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Dressing for an interview can be quite tricky, and honestly depends on what industry and position you are seeking.  However, whether you’re applying for your first job out of college or are transitioning careers in your 40s there are a few principles that can be carried throughout.

Last week this article was featured on Verily Magazine, be sure to check out all 10 of my Rock Your Interview Tips at the full post HERE + leave us some love!

Here are My Top 5 Non-negotiables for getting ready for that interview ladies:

Modest is Hottest.  You are being hired for your brains, not your body.  Oftentimes what can be tricky is learning how to embrace your femininity while not being distracting in the workplace.  Practically this means, no plunging necklines and keep your skirt just at the knees.  JCrew has great button-up silk blouses that are feminine + work appropriate.  (Make sure to wear a cami underneath if need be).  Another way to keep it modest is to stay with a neutral color palette.  Bannana Republic + Ann Taylor Loft do a great job at this.  We love color, and bold patterns, yet we want you to be noticed and remembered at your interview for your intellect and aptitude, not merely a neon pencil skirt pink lipstick.  Remember ladies, context is everything!
Know the position inside and out, and dress the part.  There is such a difference between walking into a corporate interview versus a creative position in the fashion industry.  For a corporate position you can never go wrong with a classic grey or navy blue suit with a white button-down blouse underneath.  Stud earrings, a classic watch, and a string of pearls will complete your look.  As much as I adore red lipstick and it pains me to say this, this is not the appropriate occasion for this.  The last thing you want to be worried about at an interview is whether or not your lipstick is bleeding or on your teeth.  Remove anything that could be a distraction to you and your interviewer.
No jeans, capris, and definitely never shorts.  Even if the company environment is extremely casual don’t be presumptuous.  Remember:  dress for the job you want, not the job you have.  Also it’s always a good rule of thumb to be overdressed than underdressed.
Stay Tailored.  If wearing pants, make sure their tailored, but nothing to snug on the backside.  These wide-legged trousers are a great option.  They’re tailored, yet not distracting.  Remember you’re a woman and we want to celebrate that while at the same time calling forth dignity and respect not only in our actions but also in our wardrobe.
Watch the details.  If you have a string of interviews it’s definitely worth getting a close cut gel manicure with a pale pink or nude.  (Raggedy and dirty nails are a turn off for anyone).  If that’s not in the budget, trim and file your nails and go with a clear top coat.  Also, if your favorite black pumps are scuffed from wearing them so much, grab a leather marker at a shoe store to buff them up.  Wear a classic watch (this is the one I have + wear all the time!), and pearl or diamond stud earrings not only are a wardrobe staple, but they add a nice feminine touch to any outfit.   
And don’t forget ladies to BE YOU!  No one else in the world can do that better than you can!
XO,
Kat
(click the picture above to see where you can get each piece!)

Dressing for an interview can be quite tricky, and honestly depends on what industry and position you are seeking.  However, whether you’re applying for your first job out of college or are transitioning careers in your 40s there are a few principles that can be carried throughout.

Last week this article was featured on Verily Magazine, be sure to check out all 10 of my Rock Your Interview Tips at the full post HERE + leave us some love!

Here are My Top 5 Non-negotiables for getting ready for that interview ladies:

  1. Modest is Hottest.  You are being hired for your brains, not your body.  Oftentimes what can be tricky is learning how to embrace your femininity while not being distracting in the workplace.  Practically this means, no plunging necklines and keep your skirt just at the knees.  JCrew has great button-up silk blouses that are feminine + work appropriate.  (Make sure to wear a cami underneath if need be).  Another way to keep it modest is to stay with a neutral color palette.  Bannana Republic + Ann Taylor Loft do a great job at this.  We love color, and bold patterns, yet we want you to be noticed and remembered at your interview for your intellect and aptitude, not merely a neon pencil skirt pink lipstick.  Remember ladies, context is everything!
  2. Know the position inside and out, and dress the part.  There is such a difference between walking into a corporate interview versus a creative position in the fashion industry.  For a corporate position you can never go wrong with a classic grey or navy blue suit with a white button-down blouse underneath.  Stud earrings, a classic watch, and a string of pearls will complete your look.  As much as I adore red lipstick and it pains me to say this, this is not the appropriate occasion for this.  The last thing you want to be worried about at an interview is whether or not your lipstick is bleeding or on your teeth.  Remove anything that could be a distraction to you and your interviewer.
  3. No jeans, capris, and definitely never shorts.  Even if the company environment is extremely casual don’t be presumptuous.  Remember:  dress for the job you want, not the job you have.  Also it’s always a good rule of thumb to be overdressed than underdressed.
  4. Stay Tailored.  If wearing pants, make sure their tailored, but nothing to snug on the backside.  These wide-legged trousers are a great option.  They’re tailored, yet not distracting.  Remember you’re a woman and we want to celebrate that while at the same time calling forth dignity and respect not only in our actions but also in our wardrobe.
  5. Watch the details.  If you have a string of interviews it’s definitely worth getting a close cut gel manicure with a pale pink or nude.  (Raggedy and dirty nails are a turn off for anyone).  If that’s not in the budget, trim and file your nails and go with a clear top coat.  Also, if your favorite black pumps are scuffed from wearing them so much, grab a leather marker at a shoe store to buff them up.  Wear a classic watch (this is the one I have + wear all the time!), and pearl or diamond stud earrings not only are a wardrobe staple, but they add a nice feminine touch to any outfit.   

And don’t forget ladies to BE YOU!  No one else in the world can do that better than you can!

XO,

Kat


I’ve been really digging all the blue I’ve been seeing lately. From Indigo to powder baby blue - it’s all good. I even love it mixed together - try pairing a striped navy tee with a printed baby blue pencil skirt! 

