by Rebecca Hinkhouse
We all can recall the excitement of getting invited to interview for a spot in a coveted club on campus. That is, until you reach the end of the email, where it states, “please come dressed in business attire.” Panic strikes when you realize that not only do you not own business attire, but you don’t even know what it means. You resort to Google, only to find that there are a million different interpretations of women’s professional business attire. Although this doesn’t solve your problem, you soon learn that you are not alone. Expected women’s fashion is often ambiguous, but don’t worry, because the experts at Loft are here to help!
This past Wednesday, LOFT, a sponsor, hosted the women of GUWIL for a tutorial on how to dress professionally. “Versatility is key,” Loft’s store manager relayed to the group. Each of the three looks presented were composed of multiple pieces styled for a day at the office, but when worn separately, would be appropriate for class or a night out. On a college budget it is important to find staple pieces that can be worn in a variety of settings. A neutral pencil skirt or skinny pant is all you need to transform your look from casual to professional. Such a piece can be elevated with an elegant blouse, or made more casual with a knit sweater. The choice is yours.
So before you fret over your next interview, remember that it’s not about what you wear, but how you wear it. This may sound cliché, but with the help of a staple skirt or pant, almost any piece in your closet can be transformed from class casual to business professional. Now that you know how to dress the part, there’s nothing stopping you from confidently crushing any interview or day on the job.