Women no longer need a pair of high heels to stand tall at a job interview. The #MeToo movement is increasingly opening the door to opportunities for women at the workplace — including how they dress.
While a pair of power pumps typically earned a woman access to the boardroom, these rules no longer apply as women are making comfort, as well as style, a top priority. The job interview is the first place to start by footnoting a suit or tailored dress with a pair of sophisticated flats, from a Chanel-inspired ballet to a a menswear-inspired wingtip oxford.
This doesn’t mean that all femininity has been drained from these looks. Picture them in soft neutrals for spring and leathers with plenty of surface interest. Price ranges also vary. Since this might be an interview for a first job, brands such as Sam Edelman and Marc Fisher are affordable, yet fashionable options, while those climbing the corporate ladder may have the budget for styles by Givenchy or Church’s.
Here, FN has curated a wardrobe of career-ready looks for spring.
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1. Sam Edelman Ray Slingback Flat
Add a fun twist to this ‘60s-inspired style with black fishnet hosiery.
2. Etienne Aigner Eden Skimmer
This cap-toe ballet flat continues its reign as a career classic, updated in a breezy woven version.
3. Marc Fisher Sunny Half d’Orsay Flat
An arch-bearing semi-d’Orsay style keeps things serious when set on a low walking heel.
4. Gianvito Rossi Block-Heel Suede Sandals
It’s acceptable to reveal your toes at an interview, but keep things grounded in this low block-heel sandal.
5. Givenchy Chain-Embellished Loafer
Women are making their way to the boardroom in fashionable flats that make a statement with chain detailing.
6. Church’s Burwood Wingtip Oxford
Turn in your power pump for this power wingtip, feminized in shiny metallic.
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