You’ve posted your CV on the internet, a recruiter phones you with an invitation to an interview. Cue panic over what to wear. Some people have one fail-safe outfit, perhaps a neat little suit worn with heels, which they feel confident in and wheel out for all interviews. That’s fine if you’re after an office or administrative post but art jobs need something a little different.
Work in an art gallery or museum requires a look that won’t frighten the public. Someone wanting to work on a fashion magazine or in a creative role needs to look as if they know what’s on trend. For a 'meeting and greeting the public' job, a classic look is probably best, but there’s no need to stick with that safe suit. You can’t go wrong with an absolutely classic black or navy jacket. Pair it with a straight skirt, not too short even if you’re lucky enough to have fabulous legs. Don’t forget you’ll be sitting down! A pencil skirt with a slight twist to it from ASOS might be just the thing. Go for matching or at least complementary shoes and bag and the look is smartly efficient.
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For a creative job you’ll want to look a little arty, more All Saints than Jasper Conran. You could wear that same Nicole Farhi jacket but teamed with a gorgeous Anthropologie skirt. Heeled ankle boots and a quirky bag from Tamara Fogle and you’re off.
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What you wear is not as important as the way you put it together. For the ‘smart’ job, keep makeup to a minimum and don’t go overboard on the jewellery. For a more original look you can be bolder with makeup and your hair style. Accessorise cleverly with a scarf and go for some statement jewellery. I love big earrings from Chelsea Doll and they’re cheap as chips. Or you may prefer one of this season’s big necklaces.
Whatever you’re wearing, if you feel confident, you’ll look confident. That way you stand a better chance of getting one of those art jobs you’ve been after.