Thursday, June 26, 2014

ShoppingTips - Rock the Job Hunt

What do I wear to an interview?! (image via
Fashion Tag)
Summer means many things; apparently, it means an uptick in those on the job market, as those recent college grads, those with summers off and the unemployed all hit the streets. As people begin taking vacations and things slow down for those of us unemployed, we really must focus our efforts on rocking that first impression. Since I had not been in the market for a new job since 2007 my sartorial options were nonexistent and job interview chic was an aspirational concept. That does not mean I broke the bank to put together an easy to grab and classic "land a job" look!

What I looked for:

  1. Fitted but not tight silhouette
  2. Black suiting with light neutral accents
  3. Understated accessories
  4. Pieces that could stand alone

What I came up with:
My interview outfit this summer! (Details below)

  • Mango single button blazer in Black - $34 orig. $114 (image via ASOS)
  • ASOS kickflare pintuck pants in Black - $42 (image via ASOS)
  • H&M silk-style sleeveless blouse in White - $10 (image via H&M)
  • Jean-Michel Cazabat Ebba D'Orsay pump in Gray - $139 Orig. $350 [inclusive of 30% off added in cart] (image via Intermix)
  • Kenneth Jay Lane Textured Bib Necklace in Silver - $36 orig. 105 (image via Reverse-Reverse aka Revolve Clothing's outlet site)

I finished this outfit off with my trusty gray MZ Wallace metro tote as I have yet to feel it is right to flash my fire engine red Givenchy nightingale bag, and, it is the only bag I have large enough to fit my interview files. That being said you need no additional accessories! The pants are high rise, have no belt loops and are fitted in the middle region meaning it counters the looser blouse (which needs an undershirt as it is sheer!) without the need to cinch with a belt. Also, I stress the need for a sleeveless shirt as you need to breathe the second you come out of yummy air conditioned environment and step into hot humid Boston. Although it is not believed to be required to wear black to interviews these days I prefer to remain conservative and merely lighten up the outfit for summer with light neutrals aka gray and silver!

Almost at three months from my last job I have interviewed for five companies and received positive feedback regarding the impressions made. That, however, has not eliminated the fact qualifications were not necessarily met on either side of the table. So the hustle continues! Now you too can take some guess work out of your interview prep and shop this look!

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