Yesterday morning I had my first official job interview out here in Milwaukee. Due to freelance writing and my previous glorified RA position I haven’t had to don interview attire in more than five years. Imagine my shock as I stood in front of my closet and realized I didn’t have items I would consider interview appropriate. That isn’t to say my closet is full of inappropriate clothing – we all know that isn’t the case. But an interview requires different clothing than every day work attire. This is your chance to make a first impression. It is an opportunity to let your professional demeanor shine forth, while still allowing your personality to present itself. At least half of my closet would me more than office appropriate, but that doesn’t always translate into interview appropriate.
I have one black suit, a remnant of my New York City days; but it felt stuffy and so very unlike me. After struggling with the interior debate of suit versus alternative, I decided there are suit alternatives out there that can make an equally impressive and professional first impression. Not surprisingly, I opted for a dress and jacket combination. The black, white and gray color combination was subtle. The stripes and interesting neckline allowed a little of my flare to shine through. The skirt length was professional. Add to that a pair of black heels and a great purse and the outfit was complete.
Sidenote: the shoe choice might have been the most difficult in this outfit creation process. These pair of Diane von Furstenberg heels are the ONLY pair of black shoes I own. (not counting the funky heels, chunky wedge sandals, and zipper-side boots.)
Tip: When dressing for an interview, allow your personality to make a statement while still keeping your look highly polished and professional.
Jacket: TJ Maxx
Heels: thrifted Diane von Furstenberg from Second Time Around
Purse: c/o Mimi Boutique
Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs from Marshalls