At my last firm, I had client meetings and project interviews every week; it was a very cool, but also stressful, part of being in a small firm. Now in a larger firm, I typically spend more time designing and documenting our buildings. But, when we had an opportunity to interview for a prestigious project blocks from the White House, the boss people called in their big gun…me!
Hahaha, OK, I think they really had me come along because I’m enthusiastic and can talk…a lot, and on the fly. Of course, I’m experienced and I was confident I could pull my weight during the interview, but it dawned on me that my “meeting wear” had become practically non-existent! I rushed home the night I was asked to participate and immediately started pulling looks.
Option 1: The “Architect”
Option 2: On trend
Culottes are back! But, if you are like me, the last time I wore them was over 10 years ago, in college, they were jersey material and usually worn with one of my favorite Abercrombie or Hollister tight t-shirts or collared shirts. Ugh…that was not the look. Thankfully, I classed these up with a window-pane print shell, white slouchy jacket and pretty, eye-catching necklace.
Option 3: Bold choice, my friend
Is it just me, or have you seen the blush/bordeaux color combo all over the place? It’s the hit color partnership this fall. I bought this Clavin Klein suit forever ago, and have been ITCHING to wear it. But, I’m not trying to be architect Barbie. When I found this very simple oxblood colored blouse, though, I knew it would give it the right edge. A simple silver necklace complements the silver hardware of the suit, and does not add a distraction to the already flashy ensemble.
Can you guess which one I went with? Despite the fact that my wonderful upper management typically does not dress boldly, I decided to go with…Option numero 3! I decided to take advantage of my proximity to the White House, go full Laura Bush/Hillary Rodham Clinton, and rock the colored pantsuit. And, I felt great. And, we got the job!