Changing a career path and with it the need to dress in a full suit everyday might seem like an exciting prospect, but making sure you style yourself right is still of great importance.
Inhale Fashion enters into the fourth and final instalment of our collaboration with Marks & Spencer for their unique Interview Style Challenge. The theme of the challenge surrounds that dreaded but all important task of selecting what to wear for a job interview. The M&S Style Challenge is being spread over 4 weeks, and each week M&S will provide an interview scenario that requires a certain bit of creativity in the styling stakes.
Let me explain a little bit more. As Editor of Inhale Fashion I have kindly accepted the task of modelling a brand new M&S suit and styling up that suit for specific job interview scenarios. Over a 4 week period that has seen 10 other creatives battling it out to be crowned the most stylish, I have been modelling the same chosen suit each week, styling it accordingly in line with the scenarios Marks and Sparks had set. The aim was simple, and still is for this final segment. “Dress good, look good, feel good, and impress the judges”
final week 4 interview scenario ……. Men’s challenge: Career Culture Change – suitable attire to clinch a career-changing role which will wave goodbye to wearing a suit everyday
Photography by Richard Lewis
The Outfit Breakdown
Moving into the final week of this M&S style challenge I have decided to lose the shirt and tie and head down a sophisticated yet slightly more informal route. Applying for a position that does not require you to wear a suit everyday can be refreshing if you get the job, but don’t be fooled in thinking your potential employers will not take into consideration how you dress.
The Suit. The M&S suit remains the same, and is again the super slim fit suit that I have sported throughout the continuation of this M&S style challenge. The fit is slim and moulds around my frame perfectly.
The Roll Neck Jumper: The Navy Roll Neck I am wearing is from Reiss and replaces the customary shirt and tie that you would normally associate with an interview. The Reason why the roll neck jumper works is mainly because it can be dressed up easily with a blazer. The dark colour is important as it is still quite reserved, but also the streamline fit works well to demonstrate a sophisticated look that could fit in within the working environment.
The Pocket square: In the M&S style challenge week one I underlined how the pocket square can be a really defining accessory. The dark blue pocket square that I have chosen really draws your eye and makes for the understanding of a really well put together outfit. The shade of the pocket square, and that of the roll neck jumper work together to deliver a stylish almost continental style finish.
The Shoes: The black Chelsea Boots are from Loake and work perfectly in most scenarios. Just make sure that the fit of the trousers help to benefit the boots. It is all too easy to get the length, or width your trousers wrong, and this in many cases acts to swallow the boot, ruining the look completely.
The Bag: The black holdall bag is from Reiss and replaces your typical briefcase or messenger bag. If you are going to accessorise with a holdall, make sure you are carrying something of quality. Having a bag on display at an interview that is about to fall apart will not stand you in good stead. Every part of your outfit when attending an interview should be put together in the correct way erelevant if you are wearing a full suit or not.
The Outcome: The outcome is once again a stylish look that could clinch you that all important career changing job. The colours I have put together compliment each other and create a nice balance for the whole outfit. Remember to always stay on the right side of cautious when you are not directly required to wear a full suit to an interview. By all means be creative, but do it sensibly and stylishly.
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