We just had to share some of this article we found on the following employment website: theladders.com . If you are a member, you can find it at the http://tinyurl.com/dg67ce. For those of you that are not members we have included an excerpt of this article written by Joyann King below. It offers great tips for those who are getting back into the workforce or are looking for a new job. We added our own examples from bananarepublic.com, shop.com, and newyorkandcompany.com to some of her suggestions.
Lose the ‘Frump Factor,’ Win the Job The right look can increase your confidence, show your personal style and make a lasting first impression. Joyann King
1) Choose shapes that flatter your body.
This tip seems obvious, but unfortunately we have been programmed to reach for certain silhouettes when it comes to dressing for a formal interview -pencil skirt and button down, check. The truth is these two cuts don’t look great on most women. Pencil skirts are unforgiving if you have even the slightest of hips, and button-downs are notorious for bulging open in all the wrong places. Instead, if you are curvy, opt for A-line skirts and dresses that provide a slimming effect on the lower body. If you are petite, try a fitted sheath that falls just above the knee. It will highlight your feminine figure while elongating your legs.
2) Hose are a thing of the past.
Yes, you can start celebrating: Hosiery, at least any that is visible, is no longer a requirement for women in the workplace. In that case, they should be very sheer and match your natural skin color. (No tan, please!) On the other hand, opaque tights are acceptable and encouraged during the winter months. They also look chic when worn with patent leather pumps. But unless you want to look like Rainbow Brite, stick to black tights.
3) Shoes and bags are your style outlet.
It is a myth that an interview requires a basic black shoe and masculine briefcase. In fact, when keeping your clothes simple and chic, your shoes and bag are a great way to add sophistication and style. Have fun with oxford-inspired booties; patent-leather pumps; peep-toed Mary Janes; and tastefully colored totes and animal-skin satchels (faux if you prefer!) The only rules are no white shoes and no strappy sandals, ever.
4) Wear a dress.
While a skirt or pantsuit is always appropriate, so is a great dress and jacket. From simple sheaths to A-line styles, a dress is the most flattering silhouette a woman can wear. Stick to solid wovens, tweeds and delicate pinstripes. If you are more fashion-forward, try a cocoon shape, ‘60s shift or a ’50s-style dress with a fuller skirt and wide belt. Bonus: A dress takes the guesswork out of the what-blouse-to-wear dilemma.
5) Wear navy, black and gray — together.
Navy, black and gray should be the three staple colors of your professional wardrobe, with a few brightly colored accent pieces. These colors look great with everything and even better when worn together.
6) Add some flair.
The right belt or earring can make your otherwise boring and predictable outfit impressive and memorable. Wear a wide belt in patent leather or a skinny gold belt to accentuate your waist. Try delicate gold hoops instead of pearls to modernize your basic jewelry. Wear a necklace in gray beads or any soft color to highlight your neckline.
7) Experiment with fabrics.
Rayon and polyester are not executive-worthy textiles. Fill your closet with lightweight tweeds, linen blends, silks blends and even boucle. Texture in a suit or dress can add a personal touch and keeps your look seasonal. In the winter opt for a tweed jacket over a black wool sheath, black opaque tights and patent-leather sling-backs. In the summer, a linen pencil skirt, crisp white blouse and neutral pointed-toe pumps look elegant and fresh.
8. Purchase a versatile go-to.
There is no need to purchase a whole wardrobe just to update your look. The key is working with a couple investment pieces to create a versatile, modern look. Invest in a black sheath that flatters your body type, a navy A-line skirt and a black tailored jacket with slimming bracelet sleeves. Shop for solid basics in flattering silhouettes.