Loading...
Simply Chic Simply Chic Blog Home

The perfect handbag for every type of job interview

Make a strong first impression.

By Glamour Magazine Mar 20, 2013 3:19PM
by Fawnia Soo Hoo

Oh, yes, it's that time of the year again. And no, I don't mean spring break; I'm talking interview season. Whether you're gunning for that coveted internship or dream job, make sure you're armed with a solid resume, a professional-looking outfit, killer self-confidence, and — of course — the right handbag. Photos: Getty Images

Seriously, your favorite accessory can make a strong first impression, so you want to pick the right one. Let's look to these celebrities for interview-perfect handbag inspiration, broken down by industry.

More from Glamour: 10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Should OwnPhoto: Getty Images

Finance/Law/Any Place You Need to Wear a Suit: We know that Katie Holmes has a stellar handbag collection (ahem, lots of Birkins), but this understated but luxe black bag really means business. It's roomy enough for that laptop, with extra pockets to stash important files and dossiers.

More from Glamour: 2013's Most Wearable Fashion TrendsPhoto: Getty Images

 

Public Relations/Event Planning: Despite what the reality shows may tell you, these jobs are really hard work and require serious attention to detail (and maaaah-jor people skills). Which is why something like Naomi Watts' Louis Vuitton Alma in a minty green is so perf. It has the potential to fit a laptop, plus whatever samples and swatches you'd need to present to clients, and the pastel hue is aesthetically appealing but not distracting.Photos: Getty Images

 

Fashion: Quite possibly the only industry in which something like Reese Witherspoon’s hot pink Proenza Schouler PS1 bag would garner an approving eye from your interviewer. Of course, you need to know your stuff to back up that first positive impression!Photo: Getty Images

 

Tech: In the land where hoodies are the new power suit, don't be too over-the-top with your accessories — but don't forget that creativity and innovation are important skills to show off too. So a style like Kate Beckinsale's ripped-from-the-fall-2013-runway Burberry Prorsum is so ideal. It's functional but shows you have imagination too.

More from Glamour: 10 Things That Should Be on Every Girl's Beauty Bucket ListPhotos: Getty Images

 

Medical/Health Care-Related: My doctor cousin prefers to err on the side of classic and conservative for her fellowship and job interviews. So I'm thinking that a style similar to Miranda Kerr’s Givenchy Antigona satchel would send the right message — especially since it kinda looks like an old-time-y doctor's bag!

Which celeb's handbag do you like best? What kind do you like to carry on interviews? Tell us in the comments!

More from Glamour:

Cringeworthy Fashion DON'Ts
27 Hairstyles to Try This Month
The 10 Prettiest Hair, Nail, and Makeup Looks From Fashion Week

Bing: Shop spring handbags

Photo Credit: Getty Images
10Comments
Mar 23, 2013 1:36AM
avatar
this is what happens when teenagers take over the work place . What a silly topic to talk about. I worked in a office setting the only place my bag was under the table next to where i worked at or locked in the locker .  they only cared when i will get done filling the papers because more in the next hour will be coming and my boss   laughed asking are you having any fun. And i knew if i could not keep up they can easy find some on that can and i will no longer have job there. 
Mar 22, 2013 8:52PM
avatar

Birken, Burberry?  What working women do you know can afford those?

Mar 22, 2013 6:21PM
avatar
Dress for success. If you want a good paying position and respect in the workplace, you need to dress professional. Brand in not important whatsoever, but being refined and polished speaks volume and will launch you to a fast track for your career. However, performance and attitude must baalso be there.
Mar 22, 2013 5:00PM
avatar

In response to (Unordinary Woman) I really hate to burst your bubble but long past are the days when job candidates were judged solely on their skill and years in the profession.

I have worked at three such companies where a candidate was judged on every aspect of her attire and appearance and skill set and professional years of experience came in dead last. As one of so ex-coworkers said one day not caring that anyone and all could hear,

"She's my work wife I am not about to have to look at and work with a toad faced troll or someone old enough to be my Mother." Sexist...yes, unprofessional....yes, discriminatory...absolutely.....but sadly a reality and you can't change reality and hiring practices unless you can prove it, and I assure you this is happening way more than anyone wants to believe.  

Mar 22, 2013 2:19PM
avatar
These women are all wearing hooker shoes.

Mar 22, 2013 1:23PM
avatar
A woman's handbag is just about the last thing I would consider if she was interviewing for a job with me - unless it was a huge, pricey fashion statement.  Then I would think that fashion was the first thing on her mind and that she would not be a good fit for our hard working, customer service oriented university division.  Handbags get stuffed in desk drawers here, never to be seen until quitting time.
avatar
I agree... WTF.  I suppose that this is one way to earn a living but seriously?  Journalism has hit an all-time low if writers are forced to produce articles such as this.  As an HR Manager with years of experience, I give you my word that my peers and myself do not hire people based on the fact that they carry a $1000.00+ handbag.  In fact, it just says that this applicant most likely doesn't need the job or at the least, really likes to show off.  And shame on you Ms. Author, for forgetting everything you learned in school.  For a professional piece, it's perfect instead of perf.  That really made this piece nothing but "fluff" and not something to be taken seriously.
Mar 22, 2013 10:12AM
avatar
wtf...you are all fired...leave the luggage at home.
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

beauty tips and style advice

  • Altuzarra

    What Kate Middleton should wear for her second pregnancy: 6 looks from the spring 2015 runways

    This week’s surprise announcement about Kate Middleton’s pregnancy has already sparked speculation on what the Duchess will be wearing with her soon-to-be spare heir. What’s more, the spring 2015 collections in New York are providing Middleton with plenty of maternity-friendly ideas for day and night. Here, we pinpoint six looks that should carry the Duchess through her third trimester.

