Make a good im­pres­sion

The Advertiser - Careers - - Job -

FIRST im­pres­sions can make all the dif­fer­ence but for ma­ture-age job­seek­ers, keep­ing up with the lat­est fash­ion trends will not hurt your chances ei­ther.

West­field stylist Kylie Crab­tree, who styles shop­pers daily, says im­press­ing in an in­ter­view is about pre­sent­ing well.

‘‘ Keep­ing up with lat­est trends helps to show your po­ten­tial em­ployer that you care about your ap­pear­ance and how you present your­self,’’ she says.

‘‘ It’s not nec­es­sary to buy a com­pletely new out­fit but hav­ing an on-trend and well-cut blazer or a pair of new, un­scuf-

won’t fed shoes no­ticed.’’

While vin­tage is in vogue, Crab­tree says job­seek­ers opt­ing for sec­ond-hand fash­ion need to choose pieces wisely.

‘‘ There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween trendy vin­tage and moth-rid­den vin­tage. Men can pair a vin­tage tweed jacket with a crisp white shirt and pat­terned tie from a men’s re­tailer spe­cial­is­ing in sharp work wear,’’ she says.

‘‘ Ladies can in­cor­po­rate vin­tage into their in­ter­view out­fits by sport­ing clas­sic pieces, such as a hound­stooth pen­cil skirt and blouse.’’

For those on a limited


un- bud­get, she rec­om­mends stand­out ac­ces­sories to high­light ex­ist­ing out­fits.

‘‘ It’s amaz­ing what one new item can do. They make you look and feel great,’’ she says.

‘‘ En­sur­ing that you are dress­ing for your body shape is where your fo­cus should be.’’

Crab­tree’s key pieces in­clude clas­sic shirts, ver­sa­tile tops, pen­cil and A-line skirts, tai­lored jack­ets and time­less ac­ces­sories to cre­ate a mul­ti­tude of mix and match looks.

But she says the most im­por­tant thing you can wear may not be cloth­ing. ‘‘( It’s) con­fi­dence,’’ she says.


Picture: Naomi Jellicoe

Stylist Kylie Crab­tree works with ma­ture-age worker June Alexan­der at West­field Mar­ion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.