Style Smart: How To Dress Up For A Job In Fashion | Clozette

It is common for a fashion enthusiast to dream of having their passion as a career. But does it really take a 13 Going On 30 or a The Devil Wears Prada experience to get your foot in the door in this industry? We say, not quite! We talked to Cyrill Mae Santos, HR Associate at Forever 21 Philippines, to give us some tricks of the trade to help you walk the talk and snag that fashion job you're aiming for.

The know-how

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Does the thought of Miranda Priestly scare you a bit? Cyrill shares that it's not exactly as terrifying as you think. "In the world of fashion, like in Forever 21, the person who aspires to be part of this field should be confident enough with the skills and allure they possess. Have a positive mindset, exercise your creative fashion skills, and do your research on the Fashion Retailing Business," she said.

Keep it clean and sleek

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In terms of the basics, dressing to impress is just the tip of the iceberg. "I would suggest them to be the best version of themselves, carry themselves graciously in their most comfortable business casual attire — stylishly, of course.  [It's also a plus to have] a cheerful personality, dedication, passion, and being elegantly fashionable internally and externally." It's also worth noting that accessories and makeup should be kept to a minimum to put more focus on your ensemble.

Staples. Staples. Staples.

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In contrast to our stereotypical beliefs, it's not about designer scarves, boots, and bling that will land you the job. According to Cyrill, much like any other job interview, it's all about knowing how to work your staples. Make sure you own a blazer and a cardigan for a definite girl boss vibe; a basic white blouse; a pencil cut or A-line skirt or stylish loose pants or slacks for professionalism and chicness; a black leather bag that's both sleek and functional for your day-to-day business; and good ol' pair of nude or black pumps that will tie the outfit together. Because let's be real, at the end of the day, knowing the roots of fashion definitely says how good you will be at adjusting through the trends.

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Need more tips? Here's how to ace your dream job interview.


September marks the onset of autumn. On the other side of the world, people are witnessing the sceneries transform into beautiful fall colours. While we may not experience the actual change in seasons because we're from the tropics, we can, at least still have fun with the trends that come with it. With that said, here are some F/W 2017 fashion trends that caught our style radar. 


Outfit from Bershka

This fall, subtle prints are more preferred. This is in contrast with the previous seasons' very dynamic and bright patterns. Neutral-toned checkered prints are seen in several clothing pieces from Berksha's F/W 2017 collection.

Slogan Tees

Tee from Bershka

Be bold without doing much by putting on slogan tees. Express your profound thoughts or showcase your favourite songs with these minimalist shirts.

Sleeves With Textures

Outfit from Bershka

Add a little pizzazz to your outfit with these shirts with sleeve embellishments. Whether it's lace, fur or sequins, the hint of flamboyance in your otherwise ordinary tee makes you look fashion forward without trying too hard.

Unconventional Bags

Bag from Massimo Dutti

Stand out with eccentric unconventional bags. If you're sticking to basic and neutral colours for your outfit, why not have a little fun with the bag you're gonna use? We saw some interesting designs from several brands like this mini circular bag from Massimo Dutti that features a tassel.

Sock Boots

Boots from Zara

Instead of stuffy knee high boots, go for these sock boots that are more suited to our tropical weather. Not to mention they look very chic!


Outfit from Zara

Stylish oriental-inspired cuts and patterns are making waves this season. The prints are definitely swoon-worthy and artsy. 

Prints and patterns are big this season. Check out our mix and match guide.



Little do most people know, during the latter part of the year, the sun is slightly much lower than its usual position due to the solstice. This makes it feel less hot but much more harmful to your peepers. So why not protect your eyes while still blending in with Fall's colours through rose-tinted specs?

Dior Stellaire in Pink

Retro vibes are all the rage in the past couple of months, and hey, we see nothing wrong with joining the bandwagon when it comes to something as sleek and minimalist. 

Fendi FF 0286S

Live like a Barbie girl with this beautiful baby pink pair that sports gradient lenses. 

Jimmy Choo Elva

Take the glitz and glam to a whole new level with this classy-not-tacky pair that is made more showstopping by its glittered side-rims.

Marc Jacobs Marc 220/S

Go bold, futuristic, and fun with the wide framing and iridescent colours of this Marc Jacobs pair. 

Tommy Hilfiger TH 1513/S

These unisex specs with angular frames and gradient lenses speak modern, chic, and sporty in true Tommy Hilfiger fashion.

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Check out other sunglasses trends for fall and winter here.