Drab to Fab

Drab to Fab

By: Ariel Long and Alisha Long

Going to work doesn’t mean sacrificing fashion. Get quick tips for yourself and your beau.

ALL WORK AND NO FASHION MAKES DOT-NISTA A DULL GIRL!

When was the last time you saw a navy blue power suit with shoulder pads in the jacket and pants with pleats in the front and a tapered leg? Ladies, it’s no secret: Times are-a-changin’. And with the times, fashion has moved forward in the work place. Thirty years ago ‘Casual Friday’ was taboo. Nowadays it’s status quo right along with business-casual attire instead of business-professional.

So what does this mean for us?

How are we supposed to look in the work place?

LADIES

The 80’s are out and the new millennium is in with thousands of Gen Y-ers, like ourselves, over-running the work place. We have iPads, smart phones, and nooks powered up and ready to make our jobs easier. Bottom-line: we’ve got options. We’ve got a plethora of professional fashion-forward prêt-a-porter looks for the work place for even the most conservative orga­nizations. Our skirts come in all shapes and sizes and so do our pants. Real talk: We rarely see suits anymore in Southern California. Even for job interviews that land us that first role out of college or the next role that makes us the BIG bucks.

Still, don’t get too overzealous. Keep the fire-hydrant-red pumps in the closet until you land the job. Be cute, but be smart about your personal style in the work place.

IDEA

Try wearing a blazer, cropped or full hip length- depending on your body type and stature- paired with a button up blouse with structure (not loose-fitting). Then add a tailored wide-leg pant or a high-waist skirt. This kind of look in the work­place gives the vibe,“Yes, I’m a business woman, but don’t forget I’m a lady”.

THE GOAL: LOOK PROFESSIONAL BUT DON’T BE BORING OR FRUMPY!

Leave a few things to the imagination; super-fitted clothing in the workplace is an epic fail. A tailored fit on a pair of slacks is the ticket to confidence in the interview. It also adds to your physique. You will shine when you are confident and look as good as you feel.

KEEP IN MIND

It is better to stick to dark colors, earth or jewel tones and pair your outfit with a white or off-white top. Now you are in business!

LAYMAN’S TERMS

Leave the leopard print at home. Strappy shoes that go up to your knees are OUT. And always do your research. Know who you are going to work for so you can make the best impres­sion possible. You do not want to be overdressed, but do not under-dressed either!

NEXT STEP?

Ladies, hand The Business Issue to Your Man so he can refresh his memory (hint, hint). We know that he already knows…

 

 

MEN

We know you like it simple. Lucky you! Keep your style more “cookie-cutter” and maintain your swag. The “uniform” con­sists of slacks with a collared shirt and tie. If you want to take it to the next level, add a cardigan or a jacket.

This all depends on how conservative the company is.

FOR THE INTERVIEW – WHAT’S A MAN TO DO?

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Color palette. Stick to darker hues. Navy blue, black, even a charcoal grey, are the colors to cling to in the interview pro­cess. After you land the job, you can add some personality to your wardrobe and try different colors. For summer, the color palette includes: tangerine, mustard, dazzling and sodalite blue, and grass green amongst many other colors.

THE INVESTMENT

A nice pair of comfortable dress shoes. If the budget only per­mits for one, get black. You can never go wrong with a black dress shoe; we guarantee it will come in handy after the in­terview is over. But, if the budget allows, go for the gusto and invest in a pair of brown shoes as well. Brown is more common in the work place today than it was 10 years ago.

FINAL TIPS

Get a quality haircut and polish your shoes. You’d be surprised how many men go into interviews without a haircut and scuffed shoes. It takes four seconds to make a first impression so make it count boys!

Putting all of these details together make for a very successful look when going on that corporate interview. All you need is your list of questions and a few copies of your resume!

 We want to know how YOU stay fab and on point at the office everyday. Leave a comment below!

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