Work Wednesday: Creative and Casual Interview Attire
Mar 26, 2014
Last week, we discussed interview attire for a conservative/professional environment. But what about the ladies who work in a creative space (PR, design) or a casual field (tech, construction)?
Whether you’re dressing for a professional office or a more relaxed one, the fundamentals are the same: jacket, skirt/pants, heels, bag. But you can remold this foundation using color, texture, print and metallics.
Necklace: Meghna Green Carved Pendant ($145) // Bag: Ivanka Trump Dome Satchel ($175) // Top: Otte NY Binding Tank ($179) // Skirt: Sofia Pleated Skirt ($153) // Jacket: Rebecca Taylor Inset Jacket ($425) // Shoes: DvF Bethany Pump ($325)
For this outfit, I chose a pleated skirt with hints of cerulean and chocolate-brown on a navy field. Then, I added a coordinating blue blouse and topped it with a white jacket. The peplum shape on the jacket complements the pleated skirt, and the tortoise shoe pulls the hints of brown out of the skirt’s print.
While I could have gone with a simple tan satchel and this long snake pendant, I wanted to add another color to the mix. Emerald and blue play well together, so I went with green. I also chose a long pendant with substance so the green color would really get its due and pair well with the bag. It really pulls the accessories together.
Need more tips on dressing for a more creative office? I thought this Oprah article had some good advice.
Earrings: Big Bang Fan Studs ($90) // Bag: Danielle Nicole Cobalt Satchel ($98) // Polish: Jin Soon Azurite Nail Color ($18) // Top: Mirror Slinky Tee ($56) // Pants: Minnie Twill Pant ($90) // Jacket: Slim Peplum Zip Jacket ($96) // Shoes: Steven Caydence Ankle Strap ($99)
Truth be told, it’s been over a decade since I worked in a casual office. It was a water delivery company, and everyone just wore jeans. I, the freshly graduated, adding politico killing time before grad school started, wore jeans and jackets with flats. So for this outfit, I tried to think about what I would want to wear if I was interviewing at Living Social or some other tech start-up.
Again, I took the fundamental elements of interview attire and changed them up. The jacket is sweatshirt material with a zipper detail and a peplum. The top is not a blouse, but a graphic tee. (I also thought about a Zoe Karssen message tee.) I finished the look with a slim trouser (you could wear jeans, if it’s that kind of office, but I would do so with great caution), and I added a killer metallic-foil shoe to the mix.
For the accessories, I added a cobalt bag to pull hints of blue from the pattern in the shirt. I then chose an earring that had a complementary geometric print. A pyramid stud would also be a good choice. And finished it off with a really cool, dark blue nail polish from Jin Soon.
With the nail polish, it’s perfect for a hip, trendy office. However, if you’re interviewing in a casual office that also happens to be traditional (a construction company for example), I’d skip it and go with bare nails.
If you have any tips on dressing for casual and creative interviews, please leave them in the comments.