There are some situations in life when it’s absolutely acceptable to slob out in a crocodile-shaped onesie or baggy jumpsuit: no-one will judge if it’s your day off. But first impressions count for a lot,
and sometimes, dressing to impress can make all the difference.
Read on for some tips on how to pull yourself together for that life-changing situation.
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The job interview
Putting some effort into how you look for a job interview shows you’re prepared, well-groomed, and
have excellent attention to detail. In other words, it speaks volumes about the sort of person you are to a potential employer. A well-tailored suit is always your best bet: to show a bit of color, wear with a pretty blouse or top underneath. Then, the devil’s in the detail; make sure your hair is clean and meticulously styled, remove lint from your skirt with a roller or brush, and don’t overdo it with the makeup or perfume. You can wear jewelry and still look professional, with gold watches or silver watches, and polishing your briefcase and shoes the night before won’t go unnoticed.
The first date
Now is not the time for high fashion or experimentation: bold fabrics like leather, fur and neon colors can be intensely off-putting, and will only contribute to your nerves. The same goes for over-the-top makeup. Instead, focus on finding an outfit that is comfortable first, and flattering second. Dress up your favorite pair of skinny jeans with a pair of killer stilettoes, accentuate your curves with a pencil dress or bring out your eyes with lashings of mascara. Embrace your favorite features to feel at your beautiful best when around your eye-candy.
Do you find you’re always the bridesmaid, and never the bride? Never mind, you can still be the most elegant girl in the room, as long as you don’t commit any major fashion faux-pas. For a summer wedding, keep things light, floaty and floral: black silk will look bizarre. On city and evening events, you can get away with a more sophisticated look: slick shift dresses and bold, block colors will help you seize your fashion moment.
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but you’re in charge of your fashion destiny. Own it, and it might lead to great things. Or at the very least, a few lovely compliments.