It’s super stressful when you’re coming up to graduation. Juggling late nights at the library for revision, spending hours meeting that 10,000-word target for your dissertation, and trying to find a job to walk into after graduation can feel very overwhelming. It’s a competitive environment out there and it can seem daunting. Perhaps you also have a part-time job to help with student finance and there’s the social life to manage too. When you get invited to an interview, they are often with short notice leaving you with little time to decide what to wear! CT shirts, retailers of menswear and men’s dress shirts gives us some advice guaranteed to give you an air of confidence for your step into the working world.


Casual dress can be suitable when you’re interviewing for charity work or a casual unpaid internship. For these interviews, it is likely that they won’t expect you to be dressed very formally, and will be more concerned with your personality, including your punctuality. Of course, it’s always good to make a positive first impression, so still consider what you’re wearing and take a sneak peek if you can at what employees currently wear to work.


For women, skirts and jeans are appropriate in a casual interview — wear what you feel comfortable in. To ensure you still look presentable, you should avoid mini-skirts with bare legs and ripped jeans. You could wear a smart dress with tights and a cardigan or a shirt-jumper combo with a smart pair of slacks or jeans.

Since it’s likely to be a relaxed vibe, you shouldn’t worry too much about footwear. Opt for a smart ankle boot or flat pump, and perhaps avoid trainers and high heels.

As a former charity worker, I would urge you to check out the type of attire people do wear as employees if you can. The charity world is diverse and it is possible casual won’t go down well with a particular charity.


For men, it can be hard to dress casually without looking too underdressed. Jeans are definitely appropriate, but similar to our advice for women, steer clear of ripped jeans. You should avoid wearing joggers or tracksuit tops, as these may create a poor impression. A safer option would be a long-sleeved top, jeans, dress shoes such as Chelsea boots or brogues, and a smart jacket.

Business casual

Some interviews may specify business-casual attire on the invitation. This may be because they have this dress code in the office or it may be for an assessment day where you are expected to be there all day and recruiters want you to feel comfortable.

If you are unsure what to wear, formal tends to be the safer option.


With a business-casual dress code, you have more freedom with what you wear than in a strictly professional interview. You could wear pinstripe or patterned dress slacks with a smart shirt tucked in.

Or, wear a smart shirt with a wide collar underneath a long-sleeved sweater. This look gives off a formal impression, whilst not as stuffy as a shirt and suit jacket.


For men, to be appropriate for a business-casual dress code, you should wear a smart shirt. Why not invest in a non-iron shirt? It stays free of creases and there’s no need to rush around with the iron the morning before the interview! Remember it is not a woman’s job to iron your shirt!  Also, if you’re travelling by car or public transport to the interview, a normal shirt can become creased but this is avoided through the non-iron garment.

You should avoid a polo shirt, as this is too casual and still steer clear of wearing jeans unless you are absolutely 100 per cent sure that this is the dress code for the company you are visiting.


For formal interviews, you should adopt a professional look. These interviews could be in front of directors of the company for a graduate job or an internship. Even if there are less firm rules these days or in a particular company, dressing professionally demonstrates you have taken the time and effort to invest in your interview. That’s a really good sign you would invest in the job itself.


In a professional situation, women should opt for a suit. When it comes to dressing the bottom half, go with what you feel comfortable in. If you decide to wear a skirt, wear one with a hemline just below the knee to avoid it rising and becoming too revealing. If you are like me, you will worry if you are flashing the flesh so try on and ask a trusted friend to see if the outfit works well. A suit doesn’t have to be boring — shop around and discover suits that are tailored in different ways — find one that suits your body shape.  There is so much advice online from stores and stylists these days for finding the perfect suit for your shape.When it comes to footwear, heels are acceptable but make sure you can walk with confidence in them. If you don’t feel happy wearing heels, opt for pumps or shoes with a smaller heel. Also consider your journey, if you have to walk for miles or are in a dangerous area, heels are not a great option.


Men should consider wearing a suit when it comes to a formal interview, too. Wear dark socks to blend in with your outfit and bring a briefcase to look professional. Although colourful and cartoon socks may amuse you, unless you know the interviewer well, you are taking too much of a risk. The same goes for striking ties.  Brogues are a good choice of footwear — they are stylish and smart without being mundane. I have always loved the look of traditional shoes like brogues.  Choose a tailored suit that you feel represents your style and consider a waistcoat which always adds a certain something and can make you stand out a little.

What to avoid

As we can see, the main thing to do is to make sure you feel comfortable in your outfit — it will show in the interview! There is nothing worse than feeling that the outfit is not quite you or does not fit properly. I would also caution you to have good underwear so you really do have a firm foundation.  However, there are a few things that you should avoid:

  • Too much perfume or aftershave can be overpowering and unpleasant
  • Too much jewellery or makeup as jewellery can get in the way as you move and make-up can stop interviewer’s seeing the real you.


