Post # 1
I have a graduate school interview in a few weeks and am so torn between a pants or skirt suit.
I feel more comfortable in pants, but have heard that skirts are the most modest, and well respected choice.
Post # 3
I always found it funny when people say skirts are more modest, when pants normally cover you up more.
I think you should always go with the option you are more confident and feel best in, because then you will appear more confident and won’t be fidgeting. As long as your clothing is tailored or fits well you should be fine. I have worn pants suits to interviews to Corporate jobs with no issues.
Post # 4
If you feel better in a pant suit, wear it! I don’t think skirts are more modest at all – more traditional, maybe, but you have to get the length just right and know how to sit so it won’t ride up and reveal more than would be appropriate for a job interview. That’s a lot to think about if you’re not used to skirts.
Post # 5
@TwoCityBride: Thats what I always thought as well.
I guess what I meant is more “traditional”.
Post # 7
@nixietink: Skirt suits are more traditional. I work in a conservative field and would never interview in a pant suit. Just make sure to wear pantyhose with your skirt if you go that route!
Post # 8
I think if you’re going to be significantly more comfortable in pants, wear them.
Just make sure they’re perfectly pressed, with the crease down the front if they’re meant for that, and that they are the right length. Nothing drives me crazier than people whose pants are too short. They should be no higher than 1/2 inch off the floor in whatever shoes you’ll wear for the interview. Preferably, they should just baaaarely graze the floor when you’re standing up straight.
I tend to prefer to interview in pants, myself, and I’ve never had an issue in my conservative field (law).
Post # 9
Go for what you are most comfortable in. if you arent comfortable it will show.
Post # 10
I’ll always choose a skirt over pants for a work environment! Unless it’s Friday, then it’s jeans all the way.
Post # 11
@nixietink: In conservative industries, people prefer women in skirt suits. I have never worn a skirt suit to work or to an interview, even though I was warned that I’d possibly not get a job over it. I am of the opinion if you feel I should be wearing a skirt to work every day because I’m a woman I’m not going far in your company anyway. I vote you wear whatever you are comfortable in. (FWIW I’ve never had to look more than a month for a new job. So my pants have never hurt me!)
Post # 12
And when I did wear a skirt I had to wear about stockings or panty hose because I was told that you shouldn’t just show up with bare legs (depending on how formal it is). I always just go with pants! I personally wouldn’t want to work at a job that required me to wear a skirt every day.
Post # 14
@nixietink: Most grad schools are fairly liberal places, too. At my grad school interviews, there was a good mix of pants and skirt suits (I wore a pants suit). Some women didn’t wear suits at all – there were some in dresses, and some in black pants with nice blouses. Good luck!
Post # 15
I usually wear skirt suits because A) I own more of them and B) I have a strong peference for them. I’m not keen on dress pants, the material bugs me.
Go with what makes you comfortable.
Post # 16
good pant suits are super chic. proof: olivia pope!