It’s 2021, and we are smack in the middle of ‘where do we go from here?’ with this whole pandemic thing.
Understand that me saying ‘this pandemic thing’ doesn’t mean I don’t fully appreciate the width of COVID’s reach, so if you’re mounting your high horse right now, DON’T.
Mama’s feelin’ sassy and SO OVER THESE RESTRICTIONS, y’all.
So this whole pandemic thing has ushered in all kinds of new norms, with Zoom interviews being one of those things. And it’s a strange, strange world out here in the wild west, where you can’t look a hiring manager in the eye and shake their hand in person. You could be in your jammie bottoms and they’d never know if you angled your camera just right, and that just feels WRONG.
Luckily for me and my love of sartorial reviews, actual professional interview fashion looks are STILL A THING. Even if you’re only Zooming and totally plan to wear jammies below the desk. If you’re up for an interview and ready to talk style, I’m HERE FOR YOU.
Let’s shop some looks, darlin’!
SUITS. I know, I know. This isn’t rocket science here. Pretty much every professional woman to ever step foot in an office understands the value of a good power suit. I mean, hello. The Queen of England pretty much lives in skirt suits, her other go-to being a sheath dress, which incidentally is also very standard professional wear.
Anyway. Bless her royal little heart, she’s on to something.
You can go with a skirt suit and the whole ‘I’m professional but also very ladylike and demure’ look, but I’ve found that I get a lot more practical use out of pant suits. I can move more freely and think a lot less about exactly how to sit down, so there’s that.
There are about a billion options for ladies’ professional pant suits out there – we could go all day just on this one outfit. But since there’s more to cover, I’ll say that I stick with simple and classic. My #1 recommendation would be black, with a tailored blazer and well-fitting slacks. Seriously. Pay a local seamstress or tailor to have your suit tailored to you, because it makes a WORLD of difference.
COLLARS ON YOUR SHIRT, YO.
Ok, so this is going to sound silly, but it’s the absolute truth. A structured, collared top gives off a professional, in-charge vibe that no comfy, flowy, brightly patterned peasant top can achieve. If you’re looking to bump your career wardrobe up into CEO territory, I can guarantee you’ll be taken a lot more seriously if you step away from unstructured, oversized, or trendy looks.
Keep the focus on simple silhouettes and classic colors or patterns, but don’t be afraid to toe the line a little and express your personality. One of my favorite work shirts is a staid and proper Oxford-style button-up in leopard print. I wear it with my pantsuit or with a pencil skirt and it’s absolutely just as professional as my plain white one.
As a side note, if you’re a curvy mama or have a larger bust, you’re probably rolling your eyes at me, because button up shirts are the literal WORST. I hear you. I’m rowing that boat right along with you, honey. If you’re handy with a needle, I cannot stress how much this tip has changed my life: turn your shirt inside out and stitch the placket together wherever it normally gaps (make sure to use an invisible stitch, or just pull the bottom layer of the outer placket to avoid having the stitches visible from the outside). For me, it’s the 4th and 5th buttons. Since the rest are fine, I only sew those so that the shirts are easier to get in and out of, but that may look different for you.
Again. THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. But it’s so totally worth it.
PENCIL SKIRT. If you read the paragraph above and said to yourself ‘you’ll take my comfy, flowy tops when you PRY THEM FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS’ then this is the staple piece for you.
You’re going to want to French-tuck those comfy, flowy bad boys into a pencil skirt and throw on your ‘I’m in charge’ heels, girlfriend. Even if you don’t get the job, you’re going to look like a bona fide CEO.
If I had to pick three MUST HAVE office items, those would be it. Forget staplers and a keyboard, man. I’m here for the fashion. 😉
Have a happy Friday, friends!