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Interview Attire for Blue-Collar Jobs

August 6, 2013

For the most part, we all have a pretty good idea of what to wear for an interview in a business or corporate setting. Yet there still seems to be a lot of gray area around appropriate interview attire for both the blue-collar and pink-collar industries. Cultivate a professional yet standout look with these helpful tips for finding the perfect interview outfit drawn from our local Goodwill stores.

shirtandtieRegardless of the industry, looking professional is a must. However, unlike in corporate settings, a suit isn’t necessarily required for jobs related to manual labor or service-oriented work. For men, a neatly pressed shirt and tie are great options. To help make a lasting impression, be sure to stick with basic colors (black, brown, navy, white or cream) and a good fit. For women, a nice blouse paired with a neatly-pressed skirt or pair of pants in solid colors works well. A blazer or jacket is completely optional, but can add a classic touch. Like in any other professional setting, keep heels to three inches or less.

topandskirtAnyone who knows me knows that my love for thrifting runs deep! I must admit that it was frustrating at first until I developed an “eye” for great finds.  Follow these tips to easily find similar interview looks to the ones pictured here:

  • Have an idea of what you are looking for before heading to Goodwill. Look on blogs, in magazines and to professionals in your industry for inspiration.
  • Be patient. It’s okay if you don’t find a whole new wardrobe in one visit. The key is focusing on quality items, not the quantity.
  • Try everything on. Often, sizes may be different from what we find in retail stores. A big part of creating a professional wardrobe is to have a good fit.
  • Be sure to check for stains, tears or any other damage before purchasing.

Happy shopping! Until next time…put your Profashional foot forward!

nakishaNakisha Ann Hall (pen name Ann Bouvier) is a makeup artist, corporate wardrobe stylist and trainer who travels across the country engaging audiences on various beauty and career topics. Follow her style via her blog www.theprofashionalist.com.

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