Thematic Repelling: Job Interview Chic

by Leandra Medine
June 7, 2011
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If I had dime for every e-mail I’ve answered that asked the question “what should I wear to a job interview while still being a repeller?” outlining the outfit that maintains a lil bit o’love from the kiss of repelling, I’d be rich. Rich enough to live in London, with its abusive currency, even. And so, in the newest new installment on Man Repeller–you read that right, another new installment–I offer photo tutorials that teach a little thing I like to call “thematic repelling.” I think this one has staying power. So without further ado, I give you: Job Interview Chic.
blazer: Rag and Bone, blouse: Kain, trousers: The Kooples, shoes: Proenza Schouler, frames: Warby Parker

You don’t necessarily need to sit in a white room against white furniture with a fruitful floral arrangement separating your chair from the one beside you in a way that suggests “thematic repelling: doctor’s waiting room chic,” but you do have to carry your laptop as a purse. Especially if you’re looking for a job in social media. Because, you know, they might test how fast you can type 140 characters on the Anthony Weiner scandal with your eyes closed. Just saying.

necklace: Kimberly Baker

“Stars! They’re just like us! They walk foot first!” Just kidding, just kidding, I’m not a star. More a unicorn, really. This is my lobby, by the way. Well, not my lobby, but a lobby, that I walk through everyday to come and go from my place of residence.

Let’s get to business though. Pun so intended.

This works because: I’m wearing trousers and a blazer, I’d say that’s the standard young professional silhouette. The shoes are cool but don’t feature too outrageous platforms or unusual color patterns. Glasses fool the masses into thinking I’m smart, and the accessories evoke a tamed sense of what could be serious personal style.

This repels because: A blazer yes, but a metallic satin one with black silk lapels. If I hadn’t known better, I’d have thought I was Brad Goreski. In this instance, I’m not sure if it’s better that I’m me. As for the trousers, they are high waist boyfriend trousers…these are sensitive silhouettes to create a single pair of pants. For the shoes: Not outrageous, yes, but at the end of the day, they are still what they are: gilded patio furniture for the foot. And finally, while my glasses may fool the masses, they are birth control. And non prescriptive. So, do what you want with that.

Go on now, try it out. And if you get the job…
Shit girl, I will be so damn happy! Drinks and smiles on me.
REPLIES
  • http://magmoiselle.fr s

    GORGEOUS….. love this silver jacket…
    You're SOOOOOOO beautiful ;D

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    http://magmoiselle.fr

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01514627554329642237 Vasilieva

    i'm so much loving this silver blazer, perfection for an interview

    http://elenavasilieva.blogspot.com/
    x

  • http://www.myfashiondays.com Andrea | My Fashion Days

    Great tips! :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/gopinknthepaint Hannah Carmen

    Thank you! I have an interview later this morning, in fact…I greatly appreciates the tips *puts away sequined feather boa*

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04723856494063232502 heatherheartsfashion

    i love your tutorials, you are the greatest!

  • http://www.maggierossdogs.com Ann K.

    Love it ALL, you are a ray of sunshine in my morning perusal of the interwebs.

  • http://heyitsalexp.com HeyItsAlexP

    I love this. Interview outfits are so hard, especially non-boring interview outfits.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14379815840112190010 Nino Eliava
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07132661844086303021 Zeinabou

    I love that blazer!

    http://www.theshoegawker.com

  • http://belighter.wordpress.com/ BeLighter

    Great post! You look completely "put together", but those shoes give it a "twist"… the thick glasses maybe too much…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08153589183137848242 Lady

    love the silver jacket, black pants & wedges, awesome & interview savvy!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10731480551178991637 Copper Etiquette

    Great look!
    http://www.copperetiquette.com SHOP DRESSES

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05376418365593022416 Francia

    You look great! I love the blazer and the wedges!

    stylishpoint.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

    Love the blazer.

    Fashionable Collections

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04833874587061441389 Lisa Griffin

    hahahah love this commentary! if i'd worn this for every interview i wouldn't have been squirming in a repulsive blazer while trying to answer someone's questions!
    http://www.indramaticfashion.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07191465704119489055 Linton from London

    Awesome post! Loving the blazer n gold wedges!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11355428064216517703 Kristina

    such an awesome look – I love the pop of color with the shoes! Your commentary is always so witty!

    Kristina
    http://spottedappeal.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00727349527279091309 Mey

    Love this "Thematic Repelling" I can't wait for more <3

    http://everysundays.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07060568771139186868 ddferg

    "YOU'RE HIRED!"

