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Sing the blues during your next interview

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A recent CareerBuilder survey makes the connection between colors and employers’ impressions of them. Over 2,000 hiring managers and human resources professionals from a variety of industries and company sizes were surveyed.

They were asked to advise job applicants on the best color to wear to a job interview. Their top pick? Blue. (Although admittedly, blue received only 23% of the total vote.)

Your worst choice? Orange. While it’s associated with “creative”, it’s also associated with “unprofessional”.

In the wild: gone wrong

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Sometimes we make poor outfit choices. We all do. We’re rushed. Or we get fixated on grabbing for our favorite items. But sometimes things go very wrong–as they did for our consultant who turned up this week looking less than the put-together field expert she should have been.

Her choices: a Nehru collared jacket in dusty rose velvet with a row of baby buttons up the front, black poly-blend, pleated slacks, a black rib knit turtleneck, pink topaz drop earrings, mother of pearl and horn bracelet watch, a long gold wire-wrap necklace with iridescent burgundy crystal drops, black athletic anklets with grey trim, terribly scuffed black loafers, and a black chiffon hair bow. I’ve done my best to recreate the actual outfit below. Words don’t come close to describing how wrong the overall outfit looked all pulled together.

When I thought back on it (and seriously, I could not stop thinking about how wrong it was), many of the key individual items weren’t wrong on their own. Where did she go wrong? First, like a bad magpie, she chose too many of her favorite pretty, pretty things to adorn herself. Second, no one over the age of ten or not cast in the remake of Heather’s can pull off a big hair bow. And third, from the ankles down she dressed as though she were working a shift at Cracker Barrel.

But is the outfit salvageable?

Yes!

And I even figured out two possible ways to style the core pieces and look like a polished professional ready to instill confidence in her paying clients.

It doesn't have to be like that

It’s a great time for a new suit

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Did you know that January is considered one of the best times of the year to buy a suit? It is. According to Who What Wear, since January is considered a slow month for suit sales, retailers often lower prices to boost business.

Given it’s the last Friday of January, that means it’s a great time to shop the sales for a new suit.

High on the places you should start looking? Ann Taylor, where they are offering 50% off your entire purchase, in store and they have a great selection of marked down suiting separates online which are and extra 50% off as well. Most major department stores (think Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s) have some good finds (plus an extra percentage off this weekend) if you’re willing to spend the time digging through their sites.

My find of the day: a stretch silk shirt from Brooks Brothers.

Stretch Silk Blouse - Brooks Brothers

Um, hello? Did someone say stretch silk?! A silk blouse that won’t look like a train wreck after the first ten minutes?! I find Brooks Brothers to offer excellent quality, but often a cut that doesn’t work well for me, so I don’t often shop them. But I occasionally stumble on great (and more affordable) finds in their sale section and it’s worth checking out what’s lurking in there every now and then.

In the wild: marketing consultant

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What just walked through my door? Our marketing consultant in an Ann Taylor outfit that kills it.

In the wild: marketing consultant

What made this ensemble sing? The blush shell (almost like the one shown but with no embellishments at the neckline) and a rose-gold Michael Kors chronograph watch worked to soften up the brown suit and were spot on compliments to her skin tone and hair color. The large tote (again, almost a match to the one she was carrying) was large enough to let her slip her laptop inside-she was our PowerPoint queen-eliminating the need to lug along a clunky and ugly company issued laptop bag.