With the economy in the dumps, the job market is ultra-competitive. Now more than ever, a first impression can make or break a job interview, and the classic advice to dress for the job you want is no myth. Your interview outfit can be just as important as your résumé. Think about it: Whether its accurate or not, the more put-together we look, the more competent we seem.
My tips for interview dressing: 1) Its better to be overdressed than underdressed. 2) Dress for the industry (in other words, the answer isnt always automatically a suit: For the fashion world, stylishly semi-casual works). 3) Dont overdo it (you can always tell the girl who cant walk in her heels or is extremely uncomfortable in her outfit).
My go-to items for an interview or business function always involve some of the core items of a womans wardrobe. One interview must-have: the pencil skirt. MICHAEL by Michael Kors Ponte Knit Pencil Plus Size Skirt is a great basic with which to mix and match tops. For a more formal interview, consider pairing it with a great-fitting button-down (ladies, that means no pulling of buttons and no bra showing as a result of sheerness). If its a more informal interview or something within PR, fashion, or any type of creative agency, pair it with a more interesting top. Alfanis Flutter Sleeve Pleated Belted Plus Size Top, available at Macys, is a great option to pair with a pencil skirt, or with my other interview must-have: the trouser pant. My current favorite pair is the Pleated Cropped Pant from the Gap. Another pair of interview-friendly pants: Old Navys Women's Plus Double-Weave Trousers.
When it comes to accessories, a phenomenal pair of shoes will work like a charm. Also, add personality to your outfit with a great necklace or bracelet, but avoid anything that clanks or jingles theres nothing more distracting in a conversation than a jingling bracelet. Go with jewelry that lies flat and makes no noise. Keep the rest of your look hair, makeup, eyebrows, nails well groomed, clean, and subdued. Remember, if you look great, you will feel great, and trust me, your interview will be great! Got any no-fail interview outfits?
YOUR BIG GIRL IN A SKINNY WORLD