I adore the crisp lines of a good suit. Executives, military, flight attendants; there are plenty of suited and booted looks that can draw you in. No doubt someone has done a study about why some work wear is just so appealing, but for me […]
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5 tips to making the corporate look your own
1. When is a suit not a suit? When it’s just good coordinationTechnically, a suit is an outfit of two of more pieces of outerwear made from the same material and designed to be worn together. So, contrary to what you may have been told, your Primark or Matalan suit is still a “real” suit*. You can fake this look with some sensible coordination. As long as there is a colour connecting your blazer/jacket with your bottom half, you will look coordinated and well put together. The easiest option for this is to wear black skirt/trousers, black top, black shoes and then all you need to decide on is the blazer. *I love Primark corporate wear. Very affordable and sturdier than their regular daywear.
2. Tame your self-expression to one item (plus shoes)In order to pull off a reserved, conservative look you may need to wear colour combinations that are more subdued to what you would prefer. The corporate standard colours are black, navy and grey. Hardly inspiring. But you can splash out on some personality if you use colour as an accent. A psychedelic blouse under a dark suit. A giant brooch on your plain lapel. All in black with a chunky necklace and bright shoes. Play around and see what looks you come up with.
3. Make sure you are comfortableIf you’re not comfortable in what you are wearing, it will come through during the interview. Once you’re in that room you don’t want anything at all distracting you from giving killer answers and charming everyone in the room. It gets hard to do that if you don’t feel like yourself, or if your zipper is stabbing you in the hip. Which brings us to the next point…
4. Only wear what genuinely fits youThere is no point turning up to an interview in a fabulous suit if it doesn’t show you in all your true fabulousness. If you’re shopping for a new suit and you know that your top and bottom halves are different sizes, don’t waste your time on items on which you can’t mix-&-match the sizes. Look for coordinated piece you can match yourself and if the store doesn’t sell any just shop elsewhere. Better that than having a wonderful skirt with an oversized jacket If the lining of a dress of skirt is what’s letting you down, just cut it. It’s not the end of the world, nobody will see it and it’s better than your interview hearing a giant ripping sound as the lining at the back of your legs finally gives way!
5. Pack spare accessoriesIf you've got some space free in your bag, think about packing a change of earrings and necklace. That way if you feel a little conscious about your choice, you can swap. If all it takes to boost your confidence is a back-up in your bag it's worth it, don't you think? Have you got any extra tips? Please share in the comments below.
It’s inspiring to see women unite over shared values and good attire. #PantsuitNation became a trend across the US in the run-up to the election, and for good reason: US politics is full of passionate people and Hillary’s pantsuits are pyjamas you can work to […]