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Felix is back with the Barry Twins! Two Gen-Y twin sisters are hoping to find the right look for the right job after months of looking. Press play to see the twins and Felix's Job Hunt makeover session.


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Felix's latest Job Hunt makeover - a 50 year old woman who needs a new look for the interview process, Adalisa. Press play to see Adalisa and Felix's Job Hunt makeover session.


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Job Hunt style expert Felix Mercado recently made-over Jason, a laid-off graphic artist who needed the right look to find his next job. We're proud to announce that, with the help of Felix's makeover, Jason has found a job! Press play to see Jason and Felix's Job Hunt makeover session.


  Felix Mercado
Say It With Style
Style expert Felix Mercado is known for his savvy advice on making the lives of real people and celebrities more fashionable! From his recurrent features as the go-to style critic for some of the nations top magazines, to his previous role as fashion expert and columnist for FOX News Style Guide, and his creative work as fashion stylist for FOX’s Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, Mercado is everyone’s favorite “style” guy.

Mercado continues to earn his place as an incomparable expert on image and style for women and men. He works with celebrities and private clients at most of the major networks including Bloomberg TV (worldwide), CBS, CNBC, FOX News Channel, MTV, WNBC, MTV, NY1 News, NYC TV, VH1, WABC, New York’s CW11, as well as other broadcast media. Some of the Red Carpet events for which Mercado has styled his clients include, the Grammy Awards, the CMA Awards, Glamour Magazine Women Of The Year Awards, Quill Awards, Prime Time Emmy Awards, MTV Movie Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Billboard Latin Music Awards, Peoples Choice Awards, Fashion Rocks, “Made In New York” Awards, Tony Awards, Daytime Emmy Awards, and more.

His winning personality, signature style and desire to help real people master the art of individual style help him maintain an impressive clientele and continue to increase his loyal following. His styling and commentary have also been featured on broadcast television shows and publications such as: WNBC’s The Today Show, WNBC’s New York 360, FOX News Channel’s Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, FOX News Channel’s IMag Style Guide, CBS’s The Showbuzz.com, The Style Channel with Robert Verdi, Mix 102.7 FM, Good Morning America - XM Satellite Radio, Clear Channel KGAB’s The Morning Zone, KQRS Morning Show with Tom Barnard, MTV’s Making The Band 3, WNBC’s Martha Stewart Show, NYC-TV‘s NY360, NYC-TV‘s “The Bridge”, E! Online, NYC-TV‘s “Fashion in Focus”, NYC-TV‘s “Fashion Week Diaries”, Gotham Magazine, Celebrity Living Magazine, Fashion Wire Daily, Lucky Magazine, OK! Magazine, Inside TV Magazine, InTouch Weekly, InStyle Magazine, People Magazine, Twist Magazine, Life & Style Magazine, The Associated Press, The Boulevard, Stepping Out Magazine, The New York Post, The New York Times, TimeOUT Magazine, Today's Child Magazine, US Weekly, Rolling Stones Magazine, Soaps In Depth Magazine, San Jose Mercury News, Star Magazine, Washington Post, and more.

Tips and Resources

DO'S AND DONT'S OF WHAT TO WEAR AND NOT TO WEAR FOR A JOB INTERVIEW

In an increasingly competitive job search market, a professional image is essential. Your clothing, makeup, and maintenance of good physical appearance all contribute to the image you project. The purpose of these do’s and don’t tips are intended to help you maintain your professional appearance at all times and eliminate any distraction, nothing more. If the interviewer is paying attention to your clothes, or to any other aspect of your cosmetics, they aren’t listening to what you are saying.

GENERAL ADVICE FOR CLOTHING
• It is important that you look after your clothes. They should be pressed and cleaned regularly. Clothing with frayed collars or lost buttons or discolored shirts or tops should never be worn.
• Clothes should be alternated and you should keep your “interview ensemble options” together in your wardrobe so that it is easier to make a selection every day.
• As the season changes, so should your wardrobe. For instance, you should not be wearing a lightweight summer jacket in the autumn.
• Never wear jeans or trainers. It is important to be dressed appropriately.

SPECIFIC ADVICE FOR WOMEN
What colors work best?
• Avoid pure black, as this color too dark for an interview. Avoid bright red or orange, as they tend to be distracting.
• In general, the best colors for an interview are mid-shades of most colors. Pastels and strong colors can work well if worn in shirts and blouses.

Can patterns be worn?
• No. It is not recommended that you wear patterns at any time – the simple approach is better.

Choose clothes that are comfortable and simple in design. Avoid bulky clothing since this will add weight. Clothing with small prints or fine detail such as polka dots, herringbone, stripes, checks, or plaids should also be avoided, as these tend to look busy and can vibrate, which is irritating to the interviewer. Select medium or pastel shades and avoid all white or all black color schemes.

