Working Wednesday : Guest Blogger Claire Hastings

Image is everything

Clothes may not make the man, but a lady’s attire is a key element that makes first impressions in the business arena. Various studies have shown that multiple aspects of physical appearance (from build, height, and weight to shape, grooming, facial features, general attractiveness and choice of clothes) can make – as well as break – a businessperson’s chance at success.

Images: Pintrest

Images: Pinterest

But while the correlation between looks and career success is pretty straightforward for men, the climb up the corporate ladder can get a bit trickier if you’re a lady who’s not afraid to rock her natural beauty while pursuing professional achievement.

Dress to Impress

Beauty might not be skin-deep, but a survey carried out by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) showed that a candidate’s appearance at the job interview can lose them an opportunity   to impress their future employer by real-life performance in a blink.  Just less than six months ago the 11th circuit court of appeals dismissed a lawsuit against a company that refused to hire her because of her locs. 

According to the study, a candidate’s grooming and attire are prime eyebrow raisers for job interviewers, but body art such as tattoos and piercings aren’t far behind either. Though not as vital as grooming, choice of clothes, body alterations, hair color and hairstyle ranked high on the list of physical attributes that affected employers’ impressions.

Image: covunicareers/Vogue Pinteres

Image: covunicareers/Vogue Pinterest

The study findings are clear: your employer-to-be may not judge a book by its cover, but they will certainly judge your interview look and use it as a criterion in job candidate evaluation. So what is your take? We want to hear from you. Have you felt the need to change your look to earn your “dream job”

As you make your way in the work wold it maybe hard to dress the part while staying true to yourself so below you will find some job interview outfit inspirations:

images: blackfashion/ebags Pintrest

blackfashion/ebags Pintrest



Be sure to check part two of Claire’s series next Wednesday.

Claire is a regular contributor for Ripped online magazine. You can also follow Claire on Twitter.




Web Window Shopping- Rachel Roy


I don’t know about you but I’m a girl on the go! Fitness, family, friends, and fashion…sometimes is hard to get your breath moving at the speed of light from one thing to the next. That’s why this edition of Web Window Shopping it all about helping that girl on the go transition from daytime working wardrobe to nighttime stunner.

Photo: Screenshot by Sophia Styles

Photo: Screenshot by Sophia Styles

I stumbled across the beauties below in a mad dash one morning a few weeks ago while running errands. I immediately posted the link to the shoes on my Facebook for my friends viewing pleasure and joked that if wanted to get me a birthday gift I would make it easy for them. The MIYANG SPIKE PUMP is truly a stunner.

Since my day job is in a creative field I could probably get away with the in the red, but if you are in a more conservative environment you could easily slip in the navy, grey, or pink during the Summer and the added benefit that takes these heels from day to night are the Rock Star spikes. All you have to do is ditch your boring suit and throw on your favorite little party dress and boom…instant evening allure!


Photo: Screenshot by Sophia Styles.

Photo: Screenshot by Sophia Styles.

Photo: Screenshot by Sophia Styles.

Photo: Screenshot by Sophia Styles.







Upon revisiting the website for this post I also spotted these beauties the JEANETTE EMBELLISHED HEEL….talk about sneaking in a fun Summer shoe at the office with a bit of Rock Star flair. Again, I posted this picture on my Facebook and joking told my friends that they now how two shoe gifting options for my birthday next month.

Photo: Screenshot by Sophia Styles.

Photo: Screenshot by Sophia Styles.


….’cause there is nothing better than workin’ in for birthday.