Today's post has just brought back a childhood memory of mine from Year 6 of primary school, when I was about 10/11 years old.
We were on a school trip, to some kind of 'media college', and for our assignments we had to come up with ideas for an advert. The group I was in chose to market a water gun called 'super squirter 3000' (cringey, original, and slightly wrong, I know) and for this product, we had to actually stand in front of a camera and act out our own little commercial.
The whole thing was quite mortifying, if I'm honest. I really should have taken the hint from there that I was not too fond of being recorded, and not proceed to take drama lessons in high school (why oh why?!)
We all had to decide what would happen in the advert, and who each one of us would act as etc. For some reason, I was the business woman - the one who somehow jumped over the fence in your garden, had all the solutions to your boredom and problems, and there I arrived. I stood there, proud and awkward as a scrawny little school girl could be, with my briefcase and tucked in pencil skirt pulled up way too high over my waist, Simon Cowell style. My opening line began with something along the lines of "Well, madame!"
Why has this outfit brought back memories of this slightly traumatic childhood flashback, you ask? Well, in a sentence, whenever I now dress smart for anything, or throw on a blazer, I instantly feel like that little 11 year old girl again. Except less bad looking.
This whole outfit makes me feel like a business woman, but unlike my year 6 days, in a good way! I actually wore this before a pre-interview, if I can call it that, for a possible job I might be getting. I have my final proper interview this week, in fact, in which I will be dressing even smarter, but for this day, we were told to dress 'smart casual'.
I never really know what that means, 'smart casual'. I tend to just assume it means smart, but not too smart. Comfy, but not so comfortable that you'll put on some trackies and a pair of scruffy uggs.
Instead of deciding between those two extremes, I chose to meet in the middle somewhere and find the perfect balance. Mix casual with smart! I borrowed this pretty peplum top from my sister with a gorgeous cut-out at the back, since I had absolutely nothing basic but stylish to wear, and paired with simple black leggings (hello casual).
Now, to make it instantly more smart-looking and pre-interview appropriate, I realised I needed to go shopping, haha. Being on a budget, I discovered this plain black blazer for just £12, and with the help of my mum's Matalan vouchers, got these relatively short black heels for £15. I didn't want any six inch platforms for an interview of course, but these instantly made the outfit look better with little effort. And well, the blazer, what can I say? Blazers make any outfit look smart and sexy!
Obviously, for a smart yet casual dress code, I didn't want to go overboard with the accessories or colour - a little bit here and there is ideal. That's why I found this top perfect - the necklace is actually attached to the neckline, so I didn't really need to add anything else, and shows off a nice little leopard print with minimal colour!
Blazer George | Top River Island | Leggings Next | Shoes Matalan
So, there we go. Perhaps that day back in school was a preparation for future business woman Emily. Thank god I now have better taste in clothes.
Wish me luck for my interview guys, and have a great week!