Two Ways: J.Crew Dotted Blouse
Mar 5, 2014
From Left, Earrings: J.Crew Pearl Earrings ($50) Sunglasses: Kors Layla Sunglasses ($126) Bag: Blake Medium Leather Satchel ($465) Shoes: Ivanka Trump Indico Pumps ($99) Trench: J.Crew Collection Trench ($298) Blazer: Mango Tailored Blazer ($80) Skirt: Mango Suit Skirt ($45)
From Right, Necklace: K. Amato Marble Coin Necklace ($85) Bag: Nine West On the Go Satchel ($31) Shoes: Zara Leather Studded Flats ($59) Sweater: Cashmere Long Sleeve Tee ($188) Pants: J.Crew Bristol Trouser ($168)
For a Job Interview. It’s that time of year again! New job seekers, freshly graduated and ladies who’ve decided to make a change are taking the next step in their careers. Thus, a lot of “what do I wear to a job interview” emails have been flooding my inbox. And unless you’re interviewing at a tech start-up that allows you to play ping-pong during the workday, you need to wear a suit.
One of my former interns just bought this suit for her first round of job interviews. She reports that the fabric feel is “okay” and that the fit “runs small in the skirt, normal in the jacket.” She also tells me that it’s “as nice as my suit from Limited, not quite as nice as my suit from J.Crew.”
Calvin Klein‘s diffusion line also makes a nice suit. And Nordstrom has a few nice ones if you’re willing to pay a bit more. We’ll talk more about job interview attire next Wednesday when I officially launch a bi-weekly series of posts called Work Wednesdays. I hope you’ll like it as much as I’ve liked putting them together.
If need be, you can wear tights with this look. I don’t recommend it, however, since I think nylons are the best choice for job interviews. I like the super sheer Donna Karan ones, which come in several flesh-toned colors.
As for the accessories, the outfit is quite neutral, so I chose a red bag to bring in some color. I also chose pearl earrings to set off the ivory hue in the blouse. I own these J.Crew studs and I like them a lot, but if you want the real thing, you can’t go wrong with Mikimoto.
For the makeup, keep it neutral and simple–taupe eyeshadow, rosy cheeks, pink lips and pale pink nail polish. For the hair, wear it down and natural, unless you play with it when you’re nervous. In which case, a soft, not severe, updo or low ponytail is a good choice.
For Casual Monday. With the weather in its undecided phase between winter and spring, layering a silk oxford under a bright sweater is a good way to be in both seasons at once. I like this purple cashmere tee, but you could also choose a ballet pink (pretty with black/ivory) or a bolder neon bright.
These Bristol trousers from J.Crew come in petite and tall sizes as well. With everything at J.Crew hit or miss these days, I’ve found their trousers–while unlined–to be consistently good. I’ve also found Ann Taylor’s new “curvy fit” pants to be a welcome addition to the brand. Sizing can be a bit tricky, but they’re much more forgiving for the pear-shaped. Plus-size? A couple of my friends keep raving about the Sejour brand at Nordstrom.
How great is this necklace? With shades of grey, black and white, it’s the kind of piece that you can wear with anything. It’s definitely going on my birthday wish list. Need something less expensive? This Blu Bijoux marble necklace is a great alternative at $35.
As for the bag, I know some of you don’t like leather either for ethical reasons or practical ones. I thought the shape and style on this nylon Nine West bag was really impressive, especially for the price. Much better than a lifeless, shapeless Longchamp. I also like the shoe compartment on the bottom for your commuter flats.
For the hair, I would leave it down. Pulling it up into a bun might make the whole look a bit too matronly, but a more youthful updo could be okay. For the makeup, I’d wear a raspberry gloss on my lips and a good coat of black liquid liner.