What to Wear to a Graduation Party

Graduation is right around the corner!  Many years has passed since I graduated, so this edition of What to Wear is written by guest writer, Lisa Griffin.

Soon you will be spending your last days at your university or college. Besides final tests and thoughts about your future perspectives, it means a memorable party! Are you excited about the day when everyone can forget about assignments and devote attention to choosing dresses for the graduation ceremony? All the seniors impatiently wait for this major event. Staying in trend might be difficult in everyday life, but when it comes to graduation, it’s even harder. So, what shall you wear to look fabulous? Continue reading

How to Pack the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe for Travel

Many times while traveling, things do not go as planned and my trip is extended (cancelled flights, opportunity to stay longer, whatever).  My first reaction was to add a couple new items to my wardrobe (yay, excuse to go shopping), then I learned the secret to extend my original wardrobe for another week (or more). I discovered how to pack the ultimate capsule wardrobe for the most mix and match options with a limited amount of luggage.  A little preparation while packing can give you loads of outfit combinations during your travels!

I spent many years traveling for work, and many more years traveling for fun.  Here are a few of my top packing tips to build the ultimate travel capsule wardrobe.
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Practical Side of Fitness Fashion

2015-12-29 15.46.16Looking good may be your motivation to start a workout, but comfort during your workout will ensure that you will want to do it again.

I am fairly brand loyal when it comes to clothes and shoes, except for fitness fashion.  When it comes to exercise clothes it is all about fit and fabrics!  I do not care what celebrity is endorsing the brand, or even what brand it is.

Since there is specialized equipment for many sports (golf cleats, soccer shin guards, etc), I am going to focus this discussion on gym athletic wear.   There is plenty of crossover into other sports, so this is a good foundation to build a practical workout wardrobe. Continue reading

How to Dress for the First Day on a New Job

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  1. Remember what your interviewer(s) wore during your interview. This should give you an idea of how formal/casual the office culture is, and set the tone for your first day outfit, makeup, and jewelry.   
  2. Solids and flattering necklines are a must for the best possible security badge photo. Security badge photos are usually taken on your first day, so what you wear will be emblazoned on your badge.  Smile, for the camera.
  3. Wear comfortable walking shoes. You will likely get a walking tour of the office and introductions to your new colleagues.  Be prepared to walk around, get lost finding the copier, and take the long way back from the bathroom as you get used to your new surroundings.  Skip the cute kitten heels that pinch your toes and wear the moderate heels that feel great.
  4. Wear layers. One conference room is going to be freezing and another area will warm. Layers are your best defense against the elements in your new environment.
  5. Hair care. A few days before starting your new job treat yourself to a trim and blowout.  Unless otherwise directed by your new employer, keep your hairstyle similar to how it was when you interviewed.  
  6. Nail care. A manicure is another great pre-first day treat.  At the very least, fingernails should be clean and trim.  
  7. Set out a selection of outfits to wear for the first week.  You can always change your mind, but this preparation ensures that you have clean clothes and a plan for the entire week.

Still looking for that new job?  Here are some tips of What to Wear for a Job Interview.

What to Wear for a Job Interview

8 Tips for Preparing Your Wardrobe the Day Before an Interview

  1. Pick an appropriate outfit based on the industry and your location.  Women are usually spot on with a skirt or slacks and nice blouse paired with a jacket.  A general rule for men is a suit and tie, but there are times when a button down shirt and slacks are more appropriate.  Ask your friends in the company or related fields for specifics.  When in doubt, it is better to be overdressed than look too casual. 
  2. Wear clean, comfortable shoes.  Any new shoes should be worn around the house, or rub a little sandpaper on the soles, to avoid slipping.
  3. Try on your outfit a day or two before the interview. Remove any price tags, pocket stitching, pet hair or loose thread.  Make sure your outfit is clean, wrinkle-free, and ready to wear the night before to avoid any surprises.
  4. Make-up, jewelry, and accessories – less is more! Keep it simple so the interviewer is focused on how prepared and confident you are, not counting all of your bracelets and rings.
  5. Get a haircut.  This may involve a drastic change in preparation for your first “real” job interview, or simply a trim to clean up your existing style.  Either way, your hair should be healthy and appropriate for your profession.  This is a good time to touch-up highlights, deep condition, and a little bit of pampering to get you interview ready.
  6. Step up your nail care. Finger nails should be clean and trimmed. Skip wild or distracting polish.  
  7. Your bag/briefcase situation. In most cases you will not need your laptop.  Bring several copies of your resume, and school related projects or portfolio of work in a clean, simple bag, or a plain file folder.  Either way, keep your items to a minimum.  Unless otherwise directed, your bag(s) should be placed at your feet, out of sight, during the interview.
  8. Put on your best SMILE.

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