Putting together an outfit can be #stressful.
Does this blouse go with these pants? Is this skirt the appropriate length for business professional? The questions that run through your mind about your outfit are endless.
The pressure of an interview or professional meeting only makes it harder. The good news is you can treat the CHICKS conference as your practice round for interviews, internships and jobs.
We want to see your business-casual bests, but we don’t want you standing in front of your closet the night before with “nothing to wear.” So, here’s some inspiration for your most #girlboss outfit yet.
If you like to wear the pants
Pants are fun and versatile. They’re perfect for unpredictable situations or fast-paced days filled with movement. If you’re new to the career scene, pants may make you feel most comfortable. You can go bold with bright colored or printed pants or wear neutral pants paired with your favorite blouse.
If you’re best DRESSed
Dresses make for an easy professional outfit. Some of us just don’t have time to pick out separates. Structured dresses provide the most security from wardrobe malfunctions, but you definitely don’t want to go full-on body-con. Stick with shift, sheath and A-line silhouettes.
If you’ve got sole
Many of us struggle with the choice between heels and flats. You don’t want your heels to be too tall, and you’re worried that flats aren’t professional. If you know how to walk in heels, a 3-inch or less boost can make you more confident. But, you can look professional in flats, and you should wear them if you’re uncomfortable in heels. Pointy toe and loafer styles look most professional. Most importantly, always wear closed-toed heels.
If you’re a trailBLAZER
Blazers are the perfect addition to any professional outfit, but it can be difficult to find the perfect one for your body and your style. Don’t be afraid to try every style out there. If you try many styles and still can’t get it right, get a size larger than you normally would and have it tailored to fit perfectly.
If we see April showers
We won’t let the rain ruin CHICKS, and you shouldn’t let it ruin your outfit. If the forecast calls for a little drizzle, just be prepared. Wear shoes you can get wet, bring rainy day accessories and avoid white clothing.
Finally, remember to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Just because you can wear jeans and a t-shirt to your classes or current office doesn’t mean you always should. You’re not wasting money on clothes that you rarely wear; you’re building the girl-boss wardrobe of your dreams.