One should never have to add any more stress to preparing for an interview than necessary. The least of your worries should be deciding what to wear. A timeless, classic look is fail-safe – all you need to do is add your personal touch and you’re ready to go.
Dress codes and expectations depend on the company (so do your research) and there is truth to the statement that the first impression is everything. For women, a blouse and pencil skirt combination is the go-to professional option, but how do you make it your own and stand out from the crowd? Let’s start from the bottom:
Color Palette: Black, White, Grey with Blush/Nude Tones
Footwear: Black shoes are versatile and professional. They must be clean and you have to be able to walk in them!
Left to right: Gianvito Rossi pointy-toe pumps / Yves Saint Laurent embellished pumps / Yves Saint Laurent high heel booties
Skirt: A grey or black pencil skirt that hits at the knee or five to seven inches below the knee. Anything shorter or longer is either too risky or too hipster, respectively.
Left to right: Proenza Schouler black skirt / Victoria Beckham calf hair-paneled felt pencil skirt / Victoria Beckham pencil skirt / DKNYC black skirt
Blouse: Choose a blouse in white or black. Depending on the company, blush- and nude-toned blouses are an appropriate way to add a feminine touch. Be sure to test the fabric for sheerness before walking out the door.
Top to bottom: Michael Kors white blouse / Oscar de la Renta white blouse / H&M chiffon top / H&M chiffon blouse
Opportunity to elevate your look: We know, it’s hard to stand out in basics. Don’t be afraid to make it your own with accessories, but remember to keep it minimal.
Jewelry - An exceptional piece whether it’s classic diamond or pearl earrings, a bold cuff, or a statement necklace will do, but choose just one area in which to accentuate. Anything else must be simple and complementary.
Top to bottom: Reed Krakoff bracelet bangle / Coach bracelet / Stella & Dot cuff
Bag: A woman’s bag of choice says a lot – whether she wants it to speak for her or not. A structured, professional handbag allows for enough space to hide all of your belongings out of sight during the interview and holds its shape to complement your look versus take away from it.
Left to right: Givenchy black handbag / H&M black bag
Beanies, skullies, toboggans… Whatever you choose to call them, they’ve become the go-to accessory and wardrobe must-have for fall and winter. We’ll stick to beanie for this post and as seen on Rihanna, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne and everyone else for that matter, they radiate style and function while adding a bit of playfulness to any look.
How you wear them and how you style them is up to you, but beanies are crazy-versatile and great for a casual day look that can easily be transitioned into late night. Turn heads while keeping your own head warm in a beanie of any shape, size and color. Check out some our favorites below:
Left to right: Modekungen / John Lewis / Revolve Clothing / Barneys / Reebok / PacSun / River Island / Liberty London
Who says you can’t wear sweats to work? Our favorite designers are sending these comfy knits down the runway and if your office dress code allows, we say go for it.
The new sweatpant has a slightly more structured fit and serves as a comfortable alternative to denim or leggings. If styled correctly, sweatpants are totally work appropriate and a great way to mix things up in your fall/winter wardrobe.
Disclaimer: If your favorite pair of drawstring waist, elastic-ankle sweatpants from high school come to mind, we’re not on the same page. There’s a thin line between office casual and couch potato so let’s not get carried away. Rule of thumb: if your boyfriend would wear them or can fit into them, they are not work appropriate. See below:
And the award for Best Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Presentation goes to: Rick Owens. If you had absolutely no idea what ‘stepping’ was until you attended this particular show at Paris Fashion Week, Owens did the art justice and the favor was returned to portray his collection as it was meant to be seen: elegant and rough.
The nostalgia may have kicked into high gear for anyone who’s been exposed to step teams, fraternities, and/or sororities in their college life; but before that feeling completely took over, Owens successfully pulled you back into his world where American grit hit the Parisian catwalk.