And now we’re on Polyvore! Find us below. We’re slightly addicted. 

xo,
Em

feeling all kinds of blue by therefinedwoman featuring suede pumps

Topshop long sleeve tee / Zara coat / Long stretchy skirt / Alexander McQueen suede pumps / J Crew watch / Sperry Top Sider lightweight summer scarve
I’ve been really digging all the blue I’ve been seeing lately. From Indigo to powder baby blue - it’s all good. I even love it mixed together - try pairing a striped navy tee with a printed baby blue pencil skirt! 
And now we’re on Polyvore! Find us below. We’re slightly addicted. 
xo,
Em

INSPIRATION : Rodney Smith on Fashion

Yesterday while driving home from a photography conference in Las Vegas, I listened to something that struck me at my core and immediately I knew that I needed to share it today on The Refined Woman.

Rodney Smith is an incredible photographer - every single one of his images literally melts my face off with it’s intentionality and beauty. So I was amazed to hear his deeper thoughts on the transformative power of fashion and about what Fashion can do for a person.

I listened to it a second time this morning and tried to pull my favorite piece for you guys because I feel like this could be the manifesto of The Refined Woman.

We love fashion. It’s fun and exciting at times. But make no mistake, we are more interested in it’s meaning. What it does for us. If what you wear today does not positively impact the way you FEEL and LIVE then forget it.

If you would like to be inspired today, here is the link to Rodney’s interview with Michael Howard of Musea. If you are a photographer, you MUST listen to the whole thing and every other interview on the Musea podcast, I promise it will make you think differently and challenge you as an artist in the best possible way. 

And be sure to check out Rodney’s blog here. 

xo,

Em

Refined at Fashion Week : Day IV

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What Kat wore for the most epic day of our collective lives.

Blazer : Zara / Top : Madewell (similar) / Headband : Forever 21 / Skirt: Madewell /  Shoes : JCrew

On to more from the Runway! I saw so many incredible gowns that I considered changing my profession to actress just so I could have an excuse to go to a movie premier or, you know, THE OSCARS, so I could wear something this fabulous. 

My favorite gowns were Naeem Khan… it was a gorgeous 20s art deco affair. So Gatsby of him.

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I die for this one.

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Possibly my absolute favorite.

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Naeeeeem! You rascal you.

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Badgley Mischka also had some stunners that I would be remiss not to mention.

Some of them even us mere mortals could wear even if one was not invited to a red-carpet event.

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My personal favorite : I don’t know if it’s one piece or two but I’ll take it either way.

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I am dying over all the jewel tones, especially the emerald.

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Wait you need to see that one again? I know. Here you go.

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What do you think? We would love to hear from you, I’ll be posting all our runway pics on our facebook page and whether you love it, hate it, or predict you’ll see it on the red carpet we’d love to know.

Our last fashion week post is tomorrow, are you sick of it yet? No? Great.

xo,

Em

Refined at Fashion Week: Day II

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We have been neck deep in all things fashion this last week, and let me tell you it has been every girls dream!  (Aside from no sleep, little eating, and walking through ice while wearing heels…but hey #fashionweekproblems)

Fur Coat:  Buffalo Exchange…and get over it I paid $2 for it (similar).

Maxi Dress:  Anthropologie; it’s on sale, go get it NOW.

Tights: Target

Shoes:  JCrew (similar)

Bracelet:  31 Bits; Necklace:  East West Jewelry

Now onto two of my FAVORITE shows of the week.  Literally I was gasping the entire Billy Reid show.  Louisiana native Billy Reid NAILED IT. I felt as though I could wear every piece right off the runway into my everyday life.  Here are a few of my favorites…

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Swooning yet?  Wait until you see the yumminess of Trina Turks Fall Collection, bold jewel tones, mixed patterns, and hats on hats on hats!

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So much more to share…we’re off to the JCrew Presentation….eeee so giddy about this friend!

XOXO,

Kat

p.s. be sure to check out The Refined Woman on facebook  + instagram for more photos + behind the scenes!

Refined at Fashion Week : Day 1

This week in honor of New York Fashion Week Kat + I are excited to share with you the highlights of everything we have been up to, what we are wearing (see also : The Woes of Being a Southern California Girl in A Snowstorm) and what we have been seeing on + off the runway.

We feel so grateful to be here experiencing all of this and so looking forward to sharing our highlights with you.

Really, you get the best of the deal, dear friends, because you get all the fashion minus the freezing winds, snow + slush. 

Refined at Fashion Week : Day 1

I swear I looked at the forecast before I packed, but I think there’s only so much one California girl can do to really prepare herself for the reality of a snowstorm.

Coat : Thrifted (Similar) / Dress : Urban Outfitters / Tights : Uniqlo Heat tech / Riding Boots : J Crew  / Cobalt Tote : Coach /Headband : H&M (old, similar) / Sunglasses : Ray Ban

(You can pin some of my accessories from The Refined Woman on Pinterest!)

Marissa Web's new collection is so wearable! I love the tailored structure to her suits, skirts + coats.

The black + white accessories + inverted french manicure is the perfect compliment.

Some of my favorites from the Marissa Webb presentation:

The Monique Lhuillier runway show knocked my socks off. The way she innovates a gown season after season is such an inspiration to me. Every piece is fitted perfectly to be flattering for a woman’s shape. The texture and detailing was incredible.

Afterwards we made our way backstage + accompanied Krista Soriano as she was able to ask Monique a few words about the collection. See Krista’s piece on Elle.com for more!

xo,

Em

p.s. be sure to check out The Refined Woman on facebook  + instagram for more photos + behind the scenes!