The Style Report: From Wesleyan to Wall Street
Wear the outfit that will land you the job
The plague of every young adult as they make their foray into the business world is...interview attire and how to dazzle your prospective boss.
Believe it or not....as I watched my daughter graduate from college, I knew her upcoming question to me would be "Ma, what do I wear to my job interview?" What I taught my Bitsy and I'll share with you, is that you must dress the part for the type of career path you seek.
Pretend that your job interview is an acting gig and you are playing the part of the gal who gets the job. Which reminds me of The Devil Wears Prada where Anne Hathaway marches into Runway Magazine dressed in her preppy, plaid frumpy attire. It was wonderful how we watched her morph from plaid kilt and Shetland sweater into Chanel chic. Online surveys state that while smarts will get you the interview i.e. Anne Hathaway, it is your appearance that will seal the deal.
You cannot go wrong with the classics and a bit of edge. What do I mean by edge? Try to stay away from suits and stick with dresses, skirts or pants with a coordinating jacket. Don’t do matchy-matchy...your attire should show your creativity and that you are not one of the pack!
We have all heard that "clothes make the man" but strike that from the record, as we know it is a woman's world. Dress in a way that will not only impress but dazzle them to death with your effortless, fantastic look.
Your outfit should convey confidence, style and creativity. As you leave the interview, you should linger on his or her mind like that old perfume commercial, Windsong.
My thoughts on style and color:
* Leave the family jewels at home as nobody needs to know your background. Be hired for your talent.
* Accessorize properly: handbag, belt, shoes, stockings should add a nice contrast or be tone on tone. Do not use a hobo bag; opt for a structured Kelly type bag.
* You can wear a slim riding type trouser, tucked into boots with a jacket to interview for a creative position such as writing or advertising.
* My fav colors are taupes, grays, black, navy, winter whites and a red jacket or coat will show off your bold nature.
* Lest we not forget, dress for your body type! Wear nothing too tight or revealing. If donning a skirt or dress, appropriate length is an inch and a half above the knee, pants should break slightly on the front of the shoe, sleeve should come slightly past your wrist bone.
* Throw in some texture. Pair a putty grey boucle skirt with a charcoal grey, double breasted, short suede jacket. Add a black turtle neck and black boots...OMG, forget you, I'll wear the outfit and go to the interview myself. Oh, and if you don’t get the job with that outfit...come work for me, we are accepting applicants.
Attention girls...stand tall, head up, exude confidence and inform your boss that you can start next week!
Lynn Cesaria is a fashion maven, image consultant and personal shopper. Known for her no-nonsense attitude, her unerring eye and her Fashion 911 house calls to her clientele. Lynn has also owned and operated LRC Photography for over 20 years. She is based in Fairfield County but available to transform people worldwide!
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