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.

 

Don’t be afraid to wear that hat!

 

I’ve heard it said that hats are not for everyone. Or- “I can’t wear hats, they look terrible on me.” I need to disagree with that statement, I really think there’s a hat out there for everyone; it’s just a matter of finding the right one for you. Personally, I think most people don’t have the nerve to step out wearing a great hat. But isn’t that what fashion, and more importantly, style, is all about? Having the guts to go out, rocking your own look?

I’ve been collecting and wearing hats, probably since I discovered vintage way back in my teens. I used to have quite a large collection of vintage hats, but have gotten rid of lots of them, partly due to lack of space, and also because I wasn’t utilizing them as much as I should have. I remember having a really crappy white bolero that I found at some thrift store, and I wanted it to be black- so I spray painted it! It didn’t turn out so well, but I didn’t care, and I wore it lots, with my jodhpurs, or my 70’s suede jacket. It was pretty great with my Jean Harlow hair that I had at the time. When I returned from living in Finland for 2 years, the hat was gone. My mom hated it, and had thrown it out.

Somehow, after all these years, (around 25!) I got it into my head that I really wanted a bolero again. I’ve been looking for a few years, and even enlisted my husband to search for me, while he was on tour in Spain. Finally I spotted this hat at Del Monico Hatters online, and it’s exactly what I wanted!  It’s really well made, wool of course. Not thrifty by any means, but I love it, and I’m sure I’ll wear it for many years, and make a statement with it wherever I go.

The rest of the outfit:

  • cashmere dress from Club Monaco-thrift store find
  • bright fuchsia tights that I had kicking around for years
  • wing tip shoes that I picked up last week at the VGH thrift store for $8!!
  • boyfriend jacket that I found at Value Village a few years ago for $10
  • silly black and white plastic drop earrings that I’ve had forever

Sorry mom, you never really got rid of the hat! (By the way, my mom is one of those people who thinks she can’t wear hats!) And of course I’ve decided to make more of an effort to wear the hats that I do have, and go out in the world, doing my thing, and not caring what anybody thinks. Because why not? I’ll be 50 before you know it!

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