It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival
and prolongs your departure.—Coco Chanel (French fashion designer)
ACCESSORIES ARE THE absolute best wardrobe extenders. The versatility they provide can transform an otherwise nondescript interview outfit into a well-coordinated and balanced work of genius in the blink of an eye. Accessories can deliberately become the focal point of an outfit or unexpectedly add a splash of pizzazz. Best of all, they expand and contract along with weight fluctuation. On the other hand, accessories should not hijack an outfit and should be used cautiously and sparingly, particularly on a job interview. Used incorrectly, they will surely become the “can’t put my finger on it” reason why you are turned down for a job. Typically, I will give candidates my notorious onceover right before I wrap up an interview. My recommendations usually entail keeping accessories at fewer than 14 items, depending on the industry; any more than that and you will look kitschy. And, yes, a pair of earrings counts as just that… a pair… meaning two.