(Closed) Outfit…

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Post # 3
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I always wear pants and a blouse, occasionally a black cardigan if it would be appropriate.

Black pants from Limited

Button-up shirt or blouse usually from Express or a department store


Every-day makeup and minimal jewelry

My roommate often wears dresses with boots and a jacket to interviews but I am really tall and dresses often look at liiiiittle too short on me to be "interview material".

Post # 4
122 posts
Blushing bee

I have a friend in HR and he said that a suit is always the most impressive, even if it isn’t required for the office dress-code.  You can get pretty inexpensive ones at The Limited, mall stores, etc. and you can keep it from being too formal with a sweater or cute top underneath instead of a buttondown.  I always get the skirt and the pants and then you can use all the pieces again in different combos.  Minimal jewelry is important too, as Angelastheboss, said.  My HR friend said fancy jewelry turns off the interviewer, especially if you are negotiating salary. In the same vein, leave designer bags at home, too.  Good Luck!

Post # 5
117 posts
Blushing bee

I think interview attire really depends on the norm in the industry you are in. I’m a lawyer so we have a very specific interview dress code:

gray or black suit, (always skirt for women), neutral blouse or shell, (white, cream, light blue), black closed toe heels, (not higher than 3 inches), nylons, and minimal jewelry. 

I know, it’s soooo conservative.  I feel like a different person when I put on that whole get up but I guess it lets the prospective employer know you’re a serious person.

 on the other hand, if you’re going into a more creative field you should probably be a bit more creative and flashy with your outfit.

Post # 6
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Holy Family Catholic Church, reception: National Infantry Museum

I have one suit that I only wear to interviews.  It’s very similar to the one MissEsq described.  Sometimes I wear a black wrap dress and heels.  But still very conservative. 

Post # 7
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

in my field (materials science), skirts are no-nos, but suits are encouraged. for interviews i wear a black suit that is pieced together from limited (pants) and ann taylor (jacket). i usually wear a button down shirt, though i choose the color based on the company. and sensible heels, no sexy shoes. my suit is purposely a size big, the "boys" in my field are quite conservative.

i second (or fifth) the lack of fancy jewelry. i wear small diamond studs and my wedding band only. no engagement ring and absolutely no necklaces. 

Post # 9
484 posts
Helper bee

All three  look great! I especially like the Rebecca Taylor jacket. Just some advice – make sure everything fits properly. I’ve seen so many women with a nice white button down on that looks ridiculous b/c its so tight that the buttons are pulling. It’s ok to wear something fitted just make sure it actually fits!

Good luck!

Post # 10
1428 posts
Bumble bee

Having been in the corporate world for the last 14 years, I own about 10-15 suits all from Ann Taylor Loft. I love the fit of their clothes, and also depending on how "corporate" I want to look I can dress them up more with a button-down blouse, or go more "fun" with a patterned sleeveless top.

Post # 11
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

As a physician, I always wear a dark colored suit.  I have a really nice charcoal grey tailored jacket that I pair with a jewel toned button down shirt and then a knee length pencil skirt with small slits on either side.  I wear it with a killer pair of Enzo Angliolini high heeled loafers (they’re really cute) to look taller and like a "Real Serious Person". 

You can’t go wrong by dressing too nicely!

Post # 12
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Everything everyone has said has been great advice. Keep it conservative, if you look like Cuddy on House you’re probably not conservative enough. (Her outfits are rarely work appropriate, why?)

One FYI, for men, black is actually not considered an appropriate color suit to wear for most interviews. It’s too formal and severe looking. That seemed kind of odd to me when I first heard it, but I’ve worked in several different men’s clothing stores and they all agree, go charcoal or navy. That’s less true for women, but still, it’s worth considering sticking with something other than black that’s still very business-like.

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