The Perfect Interview Outfit

As the cliché goes – you are what you wear – fashion has always been an important part of people’s life. It represents who they are and what they regard as stylish. This is the reason why big name brands like Alexander McQueen, Gucci and Versace have made huge leaps in the industry to the point of breaking billion-dollar records.

You might think that fashion prevails mostly in casual and formal wear because you get the chance to show off. But nowadays, fashion has grown into various types of clothing including sleepwear. You will now find big fashion industry moguls creating entire lines of luxury sleeping garments retailing for hundreds of dollars.

The reason for this growth is a high demand from people wanting their entire wardrobe to represent their style. From regular people to celebrities and politicians, all want to remain consistent in what they choose to wear. This is why they spend the time and money to make purchases that are not only functional but also fashionable.

Workwear – From Functional to Stylish

One of the areas where fashion made huge changes is in the world of workwear. An average adult spends more than 90,000 hours or more at work, meaning that majority of their wardrobe consists of workwear. This, in turn, means that a large number of people are on the lookout for clothes that are functional in their work environment.

It is evident from preserved pieces that since the beginning of time, functionality was the main consideration for workwear. This meant that at most times, people had to don clothes they could work in, but not exactly feel like themselves. But since then, brands have come up with designs that changed this reality.

We can now say that workwear has grown from just being functional and transcended into being stylish. Inspired by various aspects of fashion, you can now find pieces that you can work in while looking like your authentic self.

You can see examples of this through collections put out by designers like Heron Preston, who realized that workwear doesn’t need to be plain. Also, brands like the New York Label collaborate with companies that make workwear apparel to create new designs that combine style with functionality. From shoes and socks to shorts, trousers and shirts, you can easily find items that check your style box.

In some instances, people believe that fashionable attire is usually uncomfortable and wearable only for a short a period of time. But workwear manufacturers make sure that this isn’t the case with their designs, and that fashion meets functionality in an effective way. You can find an entire line of such clothing on and find new ways to mix the rugged and fashionable parts of your work wardrobe.

Having access to clothing and accessories that combine fashion and function through design, makes it easy for people to express their individuality. Wearing something one feels confident in only has benefits as it increases their motivation to go to work and do their best. This becomes even better when their workwear

Workwear Makeover

Finding the perfect prom dress can seem like a huge challenge but I like to think of it as a whole lot of fun. Proms are increasingly popular and a time to make lasting memories. Some of those memories can be made as you anticipate the night itself and choose your perfect prom dress. Here are my tips to find a prom dress to suit you before your big day.

Prom Dress

Take your time

Don’t leave choosing your prom dress until the last minute. I have made mistakes like this including with my wedding dress and it leads to stress particularly if your dress will need altering at all.

Even months before the prom you can have so much fun looking at fashion magazines, fashion sites on the Internet and perhaps you will take your inspiration from the Oscars or other red carpet events.

Decide on a budget for the prom dress and remember to factor in things like handbags and accessories.

Your face and body shapes

Study the shape of your face as this can be helpful in deciding what sort of neckline to go for and there are many choices including sweetheart, cowl and Sabrina. Perhaps you are inspired by Meghan Markle’s bateau neckline from her wedding dress?

Next be honest about your body shape and look online to find out the dress shapes that will flatter your figure most.  You can study all the tips on this online making it so much easier than in the old days when you just had to go with your gut instinct really.

Material, length and colour choices

What material would you like? I love chiffon and silk but your thing might be velvet or lace.

Colour is another thing to choose. Black is a classic choice and can be jazzed up with  jewellery. White is another traditional favourite but can look too bridal if you don’t take care. I like to wear bright and light colours because I have had my colour analysis done and know these show me at my best. I would highly recommend you have your colour analysis done before selecting your prom dress.

What about the length? Too long and you might trip up and too short and you may spend the whole evening tugging your skirt down or flashing more thigh than you intended.

Think positive

Try to focus on your good bits. Women and girls have a very self-sabotaging habit of worrying about the parts of their body they like least. Bear in mind someone else might find the feature you hate your most attractive feature. Also everyone can find something they love about themselves. So if you don’t like your tummy area but feel you have great legs, choose a dress that will show off those pins and skim over the tummy area. Even better learn to love yourself inside and out 100 per cent but sadly that takes some of us a bit of time to master. Know the celebrities that you think are all that also have their insecurities.

The last words

Go forth and enjoy your evening and remember the best make-up is a smile!

What is your favourite style of prom dress?

