Listen up, new graduates and job-hunting millennials: This post is for you.
If you are trying to get your foot in the fashion door, whether it be for an internship or a full-time gig, that first impression on your stylish potential employer is crucial. Before you buy anything, take a look at what you already have in your closet. "Lucy, where's my white collarless blouse from Fred Segal?!" If you didn't get that reference, I can't help you.
But seriously, is there a great pair of pumps or a skirt that you could work around? Do you have a friend or relative who would lend you an outfit-making bag for the interview? It's OK to fake it until you make it—then you can buy it for yourself!
Now for some style advice: It's just as important to research the culture of the office as it is the job itself. If you are not going for a banker job, ditch the conservative suit and show off your style by putting together separates, like the Nonoo look (above, left) and the Altuzarra look (below).hm.com; Mango pullover, $60, mango.com.
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