- No jangly/noisy jewelry. There is nothing worse than talking to someone with clanky bracelets, etc, incredibly distracting.
- No super sparkly or ginormous jewelry. Again very distracting, for example, I hate to see large dangly earrings swinging to and fro - I won't be paying attention to what you are saying just your earrings.
- Super-duper high heels. I love a heel, but people get really weird about super high heels/platforms. I remember during one big trend/design presentation I had with our sales staff (and CEO *ahem*), I wore some high red suede platforms with a simple, light grey, pinstripe pants suit. I got as many comments about my shoes as I did about the presentation. The comments weren't negative, but I wanted the sole (ha ha) focus to be on my presentation and not my shoes. Same goes with interviews - you want more focus on you and less focus on what you are wearing.
- Black suits (in my opinion) are the best, they go with everything and when you land that job you can break the suit apart and it ends up being way more versatile (just remember to dry clean the whole suit at the same time so the fabric color/texture stays consistent).
- Keep it simple - less is more. You and your skills need to stand out, not what you are wearing. Trust me, if someone wears something odd or out of the ordinary, that's what's going to be remembered, not their skills or what they said.
Ideally it would be great to have a suit set that includes pants and a skirt with the blazer that goes with both. Just a thought.
Now for what goes underneath the jacket. Again keeping it simple and neutral, a white button down or if you are like me and tend to get the flop sweats when you are nervous (ick) then a sleeveless shell works great. With either choice make sure it's clean (no spots, make up smudges) and not too sheer or see-through. Sounds like a "duh" statement, but I've seen these issues.
Now for accessories, again, simple, clean lines and not too many doodads to distract. A basic black bag works wonders, I like to keep it large enough to fit a folder with my resumes and my tear sheet binder, but not so large I look like I came from the gym or a weekend away. I try to only carry one bag, though occasionally I have to schlep a large portfolio case if they want to see actual fabric samples. Try not to look like a bag lady is the bottom line. As for shoes, again simple black pumps with a low to mid heel.
I hope you found this helpful and stay tuned for next week's installment!