Summer is right around the corner and you know what that means: summer jobs and summer hires. Whether you are networking preemptively for the fall recruitment season or you’re looking to work a summer job, here’s how to put your best foot forward.

Ensemble – For all the corporate ladies out there, always wear a chic suit to an interview. Go for a linen blend that is unlined so you can stay cool during the warm summer months. Make sure the sleeves are not too long on the suit, although three quarter sleeves and short sleeves work well in the heat. Every part of your suit should be well-tailored and pressed.

The fit of the suit is by far, the most important aspect. You can have the most expensive suit in the world, but if it’s not tailored to you and the fit doesn’t compliment you, you will have wasted your money. Remember to add a beautiful crisp sleeveless blouse – white is a good go to color for most of us.

Legs – To hose or not to hose, that is the question. Talk about the finishing touch to an exemplary corporate outfit. Adding pantyhose to your outfit is another finishing touch, gives you an extra tone of seriousness and shows you pay attention to details. Plus, it screams “corporate” and “put together”, two qualities you’ll want to be associated with in the current job market. When it comes to whether you should wear a skirt or pants, there is no wrong answer, just make sure your fabrics and patterns mix and match accordingly.

Shoes – Go for the closed-toed or slingback pump with a medium or low heel. The general rule of thumb for the corporate environment is that heels ought to be no more than three inches. If you think this isn’t realistic, think again. It is. Although you may see many hot and trendy “professional” outfits on Pinterest and Instagram, the reality is that those photos are styled and posed for a different purpose. Models get paid to sit for photos with stilettos on. So sure, 6 inch-killer stiletto Luis Vuitton’s will look gorgeous in photos but good luck running between meetings with those! Anyway, crippled feet are not professional or sexy. Frankly, they just hurt!

Accessories – Keep them understated. No noisy, loud or cumbersome jewelry. The focus of the interview should always be on you. You don’t want your interviewing trying to figure out just how many Alexi and Anni bracelets you have on your arms.

Makeup – When preparing for an interview makeup look, less is preferable. Light foundation, concealer, sheer or nude lip with a bit of mascara will go a long way. As so succinctly put by Leonardo Da Vinci, “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”

Nails – Clean. Classic. You know what I’m talking about – the French manicure is the staple of a veteran working woman. If you don’t like the French, you can always opt for clear or neutral colors. Classic red nails, sure. Trendy Instagram nail art, not so much.

Color palette – For your corporate summer wardrobe keep in mind that the best colors will be blacks, shades of blue, grays with pop of color, but no crazy beachy colors. Remember, fashion can be fun but at the end of the day, you want to be taken seriously. Color has a major effect on how you are perceived. It’s a good idea to invest in color analysis, but we’ll talk about that another time.

People trust someone who takes care of themselves. A put-together look will cause the people you meet to instinctively trust you and have confidence in you.

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