Post # 1
I have my first real-world, post-grad interview on Thursday and I am having a difficult time trying to figure out what to wear. I’ve been in the workforce since I was 14, but I have only worked in retail and my upcoming interview is for a position working in an office on a college campus. I used to have a lot of nice clothes, but I have gained A LOT of weight in the last couple of years, so nothing really fits me anymore and it’s hard finding an outfit that compliments me. I have several options, and I have included a poll.
The first option: A bi-color dress that I would wear with either black tights or nude hose with either black knee high boots or heeled pumps. The problem with this outfit is that it feels tight, even with spanx.
The second option: A nice top with black dress pants and black boots that are hidden underneath the pant legs. The problem with this is that I don’t have any black blazers that I can wear over the nice shirt.
The third option: A nice top with a black calf length a-line skirt with knee high boots with nude hose or black tights with black knee high boots or heeled pumps. Again, I don’t have a black blazer.
I don’t have money to go and buy a nice outfit, but I would like to look nice. I don’t have a black blazer, but I do have several of those tops that can be worn over tops that don’t button and are flowy, but I feel like they would look too casual. Any suggestions would be fantastic, and I will include several pictures of me in the dress as an idea.
Post # 2
No to that dress. It looks like you are trying to show off the goods.
Go with the nice top and dressy pants. Can you pop out and buy a cheap blazer? I think k it would be a good idea.
Eta I think you should think about heels with the top/blazer/pants combo, rather than the boots.
Post # 3
smilingowl88: That’s a no. You want to look more business like. Do you have any money to go to a consignment or thrift shop and buy a blazer to go with the black pants? Or maybe even a suit?
Post # 4
+ 1 No to that dress. Your boobs look like they are trying to break free from it.
A black blazer is a MUST for an interview. Without it, you’ll appear unprofessional from the get-go. I would never think of going to an interview without wearing one. I’ve seen blazers at H&M on sale for $15 before. Also, pumps all the way.
Post # 5
And I forgot to say good luck on your interview! 😀
Post # 6
smilingowl88: normally I wouldn’t advocate opening up credit cards and going into debt, but in this case, if you genuinely don’t have money to spend on a new outfit and can’t borrow from anyone, I would suggest going to the mall- finding an appropriate professional outfit, and if need be- open up a store credit card acct to pay for it. A proper interview outfit it a must, for this interview and any others you may have. If your current wardrobe is too small, or ill fitting, please please please buy something new. It will be an investment in your future.
Post # 7
Whatever you wear, be sure to feel confident and comfortable! For what it’s worth, I’ve never worn a blazer to an interview and I’ve been gainfully employed at a university and arts non-profits. I have also interviewed and hired recent grads and as long as they dressed and acted professionally, their exact outfit was never a consideration. It sounds like the black pants and nice top might be your best bet. As others mentioned, consider wearing pumps instead of boots. Good luck!
Post # 8
smilingowl88: I should’ve added- if you are in a really rough spot financially, you should look into organizations like Dress for Success. They may be able to help.
Post # 9
If you’re at the point where you’re applying for grown-up jobs, you need to own a suit. It doesn’t have to be expensive… Buy a cheap one and pay a little to have it tailored. You will save tons and look like a million bucks. Seriously though, it’s a necessary investment in the future.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone! I tried that dress on yesterday morning without anything on underneath and it felt really comfortable and loose; then I tried it on last night with spanx on and it felt super tight. Don’t know what happened between yesterday morning and last night, but it went from comfy to uncomfortable. My husband told me it looked great, but I figured I should have some female and professional insight first. Also, I look fine in the mirror and in person, but every single time I get pictures taken, I look like I gained 20lbs. It’s really frustrating
Post # 11
I’ll definitely look into getting a blazer tomorrow before my interview.
Post # 12
Get a suit for sure. I actually found one for about $40 in the Kohls junior dept one time and while it definitely is a budget suit to anyone looking closely, it works just fine while being young and broke is acceptable 😉
Otherwise, what PP said. Slacks (wide leg or trouser cut), silk tank or one that isn’t cotton, and a blazer. If you absolutely can’t find a blazer or suit, do the slacks, shirt, and gently fitted waist-length cardigan in black or grey, whichever compliments the pants. Also hose and heels.
Post # 13
Eek, sorry, definitely do not wear that dress or the boots. It’s not a professional look. I’d do a nice loose fitting top with the black pants, with a heel or classy flat.
Post # 14
A week ago I wore black slacks and a long sleeved white shirt with black shoes. But it was cold in Australia
I got the job!! Hope that helps.
Post # 15
Wear the black slacks and a nice blouse. See if you can find a charcoal blazer at a consignment store – matching blacks is never easy. Boots should be OK, as long as they’re covered. You could also do a nice cardigan, as long as it’s fitted properly – not slouchy and not tight either.
I hate skirts or dresses for interviews. I worry about it riding up or clinging where it shouldn’t, and it becomes a distraction. Plus, if you do a tour of the building, pants are much easier to walk confidently in, versus a pencil or fitted skirt.