Hello, I’m Annabel Ly and I’m your other contributor to Coed Ugly! Unfortunately I’ve been swamped with finals and papers but after a grueling three hour Greek exam it’s about time I posted something! I’m currently a full time Comparative Literature and Classics major at UC Berkeley (go bears!!) and I’m excited about contributing to this blog.
Since the lovely Linda did an amazing job covering a few aspects of dressing for college, I’m going to tackle another common subject: outfits for interviews. While grades and the eventual acquisition of a college degree are undoubtedly crucial factors when applying for jobs and grad schools, it’s also practical to consider an internship or two while in college. Well guess what? Summer’s here, classes are over, and it’s the perfect time to devote to this cause!
Like Linda said in her post about the first day of classes, first impressions are EVERYTHING! I put together this outfit with this in mind and spent an abnormal amount of time obsessing over every little detail. Keep in mind that different places have different atmospheres: while an interview for a high profile firm requires a more put together formal look, other organizations such as activist ones and the like may have a more relaxed environment and a simple casual outfit may suffice. Ideally, I’d love to work at a style magazine or any business centering around fashion, so I decided to build an outfit based on what I feel those types of interviewers want.
Now, onto the outfit. For that type of interview I would want to leave a lasting impression showing that, if hired, I would know what I’m dealing with. First I started with a pencil skirt which fits my body so well that I was surprised to find it at a thrift store for $3. I absolutely love pencil skirts because they accentuate the smallest part of your waist and give you curves that you never thought you had! To tone it down, I tossed in a simple black lux blazer that I bought a few years ago balanced with black wedges from Chinese Laundry which are also just as old. Along with a J Crew oxford shirt I tend to incorporate into a lot of outfits, the outfit so far is perfect for an interview but once again I have to keep in mind the environment. To complete the look, I tied this amazing vintage Oscar De La Renta scarf that I bought at a vintage store which contributes the perfect pop of pink (try and say that ten times!) to a neutral outfit. Finally, another finishing touch involves the accompanying handbag and in my outfit I chose a simple black Bottega Veneta buttery leather clutch.
Well, what do you guys think? Would I be hired in this outfit? If anyone out there in the San Francisco area is looking for an intern, let me know ;D