Preparing for an interview, life in the office, and other things we don’t want to think about

Sometimes the transition from being a college student to a young professional can be tricky. Entering a bar with friends and entering an office are two completely different scenarios, as they should be. Dressing up with the girls for a night out and trying new styles can be fun, but there are some clothing items that should always remain just that. With the career fair coming up next week it’s essential that you impress, but don’t go over the top.

Please, PLEASE avoid stilettos. I squirm when I see girls walking into any professional setting with them on. Depending on where you work, they may be acceptable, but to be safe I would stick to 1 1/2 to 2 inch heels. Anything higher sends a sexual message AKA what you should be avoiding. Plus if you’re a recent grad working long hours, they will be a killer on your feet.

Nude Flats These flats (from gojane.com) are perfect for anything professional. Plus if you’re extremely tall like me, it’s nice to not feel like you’re towering over everyone you encounter for once.

Statement Necklaces have been very trendy lately. They can easily dress up a plain outfit, but some necklaces are too “BAM look at me.” If you’re going to wear jewelry, wear something simple and chic. You want the people you talk to focusing on what you say- not the gaudy piece of metal hanging around your neck. Jewelry makes or breaks an outfit; avoid distracting people in the workplace and stick with something simple.

Also, avoid heavy makeup. I love to play around with different shades and colors, but interviews and offices are not the place to do so.

Blue eyes: Blue is a cool color, and having blue eyes I find myself using warmer shades to contrast. When you have a light eyes, avoid using too much color because it distracts from their natural beauty. Best complements: yellows, golds, tans, beiges.

Green eyes: The most popular color people turn to with green eyes is purple. If you don’t like that try pinks or earthy tones (greens, browns, etc.)

Beauty trick: I have blue/green eyes so when I want them to look more blue I’ll wear golds and when I want them to look green I’ll wear pinks and purples. Works magic!!

Brown eyes: Since brown is neutral you get the most options. If you have brown eyes I would play around with all different colors and see what really makes them pop.

Lastly, the actual outfits you wear. Save the body con dresses for a night out… or just throw them in the trash. They might have been acceptable for freshman year but there comes a time in every girl’s life where she just can’t wear hoochie mama stuff anymore. Ladies… now is that time. Black Dress ProfessionalThis dress (the limited.com) is the style you want to go for. Right above the knee if not below, a high cut, and sleeves. I lean toward black when dressing professionally (more like always) because it’s slimming and you can play around with it the most. The Limited is a great store for business clothes, sometimes pricey, but if you go at the right time they have great deals.

See you next week! Land those jobs ladies.

XO, Richelle

One comment

  1. Really enjoyed your thoughts! It’s amazing how many people I see showing up for interviews who don’t seem to know some of these subtle dress code rules. These are all spot on!

    One more thing I would add (aside from some of the specifics of how you should prepare for the interview): Consider adding a blazer to the outfit if you want to make a strong and professional first impression. Even if suits are not the common dress code for the office, wearing a blazer sends the signal that you are professional and really taking the interview seriously. First impressions are the most lasting, and being the most professional looking person in the office is not the worst thing in the world. It’s worse to show up and be under dressed compared to your interviewer, so I always error on the side of slightly fancier.

    Looking forward to reading some of your other posts!

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