First Impressions are key and often stick in people’s minds for a very long time. Make sure your potential employer goes to sleep thinking how he or she can come into work tomorrow dressed nearly as good as you.
Today Inhale Fashion is excited to announce that we have teamed up with Marks & Spencer for a unique Blogger Style Challenge. The theme of the challenge surrounds that dreaded but all important task of selecting what to wear for a job interview. The style challenge will be 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 which sees 10 other bloggers battling it out to be crowned the most stylish, I will be modelling the same chosen suit each week, styling it accordingly in line with the scenarios Marks and Sparks have set. The aim is simple! “Dress good, look good, feel good, and impress the judges”
Week 1 Challenge: Creative but Classy
The brief: Create an interview outfit for a fashion role at a well-known UK fashion brand (e.g. a design role, a salesperson, a marketing exec, a buyer).
The outfit Breakdown
The first thing to remember with this style challenge is that the suit is the staple item. Every little subtle touch within the outfit must work in conjunction with the staple piece. At Inhale fashion we preach that minimalism is often the key to success, and that theory stays very true here. The Job I am trying to obtain is one within the fashion industry so showing I am creative is important, but also showing I am professional is equally important.
The Suit The M&S suit itself is a super slim fit suit that works well with my frame and delivers a naturally streamline result. I have chosen this type of fit because it is fashionable and modern, yet it remains stylishly professional.
The Shirt The shirt I am wearing is from Canali and its light pink tone really compliments the suit and adds a subtle balance to the whole outfit. I have chosen to go with the pink shirt instead of a plain white shirt only because it delivers a slightly less formal look and is much more welcoming.
The Pocket Square The Navy blue & pink dotted pocket square from Harvie & Hudson has a great effect on the whole outfit. The navy stylishly compliments the tone of the suit, whilst the pink adds a nice balance to the shirt. Pocket squares are forever a stylish accessory, and if you get it right, it can make your whole outfit pop.
The Shoes The shoes I have chosen are black Chelsea boots from Loake. For an interview at a fashion brand they work well, and are not as formal as your typical lace up shoes. The slim leg on the M&S suit trousers help the Chelsea boots keep their character, and therefore their style is not lost under rolls of trouser material. It is very important that your trousers and shoes work together to enhance your bottom half. Identify how much break you need in your trousers because a little bit too much material might see your shoes swallowed up.
The outcome The outcome of this first style challenge is a professional looking suit with a fashionable twist. The outfit says you mean business but it also says you understand how to look good in this environment.
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