STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Getting Down To Business

Style Advice of the Week

It is that time during the fall semester when upperclassmen are beginning to come to terms with reality that the real world is right around the corner. Soon to be graduates are searching for jobs, sending out resumes and going on interviews. As stressful as a process it is in landing your dream job or internship, your first impression when meeting for an interview is just as important as what is on your resume! So the big question is: how do you know what outfit to wear for an interview that will make you look and feel confident?

Traditionally, interview attire is very basic: a black pant suit or skirt with a blazer. These are staples in every Fashionista’s closet when putting together a conservative outfit. However, I believe it is important to find a way to liven up your ensemble. A way to create this look while still keeping it professional is showing an element of your personal style. Incorporating your own flare in your interview attire could also help show off your personality.

Today’s Fashionista’s interview ensemble is a classic example of both simple and chic. She expresses her own style by putting a colorful twist on the traditional black dress with some blue color blocking. The simplicity of the color block, in contrast to the black dress, catches the eye and separates her from the rest. She shows you can add a pop of color to your outfit and still maintain a serious edge while sticking to a conservative style dress. Her dress can be found at Banana Republic.

When it comes to accessorizing for interviews, less is more. It is important to choose accessories that will enhance your interview attire and not overwhelm it. This Fashionista compliments her outfit with simple, black toned accessories. She ties her dress together to create a high-waisted look with a thick black belt. Classic belts are the perfect accessories to complete any look. Along with the black accents, she wears closed toe pumps from Nine West. These heels immediately give off a professional vibe and are easy to walk in! Heels can also be interchanged with simple black flats—a good choice when traveling a long distance. Finally, it is important to bring a purse with you to hold necessities for your interview. This Fashionista chooses a medium sized, structured purse by Zac Posen. When shopping for a professional purse, stick with neutral colors that have a little silver or gold flare. This touch will complement your jewelry or belt like in today’s Fashionista’s look.

At the end of the day, focus on dressing and accessorizing for an interview based on the industry you’re trying to get a job in. You will need to show your professionalism, not only verbally, but also through your appearance. Stick to the basics, yet try to keep your look chic and classy at the same time. If they like what they see, you have a better chance of getting the job!

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