As most of you know, we recently relocated from New York to Michigan. In transition we are living with my in-laws, our stuff is in storage and our room lacks a closet. Needless to say, I am living on a VERY edited wardrobe, about 50 pieces. I knew I would be job hunting, so I packed accordingly. And job hunting I am, two weeks into serious job search and interview mode. Before we moved, I basically had to plan outfits that work for interviews, that I would also wear in everyday life. This is what the capsule wardrobe is all about, versatility. Dressing in summer workwear is tricky, there is not a huge section in the Venn diagram that depicts weather appropriate looks with interview appropriate looks. I have pulled three favorites from my capsule closet to share.
LOOK 1: THE SHIRT DRESS
I have to admit, I have purchased exactly one piece of clothing since we've moved about eight weeks ago, this shirt dress from the Target Who What Wear collection. Before we got a few things from storage I was in a pinch and needed something nice and all I had were t-shirts and jeans, one late-night Target run and this dress now lives on my wardrobe rack. I love the look of a shirt dress. It is a polished classic that works in many situations, including a job interview. I paired this dress with my favorite low-key statement shoe. The tassels are darling, but the color does over power the outfit.
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LOOK 2: THE POWER PANT
As a woman judging women, and myself too, pants are BOSS. I think a good long, wide leg trouser is so sexy, in a lady CEO kind of way. They make you look taller and leaner and in the fashion cycle of dresses, pants are unexpected. I paired these tomato trousers from Zara, several years back with a short-sleeved off the shoulder blouse. A word of warning, unless you are completely comfortable with off the shoulder, I advise against wearing this style for an interview, as you don't want to be pulling and tugging as give your answers. I've paired this look with comfy wedges to give additional length to my legs and a leather envelope clutch that holds my i-Pad to show my portfolio.
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LOOK 3: POLISHED AND TRENDY
Next up, a cropped wide leg white jean with a sleeveless blouse. I am a creative, so I think this look would definitely be appropriate in my field, however, because these are jeans, you may want to opt for a trouser instead. The sleeveless blouse is a great polished look for summer. I added a bold statement earring to this look, which again, may not be quite right for your line of work, but I would definitely rock them. I finished this look with two classic accessories with a twist, another subtle statement shoe, classic pumps in a pretty lilac, and a great black tote with a little fringe for flair.
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