Thursday, 11 October 2012

Dressing for the Interview or One Suit Four Ways: Part Three

This week's challenge is about making the first step - with a bit of zest; a first post-University interview for a graduate looking to get into a creative agency.

I know what you're thinking. I don't make much of a postgrad. However, despite my advanced years, I can still remember my early years post-study; firing off applications, sitting nervously in waiting rooms, my stomach playing host to a butterfly ball. As much hell as it was, and it really was, I miss that sense of innocence; that eager stage of self-promotion and optimism; the beginning of the trek; the foot of the mountain.

One thing I do not miss is my comparatively tiny wardrobe. Possessing very few shirts, and with but small funds, my first interviews were an experiment in eking out as much use as I could from a plain white and a sky blue shirt, bought for their practicality.

The key with this challenge is understanding that a fresh-from-the-books grad needs all the help they can get. There's no use putting a combination of fiery colours together if the poor sod is only on the first ticket; what if he has to go to another interview? And another?

No, the staple in this - alongside the M&S light grey suit - is the white shirt. A tad boring, you might think, but the real advantage of it is that it allows our young graduate to play with his accessories (far cheaper than buying a wall of shirts) depending on how many and what type of interviews he has to attend.

As this is a creative role, we can push the boat a little out in terms of accessory colour and pattern, however it is important not to get carried away. With a second hand tie bought on eBay for under £1, I have added a yellow check pocket square (from a pack of three for £5); the obvious and eye-catching  idea behind the combination being the yellow square picking up the design on the tie.

Down below, the black shoes offset the merriment somewhat, reminding our graduate, and his potential employers, that he is at an interview.

This provides a sunny, positive and eye-catching ensemble, albeit one rooted in a mature manner; dressing like Willy Wonka won't win you a position in any firm, creative or not.

By focusing on accessories and searching through the sales, second-hand shops and online auction sites, the graduate can add a lot for a little, proving the point that little things make big statements.

Suit - Marks & Spencer

Shoes - Jones

Shirt - TM Lewin

Tie - Vintage

Pocket square - Tie Rack


Rebecca Mary Clarkson said...

Nice cufflinks, vintage Chesterfield?

WinstonC said...

Not vintage, but bought in India for US$2!

Silver and amber.

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John said...

A very sharp look Winston, even if the the amount of pocket square spilling out hints at rakishness.

The Charity Shop Fairy said...

I like this ensemble very much!