• A subtle print and a necklace. Eliminate the necklace, the print is enough.
• Small prints tend to look too busy and herringbone, stripes and checks can be irritating for the interviewer’s eyes. As well as loud or large plaids, prints, small stripes or patterns.
• Also, avoid prints that contain bright, busy patterns. If it is too large, it will distract. Avoid patterns of recognizable objects. Interview may be distracted by them.
• Solid dense colors. Solids can be mixed and matched more easily than prints. The look will be cleaner and stronger.
• Shoulder lines that are well defined but not exaggerated.
• Oversize blouses and sweaters. Even with a belt, they just have too much fabric.
• No ruffled collars. No ruffles anywhere.
• Sleeveless anything. Short sleeves (sleeves above the elbow). A possible exception is a short-sleeved jacket in the hottest summer weather, and depending on your market.
• Long sleeves that appears too short (a half inch or more above the wrist bone) when your arm is bent.

What textures work best?
Avoid metallic/lame tops, leather, linen (as it creases) and fuzzy sweaters.

Necklines for Women
• Keep these simple, do not wear turtle, cowl or plunging necklines and avoid busy scarves.
• A simple crewneck or a classical open-neck blouse is the best option.
• Blouses with simple, moderate "V" necks. They are flattering to almost everyone. Make sure they are symmetrical and flat under your jacket. • Deep "V" necks. A modest "V" neck blouse can become a deep "V" when you are seated. Test the blouse while seated, not just standing.
• Turtlenecks, or blouses with high, closed collars. They look too tight and they shorten your neck.
• Big drooping ties and scarves with very busy patterns. Lose the ties altogether. Scarves should only be worn as jacket liners, never tied at the throat.

Jackets for Women
You have a much more varied choice than the men, but basically simple, elegant lines work and shapeless casual ones don’t. Jackets look professional!

• The single best color for a jacket is mid gray, which flatters most accompanying colors.
• Jackets should be worn buttoned, not unbuttoned. Even if your jacket has buttons that come up high, one still should not wear it on its own with nothing underneath.
• Create a ‘businesslike’ appearance by wearing a shaped jacket in a medium weight fabric. Remember the collar needs to be firm without sagging.
• Ensure that the shoulders fit perfectly and there is no pulling at the front around the bust, buttons and around the arms.
• Make sure that when you sit, your jacket does not ride up.
• Do not wear jackets with two top pockets, one either side, as they look too busy.
• Excessively large shoulder pads, i.e. those that extend beyond your natural shoulder line, or those that shorten your neck by bringing your shoulders up too high. If your blouse and jacket both have pads, remove the pads in the blouse.

Jacket colors for Women
• Grey, maroon or navy jackets work well with a bright primary color underneath.
• Please note that pure black, red or VERY bright colors should not be worn.

SPECIFIC ADVICE FOR MEN
Wardrobe Guidelines for Men

• Be sure your shirt collars fit correctly. Shirts can be a cotton-poly blend to reduce wrinkling during the course of a day. Collars should have permanent stays. Avoid collar pins, tab collars, and button down collars. All three tend to bind around your tie, which causes your tie to appear to be binding around your neck. They look very uncomfortable.
• White shirts are best. Eggshell, light gray, light yellow, light blue, salmon and light stripes do not! Shirts that have a solid white collar and are striped body can be problematic because it is difficult to match a tie to them. The current trend toward wearing a striped shirt and patterned tie doesn’t work because the two contrasting patterns are magnified and can be very distracting.
• Remember the darker colors denote more authority... light colors denote less. Also brown or dark green are not a good colors for authority in general. It tends to make the wearer look yellow. Avoid tweed or other patterned jackets; they are too casual. This limits your suit fabric, but it is still possible to find a variety of solids and subtle pinstripes that can expand your wardrobe.
• The sleeves of your jackets should be long enough to allow you to bend your arms and still keep your shirt cuffs covered to within 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
• Single-breasted jackets hang more smoothly than double breasted. They look better on most men. Most importantly, however, your jackets have to look good when you are seated. Always try them on that way. They shouldn’t pull or gap when you sit down. Most undo their jacket buttons when they sit down which helps prevent the gapping problem. Men’s jackets are not designed to be buttoned when the wearer is seated, some may have strong feelings one way or the other. I would argue for an unbuttoned jacket.
• Vests are unnecessary unless you need to make an unusually strong authority statement.

Jackets for Men
• A mid to dark gray jacket looks really good over a pastel colored shirt.
• Subtle pinstripe jackets also work well, as long as the stripes are not too bold or too close together.
• Shaped ‘businesslike’ jackets work much better; the modern style of casual jackets with no shape to the shoulders or lapels looks too scruffy. For some ‘style’ segments this guideline may be relaxed slightly but for interviews, business/market presentations this is an absolute rule.
• Remember the lapel needs to be firm without sagging.

