Dressing for how you believe you should look while feeling like yourself can sometimes be a challenge. There can often be a fine line between dressing appropriately for an event and dressing in a way where we feel like we’re truly representing our personality and style. That line can be a bit of a blurry one! Clothes and accessories are a way for us to show people what we’re all about before we have the opportunity to tell them otherwise.
When it comes to graduation, a job interview, or other major life events, we want what we wear to say the right thing about us. The trick is to meet somewhere in the middle of dressing responsibly and still showing your unique self.
The below emails are perfect examples of questioning what’s the appropriate choice for these special circumstances. Do you have great advice for these readers? Leave a note in the comments!
I am graduating high school on May 21, in Florida and I need some help. I want to wear a pair of shorts with a nice shirt and some wedge heals. However, my mom would like me to wear something dressier. When I asked my friends most of them said that they were getting a custom dress made, or they were going to a fancy prom and homecoming dress shop. I was wondering if you had any ideas of what I could wear that both my mom and I could agree upon?
I admire your independent style! Often I’ll choose to wear tailored shorts instead of a skirt or dress, too. If your mom feels shorter-shorts are too casual, check out Bermuda shorts as a cute option. I’ve found a few options you could show your mom — maybe (just maybe!) she’ll go for it.
For a shirt that falls on the fancier style, I am partial to bow neck shirts. Seems like a solid solution to me! No matter what you wear, you’re graduating! Wahoo!
I’ve been wanting to spice up my wardrobe for the longest but am having trouble finding things that are cute, yet affordable. I am 18 years old, about 5’6″, have really long, dark brown hair with ivory skin. I’m really skinny (I weigh about 107), have long legs and arms, and a small bust.
If I could describe my desired style in a few words they’d be: comfy, simple boho, and girly chic. I have a lot of black in my closet, and although I could never get tired of it, I would like to spice things up a bit!
I’d love it if you could help a girl out!
An inexpensive way to refresh your wardrobe is to invest in some fun accessories. It’s crazy how much a patterned scarf, statement necklace, or funky bag can change a look. I say work with what you’ve got and add some boho-chic accessories in bold colors and textures.
Pretty much everything goes with black clothes, and this way you’ll keep your budget in check. I found some stylish steals for you below!
So I am a National Guard Soldier and I have been blessed to work full time for the Guard. What are the best interview clothes, to look sharp, and not spend a lot of money. I have expensive taste… I just can’t afford my taste right now!
First and foremost — thank you for your service! You’re a true hero. As for your question, when I’m going into a meeting and want to make an excellent first impression, one of the most important details I consider when it comes to my clothes is the fabric. To appear (and feel) polished and put together, seek out materials that stay creased and don’t easily wrinkle.
I promise you this: you don’t have to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks. It’s all in how you present yourself. Stores such Zara have very expensive looking clothes for a reasonable price. Also, check out discounted stores such as Nordstrom Rack. I’d invest in a nice pair of trousers, a sharp looking blazer, and a smart blouse or button down shirt.
Make it your go-to ensemble for big meetings so it’s the last thing you have to worry about when preparing for important moments.
Good luck! I know you’re going to nail your interviews. 🙂