I've heard it time and time again... "What should I wear to an interview for an office job if I wear vintage/vintage style?" At first, it can seem pretty tough. Would a potential employer like you rocking up in a petticoat or victory rolls in your hair? Would they take you seriously? Would they see you as frivolous, or high maintenance?
Don't sweat it too much though. Vintage style is at least modest to begin with, so that's always a good start with a potential employer. Then have a think about the more "serious" pieces in your collection. A great 40s or 50s suit with pumps always looks a treat, just add a neat chignon or front roll and bun.
If you don't own a vintage suit, start thinking outside the box. I will freely admit I don't own a vintage suit. It's never been something I've needed so far in my working life as I've been lucky enough to work in creative environments. But I have plenty of great separates in my wardrobe, and it seems only sensible to utilize them. I'm sure you probably have them too. Think pencil skirts with tailored skirts or a full 50s skirt with a button down shirt and a brooch.
I took my inspiration for this ensemble from a vintage starlet (they never stop proving inspirational!). Ava Gardner wore a classic cropped fuzzy sweater and grey pencil skirt and it looked chic with the bracelet.
The interview check list:
- tailored cuts - skirts made from structured fabrics whether pencil or full. Shirts or sweaters, not t-shirts!
- a handbag with your essentials, as well as personal business cards and relevant materials to the interview.
- simple accessories - nothing too sparkly or large!
- tidy and well groomed appearance including hair and make up