My younger sister will soon be graduating college and embarking on the job interview process. She recently asked me what three pieces she should buy to ready her wardrobe for that endeavor, and it’s a question I’ve also frequently received from readers. I’ll give you all the same advice I gave her. Instead of purchasing several items, pool your funds together and get the one thing that will prepare you for anything: Helmut Lang‘s wool tuxedo blazer (I’m wearing it in the above image):
Jackets are easily my favorite clothing item, and I’ve bought countless basic black blazers before. But I’ve never found one that’s as radically reinvigorating for your wardrobe as this. Its unique, sculpted shape makes it invariably versatile; the raised back works with nearly every silhouette. It can go quite casual, or super-suited. It works with skirts; it works with pants. It’ll make whatever dresses you already own instantly interview-appropriate. It’ll make a very ‘day’ ensemble look cocktail-appropriate (and we all know that’s when the best networking opportunities arise!). I’ve even worn mine to black tie affairs. At $575, it’s not exactly cheap, but after having seen how useful it’s been in my own wardrobe, I’d happily pay double!!UPDATE: can’t afford to invest in the real thing? an eagle-eyed reader tipped me off to this more affordable facsimile!