Friday, February 13, 2009

Investment Pieces

Now, if you are senior in high school or older my previous post does not apply to you. If you are interviewing for colleges, going to college, or job searching it is crucial to make a great lasting impression. And how do you do that? Classic, timeless, high-quality investment pieces.

It sounds cheesy but you have to make an investment in yourself, going to a job interview in a hot pink leopard print t-shirt and jeans will not get you the job. Although the other side is false as well, going in wearing an ill-fitting suit will make you look boring and conservative. It's important to wear items that are styled perfectly for you and where your going in life.

You hear it over an over again: "Dress for Success" but it's true! You have to dress for the job you want, so how do you look smart, confident, and motivated? Investment pieces. Now every style guru has their list of wardrobe staples, and while I think there are items everyone needs each list should be tailored to yourself. Working in an office requires more work apparel such as blouses, suit pants, and business appropriate dress. While shop girls need perfect fitting jeans, versatile tops, and interesting jewelery.

Still a bit lost? Here is my list on what every girl needs:
1. The perfect pair of jeans
-If they fit like a glove buy two and have one hemmed for flats, the other for heels.
2. The little black dress
-Yes I know, as Audrey Hepburn's BIGGEST fan I am a bit biased, but trust me you get great mileage out of it.
3. The little white dress
-The spring/summer version of the little black dress. Wear it with a colorful cardigan for chilly nights.
4. The Classic Black Cardigan
-Perfect for spring/summer nights or with a pashmina in the winter.
5. The Pashmina Scarf
-Buy it in your favorite color to wear with your cardi, white dress, and black dress.
6. The Smashing Coat
-Its a coat, you have to wear it my not make fantastic? Spring/fall coats tend to be the most fun, such as the modeled by my fashion forward friend in the photo above. This fantastic coat can be found at Twist Boutique in Naperville, IL.
7. The Black Pants
-Perfect for job/college interviews when paired with a fun blouse.
8. The Statement Jewelery
-Whether your a necklace, ring, bracelet, earring or watch girl have a fantastic piece of jewelery to dress up an outfit.
9. The Classic Black Skirt
-Pencil skirts are my favorite, but wear what flatters your body. A-line skirts get the most mileage because it goes with everything.
10. The Black High Heels
-Round toe, pointed toe, square toe, 1" to 5" (the 6" inch heel is a myth), everyone needs black shoes.

Of course, everyone has different needs buy more black pants if you work in an office or jeans if you have a casual job, but these are staples.

My last bit of advice: Don't be afraid to spend money on investment pieces.
You will save more money if you buy high quality items that last forever as opposed to cheap items that fall apart within days. This are things you will have and wear forever so make sure they will last forever.

You are what you wear!
-Juliana

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