Clothes To Create A Great First Impression At A Job Interview

So you’ve applied for that dream job, updated the CV and bingo! you’ve got an interview. You know that you would be perfect for this position, but now you have to shine at the interview. You know that you can dazzle them with your knowledge and answers, but the reality is that your first impression starts the minute you enter the room, before you’ve even opened your mouth. The way you look and present yourself is truly your first impression, and so it pays to look the part.

For the majority of jobs the first impression needs to be of someone who is smart and presentable. There are a few roles where looking edgy and original can be a plus, but for most roles you need to look professional, and this can often mean a suit, for both men and women. For women, this can be a bit of a minefield – do you opt for a traditional feminine suit with a skirt, or aim for a more masculine aesthetic by opting for trousers? Is the colour black to funereal – would grey or navy be a better choice? And, if you do opt for a skirt, what exactly is the right length? Too short can look unprofessional, to long can be frumpy.

If you are looking for a look that will strike the right balance, something that is stylish and presentable, well cut but not too ostentatious, and business like without being overly sombre, you should check out the ladies suits by Lucy Alice. The Lucy Alice range should give you plenty of food for thought – maybe a dress with a matching jacket could be a more modern option for you? Or, if you do opt for the traditional two piece, they have five different types of jacket so you should be able to choose a cut that actually suits your figure, after all, there is nothing that looks more slovenly than an ill fitting suit – just look at Donald Trump for proof.

The Lucy Alice collection has formal work wear that goes up to a size 26 in most items, which is another really positive aspect of the collection, and allows you to mix and match to create a range of different work wear looks that will make an impression from that first interview and beyond. So, if you are planning on a career move or change, make sure you have the work wear pieces to keep up with your progress.

Stylish Workwear from Daxon

When it comes to finding work wear that is practical and stylish, that can take you from a meeting to drinks in the bar, where is the first place you look? I’m guessing that not many of you would be saying Daxon right now, but in actual fact Daxon is a really great choice for affordable work pieces that can offer practical design with a stylish edge.

I was asked to put together a work wear outfit using pieces from Daxon. This was an outfit that would be suitable for an important meeting so needed to look smart, but also needed to be something that could be dressed up for networking events, or after work cocktails. Here are the pieces I chose.

The Dress

Crealine  Expert Design Ladies Crossover Dress £49 click to visit Daxon

Crealine Expert Design Ladies Crossover Dress £49 click to visit Daxon

First I chose a dress. In my opinion, dresses are a great choice for everyday wear – they look smart and elegant when teamed with a blazer, but can then be transformed with a necklace or a brooch.  The dress I chose was the Crealine Expert Design crossover dress. This has a flattering neckline, but is not too low or revealing. The pencil length sits just on the knee, a good length for me – it shows some leg but not too much. I loved the ruching on the side, another figure fixing detail, and the fabric, which was 100% polyester has the feel of silk which makes it a luxurious choice too.

The Coat

Plain Straight Cut Coat with Stand-Up Collar £89 click to visit Daxon

Plain Straight Cut Coat with Stand-Up Collar £89 click to visit Daxon

With Winter just around the corner, a good quality, every day coat is a must have for any work wardrobe. I opted for a grey, wool effect coat which I think would look good worn over both dresses and trousers. Grey is a good alternative to black, which is smart, but can look sombre. The coat pictured above is not the exact one that I chose, as that is now out of stock, but this is a great, classic style that would enhance any outfit.

The Bag

Balsamik  Dual Fabric Shoulder Bag £27 click to visit Daxon

Balsamik
Dual Fabric Shoulder Bag £27 click to visit Daxon

The bag I chose was this oversized clutch style bag from Balsamik. This is super stylish, with a chain handle, a felt style front flap and zip detailing around the edging. This bag is great, I can’t recommend it enough. It is big enough to carry an ipad, diary and any other work essentials, so despite its glamorous appeal, it has a real practical side too.

So how did the outfit look when put together? I wore it this week for some meetings, and then took my new pieces to a blogger event. The outfit was wearable and I think it was totally appropriate for both events.

What do you think?

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*I was asked to put together a workwear outfit by Daxon.

Summer essentials for a working wardrobe

With Joe now at school full-time, thoughts have turned to the possibility of returning to the world of employment. In my previous life I was a teacher, but with all the recent changes in education, I don’t think this is an area I would really want to go back into, I’d totally lost the zest for teaching by the time Joe came along, and don’t honestly think this is something that  I would return to – ever. But the idea of doing something new, on a part-time basis, appeals, and the money would certainly come in handy. But what?

With this in mind, I have recently joined City Calling, a UK job search site that allows you to search for jobs throughout the country, in sectors as diverse as travel and tourism, entertainment venues and theatre, sales and marketing and construction, amongst many, many more. At present, I am strictly in the browsing stage, (the CV needs updating for a start), but the blog part of the site, in particular, is giving me lots of food for thought, especially the post ‘A quick guide to a successful career change’, which gives lots of tips if you are looking to change career and do something completely different.

In the previous life - a school trip to the zoo.

In the previous life – a school trip to the zoo.

If you’re looking to start a new job this season, you may need to re-examine your wardrobe. Do you really have anything smart enough to wear for an interview? If the answer is no, it may be worth examining some work-wear essentials. I think what you actually spend on your interview suit depends on whether you will be able to wear it again when you get the job (do you love the positivity – not ‘if’ but ‘when’). If your work is office based, it may well be worth investing in something a little more expensive. But don’t disregard the High Street, lots of brand names have some really great suits and separates, with Next, in particular having a really strong offering in tailored pieces. I have picked out five key pieces that a good work wardrobe should have.

5 Basic pieces for your working wardrobe

This navy shift dress is a good, all year round option. Wear with a blazer when the weather is cooler and add a chunky necklace to change the look.

Crepe Dress £35 click to visit Next

Crepe Dress £35 click to visit Next

I love the cut of this single breasted jacket, and think it could be teamed with either a skirt or trousers to make two different suits.

Slim Fit Jacket £50 click to visit Next

Slim Fit Jacket £50 click to visit Next

The most hard-working item in a working wardrobe. Wear with white for a classic look, red to get attention, yellow to make the trousers summer friendly, and green for a vibrant twist.

Black Slim Boot Cut Trousers £20-£25 click to visit Next

Black Slim Boot Cut Trousers £20-£25 click to visit Next

A classic black heeled shoe is smart, sexy, and will look great whether worn with trousers or a dress.

 Asymmetric Pointed Courts £28 click to visit Next


Asymmetric Pointed Courts £28 click to visit Next

Opt for a smart bag that is big enough for files, an ipad, and anything else you might need throughout the course of your day.

Simple Tote £30 click to visit Next

Simple Tote £30 click to visit Next

 

I will keep you posted on my job search, and any wardrobe updates that may come because of it.