Make a good impression
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.
Stylist Kylie Crabtree works with mature-age worker June Alexander at Westfield Marion.