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Best To Wearing To Job Interview

Whether we like it or not, fashion matters when it comes to landing your dream job—and having your closet ready with job interview outfits can help take a little pressure off an already stressful situation.
When deciding what to wear to a job interview, you want to fit in to the company culture—but also, of course, stand out from the pack—and navigating the two can be a challenge. Nowadays, even some of the strictest companies have relaxed their dress codes to adapt to the startup-fueled, tech-first economy, but what’s appropriate still varies from industry to industry—and despite the fact that we’d all like to think our resume speaks louder than our pencil skirt, what you wear during the interview process remains very important.
“First impressions are critical. What you wear is the first thing people see, before you even say a word,” says Barry Drexler, the founder of Expert Interview Coach. “[Hiring managers] evaluate your appearance because they don’t know you yet, and they don’t have a lot to go on.”

It’s during this first interaction that people size you up based on everything from your handshake to your choice of shoes. Whoever is hiring needs to be able to visualize you in the position they’re trying to fill—and, in 2016, that doesn’t necessarily mean showing up in something extra-conservative.
“Recent grads especially are fish out of water,” says Jill Jacinto, media manager for WORKS by Nicole Williams, a company dedicated to helping young women find jobs. “They often get advice from their parents, who say they need a classic suit. My mom, who hasn’t worked in years, took me suit shopping. And I was taking her advice, which now seems laughable. We need to break away from the power suit mentality.”

So, how do we know what’s appropriate and what’s not? “It’s all about understanding the company culture,” says Ryan Kahn, founder of The Hired Group and MTV’s Hired career coach.
what to wear job interview1 What to Wear to a Job Interview: Expert Tips for Every Industry

That means everything from knowing if the executive team will likely be dressed in hoodies (and what that means for you as a hopeful employee) to understanding what colors are likely to be acceptable—a pink handbag is probably going to look a lot more at home in an interview with Kate Spade New York, for instance, than it will at Bloomberg. “You want to wear colors that show you fit in the company’s culture and that show your personality, but in subtle way,” says Rahel Berihu, a stylist and longtime volunteer at Dress For Success, which provides support and professional clothing to promote women’s economic independence. “You don’t want your outfit to be overpowering or distracting.”
Though everyone we spoke to agreed that overdressed is better than underdressed, neither is a particularly good look. “People in creative firms might see you as less creative, a little uptight, not someone who will roll up their sleeves and get dirty,” says Frank Dahill, senior recruiter and branding expert at Sam & Lori, a New York recruitment firm that focuses on creative industries.
Below, our experts weigh in on how to put your best foot forward, fashion-wise, in a job interview in five different fields.

If you’re interviewing for: a creative job
Examples: writer, editor, photo editor, film, graphic designer, art director
While jobs in creative fields give you a bit more leeway to be, well, creative with your attire, here a common pitfall is wanting to show too much personality right off the bat. “I’m not worried about personality in your clothes,” says Dahill. “If you have no personality, clothes won’t help. I’d rather see you be more conservative.”
While you shouldn’t show up in a skirt suit, don’t show up in something wild or trend-driven either.
Jacinto advises “tone it down and apply the rule of taking one piece off before the interview.”
Be comfortable. Jacinto proposes trying your outfit on before the interview to “know how your clothing reacts in different situations.”
Shoes should be closed-toe, pants should be black or dark denim, and accessories kept to a minimum.

If you’re interviewing for: a client-based corporate job
Examples: law firm, real estate, public relations, sales, marketing, advertising or account executives
Be well-groomed. Don’t wear too much makeup and have your hair clean and simple. Never wear perfume.
Invest in a nice blazer. This can be used to dress up anything from simple blouses to well-cut trousers. Again, shoes should be close-toe and no higher than three inches.
Keep colors conservative, says Kahn. “Keep it classy. Nothing too vibrant, bright, or distracting.”
Berihu advises against “bright colors, distracting prints, or anything lacy, sheer, or low-cut.” Keep the attention on you, not your clothing.

If you’re interviewing for: a fashion job
Examples: fashion editor, buyer, stylist, designer, merchandiser, assistant, sales
According to Drexler, a mistake people make when interviewing for a fashion-related job is to make a broad-brush assumption that they should dress edgy or super on-trend.
What you wear here depends on the specific job and company you’re interviewing for—keep the aesthetics of the brand in mind while getting dressed, but don’t show up in a head-to-toe runway look.
Keep clothes simple and instead make accessories the focal point. Have stylish shoes, a sharp bag and modern jewelry displaying your great taste.
Don’t try to be too fashion-forward. You want people to think “she looks presentable and stylish in that dress” as opposed to “wow, that’s a really expensive designer dress.” Clothes shouldn’t be a distraction.

If you’re interviewing for: a finance job
Examples: banking, consulting, hedge funds, accounting, insurance, research analyst, stock analyst
In finance—at least at the interview stage—not much has changed. Don’t push the envelope, and appear conservative and professional.
Wear a dark, two-piece pantsuit or skirt suit. Lighten it up with a white or softly-colored blouse and conservative accessories.
“Look for pants that are fitted and have a bit of a taper,” says Berihu. “And if your suit has a skirt, it should be knee-length or below and tailored appropriately.”
If you’re wearing tights, Jacinto suggests bringing an extra pair in case they run. “You never know what will happen the day of, so be prepared.”
On that note, don’t wear colorful or patterned tights,

If you’re interviewing for: a tech/startup job
Examples: engineer, coder, product manager, designer, communications, content strategist, IT
Startups often have a young staff and foster a collegiate atmosphere, so the biggest fear people have here is being overdressed in a sea of hipsters.
A good rule of thumb is to dress a half-step up from everyone else “so the person interviewing you knows you’re dressed up for an interview,” says Dahill.
Coming in wearing a corporate-style suit makes it look like you know nothing about the industry. “If you’re going to a startup in a three-piece suit, you may say the right things, but you look like you’re looking for an environment that’s different, and the company might think they cant offer you want you want,” explains Jacinto.
Show that you’re serious about the position without being overdressed. Opt for dark denim and a tucked-in blouse, or a stylish skirt with a chambray button-down and blazer or basic sweater, and accessorize from there.

