William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune
February 2, 2012
Have you ever looked this professional? "No!" says Caitlin Schmid, 21
•You can't go wrong with traditional business attire: a suit (for men and women).
•Invest the time to try on many, many options at the store. (She tried on nine.)
•Cover up; no cleavage or bare arms
•Department store personal shoppers can help, and they're usually free; call for an appointment.
•Makeup (with a light touch) shows you care about your appearance.
•Jewelry is good — but not flashy or jangly.
•Don't show your toes: No sandals; choose closed-toe basic pumps.
•Invest in alterations, especially for pants and sleeve length.
•Clean, manicured hands with no or classic (not bright) polish.
•Add a business case or no-logo tote to complete the look, hold your resume.
Her new outfit: Jacket, $128 reduced to $24.99; pants, $79.90; top, $39.90, all the Limited, thelimited.com; necklace and earrings, $25.65, Charter Club, Macy's, macys.com. Her own shoes. Total: $170.44