Ava Grace's Closet: What to Wear : Job Interview Ready
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Friday, July 11, 2014

What to Wear : Job Interview Ready

By now you know that this mama has found herself back at work as a few weeks ago.
In the days leading up to job interviews, I found myself somewhat ill prepared as it related to having appropriate clothing for the corporate work space. 
After being home for 4 years, everything I now owned was either too casual, too dressy or just plain too old. 
I needed to update my wardrobe with easy pieces that could work for the interview process and later, easily transition into everyday work wear without breaking the bank. 

Now, having worked corporately for over 20 years in the telecommunications industry, and watching corporate attire get less and less formal over the years, I struggled with how to go. 
For this, I recommend exploring the opportunity, the organization and the role itself. 
Below, I've given a few examples of what you might wear depending on the type of opportunity. A guideline if you will. 

Job Interview Ready

You want to keep it professional but fun. Show them you know the trends, read printed pants, Valentino rockstuds and a subtle crop top. The bright, structured blazer and quilted handbag add a bit of polish.
Plus you can meet your girlfriend's for lunch right after and look fabulous. 

Corporate Sales
This look is almost identical to what I wore for one of my higher level interviews. Yes, I went with  a classic navy suit {blazer, here}but with a twist. A peplum skirt added a little bit of whimsy and adding a bright pink striped top and handbag gave what is a fairly conservative look just a little bit of edge. 
And also, how difficult is it to find navy shoes? {these by L.K. Bennett}

Casually polished is where it's at.
I love the idea of a perfect pair of black trousers, a polished shirt and comfortable, 
stylish flats. {no one does these better than Tory Burch}
A cross-body bag finishes off the look.

Interviews can be ridiculously nerve-wracking. 
Sometimes looking good {or at least looking the part} is half the battle. 

Happy Job Hunting!


  1. Dearest Susan,
    But no doubt on my mind that you knew very well how to present yourself and look professional!
    Enjoy summer and work combined.

  2. Knowing the job and the industry is essential. So many fashion people suggest outfits that just do not work for interviews when you are in a very buttoned down, stogy, male dominated profession. Interviews for finance & accounting is still a traditional suit. After that mix it up but for the interview always look the part - great round up Susan!

  3. you can never go wrong with a great blazer and pants.. all these looks are great!

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  4. Looking great is definitely a huge part of the battle in winning that perfect job! Great picks, Susan!

  5. awww i miss dressing for work! now that i work from home a lot... i don't get to dress up as much! :(

    Sandy a la Mode

  6. Love your post and how you separated each one! I use to work in fashion and we wore a tailored jacket with shorts and high heels on an everyday basis...
    x Nina


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