When it comes to getting the gig, putting your best foot forward might not be enough—you need to put your best outfit forward, too. That’s where Of Mercer comes in: it’s a new apparel brand dedicated to making fashionable work wear that doesn’t sacrifice quality for price or style. Whether you’re gunning for a job a growing startup (we highly recommend this, natch) or you’re looking for a corporate role, click through for fashion and beauty recommendations for every office type.
Working at a startup means you’re OK with taking risks—and your fashion choices should follow suit. Of Mercer’s black-and-white Stanton Dress is a bold choice for an interview—but one that will pay off. Effortlessly sophisticated and memorable, this colorblocked piece will serve you well even after you’ve gotten the job. Just swap out a neutral gold necklace and black pumps for ultra bright accessories.
The more laid-back environment of a startup means you can have some fun with your makeup. Look fresh-faced with a luminizing tinted moisturizer, and bright-eyed with the help of some liquid liner and mascara. We recommend picking a single pop of color on the lips and only adding a slight flush on your cheeks. Bold brows are very on trend, so play yours up with a few swipes of an arch-enhancing fiber gel.
Clockwise top left: Cynthia Rowley Beauty Liquid Liner, Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Mascara, Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain, Benefit Cosmetics GimmeBrow, Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, theBalm Hot Balm.
Opt for an ensemble that errs on the traditional side, but still has some personality. We love this figure-flattering Madison Dress in bright cobalt—the clean lines and punchy hue make it a total winner for an interview. Plus, the three quarter-length sleeves mean that it's wearable fall, winter, spring, and most importantly, summer.
An office environment that promotes individuality means you can play around with your makeup—but don’t go overboard. Keep things sophisticated by playing up your eyes. A lid-lightening shadow goes a long way, especially when combined with some strategically placed black liner and lash-lengthening mascara. Downplay everything else by evening out skin with a foundation stick, forgoing blush, and applying just a touch of nude gloss.
Look the picture of professional in the tailored Italian wool Fifth Avenue Dress. Since it’s sleeveless, you’ll need to cover your shoulders (don’t ask us why, but them’s the rules). A structured black blazer is a must-have for every working woman, plus it looks sleek when paired with jeans and a tee on the weekend.
The name of your beauty interview game in a more conservative workplace: the no-makeup makeup look. (Trendy colored liners and bright lips won’t fit in here.) Skip the heavy-duty foundation and just apply BB cream as well as some trusty concealer. Finish off with a few swipes of mascara and a shine-enhancing gloss.
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