Career Wardrobe Staples, Part 1
A certain blog writer here at Pink Clove once purchased a gorgeous shimmery blue and purple suit. With its tailored jacket, shoulder pads – this was the early ’90s – and tapered pants, it was, she thought, the attention-getting suit she needed for those first job interviews out of college. Then she met with a recruiter who complimented her lavishly on the suit and followed said compliment with “But you’re not going to wear that to interviews, though, right?”
A little research (or just listening to her mother) would have saved her both embarrassment and money. Just out of school and money’s tight? Here are the items that will signal your seriousness of purpose without taking all the fun out of getting dressed. You know that we’re your source for plus size clothing in all the realms of your life.
Well-fitting, wide leg black trousers are the wardrobe staple. We have two perfect options, the Wilma belted version and the Rebecca flat-front style. Both affordable, both extremely flattering, these are two purchases you will get incredible use out of.
A well-fitting blazer
Most workplaces are no longer stuffy, and a suit is often not required for an interview, but a great blazer will be your saving grace at those what-should-I-wear moments: the second interview, a hastily scheduled meeting. Believe us, you’ll pull out those black trousers and your elegant blazer. Caramel, camel, grey, or beige are sure-bet shades, and a light wool or wool-blend fabric will work for different seasons. Peplums look fantastic on plus size women and keep a blazer from being boring.
Spend the money to have the jacket tailored if necessary. When trying the blazer on, cross your arms in front of you; the back and sleeves should not feel constricting. The sleeves should hit just past your wrist bone, and the shoulder (which should not have pads) seam should end where your shoulder does.
Shirt dress and sleek black dress
Both of these can be layered with a cardigan for a casual look or dressed up with a blazer. Our Yoshiko tie-front shirt dress and Tyisha black midi dress will keep you chic and professional at any time of year and will be one of the easiest things in your closet to choose. In fact, you’ll struggle to not wear both of them more than once a week.