Vanity shouldn't be everything, but when it comes to applying for a job, you have to ensure you're dressed for the part, because your first impression could make or break your position at your dream job! To prevent a heartbreaking rejection, do your best to dress to the nines! (*Note: your outfit is not all that ensures a job, of course! Make sure to have a resumé, great references, and a positive attitude!)
If you are looking for a summer job like I am and you're not exactly sure what to wear depending on where you're applying--have no fear! For, Sarah the stylist guru (well, I think I'm pretty swell at least!) is here to help with some presets of what you could wear if you are applying to specific places or somewhere much like it! (Let it be known that I am no expert, therefore my advice should be taken with a grain of salt, okay, bumblebees?)
Teen Clothing Stores:
(eg: Forever 21, Wet Seal, Urban Outfitters)
Of course, you don't have to be a teenager to shop at these stores, but they are targeted more towards teenagers, so the need to look really professional may be a bad idea when applying to work here. These kinds of stores want their employees to be young and hip and with it or whatever the kids are saying nowadays. It's important to stay chic and presentable, but not like a corporate manager of some firm. Staying classic but still young and fresh is the way to go. You can be sure to look young with shorter length skirts and dresses (but not too short!) and cute accessories (like a colourful belt or fun socks!).
|top: thrifted | skirt: target | belt: betsey johnson | socks: topshop | shoes: dr. martens | earrings: some vacation shop | bracelets: h&m|
Higher-End Clothing Stores:
(eg: Banana Republic, J. Crew, Express)
So, you've made it to the big league. You've outgrown those teen-scene shops and want to be taken more seriously in an adult environment. Great! Just make sure to dress the part. Now, I'm not saying slick back the hair and throw on a blue pant-suit, but perhaps a collared shirt with your favourite A-line skirt, and of course a killer statement piece necklace. Pair all this with a pair of comfortable heels and I'd say you've got a winner. (Also, going to the interview wearing the brand that you may be representing in the future is an added bonus!!)
|dress: banana republic | shoes: vintage | pearls: macy's (stolen from my mum)|
(eg: Macy's, Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshall's)
Now, department stores are very similar to high-end clothing stores and should be treated as such when in an interview. However, there is a bit more lee-way, since the store doesn't sell brand-specific items, and has a large selection. You could be working in the kid's section, the fragrance department, or even the shoes (oh what torture that would be)! Just remember working in a department store you will most likely have a clean uniform if not specific dress code, so don't dress too showy for this interview. You may not have much chance to show off when you're hired! However, that doesn't mean you should keep your personality to yourself. Show it off! But subtly. (Remember, jeans can be clean and professional if they are a dark wash! But if you feel denim is a bit too casual, try a pair of clean line trousers.) Perhaps with a pair of earrings or a really cute hair accessory. Even some adorable (but comfortable) shoes!
|top: h&m | shoes: thrifted | jeans: old navy | necklace: second hand|
I hope this helped you all and you will go forth and get hired! You should make a stunning first impression with this advice. Good luck, and remember, if all else fails, just smile and be friendly! No one wants to hire a grump.