Vincy Workplace
February 19, 2010

Help! I Need a Job-Part 4

Wardrobe For Women

If you plan to make a great first impression at the interview, it starts with a solid wardrobe. Always stick with basic solid conservative colors for interviews, blacks, browns, gray and navy blue. Unfortunately, hardly anyone has had a formal lesson in what to purchase in order to have that wardrobe that says you are a polished professional.{{more}} It’s more common for us to buy what’s on sale and wear it instead of sitting and actually planning the look you want to achieve. Consider this your first lesson in wardrobe planning. What to buy?


Every woman must have a black suit. Make sure it fits well and it’s a classic cut. Some suits come with the skirt and pants to match the jacket. By all means, buy it if that’s an option. The skirt must no be more than 2” above the knee and the pant should meet the dress pant standard (not clinging, or baggy). As you build your wardrobe, consider purchasing suits in the following colors to round out your selection gray, brown, purple, green, red and navy blue. However, two dark colored suits should be enough to get you started.

Dresses and coordinates.

Look for two-piece dresses. Many come with a jacket as the second piece. Buy quality pants and skirts that you can mix and match.


Every woman must have a solid white blouse or shirt. This goes well with the black suit. Buy solid color tops to begin your wardrobe, and then add pastels colours later.


A good quality black shoe that covers the heels and toes is a must. Consider adding navy blue or taupe pumps for variety. Shoes should be comfortable. The best time to buy shoes is at the end of the day when you have been on your feet all day.


One pair of gold and one pair of silver earrings is enough to get you started. Later you can add a pearl earring with matching necklace. Invest in a good watch. Gold and silver would help complete your outfit. Buy a black handbag (not a bulky one), leather preferably. You can add scarves that accentuate the colors in your suits.

If you are ever unsure what color to wear, put on your power black suit. Never wear a red suit to an interview. Red signifies power and can be intimidating depending on the setting.

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT on 7 Ways to Develop your Competitive Edge in the Workplace, send an email to Visit online at