Finding The Perfect Prom Dress





Cuddle Fairy
My Random Musings

We are definitely a male-dominated household with two sons aged 12 and 17 and my husband plus 2 male dogs. We had to get a female kitten to redress the balance a bit recently.

I digress from the point of this post which is to describe the various clothing choices of the male members of my family.

My youngest son is very easy to buy for and knows exactly what he likes in the style stakes. He loves Saltrock clothing in particular and likes zipped hoodies and leggings preferring to be comfy at all times.

My husband used to wear suits most of the time and my children used to despair that he never wore casual clothing. That has changed recently with him working from home and relaxing that bit more. He has suddenly started buying T-shirts with fun slogans and is more likely to buy a pair of jeans than a new suit. This is a huge change for him!

My oldest son is trying to find his own style which I guess is normal at 17 years of age. He is absolutely man-sized now however much I still see him as my little boy. He is taller than his Dad by some way now which he really enjoys  of course. He has suddenly had yet another growth spurt and I have promised to buy him some new clothing. I usually buy from George at Asda as it is quick and easy to get an online delivery. However, I have recently looked at other brands. River Island have a brilliant offer on jeans where you can get a discount if you buy two pairs and my son particularly like the Black Dean Straight Leg ones. As a mum I am delighted the jeans come in different leg lengths recognising  that men and boys do come in different shapes and sizes.

In fact, with such affordable prices which to be honest surprised me, I might add a pair or two for my husband to my next order too.

Men Swear By River Island For Jeans


Mum Muddling Through

There’s something very magical about receiving an invitation to a wedding. Someone you know is celebrating their love for another person and wants you to be a part of their special day. Now comes another exciting part as you start planning for the big day. You begin to root through your wardrobe in search for the perfect dress, to eventually give up and put it all back because you’ll decide closer to the time. For women, wedding fashionplanning can be one of the most stressful things to do, whether you’re the bride or not! Here are some tips on how to make your next wedding preparation less stressful!


One of the first things that you should decide for definite is what dress you’re going to wear. This will allow you to plan the rest of your outfit around it, and give you time to buy accordingly, and maybe even lose or gain a few pounds so that your outfit looks as good as it does on the model! You need to consider what time of year the wedding is going to be, so that you can pick an outfit that will not only be appropriate for the season, but match it too. Knowing exactly where the wedding is going to take place might also affect your decision on what to wear too. For example, if you’re going to be attending a wedding on a beach, brighter colours are going to be much more in your favour than darker ones because of what beaches represent. Take everything into consideration so that you can pick out the perfect outfit, and then dress yourself with accessories around it too.

The next thing that needs to be thought about is how you’re going to have your hair. This can be one of the most stressful decisions for the day because you want to make sure that you have your hair just right for the wedding photos! Why not take a look at some cute updos and practise them so that on the day your hair will look bang on point? Plus, you may even find that as you’re practising new hair styles that you find your own spin to put onto it to make it unique. Don’t forget to pre-plan any colouring to be done just before the wedding alongside any treatments that you use on your hair.

Finding the right style of make up to rock on the big day can cause a great deal of anxiety too. There will always be trends in make up that come and go, and you don’t want to look back at the wedding photos and wonder why the hell you had cat flicks bigger than Tutankhamun. Sticking to natural make up looks will always go down well because you won’t look like you’ve plastered make up on your face, and can simply accentuate your natural beauty with make up!

Don’t forget that there are other ways to make yourself really stand out on the big day too that don’t include a great hair do and a killer dress. Making sure that you get enough sleep will ensure that your face appears brighter, more youthful, and of course is part of remaining a healthy person. Other important factors include:

  • Drinking enough water. Not nearly enough people drink enough water each day, yet it’s the cheapest and most effective drink that we can consume. It flushes out toxins from our bodies, helps with concentration, and will make your skin glow radiantly. So make sure that you’re drinking enough water so that you look your best on the big day.
  • Eating the right foods. Even if you’re not looking to gain or lose any weight, certain foods can cause us to break out in spots, give off a certain odour, and even become bloated. Avoid having any last minute embarrassments by making sure that you’re eating nutritious foods that won’t leave your skin greasy and spotty, and don’t run the risk of leaving you bloated and uncomfortable!

Planning a wedding can be stressful, even if you’re not the person getting married! Many people don’t realise what lengths some people go to just to look and feel their best on a special occasion like a wedding. Take these tips on board and use them to help you not only rock up to the wedding in style, but do it stress free as well! Most of all, enjoy yourself because love is the best and most important thing in the world, and it needs to be celebrated!

Bride Or Not How To Make Wedding Preparation Less Stressful

Run Jump Scrap
The Pramshed