Color jackets, suits and shirts for men
• Jackets/suits: Blue or gray
• Shirts should be plain without any pattern, stripes or checks (large or small).
• Avoid dark colored shirts and note that pure black anything should not be worn.

Ties
• Update your tie wardrobe. Don’t wear ties that have begun to lose their shape or fray.
• Keep any patterns simple, however bright colors are quite modern and can work well.
• Colorful ties can work, but avoid flashy, bold patterns and small stripes
• "Retro" prints work much better than the older, more traditional ties. Remember to center your tie. Ties that "lean" drive interviewers crazy.

Please note – shirts, ties and suit should be alternated throughout the week, do not wear the same suit every day.

SPECIFIC SHOE ADVICE FOR MEN AND WOMEN
Shoes should be conservative in style and must be worn at all times. Shoes should be in basic colors (black, saddle, brown) or in coordinating colors (navy, forest green, Bordeaux, gray). Ankle high boots are not acceptable and characters or prints are not appropriate.

Shoes should be at least the same color intensity or darker than the suit (not lighter) as a general rule (there are always exceptions). A little shine is acceptable (not bead and glitter, just a little of metallic leather). The heel height is optional, but shouldn’t exceed two inches.

Hiking boots, shoes with mar-producing soles or thongs are not allowed. Neither tennis/athletic/canvas shoes nor any kind of outdoor boot.

During winter months, you may wear cold weather boots to your interview but must change into dress shoes upon arrival.

SPECIFIC HOSIERY ADVICE FOR WOMEN
What should hose match?
The purpose of hosiery is to tie the outfit together, so the rule sort of changes depending on what you're wearing. In the example you have navy pants, beige top and beige shoes definitely go with the "lighter" tone and match the shoes with beige hose -- black hose would look really heavy with beige shoes. Sometimes, though, ESPECIALLY with dresses, it is entirely too dark and overwhelming to match the shoes and hose. Too much black when a flesh-colored hose would be perfect, so you really should just use your good judgment to select pantyhose colors.

Pantyhose color
The "nude" leg isn’t always professional. One option is to find very sheer pantyhose that are the exact shade as your skin. The goal with this approach is to wear pantyhose so close to your natural skin tone and so sheer that no one notices your pantyhose.

SPECIFIC HOSIERY ADVICE FOR MEN
Socks for Men
Socks are a little bit more of an expression of individuality -- more of a personal thing. However, you should not introduce texture, prints, etc., when tying the outfit together. For the most part you'll be following the same rules as the hose (see above), but because socks are more casual, you'll have some leeway. So you really should just use your good judgment to select sock colors.

Hair
Hair is an essential part of your professional look. It is important for your hair to look its best at all times; therefore the following recommendations are vital:
• It must be clean.
• If you have colored hair, it must be maintained before roots become visible.
• Short or mid-length hair is the preferred style, this not only saves you time and trouble it also looks much more professional.
• Many men currently wear their hair brushed straight back. It may look fine in person, but that style doesn’t flatter most men. Every face is different of course, but you want to avoid horizontal lines; most hairlines are horizontal and need to be broken up by hair brushed to the side or sometimes even down a bit onto the forehead.

Facial Hair
• You should not have too much facial hair, clean-shaven is the preferred style.

Hands and Nails
• Please keep your hands and nails well manicured, nails should be short and clean and any nail polish should be a neutral color.

Jewelry
Big, shiny or bulky jewelry should not be worn as it can cause distracting reflections. Keep personal points like jewelry down to the barest, like a wedding ring and watch.

• Men should not wear any jewelry except for wedding rings and watches.
• Any piercing such as earrings or nose rings must not be worn.
• Dangling earrings. Any jewelry that makes noise, reflects light, or moves on its own. Any jewelry that is larger than, or wider than, your thumbnail. Posts are more stable than hoops or wires.
• Single or multi-strand necklaces. Solid metals, pearls, even subtle costume jewelry can work as long as there is no reflection or other distraction (If metals reflect light spray them with a heavy, old fashioned hair spray. It will wash off.) Any necklace, if you must wear one, should be thin and narrow. It should be long enough to create a "V," never `choker´ length. Necklaces should be either a string of simple beads, pearls or a chain. • Earrings. Always. In solid metals or colors. They shouldn’t dangle or reflect light. They should be about the size of your thumbnail, to be visible. Single simple pearls are an exception.

RULE OF 5
Remember the "Rule of 5", count your cosmetic elements. For example, if you’re a man your tie is always worn and always visible so it counts as number 1. Professional women always wear earrings, so your earrings are number 2. A solid blouse and contrasting jacket are 3 and 4. A simple necklace or lapel pin would be 5. Five elements. That is as many as you ever want to wear. When in doubt, don’t add the one extra accessory that will overpower your frame. If interviewers are looking at your clothes, they aren’t listening to your words!

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