Owens, an American designer living in Paris, opted against the typical size-nothing models and selected a diverse group of women of different ethnic backgrounds and sizes. Statements were made, subliminally and obviously, and the non-models who were definitely not trying to model the clothes succeeded in doing just that while making a connection between each look and Owens’ vision.
The forty dancers, all holding a “grit face” throughout the show, included steppers from four sororities: Washington Divas, Soul Steppers, The Momentums, and The Zetas.
To view the full collection, visit WWD.com.
Sagmeister & Walsh’s Shopping Bag for BNY SCC. Photo: by George Chinsee via WWD
No, “A New York Holiday” isn’t a hip-hop song collaboration with Jay Z rhyming as Barneys sings the hook; but, it is a pairing worth some hype. This holiday season, the luxury retailer and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter are partnering on a promotion that involves the hip hop mogul collaborating with an impressive list of designers on a collection of limited-edition holiday products.
Each brand worked with Carter on custom creations to be sold at the BNN SCC Gallery (Barneys New York and Shawn Corey Carter). Pieces from the collection are centered around the idea of New York from a creative perspective and inspired by Jay Z, a native New Yorker and successful musician and entrepreneur. His color scheme of choice includes white, black, silver and gold.
Items include a tailored jacket from Lanvin, a black leather backpack from Balenciaga, a printed scarf from Balmain, a hoodie from Rick Owens, and a leather duffel from Proenza Schouler (it’s important to note this is the first men’s bag designed by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for their label). Moncler, Hublot, Acne, Roc Nation and Just Don are a few more brands on the list that includes a well-rounded mix of designers, brands and indie labels.
Balenciaga Black Leather Backpack
The Elder Statesman Cashmere Blanket
Prices range from fairly reasonable – $70 for a Barneys cotton T-shirt – to pretty pricey – the Stutterheim coat will retail for $675. On the higher end, the Shawn Carter by Hublot 45 mm watch with black alligator straps, deployment buckle and yellow gold movement is going for $33,900. How’s that for a price range? Twenty-five percent of all sales will go toward the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.
The collection goes on sale Nov. 20 through Jan. 3 at barneys.com and the Barneys flagships in New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago.
Photos by George Chinsee via WWD.
What do Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Nas have in common? If this were a music blog, attempting to answer that question could get a little complicated. Since this is a predominantly fashion-oriented blog (we like to mix things up), the answer to that question is quite simple – all three of these musicians are drawn to fashion to the point where they have done everything from creating their own labels to dropping designer’s names in verses on their records. Below, their most recent fashionable endeavors.
“Magna Carta Holy Grail” Album Cover
Let’s start with Jay-Z… because everything starts with Jay-Z, no? On his new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” the rapper included a track called “Tom Ford” in which he raps: “I don’t pop Molly, I rock Tom Ford.”
For those unaware of what a “Molly” is, it’s a street term for MDMA, a pure form of Ecstasy. Well, that’s great, Jay-Z. You don’t do drugs because you prefer to rock Tom Ford suits. As for Mr. Ford, he told WWD that he was flattered at the idea: “I love that he gets a ‘high’ from my clothes.”
Roc on, Jay-Z. Roc on.
Then we have Kanye West. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in his mind. His collaboration with French fashion house A.P.C. was recently announced and according to the press release, it will consist of a pair of jeans, a hoodie and a t-shirt. That’s right, the collection consists of exactly one outfit. Following the birth of his first child with Kim Kardashian and a few weeks after dropping his sixth album “Yeezus,” Kanye is a busy man. He doesn’t have time to create collections, one look will have to do.
A.P.C. x Kanye Courtesy Photo
The press release also included a quaint story about how A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou had no idea West was a hip hop artist when they first spoke. No matter, apparently his persistence paid off and Touitou agreed to the collaboration which will be available in stores and online on July 14.
A look from HSTRY. Photo Courtesy of Grungy Gentleman
Finally, Nasir Jones, aka Nas, has embarked on his first fashion adventure and it’s looking pretty good for a first-timer. The rapper partnered with Jace Lipstein, founder of men’s style site Grungy Gentleman, to create HSTRY, a line of high-end men’s streetwear.
