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.
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.
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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