Style Scene: Tips help grads find work-appropriate wardrobe
BY JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT World Scene Writer
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
6/12/12 at 6:43 AM
Congratulations, college graduates - you finally made it!
Now, it's time to get a job. And with all those interviews you'll have, you may need a new wardrobe.
It may seem like a small detail, but presenting yourself professionally is paramount in building a solid rapport with your new employer, said nationally recognized consumer expert Andrea Woroch, who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles.
She offered some tips to get you on the right - and fashionable - foot for your new job:
Define "work-appropriate." Before you load up on expensive suits and closed-toe shoes, determine what work-appropriate attire means for your employer by asking the hiring manager or human resources department for insight.
A financial company likely requires a suit and tie, yet an Internet company may not mind sneakers.
Make what you have work. Even if you're short on essentials, mixing and matching can extend your existing wardrobe.
A pencil skirt paired with a basic T-shirt and scarf looks classic and professional, and it can be transformed into a whole new outfit with a cardigan and statement necklace.
Use coupons. You can save a ton of money on clothes, shoes and accessories by using coupons.
Hit up discount retailers. Stores such as Target and Kohl's are great places to find basic tees, camis and cardigans for cheap. T.J.Maxx and Marshall's have discount brand-name clothes and wardrobe staples up to 60 percent off regular prices.
For more of Woroch's tips, check out tulsaworld.com/livingwright
Tuesday-Thursday: Carter Smith. For about 40 years, Smith has been creating museum-quality, hand-dyed silk shibori - a Japanese technique of dyeing - scarves and garments, which you can view and purchase this week. Utopia, 4817 S. Peoria Ave., 918-712-7355.
Wednesday-Thursday: Gallant. Design director Ilze Gallant will be here assisting with the fall collection, which is driven by colorful separates in high-quality European fabrics with bold silk prints, beautiful wool tweeds with flecks of unexpected color and lots of metallic elements. Miss Jackson's, Utica Square, 918-747-8671.
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View hand-dyed scarves and garments by Carter Smith at Utopia, 4817 S. Peoria Ave. Courtesy