Nas provided input on materials and gave direction on the line, but the design of the 33-piece collection was placed in the able hands of Lipstein. Sounds like a good idea for a beginner since we’ve seen other rapping designers try and fail as they jump head-first into their first designing attempts. HSTRY will launch on Grungy Gentleman’s e-commerce site which goes live Aug. 1.
The audience saw red on red as a ruby red gown appeared on a red catwalk opening the Elie Saab Fall Couture 2013 collection. The colors of the 48-piece assortment of gowns seemed to have been plucked from a royal crown of rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Like any beautiful jewel, each gown glimmered and sparkled – vying for the crowd’s attention.
Lengths ranged from floor-length gowns to leg-bearing teacup dresses, and although ruby red, sapphire blue and emerald green ruled the runway, Saab scattered in some soft taupe looks to help transition between the richer colors. Each dress had its own appeal, whether it was a plunging neckline, an open back, or a simple long-sleeved, one-shouldered look. However, there was one very obvious common denominator throughout – sequins, lots and lots of sequins.
As for hair and makeup, models sported slicked-back buns and smokey eyes to balance elegance with sultry. The overall dramatic look was toned down at times as Saab peppered in a touch of whimsy with the addition of shorter dresses – each featuring pockets and different necklines.
Closing the show was a breath-taking wedding dress that required three bridesmaids/models to carry the extravagant train. Is there any other way to close an Elie Saab show?
Elie Saab Fall Couture 2013
Versace kicked off couture season in Paris with supermodel Naomi Campbell as the bombshell show opener. Donatella Versace’s Atelier Versace autumn/winter 2013 was every bit of skin-tight and provocative as one would expect with inspiration stemming from the black-and-white film and photography era. Inspiration is just that for Donatella as the glamour of the past was extracted then infused into her own aesthetic that makes Versace Versace.
Atelier Versace Couture Fall 2013
The rich detail and eye-catching opulence was prominent as one future red carpet look after the other strolled down the catwalk. A few looks were slightly off topic, but it wouldn’t be Versace if she didn’t throw in a chain belt or go for wide-legged and low-rise if given the opportunity. One particular look, a glistening blue catsuit, resembled the Vrettos Vrettakos number Beyoncé is currently rocking during ‘The Mrs. Carter Show’ – but with more sheer paneling and less left to the imagination. What’s not to love?
The show closed with curve-hugging gowns in rich blue and deep burgundy tones and shimmer from head-to-toe. Finally, for hair and make-up, Versace may be making a subtle suggestion to keep it simple since this collection speaks for itself. With the exception of Campbell who obviously has the clout to decide how she wants to style her hair, each model rocked a fresh face and a simple, but elegant topknot.
Midriff, that is. Uncovering those arms and legs might not be enough to beat the heat this summer, so why not opt for a little more exposure? Sunblock is highly recommended, of course! One of this season’s hottest trends is the crop top – a staple in anyone’s wardrobe if you’re looking for a fun, simple look that’s equal parts versatile and unique.
Crop tops are completely interchangeable with any look, and since you’re only revealing a few inches of that toned waistline you’ve been working on, you don’t have to worry about showing too much.
Pair a crop top with high-waisted shorts, combat boots and a fun hat for a funky-edgy look. For the girly look, go for a white crop top with a floral skirt, chunky necklace and metallic sandals. These not-too-short, not-too-long tops can still have a cameo moment on a cool summer night – just layer with a light-weight cardigan or a flannel, and you’re out the door!
Look One: Black Fedora $23; Marine Crop Top $15; High Waisted Shorts $45; Combat Boots $99
Look Two: White Bralette $15; Floral Skirt $31; Pearl Bracelet $47; Gold Sandals $33
Look Three: Red Flannel $32; Black Bustier $62; Black High Waisted Shorts $67; Converse $65