When I started out in the fashion business in the 1960’s I thought I would make my mark quickly. I figured with all the ideas I had people would come running with accolades, but of course they didn't. As an assistant fashion designer you basically make a lot of patterns, cut samples and stay quiet. People are not interested in your ideas nor do they care. You quickly figure out you are there to work and observe. But, to even get considered for a job as an assistant, you have to get hired. I went to interview after interview with little success, as even the fashion community thought my wardrobe was just too much.
Sporting the latest trendy Dr. Zhivago midi-coat in 1968 I was told to get rid of the coat by a high end fashion house if I wanted to get a job. Finally I got the hint, went to Simpson-Sears, bought a polyester navy blue suit for $15.99 and finally got a job. Of course 45 years later I haven't changed style-wise as I insist on being who I am. The suit was worn 3 times but it stayed in my closet in case I needed it.
Things have not changed, and today women have a lot more to deal with when it comes to dressing for work in a professional setting than men. While most men just don a suit and tie women still have to worry about their hair, makeup, underwear and accessories, and most importantly, the social mores of an office.
So what kind of suit should you wear?
"If you're going to wear a suit, a skirt suit registers better than a pant suit. If you're wearing pants, opt for something more feminine on top (that means a collarless blouse or sweater). If you're wearing a more flowing skirt on the bottom, a collared shirt is fine, but consider belting it to make it more feminine" -Jezebel
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As for shoes the professionals say to avoid flats, except in emergencies. Experts say they do nothing for your stature or outfit, and they are some of the least powerful footwear you can wear. I beg your pardon? I notice that every other woman is wearing heels but I have no idea how people do it! Comfortable heels do not exist and I'd rather chew my hand off than wear kitten heels.
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My friend searching for a job was told by a headhunter to wear a navy skirt suit with pantyhose, her hair up in a "fashioned" bun, and to get some diamond studs for her ears. She said to me,
"Wait, does this lady think I can just go and get some diamonds? I'm trying to GET a job."
Personally I think you should be yourself and search your inner view first before you go to a job interview. As usual the As Good as New Thrift Store has some great choices in business attire so you can go to that interview in style. After all you're just taking care of business!
New this week at As Good as New!
If you wear a small size this amazing suede jacket is for you! At $15.00 it is a real bargain! Look at the detail!
And don't forget our special 50 cent rack in the back corner!!
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Before you journey to the thrift shop!!!!
Donate – Before you take a thrift shopping trip, review your closet’s inventory and filter out items you no longer wear for donation to the store. Not only is it good thrift karma to donate immediately upon arrival, but cleaning out your closet will inspire mental notes of what you truly (and don’t truly!) need!
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