Dress To Impress | Interviews

For a woman, having a sense of ones own is incredibly important, especially when it comes to feeling confident. In a lot of cases I believe that the best foundation for this is a fantastic, adaptive wardrobe that is reflective not only of the person that you are but the person that you want to be. The same can be said when it comes to dressing for interviews and work, sure its important to dress for the role you currently have, but when it comes to interviews it is all about dressing for the job you want, not the one you already have. With this in mind, Total Jobs has launched #JobAcademy a hub, a campaign to ‘supercharge the prospects of five young jobs seekers’. A crack team of experts, headed up by career guru Aimee Bateman, turn the struggling candidates into lean job seeking machines. And all the expert advice is online here for you in bite-sized chunks too. To help promote the campaign blogger Poppy D has launched her own competition with the Job Academy.

When I sold my cupcake business and went from being the boss, wearing skinny jeans, a branded hoodie and an apron, to interviewing for my current role in creative communications and blogger engagement, my sturdy uniform simply wasn’t going to wash. Instead I focused on classic capsule pieces with a personal twist. By following some simple style rules, without constraining yourself, you can create a go-to collection of outfits that compliment both you and your career. It really is as simple as the age old saying “Dress to impress”

When seeking style inspiration, the list is substantial, however if I was to narrow down my aspirational work style, it would start and end with Jenna Lyons, creative director of J.Crew and all sound woman of substance and style, with plenty of personality. In a recent interview in Grazia, Jenna shared this little tit-bit

ignore the rules, play to your strengths rather than playing the trend game

Jenna Lyons Fashion inspiration #JobAcademy

She commits to a simple yet striking formula, statement piece, complimented by simple accessories, including her famous dark framed glasses, pointed toe shoes and simple gold necklace and bangles. Her outfits demand attention, without having to scream with desperation. Her personality is reflected in her outfits, as well as her flare for the creative, however she always maintains a level of professionalism for her industry, avoiding deep fronted tops or thigh skimming skirts.

I will always lean towards monochrome when it comes to my key pieces, it simplifies my mornings, and allows me to get the most from all of my garments. Nothing worse in my books than having an attention grabbing pair of trousers if you are only going to wear them once in a blue moon, instead I focus my creativity and vibrant shades on my accessories, with statement handbags, that has both presence as well as purpose.

Fashion inspiration #JobAcademy Total Jobs


Straight leg trousers Isabel Marant at Net-a-Porter, Black Raglan T-Shirt River Island, Blue panel court shoe River Island,

Leather trapeze bag 3.1 Phillip Lim, Roberto Cavalli tooth necklace, Tiffany Atlas ring 

This outfit can take me from 9-5 in the office, to a client lunch or new business pitch. It reflects who I am creatively as well as being professional enough to show the world I mean business and plan on taking over one day…maybe sooner than expected!

For advice on all aspects of finding the perfect role to putting your best foot forward head over to Total Jobs, and follow the journey of the 5 job hunters on twitter using

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