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16317389766565505351 Bec

    i have one today and i think i would do you proud. the blazer is slouch and boyfriend and needs the sleeves rolled a bit. likes the 80s but better, haha.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00186653388828397132 indie.electronic.alternative.

    non prescriptive birth control- what's not to love?!?! you're hired!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11519884084613665286 Ashley

    i have been on a lot of interviews lately and i have been wearing a dress. but i love the pants u have. i need to come up with something like this. thank you so much!

    http://www.postmodernrunway.com/

  • Anonymous

    I'd never ever say this is repelling at all: you're really propelling here (in a good way, of course ;-)!

    Love the outfit, love your blog!

    M-

  • Anne

    the laptop accessory is so techy chic!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09536374159223650193 www.timetochange.over-blog.com

    LMAO!
    It's adorable and repellent
    I would give you the job!
    xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17465162706998051666 Akasya

    This is such an awesome alternative guide to interviews! Always when I read guides for interviews they insist on skirts because "they are more professional". Enough of that, dress pants and repelling all the way!

    http://violetlyone.blogspot.com/

  • Sarah Landisman

    LOVE THIS! I can't get enough of those stacked on bracelets! And I'm obsessed with that YSL ring!! Such a fun twist and perfect pop of color. Normally I'm told to wear accessories sparingly for interviews, but you make a great point about them adding that hint of personal style. Genius!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10620899390908793244 LDM

    i love that blazer! been trying to find something silver like that!

    xx from hong kong :)
    http://www.ldmldmldm.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08639833849392186961 Angel

    freakin fantastic

  • Anonymous

    pure genius
    your are hired!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12069426957408106950 Kimberly

    so cute love it!! i would love to wear this anywhere period!

    http://kc-citystyle.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04400156530636434513 Ale.

    This is just brilliant! It's the kind of post that most of us probably can relate to, I'll be trying it out on my next interview!

    xx,
    http://www.alegallegos.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10955116532345730478 Raspberry Jam

    Love your outfit!

    Nice shoes!

    http://sweetraspberryjam.blogspot.com/

    xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17307750287416918321 Closet Fashionista

    Perfection. I wish I had that outfit, I would totally wear it to work every single day :p
    http://www.closet-fashioinista.com

  • Anonymous

    Geez, I wish I applied for the kind of jobs where I can afford to think about repelling.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09007469341924151782 Sara B

    You're awesome. I love your blog.

  • http://monsacbyme.com mon sac by me

    So nice………everything !

    http://monsacbyme.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07892924644374550930 mihaela majerhold o.

    Very lovely!

  • Laura M

    O MAN interview outfits are the HARDEST! especially in a world where so many people have these outdated ideas of what appropriate interview/work attire is! The silver blazer is to DIE for love love love the look!

  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    I would never think to pair the silver jacket with the gold heels but it is doing amazing things for this outfit

    http://mstwirlyskirts.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17772215968799926893 Nancie Mwai

    I want this outfit! I love the metallic jacket! very hot and sooo repelling!
    http://fashionablenotebook.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18435101143164983582 Rachael

    I actually love this outfit!! Great post, you're hilarious!

    http://www.rachaeldiab.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14194815440194123998 CupcakesOMG!

    thank you so much for incorporating a completely legitimate reference to Brad Goreski. now, i'm off to find patio furniture for my feet!

    xo

    http://www.cupcakesomg.blogspot.com

  • http://www.thefashionableporcupine.blogspot.com Helena

    Great outfit, would love to wear it :) But let's just hope the interviewer isn't a man…might give the wrong (or right? I don't even know) effect. ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01109914166664512850 Prisoner of Fashion

    I love the colors and images. Clothes are very original.

    xoxo

    http://prisonerofashion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00922493231790791173 La Petite Olga

    Great and chic outfit for a job interview!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01104111886223811305 THE CONCEPTUAL

    My hero! I love this blog.

    http://the-conceptual.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07888536681339934148 the Art of being Fashionable

    totally agree you look chic, but it definitely depends what you are interviewing for as well!

    theArtofbeingFashionable

  • Anonymous

    DEFINITELY HIRED
    LOVE THE LOOK, SO PROFESSIONAL CHIC

  • Anonymous

    hi. You have great taste. You don't look like you are trying too hard, not too overt, but definitely sexy.

  • Anonymous

    You are so cute.

  • Anonymous

    Where did you buy the blazer? I can't find it online. And where are your bracelets from?

