I hope some southerners can help me with a clothes crisis I'm having. You see, Iím moving to Large Southern City later this year and have a couple of days of job interviews lined up there next month. Iím kind of at loss about what to wear. I do PR, but most of the interviews I have are in the non-profit sector. Itís not a very formal field. My current boss wears a lot of logoed polo shirts and cargo shorts, for instance. The general rule for interviews, I know, is to wear clothes a step above what youíd be wearing to work everyday if hired. What this entails is so much harder to suss out from a thousand miles away.
I donít have a great work wardrobe at the moment, since Iíve been working in the land of jeans and cardigans for a number of years. I also donít have a ton of money to spend on clothes. Iím reluctant to buy a suit because I think cheaper suiting looks, well, cheap. Right now Iím thinking Iíll buy a couple of dark a-line skirts and broadcloth shirts. My bff is a great seamstress and will tailor them to perfection in exchange for drinks. Iíd add pantyhose (ick), a structured handbag, dark heels, and a pearl necklace.
But Iíve heard that the south is generally more conservative, formal, and ladylike, so Iím not sure that styleís appropriate. Should I look for more feminine blouses instead of menswear-y buttonups? Maybe get a dark sheath dress and a couple of jewel tone cardigans? Or should I give in a buy a slightly-beyond-my-means suit?
Also, I have curly hair I wear natural around 364 days a year. In pursuit looking ďpolishedĒ should I get a blowout?