I apologize in advance for the photo lighting and overall lack of slickness lol. I told you all up front I’m no model! I promise to work on it if I continue with the idea of Wardrobe Wednesdays. Promise.
There are a couple themes to the next set of outfits. First off, they are (as I promised) exactly what I wore. I took quick snaps moments before heading out the door to go about my life. This week job hunting was on the radar. I was applying in fashion retail at an off-price retailer. Not the kind of situation to wear the suit that I do have hanging in my closet. That would be much too formal and stiff for the environment. Some may argue that jeans were not appropriate to interview but I beg to differ – knowing the environment is key. I took into consideration what those in the company themselves wore, along with the city at large in which I live.
Outfit #1 was to go in and ask to fill out and hand in an application. Temps were low 40’s so the velvet dark teal jacket was ideal.
Outfit #2 was for the callback interview. Temps had gone up to mid 50’s so showing a little arm wasn’t incongruent with the season.
Both outfits are the exact same on bottom – J Brand black skinnies and suede black Chinese Laundry booties. This is a great example of having some wardrobe staples you can depend on. I don’t have to think about styling these. They’re building blocks to great outfits. You put them on and everything falls into place around them.
Worthy of note, is this is basically a dressier version of the good ole’ tee shirt and jeans formula. Dark jeans are typically dressier, and jet black to me almost transcend the jean category altogether. The tees are blends of rayon or modal and have a noticeable drape to them, unlike stiff, boxy basic cotton tees.
The two outfits also demonstrate the high/low variety in my closet. The drapey white chiffon pocket tee in #1 was $5 at Old Navy, while the grey v neck in #2 retailed for $150 (I paid about half that) and is a modal cashmere blend by LnA.
Lastly, I topped off each look with a blazer. As someone who hasn’t worked in an office in well over 25 years, you’d think I wouldn’t have much need for blazers. I think this demonstrates that blazers don’t have to read as business or corporate. Look for more interesting cuts, or fabrics that are not basic suiting material and you won’t feel like an office drone, I promise you. The jacket in #2 is actually half of a suit from Express. The ruching, along with the zig zag pattern, help keep it from being too conservative for me. I am glad I have the suit, just in case, but have so far worn the items separately only. Often when one needs a suit is precisely not the time we want to be shopping on a deadline for one. This is a ‘just in case’ item I wholeheartedly believe in having in the closet.
I don’t know if I have the job yet, but will update when I do. Fingers, toes, and eyes crossed!
Do any of you work in a non office setting where a suit or even separates would be overdressing for the job? Did you struggle to hit the right note in your attire? What did you wear and would you have chosen differently in hindsight?