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Dress for success: how to land a job in 2014

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LOUISIVLLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You have to look the part if you want to land that new job in the new year. Keith Kaiser seeks the advice of fashion expert Jo Ross about dressing for success.

Recent college graduates, anyone hoping to get a job, or get a better job can benefit from a little fashion advice.

1. WHAT DOES AN EMPLOYER EXPECT YOU TO LOOK LIKE?

-You have 90 seconds to make a good (or bad) impression.
-Consider what looks professional and appropriate for the work place.
-You want to look capable, creditable, and best suited to accomplish the job.
-First and foremost, you need to look neat, clean, and pressed like a person who pays attention to details.
-The company that hires you will expect you to maintain their image as a professional business.

2. WHAT ARE THE CLOTHES THAT LOOK PROFESSIONAL?

-Simple shapes, no bold prints or patterns work best.
-Good quality blazers or simple jackets, dress pants, pencil skirts, cardigans, blouses, shirts, vests, jumpers a top, bottom, and then third piece looks put together and more business like.
-Try and choose compatible pieces that are color coordinated, so that you can mix and match them.
-Avoid lots of snaps, buttons, and other detailing and no frayed, torn, or ragged edges.
-Garments that are lined will keep their shape longer.
-Hanging them up when you return home will help as well.

3. WHAT EMPLOYERS DO NOT WANT

-Bareness is inappropriate in any situation plus clothes that are too tight, or revealing.
-Your clothes should skim over, not cling, to your body.
-Save those more provocative looks for the weekend, and time off.
-Skirts and dresses should be no more than two inches above, or below the knee
-Long ankle length dresses are for more casual times off
-Leggings are OK under a skirt or dress, but not alone with just a blouse, jacket, or tunic

4. WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A WORK WARDROBE, AND PAYING ATTENTION TO DETAILS
-A work wardrobe should consist primarily of items that are made in a blend of a natural fiber and a synthetic.
-Natural fibers come from nature, and include wool, cotton, linen, silk, bamboo. Natural fibers "breathe" and are the most comfortable to wear as they let air and moisture in and out of the garment
-Synthetic fibers are man made like nylon, polyester, acrylic, etc.
-Synthetic fibers help the garment maintain a crisp, wrinkle-free finish.
-Combining the qualities of both natural and synthetic fibers will be most comfortable, and last the longest.
-You also want the pieces like blouses, sweaters, and tops that are closest to the skin to be washable, so as to most efficiently and affordably remove any stains and odors.
-Dry cleaning is a great service, but is expensive, and eventually damages the fibers of the garment.
-Footwear should be simple, and not extreme. They should be in good condition.
Again a lot of decorative details is not advisable, nor are stilettos, strappy sandals or huge platforms.
-Jewelry should be a light enhancement, not something that draws a lot of attention.  Noisy, jangling bracelets are not appreciated in the work place.
-Your grooming should be polished, clean, neat hairstyle; makeup to enhance but not draw attention; finger and toe nails that are neat and not painted in a harsh color that will show chips easily, or some crazy design on them; minimal and light fragrance use.

Your goal is to present yourself as capable, credible, professional and polished.

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