The look: Second interview

"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.<br>
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&#8226;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.<br>
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&#8226;Keep it professional and polished, but it's OK to show a little wardrobe personality.<br>
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&#8226;Choose mix-and-match separates for versatility.<br>
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&#8226;Stay away from easy-to-wrinkle fabrics such as linen.<br>
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&#8226;Belting a cardigan gives it a more professional look.<br>
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&#8226;No minis. Skirts should be at or just above the knee.<br>
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&#8226;Hosiery is a must.<br>
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&#8226;Use a T-shirt or cami to fill in a revealing neckline.<br>
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&#8226;Scrutinize yourself in the mirror &#8212; front and back &#8212; before leaving the house.<br>
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&#8226;When choosing prints, keep them muted or classic.<br>
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&#8226;Tattoos should be covered; remove facial piercings..<br>
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&#8226;No perfume, but don't forget lipstick or gloss for a finished look.<br>
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<b>Her new outfit: </b>Cardigan, $59.50; T-shirt, $29.50; skirt, $89.50; belt, $34.50; necklace, $49.50, all <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PRDCAS0000753" title="Banana Republic" href="/topic/services-shopping/clothing-accessories-shoes/banana-republic-PRDCAS0000753.topic">Banana Republic</a>, <a href="http://bananarepublic.com">bananarepublic.com</a>. Her own shoes and tights. Total: $262.50

( 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

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