Post # 1
I know questions about interview attire are asked all the time. But I have some specific concerns I wanted to address.
It’s 90°F with me. It’s too hot for a suit. I bought this dress in navy, and plan to pair it with a string of pearls and pearl stud earrings. Is it suitable? (worried about no sleeves)
I also plan on wearing a pair on peep-toe navy and cream shoes, with a small kitten heel. Honestly, even the thought of wearing these makes me nervous. In this heat my feet sometimes swell, they become painful and I get blisters. I often wear sandals which are fine unless I am walking any distance, but closed shoes for even a short way – ouch! At the moment I am planning on getting a cab rather than public transport, so the shoes don’t hurt as much (most people don’t drive here) and I am hoping the peep-toe will meanI can get some air to my poor feet. Is this a big faux pas?
The job is in a creative and practical industry. The office will be smart-casual day-to-day unless we’re on site in which case I will be wearing shorts and a tee.
Post # 3
Personally, I wouldn’t wear open toe to an interview. It looks weird to go open toe with pantyhose, and I wouldn’t go to an interview without hose. You’ll be inside for most of the interview. I say get a pair of closed toe flats and make sure you get the “wide” size. That should help with your swelling feet.
Also, the dress is nice, but I would add a grey blazer or purple cardigan. Just put it on right before you step into the building.
Post # 4
I believe the dress should go to your knee, so hopefully it fits longer on you than on the manequin. I would also wear something over your arms like a blazer or a cardigan.
As far as your shoes, I would suggest against the peep toe as well. You could just wear some flats until you get there and change into a heel.
Good luck. Hope you get the job. 🙂
Post # 5
personally i think that dress is completely acceptable and i wore open toed shoes to an interview and i did get the job. I think so long as the open toes are formal and you make sure your toes nails are painted you will be fine.
Post # 6
I think it’s fine as well. I agree with @ChocolateLime, make sure your toes are freshly painted. Good luck1
Post # 7
I personally wouldn’t wear open-toe or sleeveless to an interview. You should, at the very least, have a cardigan to cover your arms during the interview, but a nice blazer that matches your shoes would be more appropriate. If you do go with open-toe shoes, fresh pedicures are a must.
Post # 8
Love the dress (Dotty Ps is one of my fave shops anyway!). I would take WITH me a jacket. You never know, once you get in the air-con you may actually need it. As for open-toe shoes. As long as they’re professional looking I don’t see it being a problem at all.
Post # 9
Yeah, open toe shoes and sleeveless to an interview are no-go, in my opinion. Take a cardigan with you to put on before you go inside and wear some closed toe flats. I think the length of the dress is fine–it hits just above the knee, so it’s not like it’s a clubbing dress.
Post # 10
I’m siding with no sleeveless (put on a cardigan or blazer) and no peep toe. Also, maybe it’s just me, but I have never worn a pair of peep toe shoes that kept my feet significantly dry or cool… I think it’s worth it to cover up that few extra inches of foot in order to look as professional as possible.
Post # 11
Personally, I would slip some closed toed shoes in my bag and change just before I went in and then back to more comfortable shoes after the interview is over. The same with a cardigan or blazer.
I have an active part in the hiring process for my department. In our office, we each dress according to our schedules. If I’m going to be in the office most of the day with just co-workers around, it’s business casual. However, if I’m going to be out in meetings or if we’re having meetings here with corporate or administrative guests, then I step it up a bit.
When we interview, I expect to see people dressed in full on business attire. Even though that may not be what they would have to normally wear here, I like to know if someone can pull together a professional look that reflects the rest of this department.
In other words…I think its better to dress slightly more formal that you’ll be expected to wear if you get the job.
Post # 12
Ok here’s my opinion. The dress is fine, though I would wear an ivory cardigan to coordinate with your shoes. A blazer is fine but likely too heavy. I’d skip the pearl necklace but keep the studs. Minimal jewelry is best for interviews. I think the shoes are perfectly fine. Are they pumps? Slingbacks? Anything thats acceptable for office wear. Just not some strappy sandal or anything.
For the job I have now I wore a black sleeveless dress with an ivory/black blazer with open toe black and ivory pumps.
Post # 13
Thanks for all your help bees.
One of the reasons I ask is because I recently moved from the UK and left a good deal of my clothes at my parents for bringing at a later date. I have closed toe shoes but I wore them for about 15 minutes in the heat and had blisters in places I didn’t realise you could get blisters!
For those who were asking, the shoes are super formal courts. I bought them for when I went to the Ritz in London, and I would only normally wear them for dressy occassions.
The dress in knee length, not as short as on the manequin (I think it’s taller than me lol) but I was worried about sleeveless. I only have one or two casual cardigans (it’s 90 all year round here) but will go and pick up something lightweight tomorrow (failing that I have a vintage, brushed silk, ivory jacket that might work).
I will leave my string of pearls at home 🙂
Post # 14
@GoldfishPie: I think you’re probably right on the shoes not being much better than closed-toe, just my own wishful thinking.
Post # 15
I’d put a blazer/cardigan over the dress but I think peep-toe shoes are fine so long as they are formal and you have a fresh pedicure.
Post # 16
I think peep toe shoes are fine in the summer, but definitely bring something to wear over that dress. I wouldn’t go to an interview with no sleeves.