Wednesday, July 18, 2007

What to Wear: Summer Job Interview

Behind wedding outfits, finding the perfect thing to wear to a job interview is one of the hardest shopping challenges there is. Jeanette wrote in with a request:
I love your style. I have a job interview coming up and I live in the DC area. I am looking for a nice interview outfit (not a suit), that will be comfortable in the heat and humidity. I am between sizes 12 and 14. I love open toed shoes but am not sure if that's appropriate for an interview.
Why is that we are expected to throw style and personality out the window for job interviews? A gray suit with a blue collared shirt is so boring. I say, unless you are interviewing with an investment bank, don't be afraid to get a little creative. Here's my recommendation for Jeanette:

Skirt - A tailored, high waited pencil skirt in summery linen is so classic and chic. Those with curvier figures shouldn't be afraid of this silhouette, especially when belts are involved. It's super flattering on most every shape. (The skirt I found isn't for available any longer, but I couldn't resist posting it anyway. Similar options can be found at Banana Republic).
Shirt - Classic button down short sleeve blouse from Anne Taylor.
Pumps - Patent leather red pumps with a surprisingly conservative twist. A great alternative to peep-toes.
Necklace - Big pearls are always fun.
Ring - The name of this ring is "Made it." How appropriate!
Bag - I love this Hobo tote for work. The dark red color is perfect with the shoes. It's pricey though and might serve better as a post-getting-the-job treat.

Good luck with your interviews, Jeanette!

6 comments:

Mrs. Bryant said...

I own that perfect Hobo tote and it is seriously PERFECT. I cannot even tell you. My husband picked it out and surprised me with it one day after work. He's such a dear! Even men like it . . . probably because it's so practical.

Jeanette said...

Thanks so much, Emily! Definitely a cool and conservative look!

love.boxes said...

Hired! I love this outfit! It all business with a little bit of the romantic Out of Africa somewhere in there.

Caroline said...

Love your blog!!

MissEm said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This is awesome. I've been trying to figure out what to wear to my summer job interview for a few days. Going to the mall tomorrow!