The Style Skills Required to Land Your Dream Job

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Landing a dream job is something we talk about a lot here at Who What Wear. From the dos and don'ts of what to say in front of your new boss, to what to wear on your first day, it's a minefield out there.

What better person to consult on the topic of dream jobs than our resident stylist Marissa Webb, who has herself landed more than a few: designer at her own namesake brand and creative director of Banana Republic, just to name a couple. We got her to share her wisdom on the style skills every woman should master in order to land her dream job.

"Often we learn these skills while on the job," Webb reminds us. "But that doesn't mean that there aren't a few skills worth mastering before you ever walk through the door!"

Keep scrolling for Marissa Webb's top style skills you need to learn before you land your dream job!


Understand what is work appropriate for your industry, but find subtle ways to stand out and show your unique personality.


If we don't feel comfortable in our clothes, it really shows in the way we carry ourselves. Figure out what makes you feel extra confident, and stick to it.


Master the power suit! And don't put limitations on it; it doesn't have to be a boring black suit that you hate. You should love it and feel confident in it. Add your own interesting accents to make the look yours. 


Learn how to mask all the unattractive things we need to carry back and forth to work. (Those fabulous "bag spills" you see in magazines don't really exist.) Look for a fun, chic tote that adds to your look.


Learn how to pull it together quickly for the days when you're short on time. Think about the go-to items you know will always come to your rescue. Blazers are consistently my go-to; I toss them over almost anything for polish. 


Learn how to walk in heels! They might not be something you wear to work every day, but if a time comes when you need to dress up, it's a lot easier if you have already mastered the skill of walking in them.

Meghan Blalock
Managing Editor

Hailing from the heart of the South and cutting her teeth on the mean streets of New York, Meghan has six years of experience covering fashion, style, celebrities, culture, and human behavior. A longtime devotee of rap music, tacos, and generally perfect weather, she is excited to put down roots in Los Angeles. Her top three style staples are a good pair of cutoff shorts, virtually any kind of colorful digi-print, and a solid set of shades.