What to wear? Perfect clothes to snare a job… by Creative Writer of the Year winner Stacey Dove
2012/04/01  |  By:   |  Features  |  
Apparently, I’m an adult.At the time of writing, there are just DAYS until I finish university and have to enter the REAL WORLD.

A scary place where the flash of a student card doesn’t make Topshop that little bit cheaper and a £500 fashion allowance is an offer dreams are made of.

As much as I could pop the entire budget into my currently non-existent dream Mulberry bag fund (a £925 Oversized Alexa in Oak Light Patent Leather please!) a growing up girl needs a grown-up outfit.

Job hunting starts next May so I need a killer, take-down-the-advert, stop the recruitment, we’ve found our girl kinda outfit.

So Nancy Sinatra’s boots are made for walking, but I need shoes. Shoes that are made for hiring. Then, walking, talking, writing, editing, business meetings, long lunches, longer office parties and everything else in-between.

These two-tone Classic Collection LK Bennett courts are perfect, they have a high enough heel to ensure I’m confidently walking tall, yet aren’t knee-buckling, blister-causing skyscrapers.

The caramel and black colour-block of the shoe provides a hint of Chanel class. Very K-Middy.  At £185 these are definitely a necessary investment.

Some tailored trousers are next on my wish list. A pair of £110 Ted Baker velvet cigarette legged trousers provide a nod to the androgynous trend, whilst still holding a feminine edge. Fabulous. Next, I want a shirt that I can utilise in lots of office outside. H&M, the source of ‘I love your dress…how much? REALLY?’ conversations, is where I’ll head. This pearl chiffon blouse is a wardrobe staple for just less than twenty British pounds.

I shall of course be abiding by the work-wear fashion commandment – thou shalt wear smart tailoring. Epitomised by Jaeger at London Fashion Week in pastel candy colours, my interview outfit needs a fitted blazer.
My current wardrobe is packed with hues of chocolate and caramel, so this camel blazer definitely caught my eye. Found in high street haven All Saints, its creased paper-like finish will contrast nicely against my sleek trousers and blouse. At £180, it would go great with a shift dress, tights and ankle boots too. A winner. I’d wear the blazer open, showing off the pussy-bow detail of my bargain blouse.
My hair twisted into an effortless yet smart top-knot, I’ll add a cute bow hair clip to finish the look for just £3.50. Accessorize always gets a gold star for their outfit making extras at pocket money prices, and this clip is no exception. It adds a fab girly touch to my interview outfit.Holding onto my savvy student spending ways, I’m left with a whole £3.50 to spare. That’s just enough for a pre-interview latte and a muffin.
So now I’ve got the look… who’s hiring?