Article by Ceri Wheeldon
If thinking about returning to work, or even just changing jobs, then you also have to consider your wardrobe both for the all important interviews to get that job, and for when you start work.
First impressions are so important when attending interviews – its important to get the tone just right. Not too formal yet still professional. There are some terrific bargains to be had in the sales at the moment. Phase Eight have a great houndstooth shift dress on sale at £42.50. It has nice detailing on the neck which gives it a slightly ‘younger’ feel, and can be dressed up still further with the addition of a black patent belt. The skirt version at only £24.50 would be ideal with white shirt, black sweater, and again can be dressed up with a patent belt.
They also have a grey mid length sleeve ( extremely flattering and this length sleeve gives the illusion of a smaller waist) wool dress – ideal for autumn interviews – it would be terrific worn with a statement necklace. I couldn’t believe the price of this dress at £26.70 so had to snap one up for myself!
M&S have a great range of shift dresses all year round. As do Hobbs. Hobbs also have a number of jackets on sale at the moment- one in black with white trim would be an extremely versatile addition to any wardrobe.
Zara also do a good range of blazers with nipped in wastes and great detailing – always worth a look and again reasonably priced. LK Bennett are on the higher end of the price spectrum but well worth taking a look- especially at sale time – I have just bought two pencil skirts for £60 each in their sale-one was in the Fabafterfifty pink so far too hard to resist!
Shoes, not too high but not too staid. Kitten heels work well . My favourite on my weekend shopping trip was a pair from Carvela – a black court shoe with a modern feel at £95.
Happy Shopping and good luck with the interviews!