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It pays to be stylish

It has long been said that first impressions count.
But with rising unemployment and competition for jobs at an all time high, never has what you wear when you walk into an interview been so important.
Indeed, a new survey by senior executive careers site TheLadders.co.uk, has revealed that 76 per cent of UK bosses would decide against hiring a candidate because of their interview attire.
A further 37 per cent recently reported not hiring someone because they deemed their clothing inappropriate.
“While an individual’s skills and experience may get them to interview stage, the importance of appearance in influencing that all-important first impression should not be underestimated,” said Steve Leeson, associate director of Morgan McKinley, a British financial recruitment company.
“It’s always a good idea to find out what the dress code is before you go for an interview.”
Although this advice may seem obvious, HR managers say they are consistently flabbergasted by candidates who get it wrong.
Turning up dressed in jeans, with piercings and looking like a punk rocker, for example, is hardly likely to get you a finance job in the city.
With the recession biting designers have been quick to reflect the more sombre and serious economic mood in their collections.
Clothing with a corporate flavour dominated the autumn/winter women’s wear shows, which included a high quota of skirt suits, not to mention a plethora of grey everywhere from Giorgio Armani to Max Mara.
Bespoke tailor Duncan Quinn said that casual style is out and suit sales are rising across his stores in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles. A spokesperson for Ralph Lauren also confirmed that sales of suits are up for the label.
“A friend who works at Citigroup noted that as layoffs were happening during 2008, there was a more sombre tone in what people were wearing,” said Rebecca Matchett of Rebecca & Drew, which specialises in women’s dress shirts tailored to bra size.
“(As a result) we have scaled back our trend-driven items and focused on classic styles.”

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