LaurieBstyle was featured in The New York Times Business Section for their Career Couch Question and Answers giving advice for how to dress for success in a professional setting on a budget. Here are some of our favorite quotes:
Q. You’ve been putting off buying new work clothes, but your wardrobe is showing signs of ear — and some of the items are outdated. You are on a tight budget, so what should you buy?
A. Laurie Brucker, owner of LaurieBStyle, an image consulting business in Los Angeles, recommends J.C. Penney, Marshalls and Nordstrom Rack. She also advises avoiding fabrics that require dry cleaning, which is costly.
Q. Is there some trick to making inexpensive items of clothing look higher-end?
A. A good fit is important. When people see you wearing clothes that fit well, they perceive you as successful, Ms. Brucker says. Pay attention to shoulders, waist and sleeves. Shoes needn’t be expensive — and cheaper ones can be made more comfortable with insoles available at drugstores — but they should be shined, she notes: “If you have a great suit but your shoes are scuffed, it looks like you’re faking it.”
Don’t try to hide extra weight with a bigger jacket, which only makes you look messy. Instead, find a jacket that fits your body type and nips in at the waist, defining it, Ms. Brucker says.
Q. Is there a particular piece of clothing or accessory that’s essential for communicating that you are successful?
A. Ms. Brucker agrees [that when you’re in an interview and you feel really put together, you come across as someone who knows what she’s doing]. It doesn’t matter if your outfit came from Goodwill – you need to feel fantastic in it. “If you believe in what you’re wearing,” she says, “I’ll believe it, too.”