So you have a job interview, an event to dress up for, or even your first day at a new position! What to wear for these occasions can be just as stressful as actually going, so here are some tips for what to wear.
Fit the Brand/Event Energy
Going for an interview at LEVIs? Wear your jeans! Applying for retail? Dress the store style. Professional conference? Dress up. Even with more casual things like jeans, you can dress them up with black boots and a nice blouse. Do some research about the company or event so as to better dress the occasion. Sometimes if you can find photos from an event you can get a better idea of the dress code, or lack thereof.
Have Professional Pieces
There is really no one size fits all uniform, especially in fashion, but there are some things you have have in your closet that can make for a quick outfit for interviews that might pop up unexpectedly. I like having black boots, slacks, a blouse and a simple cardigan that I can grab for any weather, whenever. I would advise against buying something new for an interview, as you don’t know how it might fit and look. I have done this, and ended up fighting with a blouse for an entire event since I didn’t know how it would fit me.
Or if you’re like me and hate to iron, try hanging the shirt in the bathroom while you shower. The heat will help release wrinkles. I’d advise against ordering a brand new shirt and waiting to take it out of the shipping plastic – those folding lines are hard to get out!
While it’s great to put your best foot forward, if you aren’t used to wearing heels, it might not be the time to practice! Wearing flats or shoes with a heel you feel comfortable in can help when you might have first day jitters. You shouldn’t have to worry about tripping in brand new shoes. Also, stay true to yourself. Wear clothes that represent you in the best way possible.
Those are my tips for dressing for events, interviews and first-days! Remember that you feeling comfortable with the clothes you are wearing will make the biggest difference.
What do you wear to interviews? Comment below!
FIT is home to 60+ student clubs, one of which is Runway 27. Runway 27 host student organized fashion shows every year. The club allows students to experience the vast roles involved in putting on a show, such as the role of merchandisers, designers, models, photographers, general business management, advertising and P.R. The shows always follow a theme, and this year they are presenting their annual show “Artistry”.
Runway 27 was established in 2013 and has been putting on shows ever since. The Runway 27 website shows all previous sponsors that have supported the annual shows and all active team members. The Runway 27 Instagram page keeps followers up to date with any events and covers a behind the scenes experience of all club activity, along with posting artsy photo shoot teasers. If you won’t be able to make it to the Artistry show this Thursday, Nov. 21, then make sure to watch the show through the live stream set up. Details are on the Runway 27 website’s homepage.
As I start my search for full-time employment, I am faced with the task of pitching myself to companies in hopes that they will hire me. I am “selling” my skills and abilities to these brands, hoping that they will “buy” them. A sales pitch is always better when there is genuine belief behind it, which makes it hard when you doubt your ability or worth.
I compare myself to my fellow classmates quite a lot. Regardless of their impressive track records and great personalities, I have a track record of my own and my unique personality. A resume can only show whether you are able to execute a job’s responsibilities, which in all honestly is a teachable thing. People learn how to do their job better every day, even higher ups an business owners. Your resume helps you get your foot in the door, but your personality and personal connection with the people at the company is what really secures your spot.
In psychology, there is this thing called the Dunning-Kruger effect, which is where is you can’t objectively assess your cognitive ability. Basically, the less you really know, the more you think you know, and vice versa. This generally means that if you have a low perception of your ability, then you are probably better off then you really think.
You have to remember that you are a valid and worthy person. You might doubt yourself from time to time and that is natural, but you shouldn’t put yourself down if you can help it. You have your own set of strengths and weaknesses and while they might not match up with other peoples, that doesn’t mean they aren’t valid or good.
How do you keep your spirits and self-perception up?
This is a popular question – what do to the dorms at FIT look like? FIT offers three “freshman” (for your first year attending FIT, whether or not it is your first year of college does not matter) dorms and one “upper classman” dorms (where you can live after the first year on 27th st).
When I dormed, my favorite part was definitely the distance from class! FIT is essentially one city block, and the freedom to get out of bed 10 minutes before class and make it there with 5 to spare is pretty sweet. Since classes are on the north side of 27th, and the freshman dorms on the south side, it takes moments to cross the street to get to school. For sophomores and beyond, Kaufman Hall is located on 31st, right next to the new Hudson Yards mall and developments. It is about a 12 minute walk but there is also a shuttle service for rainy days or for when you just need a lift.
You can learn more about FIT’s dorms here, on our website!
As for what the dorms look like inside, you can see one on a campus tour but the best way to really peek inside is on YouTube! Many FIT students vlog about their student life, and show off how they decorated their dorms. Their videos are a lot easier to relate to than a staged room. I would recommend researching on the FIT website which of the three halls might be best for you, and then searching youtube with the dorm hall name, and “dorm tour”. For example, “FIT Nagler Hall dorm tour” will turn up loads of videos on how students before you made their dorm room home.
Which of our three entering students dorms are you interested in? Let me know below!
As we are nearing the end of the semester with only one month left of school, I am falling into the classic “senioritis” tendencies. This entire semester I have let my time and work management skills slip and it has had its consequences. I have not been keeping track of what projects are due or when their deadlines are, and I have been doing the homework just to get it done, not to learn from it. This is really unfortunate because if I take a step back, I can see that I am in a really exciting part of my time at FIT and I am not allowing myself to enjoy it.
This is a time when I should be pulling together all of the skills I’ve learned here at FIT and to practice them at their full potential. Instead, I’ve had this mindset that I am “done” with my academics and that I am ready to enter the industry full-time. While it might be true that I am ready and able to work full-time, it doesn’t mean that I should brush aside my schooling.
The first 3 years at FIT taught me all of the technical knowledge that I need to know, but this last year is about putting that knowledge to use. It is about how well you understand the information and how well you can put it into effect. It is also aimed at a managerial role, so this is a year where I can look past where I’ll be when I enter the work force and project myself to a higher position. This allows for a rare chance that I probably won’t have for several years where I can get in a managerial mindset and play out how certain decision affect a company and the work that ensues for the teams that I will be a part of in the real world.
I lost my source of motivation because I thought I had reached the end goal, but I still have lessons to learn in my last year. I need to change my thinking to allow for growth from my remaining classes, because it would truly be a shame if I or anyone went through their last year and wasted it.
Have you ever experienced “senioritis”? How did you deal with it?