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College Grad to Workplace Style

I had so much fun this week on #CommunityClosetChallenge! My guest Arianna, a 20-something recent college graduate on the job hunt asked me how to transition her college wardrobe to a successful career look. She is looking for a job located in NYC in public relations specializing in fashion. This means there is LOTS of wiggle room and very few “interview look” rules. How does she know what is TOO far? She asks me obviously:)

 

“I NEED A CREATIVE INTERVIEW LOOK THAT GETS ME THE JOB!”

“Dress for the job you want.” Live by this mantra, especially when picking out your outfit for the interview! Learn about the company culture, the environment and specifically the person interviewing you. Impress them. Create a confident and bad ass, “remember me I’m awesome, smart, sassy and ultimately the RIGHT person for this job” look. Arianna’s cute black and white polka dot dress , black blazer and a black pump are the perfect pick when interviewing for a fashion public relations house in NYC.

 

“I LOVE MY BLACK BLAZER, HOW CAN I WEAR IT MORE?”

This is going to be a solid piece in your wardrobe that can “business-ify” any outfit. What do I mean exactly? Take any dressy casual look, throw on your black blazer and boom! You are ready for a creative work environment. Make sure it is well-fitted, higher quality and tailored to perfection. This is a foundation item so you will be wearing it a lot.

 

“CAN I RESTYLE MY OVERSIZED BLAZER FOR WORK?”

Hell yes. Ever wonder how those effortlessly styled women look so effortless? An easy way is by topping off any outfit with an oversized blazer. Seriously, it’s that easy. Go from casual to business appropriate by pairing it with a black ankle pant and a simple white shell. Let your awesome oversized blazer have it’s shining moment by making it the center of the style show!

Athleisure Chic: Look cute AND comfy

Ready for more #CommunityClosetChallenge??? My guest Elia, a 30-something personal chef from NYC, asked me about the best picks for athleisure chic. There is no other style more important right now than comfy fabulousness. We may be stuck at home, but I refuse to give in to dirty pajamas everyday. Be cute for yourself, it is the most important way of staying sane. Dress up for you, doctors orders!

 

“ARE JEAN JACKETS STILL COOL?”

Always. Whether you are an athleisure junkie or just dipping your toe in the pond, this is your perfect layering piece. You should have multiple colors (and styles if you get really into it). This is the perfect topper to any look if you want to look cool and casual.

 

“HELP! MY LOOK HAS BECOME LIKE A UNIFORM.”

You are not alone. It’s tough to change up your look everyday, but there is hope! The key to switching it up without re-inventing the wheel is jewelry and shoes. Having a simple base outfit (or uniform), but changing out your “flare” everyday is the answer. Learn what silhouettes and designers are best for you first so your “uniform” fits well and flatters your figure. Then all you have to worry about is your fun factor!

 

“NO SHOW SOCKS ARE MY NEMESIS!”

Girl, the world hears you. Digging into the back of your shoe to lift up your no-show sock might be the most annoying thing in the world. And, if athleisure is your thing, no-show socks are essential to this sneaker-bound style. My favorite brands are Bombas and the Gap. Designers have yet to create the perfect pair, but these come close.

Petite Picks: Small Package Style Tips

Hello ladies (and gentleman). We are in full swing of a “new normal” and with that, I created #CommunityClosetChallenge. Every Wednesday at 5p I’m dishing my best style tips to a different Instagram giveaway winner for 30 minutes. This means you have direct access to all things “Amy” if you go to @SassnStyle on Insta and tag a friend in my giveaway post once a week. Don’t want to be on camera? Don’t worry. These style tidbits are for all no matter your body type, budget or lifestyle. 

My guest Nadia, a 30 something business executive from Boston, asked me about the best picks for her petite frame. Below are my top 3 tips to help her feel fabulous both during and beyond quarantine!

 

“HELP! I’M 5 FEET TALL AND ITS SO HARD TO SHOP.”

I’m here to save the (petite) fashion day! I get it, the shopping world is not very helpful when you are below 5’2″. You have 2 things working in your favor. Number 1, tailors are plentiful and you are going to find a good one. Consider this part of the cost of an item. You WILL need to alter things and that’s OK. Lot’s of body types require additional tweaks, it’s not just you! Number 2, you are in luck because stores are full of cropped things these days. Shorter sleeves, shorter pants, shorter dresses…. This means these items will fit you perfectly with NO tailoring. Yay!

 

“I HATE HIGH HEELS!!!”

Me too! I believe they were invented by the devil. Not to worry, there are 2 other options that will give you a lift without killing your feet. Option 1 is a chunk heel. Yes, it is a heel, but it is VERY comfortable because you aren’t walking around on something the size of a toothpick. Option 2 is a skinny wedge. This gives the effect of a heel without the pain of a heel. It is also great for outdoor events so you don’t sink into the grass!!!

 

“I WANT TO LOOK CUTE ALL THE TIME.”

You are in luck because it is not only possible, it is easy to accomplish. How to you do this you ask? Simply don’t buy anything that you don’t love. You should never utter the words, “Oh, this is good enough.” Not even when thinking about what to wear to the grocery store. I am not suggesting that you put on a gown to buy green beans, I’m just suggesting that even your comfy clothing can be awesome. I stand by the rule that only your at-home, no one will ever see this look should be the moment when you give up on life. That is the time to pull out your hole-y, stained t-shirt that you just can’t get rid of….