10 Perfect Outfits For Awkward Situations
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By Tiffany Tse
Life is full of potentially awkward moments—seeing your ex (who's moved on already) at a party, trying to ID your blind date, showing up for a job interview overdressed. To help you be as prepared as possible, we teamed up with celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez and T.J.Maxx to come up with a couple outfit options for five tricky situations.
Blind Date2 of 11
Coffee Meet: "Blind dates are tough because you only get a second to make a great first impression," says Chavez. "Keep it classy and feminine—that usually gets a good response. Add pretty earrings to accentuate your face, since you'll be doing a lot of one-on-one communication."
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Drinks & Dinner: "Remember less is more, so leave a little to the imagination," says Chavez. "A great go-to option is that classic little black dress with a statement necklace or jeans and a chic top with killer heels. Find those pieces that make you feel feminine and flirty but not overt."
Raise Request4 of 11
Creative Office: Whether you're asking for a raise or promotion at work, "keep your look sharp and minimalist, as your outfit should signal your confidence and focus," says Chavez. "Wear a power color like red or navy that shows you mean business and always opt for solids."
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Corporate Office: "Distracting prints will take away from your conversation with your manager," says Chavez. "Go with great quality pieces such as heels or a sleek handbag to give you a polished look. You want to make sure you do the talking, not your outfit."
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Happy Hour: "My advice is to cinch that waist, accent your favorite feature and really play up what you love about yourself," says Chavez. "Get out there and shine."
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Nightclub: "You have to bring it all the way from head to toe," says Chavez. "Don't wear anything that's going to make you feel more self-conscious. When you feel confident, you'll exude confidence, which is very attractive."
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Job Interview8 of 11
Entry-Level Job: "A sleek pencil skirt, silk blouse and a great pair of heels are a great base that you can accessorize to express your personality," says Chavez.
Job Interview9 of 11
Executive Position: "A job interview starts with your appearance," says Chavez. "You want to portray confidence and make a lasting impression with your potential employer. Wear an outfit that shows your individuality but also comes off as professional."
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Casual Brunch: "When meeting your boyfriend's family for the first time you want to come off as approachable," says Chavez. "A great option is jeans and a blazer. You can play up your personal style with a statement necklace or a great pair of leather boots."
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Holiday Party: "It's really important when you are doing anything out of your comfort zone to wear what you feel comfortable in," says Chavez. "You want to make a good first impression. It's better to cover up—this isn't the time to put the girls on display. I think there's something nice about bringing in a little bit of color too."