William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune
February 2, 2012
"I wanted to look more mature because I do have braces, so pretty much anything you put me in it's, 'Oh, she's 14.' The shorter hair makes me look a little older," said Rianna Coale.
•Do your homework online (employee photos?) or in person to see what office wear is acceptable. Dress as formally as your would-be boss or the management team.
•Keep it professional and polished, but it's OK to show a little wardrobe personality.
•Choose mix-and-match separates for versatility.
•Stay away from easy-to-wrinkle fabrics such as linen.
•Belting a cardigan gives it a more professional look.
•No minis. Skirts should be at or just above the knee.
•Hosiery is a must.
•Use a T-shirt or cami to fill in a revealing neckline.
•Scrutinize yourself in the mirror — front and back — before leaving the house.
•When choosing prints, keep them muted or classic.
•Tattoos should be covered; remove facial piercings..
•No perfume, but don't forget lipstick or gloss for a finished look.
Her new outfit: Cardigan, $59.50; T-shirt, $29.50; skirt, $89.50; belt, $34.50; necklace, $49.50, all Banana Republic, bananarepublic.com. Her own shoes and tights. Total: $262.50