  • Anonymous

    Re the above–I mean on the whole, not just this particular post.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11701982951282476485 diana kang

    looking amazing! i am seriously in love with your blog! xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00740168892558201167 Macy Young

    Love this post! This look looks great on you!

    http://www.toastsandspills.blogspot.com/

  • Anonymous

    f#!k me you are cute

  • http://verenahafner.wordpress.com/ verenahafner

    Seriously great outfit!

    http://verenahafner.wordpress.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07904293199101553442 Jessie

    perfect look for a job interview. it is calm cool and collected yet chic and flattering.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12347329353442093349 Michelle Lee

    love the job interview look! :)

    pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227790770455857624 The Fancy Teacup

    You would make one hot looking unicorn :) The jacket and shoes are tres chic!

    http://www.TheFancyTeacup.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14729497665080448566 Stella

    i actually lovee this outfit, love how you mixed the gold AND the silver. subtle man repelling techniques.

    stella
    stellasfashionfountain.blogspot.com

  • http://www.didimaia.com Didi Maia

    I love your blog and did a tribute to you! Look here: http://didimaia.com/2011/06/08/look-do-dia-the-man-repeller/

    @didimaia

  • http://www.bellissimostyle.net Megan Abigail Chandler

    You should do a giveaway with that jacket. LOVE!

    http://www.bellissimostyle.net

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14914341107368058474 Lookrezia (The Shabby Labels)

    super cute! i love you smile

    http://www.theshabbylabels.com/

  • http://www.giribeiro.com.br Gi Ribeiro

    Adorei seu Blog!!! A Didi Maia falou muito bem e eu corri para conhecer!!! Amei!!! Você é uma graça!!!Beijos.

  • judi

    Your a genius love the post!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17797477198030786678 Lynsey

    Love this. My blog is all about business casual and "office wear.". This certainly makes the interview cut.

    Btw, hosting a giveaway of two crystal Ettika friendship bracelets (and I know how you love friendship bracelets) over at:

    http://www.law-of-fashion.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02935371047298748672 E. Von Bertalanffy

    I went full on man repelling to a job interview a few weeks ago. As it turned out, I was interviewed by a panel composed of women, and one of them was obviously lesbian. I totally got the job.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03426490724538463303 Eléne

    I love this look! The glasses are awesome, a bit like the frames i just ordered :) Also loving the silver and yellow combo.

    http://fashionbosca.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05152771406831493416 Designs Good

    ha! birth control glasses–love it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16752189427306290291 WC

    dude i love reading your posts. usually i just skim fashion photos but i actually read your blog. keep up the humor

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00949909396720883273 Jessica Hagy

    you slay me.

    and the shoes: y.e.s.

    x,

    J
    JessicaHagy.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06229202525438559640 Míriam

    I LOVE YOUR SHOES!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02415471318176509309 3andahalf

    Just in time! I have an interview tomorrow!!! haha
    I'll wear my cat-eye gucci glasses to look professional while remaining fashion. (it is an interview for a fashion job)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07466562542553013530 Audrey Leighton

    AMAZING shoes babe!
    http://www.befrassy.com

  • Stephanie

    Perfect tips and perfect timing. I got a job interview the second after reading this. One shopping trip later, I think I aced it. We'll see…..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07745896264943723662 Fairy

    Loving the silver blazer and those wedges are SO cute!

    N.

    http://alittlelightalittledark.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02975700483738285996 Ken Harrison

    I had to scroll down without reading any comments to say that those shoes are people repellers. They are awful, especially with those slacks. What is with open toe boots these days? They make no sense. And the fact that you found ugly gold ankle open toe boots makes my head spin. Your feet look like two gold nuggets.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14661796496196524399 Rifga™

    I might have to copy this entire outfit. Pun so intended lol. Great tips. Love it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04392538306781168379 Elegantly Wasted

    So feminine! You look gorgeous!

    X

    http://www.elegantlywastedd.blogspot.com

  • http://thestyleboard.wordpress.com Sarah

    Absolutely love this look! so cute.
    xx

    thestyleboard.wordpress.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11577320914444368443 Jamie

    Do these shoes pinch the shit out of your toes?? I have the same pair (in black), and I was wondering if you have made any clever alterations to make them more comfortable. I'm thinking of experimenting with moleskin…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07477268703838139974 Blicious

    love this post!!! amazing outfit!

    xoxo
    b

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  • Ching Llera Vilar

    2 years later, I’m taking your advice! Good luck to me. ;)

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