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Style > Fashion

Looking Professional with Minimal Pieces

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Ohio U chapter.

Clothing, the key to a prime job or internship, is always a challenge, especially when living on a college budget. Lucky for you, I have some simple tips to working with little and less expensive clothes.

The first choice to make is between Business Professional and Business Casual. Knowing the difference can save a lot of stress. Business Professional consists of a nice skirt or dress pants, blouse and a blazer. Business Casual is a polo shirt with khakis, a cute skirt and blouse or sweater. Most interviews usually expect Business Professional from employees.

Try to accessorize. Wear an emerald necklace or ruby bracelet, but be careful and stay away from flashy jewelry.

Shoes matter. Whether they’re heels or flats, make sure they’re cute, and it will affect the look.  

Different hairstyles can also change someone’s appearance. There are so many options: a fancy bun, pony tail, curly or straight.

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Try purchasing one neutral-colored blazer, a few inexpensive colored blouses and some fancier skirts and dress pants. Every time the blazer is worn with a different colored shirt, it will give the illusion of another outfit entirely!

With casual dress, there are a lot more options, like shopping at Forever 21. Most casual clothes are easy to transform into Business Casual. A simple gray dress can be transformed into the perfect outfit with a scarf and earrings. A simple blouse and skirt is perfect for this type of outfit. A summer dress can look fabulous with a simple but fancy sweater.

Fashion is important in the workplace, but when it comes down to it the most important feature is you. So be you and laugh and smile and make the best impression you can. If you have the outfit but no hard work, dedication or personality then you won’t get as far as some one else.

Go get ‘em, Collegiettes!

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