Post # 1
Hi, my name is KMSull and I do not own a suit. Nope. Not even a jacket. Or a skirt. Or really even a pair of dress pants. Never had to, since out of college I had no idea what I wanted to do and took the first job available to me, no interview required.
Well, I have an interview with a super high up woman at a hospital just to talk about what I really want to do (administration) on Tuesday (!!!). And she’s going to try and help me get a job (!!!). And I need to look awesomely professional.
What do I need to be looking for in a suit?
Post # 3
Great fit and fabric. Everything else is just icing. If you want to have a balance of style, price, and quality just go to banana or j crew and buy a wool suit. Stay away from Polys. If you have a loehmann’s, century 21 or other consolidator around you, you can pick up a higher end suit for pretty good deals.
Depending on your body type, you can pick pants or skirts and pencil or a-line fits. Some would say its still not appropriate for women to wear pants on their first interview but I think that is ridiculous.
Post # 4
First and foremost, look for one that fits you well – that doesn’t hang off you, have sleeves that are too long, or is to small and doesn’t button comfortably down the front. Don’t worry about the length of the pants, that can be easily tailored for a few bucks at the dry cleaners. It’ll probably feel a little weird to see yourself in a suit for the first time, but try to keep an open mind. As for color, most people buy black for their first suits but this can look very severe, especially on someone younger. You’d look very appropriate in a suit in a solid neutral color like grey, navy blue, brown, or even tan.
I’ve heard that Filene’s Basement is carrying suits at a steep discount right now, but any major department store is a good place to start.
Post # 5
I work in a business formal environment so I”ll give you a few tips. It has to fit you in the shoulders and be able to close around your chest. Unless you are a perfect off-the-rack size, you may need to get the pants hemmed, but I would recommend buying a skirt suit, they’re more versatile. And slightly more appropriate for interviews. Definitely get either black or grey, nothing too trendy looking. And you can wear a cami underneath, something that compliments your skintone.