Going In Circles (eShakti dress review)

I’m not sure how to say it other than just coming out and saying it, so…

I lost my job at the end of March.  😞  The business I worked for had some cutbacks and I was one of the people that were let go.

So the past month has been pretty low-key.  I spend most of my days applying for jobs, but I’m also keeping busy doing other things, such as cooking more and taking some online courses in things such as JavaScript (which is pretty intimidating) and Bootstrap (which is less intimidating).  I’ve spent some time with friends I don’t always get to see, and most importantly, this week my friend Laurie from Illinois is coming to stay with me and we’re headed to Book Lovers Con (which I will be reporting on for the blog so keep your eyes open)!

When I found out I was losing my job, I started thinking about what I was going to need in my closet for interviews.  I’d gotten rid of my standard wide-leg trousers for work a while back, and most everything in my closet are dresses.  I came to the conclusion that I was going to need to buy a suit for interviews, and started poking around to see what I could find.

Unfortunately, the idea of just having a pantsuit doesn’t appeal to me.  As awesome as the #ladyboss look is, I’ve tried it and it just doesn’t work on me.  I’m warm, I’m uncomfortable, and I don’t like it, and that’s definitely going to come across in an interview.  I brought my concerns to one of the dress groups I’m in on Facebook, and more than a few people suggested pairing a blazer with a dress.  Now THAT was an appealing idea.  I do love a good blazer, and I would feel more “me” in a dress/blazer combo than a pantsuit.

Circle Print Crepe Belted Dress – eShakti
Studio Gabardine Madison Blazer – Torrid
Aubrey t-strap heels – Cobb Hill / Rockport

It’s been a while since I bought anything from eShakti, but I knew this was a good place to start looking since I can customize the dress.  Every corporate fashion blog I’ve poked around on says to go more conservative during an interview, so I needed something that wasn’t low-cut or had too high of a hem.  The skirt hem isn’t so much of a problem – most of the items in my closet are knee-length or below – but I don’t like anything being too close to my neck.  The simple scoop neck on this dress is perfect.

The thing that really sold me on this is the pattern – a gorgeous deep green with gray and black circles.  I’ve been wearing patterned dresses for so long that I actually feel kind of underdressed when I wear a solid color.  This mod circle print is basic enough to not be too much, but will stand out in peoples’ minds.  One of the ideas that I have for interviewing is to wear something that stands out from a sea of navy and black.  I’d love to be remembered as “that lady in the green circle dress” in hiring departments!

I had this blazer from Torrid a few years back, but decided to sell it since I’d kind of gone away from business wear at my last job.  Luckily they still made the style so I snagged one on sale.  I love the 3/4 sleeves and striped lining, and it’s lightweight enough where I don’t feel like I’m dying in the sun.

The dress is made and lined with a lightweight crepe fabric that’s very comfortable, and comes with a matching fabric belt (although here I replaced it with a plain black belt from one of my Vixen dresses).  I decided to make it sleeveless so I could wear it on more casual days as well as ensure nothing will bunch up under the sleeves of a jacket or sweater.  Also, as the weather warms up, a sleeveless dress under a blazer is just going to be WAY more comfortable.

With this, I feel interview-ready and prepared for whatever else comes at me professionally!

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  1. Love that look! Very summery, classy dress but with the blazer, very job oriented and a little more structured! ❤️❤️❤️