Yikes! What to Wear to a Job Interview

Here’s the situation- I’m going in for a job interview, at-you guessed it!- a vintage boutique! This lovely store is looking for a manager, and it is so much more than just vintage. They offer high-end, mid-range, as well as vintage. So what would be appropriate to wear?

I wanted to look professional, of course, as well as stylish.  I didn’t think that going for a full-on vintage look would be suitable, so I opted for a blend of new and old. This adorable polka-dot dress I found at Value Village for a few bucks, a couple of months back. I admit that I bought it mostly  for it’s 50s vibe, but also because it’s bloody comfortable, and skims over the lumpy bits in a flattering way.

Matching is fun! My 1950s cashmere cardigan, a wonderful find that I’ve had for many years, matches perfectly with the red stiletto contemporary pumps, acquired from a local thrift store.

**A side note on cashmere- if you come across a vintage cashmere cardigan or sweater- buy it! In my experience, the quality far exceeds anything new, unless you are willing to pay hundreds of dollars for one sweater. I have owned some new, pricey cashmere, and they unfortunately all start to pill after just a few wears. My vintage sweaters, some of them probably almost 60 years old, are still wonderful.**

The bag with the lucite handle I have owned for probably 20 years. It is very special and unique-it converts 3 ways. You can change the outside of the bag from black patent to the other side, which has a funky print. Or leave the cover off entirely, and have the bag be navy crepe.  In all of my years of collecting, I have only ever seen one other one of these bags.

A few well-selected accessories complete the look- a black patent skinny belt, and a cameo brooch with matching earrings. And let’s not forget the real-deal charm bracelet. Smart, comfortable, and chic.

 

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This contemporary outfit has a fun, vintage vibe to it. Every item has been sourced from a thirft store. I’m mixing prints here, but it works. The common theme is of course black and white, and the two different animal prints work just fine with classic polka dots.

I pretty much always wear accessories. I feel naked going out of the house without them. And frankly, this outfit would be quite dull otherwise. Hence this adorable wool and angora beret, originally from Atmosphere, and the cotton short-sleeve cardigan, from Jacob. The silk scarf is  Anne Klein, and it gets plenty of use. I’ve been wearing hats a lot lately, berets in particular. I guess I just really like the French thing, and obviously is great for days when I can’t be bothered to do anything with my hair.  The simplest, plainest outfit can be brought to life with some fun accessories.  I could easily see this same combo brightened up with a red hat and scarf, or some red shoes.

I love wide-legged trousers. They look so chic, and are oh-so 1930s Hollywood. These ones are rather high-waisted, with a flattering front panel, and a zip up the back. They are just an inexpensive mall brand, but I think they are pretty cute. Of course they look much better pressed!

The charm bracelet is a hoot. This is the real deal, an old lady charm bracelet, inherited from an (ahem) old lady. It even has a charm that says Granny; my favourite is by far the teapot, with a lid that actually opens. And it makes such a fun, musical sound when it is being worn. The tooled leather bag, absolutely becoming a staple of my wardrobe.  And finally, the trench coat. I sure have been wearing it a lot lately, but hey, I live in Raincouver, it goes with so many things, it’s classic, and I love it. I can look like a greasy punker another day. Because hey, I like to mix it up. Always keep folks guessing, I say.

 

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London Fog trench and vintage bag

 

 

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Baby, it’s still cold outside!

It’s still freezing out. and you want to be warm, stylish, and not wipe out on the ice. Where do you start to build your outfit? Sometimes it starts with the dress. Sometimes the coat, sometimes the accessories. In  this case, it started with my brand new $10 dress, purchased at a great little discount store in Victoria, B.C., called Dots.

A wrap dress is flattering on most body types, especially if you overdid it during the holidays. Not naming any names here. This knit dress is so great for what I paid for it (original price $80), and a great starting point for a winter outfit. The aubergine is perfect to pair with these bright, cold weather accessories, some of which I hadn’t had much opportunity to use. Pink angora gloves that were given to me several years ago, a closely matching beret, found in some thrift store, also long ago. But the real score here is the like-new Missoni scarf I found 2 winters ago, for which I paid only a few dollars! A real treasure.

I really have a thing for matching; it’s almost like a sickness, I just can’t help it. I recall one of my instructors in design school laughing at me every morning, when I would come stumbling into class at 8 a.m. The socks would match my T-shirt. My belt would match my shoes, or whatever it was that I was matching that day. Which brings me to another point- some “style experts” say that if you have’t worn something in a year, get rid of it. Well I call bullsh*t on that concept! Sometimes you love a particular piece, but for whatever reason, don’t use it. Sometimes it takes awhile to figure out how you’re going to wear it, or you’re waiting for inspiration. Other times, you just need to be in the mood; I find I go through phases. I’m so glad I didn’t get rid of those cute pink gloves, because I’ve been wearing them every day this week with the beret and scarf.

Lastly, the coat. This I found recently at Value Village. It was a bit more than I would normally spend there, but it is such a beautiful, classic coat, in perfect condition, that I would say that it qualifies as an investment piece. I’m fairly certain it is vintage- the label reads “Forecaster of Boston”; it is 100% wool, full length, menswear inspired with a black velvet collar. I will enjoy this coat for years to come.  And it’s so long, it hardly even matters what you’re wearing underneath!IMG_8654IMG_8628

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Beautiful Missoni scarf
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Purchased 10 (!!) years ago in Whistler while stranded there in a snow storm. Wedge heel, and great traction.
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50 cents at a yard sale
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Vintage panther brooch with pink rhinestones! Oh my!

Stay warm and safe out there folks! No wiping out on the ice allowed!

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