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lulu1Afiya Francisco, the former editor-in-chief of LOULOU magazine and current Style House blogger, came to Wilfrid Laurier University on Nov. 5 to give a seminar about how to “Dress for Success” and I was lucky enough to have a phone interview with her prior to her visit.

Not only was she super lovely and sweet and someone I admire enough to shape my own career after, but she also gave me some great tips about dressing professionally in both the interview process, as well as once you officially land the job.

“People make a first impression within seconds of seeing you and they form an idea, whether it’s accurate or not, and you can help direct what that conversation is and what it is that you want it to be,” Afiya said.

She also helped decipher the differences between business casual and business formal, as these are common mistakes made when dressing for the office dress code.

What I found really insightful from our interview was that the tips and advice she gave when picking out clothes for your work environment can be applicable to your everyday fashion. The practice of “shopping smart” should definitely be applied no matter what occasion you are shopping for.

(Afiya Francisco at WLU)

(Afiya Francisco at WLU)

“As opposed to buying just individual pieces, you want to buy things that can be mixed and matched because you have to think day-to-day and you’re going to need different outfits, you need each piece that you buy to have maximum mileage and the best way to do that is to make sure you can do that in more than one way,” Afiya shared.

“If you think it’s a good piece but it doesn’t go with anything that you own, then it’s a poor investment and you spent a lot of money on something you either have to wear everyday which is not likely.”

You can check out my full interview with Afiya here and Afiya’s blog here.