We brought Rachel Lefort on the show, a former Ann Taylor designer, to talk about looking good on the job. Check out her amazing style tips below:
Job Talk Daily: What’s your definition of looking good?
Rachel: It’s not what you’re born with, it’s how you package and carry yourself.
Job Talk Daily: What is the one item in your closet that you have to have no matter what job you’re at?
Rachel: The number one staple for men and women is a jacket. For guys a fantastic sports coat, and for women a fitted jacket or blazer. It always elevates your style and makes you look professional.
Job Talk Daily: Can the jacket be more eccentric, like a herringbone? Or stick to solid colors?
Rachel: If you have to choose one, go with the more traditional solid-colored jacket, so people won’t recognize that you’re wearing the same thing all the time. A navy blazer with muted buttons (not gold) is a great choice.
Job Talk Daily: Any other important points?
Rachel: The most important thing is the fit. The clothing item should be tailored to your body, not too tight and not too loose. That’s why your tailor is your best friend.
Job Talk Daily: What about bigger people? Are they hopeless?
Rachel: When you dress for your proportions it can look like you lost weight. Say a woman wants to minimize her hips. She would want to dress in a way that would bring someone’s eyes up rather than down. Bring attention to her neckline. A jacket with a light v-neck blouse and a dark skirt that minimizes the hips would be a great choice.
Job Talk Daily: Any advice for the person who a the fear of shopping?
Rachel: That’s a good question. Start with wardrobe basics. Make a small list of things you need: your basic black trousers, your basic jacket, your basic blouse or shirt. It’s work to find the right things, it can be hard, and it might take a while, but it’s necessary. It’s a commitment you have to take.