WHAT TO WEAR: Interviews

Spring is rolling around the corner and you know what that means for us young professionals. No, not vacations! Interviews. It is prime time season for landing the perfect summer, fall internship and job. Applications are due soon and I’ve got you covered on professional dress.

One of the frequent interview mishaps and a major reason why some don’t get the part is how you dress. The saying “the first impression makes a lasting impression” is very true! How you dress or present yourself in the interview or at work says a lot about your character and mostly how you feel about the job. If you look good it inspires you to feel good, thus you produce great work!

I caught up with this Fashionista heading to her television broadcasting gig rocking a LBD or little black dress. Clad in a black and white design, the dress does just enough for being aesthetically pleasing and appropriate for business. For traveling through the slush and snow she paired tights and sleek leather riding boots. Keep the snow boots for the snow so when you arrive at the office switch out to your pumps or flats.

Your LBD (for professional use only) should come to the knee or below, avoid super tight bodycon fabric and most importantly, speak to your personality. If dresses aren’t your thing follow trends like cigarette pants or midi skirts with chic blouses and flats. Add a blazer to tailor the look. Heels should be modified to close toe, save your six inches for a night out with your friends. Neutral colors such as black, white, navy and khaki can never go wrong. However, if it’s suitable for your job, you can possibly add pops of color. Also, be sure to keep hair and makeup just as clean and crisp as your wardrobe. Avoid bold bright lipsticks, heavy eye makeup and messy bed hair this go around. Jewelry should also be limited. Accessorize where needed, like with a timepiece or necklace.

One Simple Change: Make this look out of the office appropriate for a night cap after work by adding heels and a nice trench coat. Keep a berry hue lipstick handy to apply after hours for a bit of mystique.