Hello Fashion Kitty,
I have a interview coming up and have no idea what is appropriate to wear. I am in my late 40's and it is for a retail position.
**Job interviews are always tough, especially for a retail position (which I had my fair of share of).ili There is no need to wear a suit but is important to be well dressed and up on trends. Remember its always best to be overdressed during a job interview. **
This is what I suggest ... On top a white blouse in whichever style suits you best, paired with black trouers or a pencil skirt. Make sure you wear heels (you are interviewing with fashion-y people) but leave the sky high stilettos at home because you don't want to look cheap.
Now here is the important part. Now that you have a nice solid base of an outfit that can do you no wrong … you need a conversation piece. This can be something that is hot/ trendy for the season like a great menswear inspired vest or you can go for something totally unique like a great pair of colored reading glasses or a great piece of jewelry that always nabs you compliments.
And here comes the cheesy part ... just be confident, bring your resume, and smile (a lot).
Below are some great ensembles to be inspired by from Net-a-porter. All of these outfits incorporate classic elements with trendy pieces. You can add or take away the trendy elements based on your comfort level, but notice they all start with a solid base.