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Wardrobe Tips for Nailing That Fashion Industry Job or Internship

Now that it’s the middle of Spring semester, I’m sure you’re preoccupied with your midlife crisis about finding a job post-graduation. Or at least you’re tired of everyone asking you about what you’re doing after graduation (you can stop now).  We all know that jobs in the fashion industry are competitive, but the key to landing an amazing fashion industry job, is looking and dressing the part! These are some Do’s and Don’t guidelines to follow.

DO:

1.) Know your audience–know what the job entails and who is interviewing you! You wouldn’t wear the same outfit to an interview for Ralph Lauren as you would for an edgy fashion magazine.

2.) Number one also applies to tattoos and piercings ; if it’s a more conservative company you’re interviewing with, you may want to cover them up, but if the interview is with a young, hip company it may not be an issue.  Do your research and use your good judgement!

3.) Stick to a basic dress or suit and add one fun or statement jewelry piece or pair of shoes–that’s where you can really show some personality!

4.) Wear comfortable AND well-fitting clothes.  If you’re uncomfortable, it’ll show, and wearing garments that fit you shows you know what looks good and that your vision can be trusted.

5.) Have clean and un-chipped nails–a no-brainer, people.

6.) Be polished and well groomed! Stick to conservative hair and makeup.

DON’T:

1.) Think you have to wear pants or a suit.  This is a fashion interview, you’ll want to show your creative, trendy side too!

2.) Wear any skirt or dress that is too short or shows too much skin..fingertip length is always good guideline. If it’s sleeveless, a black or navy blazer always looks professional.

3.) Douse yourself in an overpowering perfume..nothing says don’t hire me like a perfume that makes you smell like a “baby prostitute,” for all you Mean Girl fans.

4.) Wear a million bangles or some loud charm bracelet or ANY loud jewelry for that matter. Statement pieces are okay but you want the interviewers to be able to hear you. Remember, the focus is on YOU and your abilities.

5.) Wear sandals or flip flops. Just don’t.

6.) Bottom line, if you have to question it, DON’T wear it.

Check out some of Glamour Magazine’s wardrobe tips for fashion industry interviews!

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It’s Tacky Sweater Time

So now that the holiday season has officially begun, it’s time to start shopping for all of those holiday parties. No, I’m not talking about sequined dresses and jewel toned dreesses.  I’m referring to those tacky Christmas sweaters we’ve all come to love.  If you’re in college, this is an absolute must. You’ll inevitably be invited to several Tacky Christmas sweater parties, and you don’t want to be caught wearing the same Christmas cat jingle vest (no, I’m not kidding) twice.  Believe it or not, Walmart has a pretty solid collection of heinous sweaters.  If you’re looking to go all out, check out myuglychristmassweater.com. Let’s just say this website allows you to shop for your sweater from several categories including, 80’s, lights, naughty, and ‘the holy grail;’ so you are sure to find a gem.  If you don’t feel like spending much on a holiday sweater, go to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army or Thrift Store.  There’s bound to be grandma’s out there that’ve dontated a few ridiculous sweaters. 

 
 
Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Sale: Light up the Party!

 

 

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Leather Everything, Please

So it’s no secret that leather is HUGE this season (go check out my post from a few weeks ago, “Leather Weather”).  It’s classic, comfortable, and goes with everything, BUT it can also expensive. And if you’re like me, and a broke college student, then  buying leather apparel isn’t exactly ideal. I mean there’s rent, books, gas, and bar money, so let’s face it, not many of us can afford that soft italian leather jacket we’ve secretly been eyeing.  In my opinion, it’s all about the details and how you accessorize!  Try finding a jacket, like my BDG camo jacket (Urban Outfitters), that has subtle leather details on the zippers, pockets, and shoulder.   Also, leather jewelry like my BP  black, studded wrap bracelet from Nordstrom is great accessory if you’re looking to add a little edge.  And finally, if you can find some money in your budget, consider splurging on a leather purse.  My black and white Kate Spade is my go-to-bag. It’s classic and is perfect for any season!

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Weekly Obsession: Magic Wallet

For the first two years of college, I probably wasted hours of precious time sorting through my tiny ID pouch, trying to find my student ID or debit card or room key. I know the cashiers dreaded me getting to the front of the line. Not anymore! The magic wallet is a lifesaver! It’s the perfect way for college students to keep their daily necessities all in one organized place!

Weekly Obsession: Magic Wallet
J.Crew bag / J.Crew leather wallet

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