I was tempted to start this article with the infamous “It’s a New Year and a New You” one liner that always graces our social media around the holidays but, don’t worry, that is the only time I will say it. :) But, I will remind you that there is something about January 1st that very much makes it feel like the start of something. It is more than just the beginning of a calendar year; it really is a chance for a fresh start with whatever may have been troubling you the previous year or years.
I know many of us have committed these first few months to either looking for a new job or even starting one. As women we are actually very lucky when it comes to our work wardrobe. Even if we are in a corporate environment we can still be creative with how we present ourselves. However, it can sometimes be hard to determine what is comfortable and original while still feeling like we are dressing appropriately.
No worries, I am here to help! Here are some options for interview and career attire that is still chic, fun and appropriate.
It is always best to wear a navy pant suit to a corporate interview. Navy is softer and more approachable then black and a pant suit is the most conservative, especially since you are unsure of the work environment. NEVER wear tons of jewelry, heavy makeup or a crazy nail color. It is distracting and takes away from what you are really there for. Also, bring a bag that is big enough for your resume folder.
The same rules apply for the first day/week except you can be a little more relaxed. Feel free to put your creativity into your accessories but don’t go too crazy until you get a good feel of the office environment. Also, it is best to wear closed toe shoes unless you know for sure that it is acceptable not to.
If you are in a creative career, you can be much more original when it comes to your wardrobe. However, there is a fine line between being hip and chic and looking like you are wearing your entire closet.
If you love color you should have fun with it. If you enjoy wearing black everyday, do it. How you present yourself can actually directly effect your work and can even hint into what it is you do. Just remember that whether we like it or not, first impressions are everything and no matter how individualistic you are, you still want to be successful. Also, this is one type of field where what you wear on the interview really isn’t that different than what you would wear everyday. Just remember to always put your best foot forward by looking clean and presentable.
*This article was featured in Mommikin