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
It’s safe to assume that every professional on the planet isn’t happily trotting down their career paths. A large part of our business is to make sure this isn’t the case, but it can take some trial and error to find the right fit. Things don’t always work out as planned, and when you decide it’s time for a change, the decision to forge a new path may present itself as the best course of action.
Is a career change in your future? If you’re thinking about making a switch, unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as some of us tend to think. Be advised, changing careers isn’t the same as changing your major. The latter keeps you safe within the confines of university walls until graduation while the former can leave you bewildered and at the mercy of a shaky job market.
Passion isn’t enough, and the urge to do something different won’t be enough to convince hiring managers. At the end of the day, it comes down to experience. If you’re serious about making a change and you’re ready to take the necessary steps, switching it up isn’t impossible – it’s just not simple. The information below is from our team of recruiters who’ve advised numerous candidates in situations similar to yours. (more…)
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.
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The LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton umbrella is expanding to include a majority stake in London-based designer Nicholas Kirkwood.
Miuccia Prada Commissions Contemporary Artists for Spring Show WWD
The Spring 2014 runway was set against a background of portraits of “an active, strong woman” as interpreted by six contemporary artists.
Fendi’s Public Exhibition, Making Dreams, Opens Tomorrow Vogue UK
Costumes from films including Evita and The Royal Tenenbaums will be on display at Milan’s Cinema Manzoni.
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
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With fall quickly approaching, it’s only natural to think of what new additions are worthy of being added to your wardrobe. In our opinion, Autumn is the best season to showcase your style and really get creative.
You get a chance to mix and match your summer and winter clothes, layer-layer-layer, and add pieces like scarves, cute boots, and fun hats back into your everyday outfits. We’re loving the new styles of fall shoes this season- especially ankle booties and oxfords! We listed a few below to inspire you fall shopping list:
1. Tom’s Chestnut Suede Woman’s Desert Wedge, $89
2. Splendid Sanford Oxford, $98
3. Sam Edelman Kit Boot, $149.95
4. Jimmy Choo Border Boot, $1,050
5. Nine West Perfectpair, $119
6. Boutique 9 Charmaine, $180
7. Steven by Steve Madden Smokin Over the Knee Boot, $229.95
8. Kilim Woman’s Classic, $54
9. Wet Seal Lace Up Oxfords, $24.50
10. Sam Edelman Park Boot, 299.95
A stream of dresses for Spring/Summer RTW 2013 has us thinking of all things blue that nature has to offer. Shades of blue brought to mind unique reflections on water, ice-cold glaciers, scattered clouds against a clear blue sky, or a moonlit midnight sky.
From patterned to solid prints and streamlined to flowing silhouettes, spring/summer will have you feeling blue – in a good way.
Victoria Victoria Beckham
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