Work Clothes Can Still be Fashionable – Fall 2012 Trends

It is essential to dress well for an interview.  It is also important to look good on a day to day basis.  Some say, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”  If your potential employer or your current boss can visualize you in the particular position, it increases your chances of getting hired or getting promoted.  I’ll start off by going over general attire tips for work, and then I will discuss how you can incorporate the latest fashion into your work clothes.

I’m probably going to sound like your mom right now.  Make sure your attire is clean!  Especially your shoes!  Iron your clothes!  There should be no creases, no stains, and no lint.

Now that you have the essentials down, lets discuss how you can look simple and sharp, which is the best interview look.  Men should wear a suit. The jacket and pants need to be of the same colour – if you think your grey jacket goes well with beige pants, you are seriously mistaken.  Do not wear a vest – that is just over the top.  You should also wear a dress shirt and a tie.  Personally, I think men who wear a solid black suit, white dress shirt, and black tie look exceptionally professional (and remarkably sexy!).  Once you start work, you can lose the tie and unbutton a couple buttons.

Women should look sharp too, possibly a bit less simple though.  A jacket should be worn with either dress pants or a pencil skirt of the same colour.  The dress shirt should have a couple buttons unbuttoned – don’t show your cleavage but don’t be completely conservative either.  You should look easy-going, not uptight.  Women should wear closed-toed shoes with a heel between 2 to 3 inches.  Your make up should be natural-looking and your hair needs to look tidy.  Your jewelry should be small, for example, stud earrings are excellent.  In my opinion, a woman who is wearing a grey jacket and pencil skirt, white dress shirt, black heels, pearl necklace and earrings, and has an up-do looks particularly hireable.  Once you have the job, you can add a personal touch and incorporate the latest trends into your work attire.

So, what is in this season?

1. Collars

Yes, dress shirts have collars.  However, this season, other tops and sweaters have collars as well.  The ones with soft edges, like in the picture, look particularly good.

2. Florals

If you’re thinking your grandma’s clothes are reappearing on young people, you’re not mistaken.  However, florals do not necessarily need to be bright and colourful like they were this summer.  A simple look that is seen in the picture will be more suitable for work.

3. White

White suit, white cashmere sweater (gosh, I want one), and white scarves are great.

4. Lace

You have to be careful about wearing lace at work as you do not want to be too revealing.  The picture is a good example of how you can incorporate lace into your attire and still look professional.

5. Navy Jackets

A navy pea coat is a good investment in my opinion.

6. Colourful Bags

A black bag is very practical, sure.  However, a colourful bag adds so much personality to an outfit.  Just don’t wear an outfit of that same bold colour, or it would be too much.

Well, there you have it!  Look professional.  Appear stylish.  Feel fabulous.

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