneath and along the hemline to give the royal blue or red dress a voluminous effect.

White One Shoulder Jumpsuit with Gold Detail

Style 26066I 

This classy white jumpsuit has a beautiful one shoulder neckline with gold sequin embellishment across the shoulder strap that continues to the back.

Pink Ruffle Cocktail Dress

Style 67619N

This A-line, one shoulder, sheath, short dress has a trendy ruffle that wraps around the shoulder. This dress is available in either Royal Blue or Hot Pink.  Red V Neck Jumpsuit

Style 55203L

This comfortable stretch crepe, V neck jumpsuit features a sash at the waist. The sash can be used to tie a front or back bow.

When it comes to choosing the interview dress for your pageant, you are sure to find the perfect dress in the Ieena collection or the Cocktail collection, which offers great choices for both Teen and Miss contestants.  A perfect blend of classy and elegant, the Ieena collection will help you make a great impression during the interview phase of the pageant.


As a leading designer in the pageant and prom industry, Mac Duggal is an expert when it comes to creating a winning wardrobe for pageant girls across the world. From gorgeous show stopping evening gowns to classic elegant interview dresses, Mac Duggal designs are a perfect choice for interview and evening gown.


We wish you all good luck this pageant season and don’t forget to show us your pageant style. Tag @macduggal in your instagram posts and use #MacDuggal.


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