Disclaimer 26th June 2020: Due to change and education, I have made a pledge to promote only sustainable brands and garments from now on that both fight for a circular economy in fashion and pay garment workers a fair living wage. I have decided to keep all of the former brands and items listed in this blog post as well as keep the original writing for future readers and portfolio. Enjoy reading, shop sustainably.
Scrolling through Linkedin and Indeed on the computer and you feel the cumbersome, unwieldy weight of the future between your fingers. The acrid taste of reality is in the back of your throat. Student and Unemployed roll around your brain, tumbling rocks off a cliff, shattering the ‘positive vibes’ that you preach on your Instagram. Half a mug of stone cold tea is on your left, sweet wrappers and pom bear crisps are on your right. You apply for a few jobs, some more exciting than others, and slowly you trump through each ad. Mmmmmm k.
Every editorial role requires knowledge of Adobe, every social media role would like atleast 1000 followers on your personal account, even every creative role wants you to be creative and it gets to this point that you question whether you truly are a creative. You sip the mug of tea, forgetting its cold… big mistake.
Despite the hyperbolic doom and gloom, one cannot deny that leaving university and pursuing the world of or work is an anxiety fuelling treck. But, surprisingly, you hear you have been selected for an interview!!!
A scramble through ASOS, Missguided, Pretty Little Thing. A check of the weather, shit its gonna be hot. A jacket is simply out the question.
Below is the business, power women vibes that I desire to channel for interviews:
I believe the core to all interview dressing is the power of the white shirt, a crisp ironed shirt (it’s okay to achieve this with a hairdryer and also straightners), you can keep it simple and classic or allow a little playfulness with peplum hems, flared sleeves, some embroidery etc.
My favourite pieces for interviews are definitely one statement piece, such as bright trousers paired with white shirt and complimentary or contrasting accessories.
Why? Simply because subdued is boring, it allows the employer to see some of your personality and it shows bravery because its slightly unusual without going off piste.
Fave colour blocking combos:
- Light Blue and Red
- Lilac and Red
- Yellow and Hot Pink
- Peach and Teal
- Orange and Teal
A smart jumpsuit is a perfect way to instantly achieve, in one swift motion of dressing and undressing the I woke up like this lewk.
The only downside to jumpsuits is perhaps the sudden urge to use the loo before or after your interview, to which begrudgingly you find that the door doesn’t properly lock and you are in the nuddy praying that your future boss doesn’t walk through that door.
I have been debating recently how much leg one should be allowed to show on an interview, if there is an unspoken rule of decorum. What does too much leg suggest? Sexual promiscuity? But if like me you want something to withstand the heat and still allow a little flare in your step then a mid length skirt is just the trick.
I hope these playful pieces will not only a) bag you the job of your dreams but also b) are actually acceptable for the work place.