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Why You Should Dress Up For A Phone Interview

When contacted by a company for a job opportunity, it’s likely that before you are invited for an in-person interview, you need to complete a phone interview.

Now this may seem pretty easy – you get to sit at home and simply talk on the phone without having to deal with the added stress surrounding an in-person meeting. You know what I mean – it seems much easier since you don’t have to worry about your body language and attire.

The thing is though – what you choose to wear can influence your performance during a phone interview.

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How to Make a Style Statement even with a Corporate Dress Code

I think I have a love/hate relationship with dress codes.

I mean, yes, I completely understand that they are put in place to ensure that our clothing meets a particular standard but a corporate dress code for example (otherwise known as business formal) typically leads to thoughts of neutral colours, plain black suits and simply lack of style.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard, “I wish I could wear that to work but my office is so corporate”. So, you know what happens? They end up wearing boring outfits because they feel as though that’s their only option.

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How to Dress for Work in the Summer

Well, it’s (almost) officially summer! If you’re anything like me, you’ve been embracing the heat by wearing shorts, dresses and skirts any chance you get. However, when it comes to dressing for work (especially in a corporate setting), we can’t just throw on any dress or skirt with reckless abandon. It may be warm outside but when we’re inside the office, it’s imperative that we still maintain a professional image. So, how do we embrace the heat in a work-appropriate way?

My office dress code states that if you would wear it to the beach, don’t wear it to work. I couldn’t have said it better myself. I mean, really…does it make sense to be wearing something to the office that you would lounge around on the beach in? Save the flip flops, shorts and any other beachwear for weekends and vacations.

Here are 3 dresses that I picked up from H&M recently that I’ve found to be absolutely perfect for work. They are all made out of a great lightweight material, sleeveless and the hem reaches right below my knees:

dress for work in the summer

I call these “easy-breezy” dresses because they are literally so easy to throw on and the lightweight material allows you to keep cool throughout the day. If you’re looking for a summer go-to outfit, I highly recommend picking up some of these dresses. I like to pair mine with a cardigan or blazer and of course, a statement necklace.

dress for work in the summer

dress for work in the summer

Another key piece of advice? As the temperature rises, don’t let the professionalism of your outfit drop. Why? I mean, not only will you look unprofessional (and that’s bad enough) but opportunity rarely comes with any notice. I’ll share a story with you – one summer I was searching for a job as my contract job at the time was unfortunately coming to an end. Like all desperate job seekers, I was sending out my resume left, right and centre to any job that caught my interest. One day, I received a call back and this is how the conversation went:

Company: Hi Chanele, we’ve just reviewed your resume and we’d love to have you in for an interview.

 

Me: Thank you very much for the opportunity. I’m definitely able to come in this week – please just let me know what day is best and I’ll accommodate to your schedule (or I said something along those lines…)

 

Company: Well, we were hoping you could come in right now.

 

Me: *looks at the phone like this person is crazy* Um, you mean, today? Wow, um, I don’t know what to say – I don’t have my portfolio on me and to be completely honest, I’m not exactly dressed for an interview.

 

Company: Don’t even worry about it. We like spontaneity! Just come as you are and let’s chat! See you in an hour.

 

Me: Okay, great, I’ll see you then!

There’s two things you should know: 1) This company could only suggest the idea of an interview on the same day because my current office was literally across the street from it and I could interview on my lunch break and 2) I really wasn’t badly dressed but definitely less casual than I would have liked. I was wearing a dress, sandals and a jeans jacket.

So did I actually go the interview? You bet I did. I wish I was wearing a more “formal” dress and heels, but hey? As I said, opportunity rarely comes with any notice! With this in mind, you always need to be dressed for opportunity because a job offer or a meeting could pop up out of nowhere and you need to be ready and look ready. I mean, thank goodness, my outfit was still acceptable to be interviewed in but can you just imagine how embarrassing it would be if I got called for a same-day interview and I was wearing…flip flops? I actually just cringed as I wrote that out.

Of course, everyone has different dress codes but remember, even if your workplace allows you to wear flip flops…that doesn’t mean you have to! There’s so many fun options to explore when it comes to summer dressing. From stripes to bold colours to floral print, you can use prints and colours to express your personality and embrace the essence of summer without compromising your professionalism.

The Wrap Dress

wrap dress

Today’s post is going to be quite short. Why?

A dress this easy and beautiful speaks for itself.

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Spring/Summer Wardrobe Essential: Pleated Skirt

pleated skirt

I don’t know what it is but every spring, I like to experiment with my wardrobe. I don’t know, maybe blame it on the weather changing but something about the transition into a new season makes me want to also transition my look. Each year, I like to find a new style that I haven’t tried yet and figure out how to incorporate it into a look that fits my personality.

The winner of my new spring/summer look? A pleated skirt.

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Why Every Professional Woman Needs a Go-To Outfit

go-to outfit

 

Do you have a go-to outfit?

You know, that outfit that you turn to on your busiest days when you don’t have a lot of time to pick out an outfit.

That outfit that you can always count on to make you look and feel good.

That outfit that gives you an instant confidence boost as soon as you put it on.

Yes, that’s what I mean when I talk about a go-to outfit.

So, do you have one?

As a busy, professional woman on-the-go, I know that you may not always get to spend as much time on your outfit as you’d like to. With late nights and early mornings as the norm, you’re lucky if you’re able to grab a quick breakfast as you head out the door. The thing is, taking the time to create a go-to outfit can help you to simplify your busy mornings by giving you one less decision to make.

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Stripes and Separates

stripes and seperates

You’ll quickly come to learn that I love stripes.

And leopard print.

And polka dots.

Pretty much anything that has colour and a pattern, I instantly gravitate toward it.

A lot of people think that if they work in a corporate setting, they won’t be able to wear any patterns or colours. Images of plain dress pants and suits come to mind when that really isn’t the case. Because, trust me – if that was true, I wouldn’t last a second.

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Coloured Coats

Oh, how I love a coloured coat.

What you’ll soon learn about me is that I love colour and prints. It’s very rare you’ll find me in a “plain” outfit. I instantly gravitate towards anything that stands out.

pink coat h&m

A coloured coat is something you absolutely need in your wardrobe. I mean it. It has the ability to completely polish off your look and have people look twice at your outfit.

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