  • Power couples

    Get the street style look of 7 Fashion Week tribes for under $100

    Style inspiration doesn’t just come from the runway. Every Fashion Week, we look far beyond the shows themselves—from the designers and the traveling troupes of editors to the models, photographers, and showgoers, all sorts of style tribes are out hitting the pavement. To refresh our fall closet, we look to eight chic cliques, from the front-row power couples to street-style bloggers. Even better? Getting the look of your favorite tribe has never been easier—everything we’ve pulled is $100 or less.

  • Lucky

    5 fall fashion must-haves

    Autumn is upon us, and we’ve got sweaters, coats and booties on our minds! Below are the first things we’ll be buying (or have already bought!) to kick off next season.

  • Fall boot guide

    The ultimate fall boot guide

    As autumn approaches and the opportunity for days spent lying by the beach begins to wind down, there comes a time to trade the sand-strewn sandals of summer in for the bright, shiny new footwear of fall. And what’s the best way to kick off your closet in preparation for a brisk temperature drop? The boot. From animal print to glittery, hiking to fringed, our fall boots include everything you need to start the season off on the right foot.

  • Great jeans for adults

    The best back-to-school denim for grown-ups

    No matter what the era, denim is always a staple. From blue to black, acid-washed, studded, and shredded, there’s a denim to fit any mood (or body type). For this fall (and back-to-school month), we’ve rounded up our favorite picks of this all-American classic: Whether we are inspired by a nineties Kate Moss, Rihanna’s affinity for fringe, or model off-duty looks, our elevated denim guide is guaranteed to refresh your wardrobe just in time for the new season.

  • s1

    Upgrade your hair game with these get-gorgeous tips

    Beachy waves, soft strands—you can have the dream locks you've always wanted.

  • Z Zegna fall\winter 2014\Umberto Fratini\Indigital Images; MP Massimo Piombo spring\summer 2015; Antonio Marras spring\summer 2015\Yannis Vlamos\Indigital Images.

    11 style rules to break right now

    You already know wearing white after Labor Day is cool. But menswear is reinventing itself rapidly, leaving some long-held mandates by the wayside, not to mention a bunch of men with a lot of questions. Sure, some style laws are truly inviolable. Showing a quarter-inch of cuff will always be crucial, but with designers and dandies flaunting so many former taboos it's hard to tell what's in play these days. So we thought we'd take this opportunity to let you know which rules no longer apply.

  • Update your outfit with embellishments

    The ultimate under $100 guide to fall trends

    With every changing season, our shopping lists seem to grow and grow and grow . . . and yet our bank accounts somehow stay exactly the same! But don’t fret, you can capture all the best fall trends straight from the runway without breaking the bank. Whether you’re yearning for cozy knits, statement necklaces, or bold graphic pieces, our Fall Fashion Guide gives you the best looks—all for less than $100.

  • A.P.C. and Vanessa Seward

    Fashion Week A to Z: Vogue’s guide to spring 2015 shows

    Allow us to be frank: Fashion Week is a bit of a misnomer. What with the global sprawl of shows—from New York to London to Milan to Paris—it really should be Fashion Month. (Or Fashion Forever.) Either way, what better way to kick off the marathon of shows, after-parties, flights, and appointments than with our comprehensive A-to-Z guide to all things Fashion Week? Here, find out what to do, eat, see, wear, and keep your eye on this season.

  • Saucony sneakers

    Vogue editors’ Fashion Week picks for under $100

    Fashion Weeks may come and go (and with them a focus that shifts from statement coats to statement shoes and statement lips and eyes and back again), but one thing stays the same, no matter the date, year, or season: the editorial need for survival. And with that, you know, ideally looking good, too. Luckily for you, this season the Vogue.com team is divulging its Fashion Week “steals”; must-haves for under $100. From sneakers to a staple cardigan and a classic pair of shades, here are the fall-friendly items that we’ll be carrying with us long after the collections end.

  • Layer like a pro

    Fashion math: 13 formulas to layering like a pro

    Arm yourself from the cold with these foolproof tips.

  • Great makeup tools to buy now

    12 makeup tools you need now

    Our top picks for brushes, glosses, concealers and beyond.

follow us
follow us follow us on facebook follow us on pinterest follow us on twitter
buzzing now on msn living
Loading...
about our blog contributors
Loading...
style videos
editor's picks
Loading...