Key takeaways from “Dress to Impress: For the Job.”

Last week we had a stylist come from Unfoldid for our “Dress to Impress: For the Job” event. It was so fun and we got to ask great questions about what to wear to interviews, whether or not jeans ever appropriate for work, and how to transition from day to night. If you missed the event, here’s a recap!

1. Dressing for the interview

When you do an interview, you obviously want to look your absolute best. Professional, clean, but still you. The stylists told us that while you need to look professional always (no t-shirts or jeans), when you interview, it’s imperative to stay true to yourself. To do this, they suggested wearing a statement color or pattern that you love so the company will not just remember your resume, but how you put yourself together.

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2. Know your shape

This was the biggest takeaway from the event. Most people think they know their body shape, from A, Pear, Curvy or V shapes, many people actually get it wrong. You can determine your shape by measuring your shoulders, bust, waist and hips. If your shoulders are wider than your hips for example, you’re a V shape. Knowing your shape helps you determine what to highlight and what kinds of clothes you should be looking for. This is a complete game changer and everyone should consider finding their measurements.

3. Cobalt looks good on everyone

This was not something I was aware of, but apparently if you’re going to add a color to your wardrobe, make it cobalt! This color is universally flattering because of its bright tones. This is a great tip because for some, color can be intimidating and not every shade works for everyone.

4. The Capsule Collection concept

The stylists suggested for those graduating, investing in a capsule wardrobe is the best way to spend your hard earned cash. A Capsule Closet is about 20 pieces that can be mixed and matched, with neutrals and black at its core. The capsule should include a blazer, heels, black dress, cardigan, crisp white shirt etc. These items will be the base of your outfit every day and won’t go out of style. You can mix things up with color and getting some fresh or trendy pieces every season to add to the mix.

 

5. Everyone needs a great pair of jeans

The workplace is not what it used to be and while you should NEVER wear jeans to an interview, once you have the job, and depending on your field, jeans can be incorporated into your routine. The best and most professional way to make this work is getting a pair that fits you great and is a medium wash or on the darker side.

6. Get yourself a comfy pair of heels

Like it or not, heels are a staple in the workplace. They help to elevate your look and elongate your legs. Tan heels will make your legs look like they go on for miles and a black heel can help to bring your workplace look together.

7. Pantyhose, yay or nay?

I found it surprising, but the stylist told us that she hates panyhose and therefore never wears them. Things are changing and pantyhose are no longer a workplace essential. In the winter if you’re wearing a dress, a pair of black tights can look fantastic. But in the summer and spring, embrace your legs and go hose free!

8. Cardigans...

Many offices are fine one second and freezing the next. To combat this, many people leave a cardigan at their desk. The average cardigan can leave you looking boxy or be too chunky or unprofessional. Try finding one that cinches your waist. We saw an example and I couldn’t believe the difference it made. What is usually a long chunky piece suddenly became the most beautiful and interesting part of the outfit.

9. Check out Unfoldid’s service!

If this left you feeling like you need a wardrobe refresh, you should consider checking out one of Unfoldid’s packages. This is not sponsored in any way, I just think that it’s a great service if you’re in the market for some new work attire and need some help figuring out what to pick. Their base package is $199 and the stylists first do an hour fitting (to ensure they are pulling pieces for your shape) and bring you 25 pieces to look through and make outfits with. They work with your budget to find pieces within your price range and shop everywhere from consignment, Marshalls and  Nordstrom. For those braving the workforce in a month, putting your best outfit forward is a great way to get noticed.