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The Dapper CartoonistAdvice on dressing professionally for portfolio reviews and more.

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Dressing Professionally in A Creative Environment

Doesn’t have to mean suit and tieCreative environments, while still

professional workplaces, provide and encourage more opportunities for you to express yourself

Does not have to be expensive

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Determining Your Personal Style

Seek inspiration online: ◦Pinterest, Tumblr, Lookbook, style blogs, Polyvore,

The SartorialistBegin by collecting photos of pieces or outfits

you likeBreak down why you like it: cut, color,

silhouette, fabric, functionalityBegin adding similar pieces to your wardrobeBuy a few well made staples (nice dresses,

good slacks) and work around that Familiarize with fashion terms, so you know

what to look and ask for.

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Building Your Wardrobe

Learn to shop sales on a regular basis. Slickdeals and RetailMeNot are useful sites.

If you don’t have a car, shopping online can be a real boon◦ Gilt, Ideeli, Modcloth, Emerging Thoughts, Shop Ruche,

Plasticland, Fred Flare, Unique Vintage, Amazon, Overstock Shopping online can be a bit of trial and error, find out

your measurements and read the descriptions and customer comments carefully.

Plenty of local options on Broughton:◦ Terra Cotta, Loose Lucy, Fab’rik

Classic fabrics don’t go out of style, but cuts may- dark wash denim is always ‘cool’, khaki is generally business casual.

It’s hard to go wrong with oxford and polo shirts

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Men’s Pant Cuts

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Oxford Vs Polo

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Women’s Pant Cuts

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Different Skirts

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Dress Silhouettes

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More Affordable Options

Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Steinmart, and Ross’s all carry some designer seconds

Steinmart has a nice mens wear selection, including nice ties and dress shirts, for very affordable prices

Marshalls on Abercorn often carries Calvin Klein for far under MSRP, and has a nice selection of purses

Goodwill has always been very hit or miss for me, but I know a lot of people swear by it

Civvies carries vintage pieces at the same price as new, but you may be able to sell gently worn clothing for cash or store credit.

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Putting Together an Outfit

Pick a theme, single piece, or accent color to work around

Fun accessories can be procured cheaply, and can add a lot of personality to an otherwise boring outfit

Try to keep your color palette limited

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Color Palette Options

Neutral with an accent colorMonochromaticComplementary

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Neutral Outfit with Pop of Color

Monochromatic (With Accent Colors)


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Dressing Appropriately for Editor’s Day


Nice dressesNice skirtsNice blousesOxford shirtsTiesPolo shirtsBeltsDress slacksPressed khaki pants

Pajamas Sweatshirts, sweatjackets,

sweatpants Anything stained Anything torn Anything wrinkled Tank tops Shorts Flip flops Anything halter, spaghetti

strap, or strapless without a sweater or jacket

Running shoes

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You Shouldn’t Be Hiding Behind Your Hair

Ladies Gentleman

Short hair- Combed and well maintained

Longer hair- Consider styling it, or pulling it up away from your face

If you have long hair, make sure it’s brushed, and consider pulling it away from your face

If you generally have short hair, now might be the time to get a trim

If you have a beard, make sure it’s well maintained- not a neckbeard

If you don’t usually have a beard, now’s the time for a shave

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Ladies’ Updos

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Simple Styles

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The Neckbeard

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Most Importantly- Confidence

Carry yourself well- shoulders back, head up

Make eye contactSmileBe proud of yourself and your work

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Editor’s Day Essentials

Consider carrying these in your backpack or purse at all times:◦Gum◦Floss◦Deodorant◦Optional: Solid or Roll-On Perfume

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Night Before Editor’s Day

Pick out your outfitDrink lots of waterPrepare your portfolioGo to sleep early

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Little Extras

Bags beneath your eyes◦ Resting teabags over your eyes can help alleviate dark circles◦ Hydrating the skin under your eyes is a longterm solution

Dehydrated lips◦ Burts Bees or any beeswax based lipbalm really helps

Overnight zit◦ A little toothpaste on the zit the night before will help dry it out

Makeup◦ Only wear it if you feel confident doing so◦ You don’t want to look like you’re wearing makeup, only that you’ve

refined some of your features◦ Keep it simple, for many, tinted lipbalm and a little mascara works


Remember, you are talented, fantastic, and charming, so carry yourself that way.

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