24 November, 2014

S T Y L E | How to Dress for an Interview in the Creative Industry

As graduation photos fill up my social media newsfeed, it seems a lot of people are going to be going through that post-graduate slump of going to interview after interview to find the job that will kick-start their future career. I remember those first few weeks after finishing university, moving home and trawling through job site after job site for the perfect opportunity.

It's been wired into all of our brains now that first impressions count for a lot. This is certainly the case when it comes to interviews.  With  interviews in the creative industry in particular, aesthetic is important. In fact, creative careers are all about visuals, so the way you choose to present yourself upon your first meeting with your potential employer is pretty damn important. It's not all suits and ties when it comes to creativity (unless you don it with a fedora)!

In fact, having more freedom in the way you're expected to dress for an interview in this industry can make it all the more difficult. I've drawn together some suggestions with a little help from Topshop for what to wear if you have a creative interview creeping around the corner...
Velvet Suit // Pinstripe Suit // Sequin Two-Piece

1. Suit Up

Completely disregard what I said before about it not all being about suits and ties. Now don't get me wrong, a tweed pencil skirt and blazer from M&S probably isn't appropriate, but if you've got a suit that looks like any of the above (kudos to Toppers for their suit game!), then whip that baby out. Team an on trend two-piece with a slogan tee and a pair of skate slip-ons to dress it down.

2. Short & Sweet

If the suit or tux is a little too androgynous for your taste, then opt for a statement mini dress teamed with a pair of ankle boots and wide brim hat would look perfect. Choose a bold print or statement shape that will stick in your potential future employers mind.

3. Culotte It Out!

Firstly apologies for the poor pun. Longline culottes are a gift from the gods for the smart casual look. They just seem to dress up even a simple t-shirt and trainers to create a more formal look. It's definitely worth investing in a pair or two, or three...

What would you wear to a creative interview?

23 November, 2014

O U T F I T | Technicolour Dreamcoat

Jacket: Story of Lola via ASOS (available here) // Top: Zara (old) // Bag*: Bambie & Butler (available soon) // Bell bottoms: Forever 21 (available here) // Boots: Vagabond (similar here)

I love a faux fur jacket. I've been known to own an excessive amount of faux fur coats and although I began to cut them down by selling a few on eBay, I've started to build up the count once again. I actually went onto ASOS the other night to spend a voucher I had on a pair of trainers, but then this pastel rainbow sensation caught my eye. Needless to say the trainers were left behind (maybe next month!).

This colourful little clutch from the latest independent accessories brand on the block, Bambie and Butler, just so happens to go hand-in-hand with my faux fur jacket. The clutch is made from the softest leather and compliments any outfit. It's definitely one to go on the top of your Christmas wishlist!

I've been searching for a pair of bell bottoms that do not cost the price of my food allowance for the month for quite a while. I don't know who told the sellers of Depop that they should sell what is essentially a flared pair of leggings for £50 +, but I've refused to pay out that much. I was recently in Forever 21 and noticed this black, ribbed, velvet pair for just £17. Now, I'm just hoping they release more colours - purple would be divine!



18 November, 2014

O U T F I T | His & Hers with FYT & Co

Leigh wears // Hat: ASOS (similar here) // Duster*: c/o Oh My Love (available here) // Dungarees: Dickies via Depop // Boots: Topshop (old) // Bag*: c/o FYT & Co. (available here)

James wears // Beanie*: c/o FYT & Co (available here) // Bomber Jacket: Topman (available here) // Shirt: Topman (available here) // T-Shirt: Topman (available here) // Jeans: Topman (available here) // Rucksack*: c/o FYT & Co (available here) // Trainers: Adidas ZX Flux (similar here)

This is kinda like a cheap man's The Kooples ad. Actually, it's nowhere near as classy or chic. 
Say 'hello' to the fella usually behind the camera! My other half and partner in crime, James, was given the full style blogger treatment as the FYT & Co gang treated us both to a bag of our choice from their AW'14 range. I was first introduced to FYT & Co a few months back when I attended a small gathering for a blogger's breakfast hosted by the brand. They're definitely a hidden gem in the accessories department as their bag designs mix up classic and contemporary unlike no other. For example, a lot of their rucksacks have detatchable iPad cases - genius!

James chose the Hawthorne Roll Top Rucksack, whilst I opted for the Drift Backpack in Burgundy, which can also be used as a carry bag too! We were both particularly impressed and amazed at how many compartment's the roll top rucksack had inside. James could probably fit all of of the possessions he owns in there. It'll almost definitely be accompanying us to Glastonbury next summer.

Also, let's take a moment to mention my white full-length Dickie's dungas that I nabbed from Depop for just £15! Now, I wanted a full length pair of white dungarees for LFW SS15, but didn't find any in time. Then who decides strut into Somerset House in a pair of white dungarees? Only bloody Alexa Chung. What a diva! Definitely stole my idea. Anyway, I managed to buy this pair after Fashion Week for an absolute bargain. They actually came with loops to hold paintbrushes and tools (decorator chic), which I swiftly cut off. And yes, I bought them from a boy.
Also, the guys at FYT & Co kindly threw in a surprise set of matching beanies (hence the cringey picture) made from bamboo cellulose meaning they are insanely soft. It's pretty much glued to my head at the moment.