 

Make Ripped Jeans in 5 Easy Steps

Wearing ripped jeans is a fine art, really. Done right, they look fashioned forward and cool—but one wrong tear and you’re on your way to looking like Donnie Wahlberg during the New Kids on the Block Hangin’ Tough Tour of ’89. So, knowing the exact right way how to cut holes in jeans is obviously clutch.

It’s clear ripped jeans aren’t a new trend—not even close. The distressed style has fallen in and out of fashion favor since the 1980s, but it seems that lately, they’re more popular than ever. Between street style stars pairing ripped up styles with It-bags to celebs like Gigi Hadid, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, and Selena Gomez wearing torn denim non-stop, holes are pretty much everywhere. That’s why, rather than ponying up $200 for a designer pair, we suggest a little DIY action.

The problem with buying already-distressed denim is that you don’t have much control over the rips themselves. That might sound a little bit like a Champagne problem, but we all have our preferences when it comes to placement, size, and scope of the tears. Do we like two gaping holes at the knees, a few tiny nicks, or a series of serious slashes down the leg?

Plus, shelling out cash for jeans that look as if they’re one step away from the giveaway pile can be a hard pill to swallow. That said, we’ve highlighted 5 simple steps that outline how to rip jeans yourself.

1. Choose your denim

The first step, obviously, is picking out which pair of jeans you want to rip. Tight and skinny, or boyfriend style? Black, white, or blue? High-waisted or mid-rise? We find it’s best to do a few trial runs with either a pair of jeans you don’t really wear anymore, or denim you’ve picked up for cheap at spots like Goodwill or the Salvation Army. You definitely don’t want to take to your new pair of $200 J Brands with a scissor just yet.

If you want your jeans to look extra-worn, wash them a few times in hot water and a little bleach before you get started. If not, read on!

2. Gather your supplies to distress and rip
To really make jeans look authentically ripped, it pays to distress them a bit before you start cutting the holes. To do this, you’ll want to grab some sandpaper or a paint-removing block, steel wool, and a pumice stone. For the holes, use a pair of super-sharp small scissors, an X-Acto knife, or a box cutter. We like to use a piece of cardboard or a small wooden block inside the pant legs so you don’t alter the back of the jeans—unless you want to.

3. Put your jeans on to mark
Use a pen, chalk or a safety-pin to denote exactly where you want your rips and/or distressed areas. You might want to grab a ruler, too. It’s key do this while you’re standing.

4. Start distressing
Lay the jeans flat and start rubbing your marked areas with your sandpaper, steel wool, and the pumice stone until the denim starts to really thin out and look worn. Obviously, the time it takes to do this step depends on the thickness of your jeans. If you really want to go for it in the knee or butt area, tape some sandpaper to the floor, put the jeans back on, and slide around on the paper.

5. Start making your holes
After your jeans are sufficiently distressed, take your scissors or knife and use the edge (not the tip) to start horizontally scraping the area where you want your rips to be. If you don’t want holes all the way through, scrape enough that you start to see the white horizontal threads beneath the denim’s surface. Once you’re there, you can start using a tweezer to fray the threads. If skin is what you’re after, start cutting the distressed areas with your knife or scissors.

Survey your work and start over if you want more rips

Wear a Sports Jersey Like a Street Style

Tom Ford sent sequined versions down the runway, Rihanna never seems to take hers off, and street style stars are huge fans—yes, we’re talking about sports jerseys. No longer confined to basketball courts, this sporty statement piece is having a major fashion moment—and it’s time to get involved.

We love this look for the dog days of summer, when it’s simply too hot to think about putting together a full-on look and you just want to slip into something light and be done with it. If that sounds like a situation you’ve been in (and haven’t we all) the sports jersey should absolutely become a go-to for you.
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Lucky for us all, street style stars have mastered the art of making sports jerseys look polished and downright chic. Here, five rules for pulling off the style like a few of our favorite style setters.

1. Wear it like a dress.
Some of the biggest street stars around are wearing oversized sports jerseys as dresses. Part sexy, part sporty (they don’t wear them like tight body-con dresses, but rather boxy and oversized), we love this look for a casual first date, when you want to show off a little, but not too much.

2. Play with proportions.
Look for cool sports jerseys that play with proportions (like long in the back and short in the front) to give the look a fun, fashion forward spin. Then rock the top with cut-offs or jeans.

3. Layer it over a longer dress or skirt.
Want to transform your oversized jersey into something more than a mini-dress? We love the idea of wearing it over a longer piece, and letting that piece peek out just a bit.

4. Keep the color palette and accessories simple.
Keep the color palette of your outfit simple when wearing a sports jersey—you’ll notice that most street style stars are either wearing a combination of primary colors or keeping their outfit to black and white. In the same vein, don’t go overboard with accessories.
street style sporty How To Wear a Sports Jersey Like a Street Style Star

5. And above all else, don’t be afraid to dress it up.

Sports jerseys scream casual, which is why it is so fun to switch things up and dress them up with ladylike high heels and a killer statement bag