(Closed) Serious, conservative interview, do you wear a suit with skirt or pants?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@megbon12: What industry?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’d go with a skirt and some tall black pumps (assuming the suit is black or grey)–I’m in the communications industry (first worked in publishing, now libraries) if that makes a difference.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@megbon12: Hmmm I’d say either is fine, but if you go with a skirt suit wear a white shirt. If you go with a pants suit you could wear a more feminine color top.

 

I work in finance and always interviewed in a pants suit with a white blouse.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Pant suit, totally agree.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I believe either would be fine – it matters more that the suit be well-tailored and conservative.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Only wear the skirt if it’s knee length and has a relatively plain/straight cut. I always cringe when I see the little short, ruffled skirts paired with suit jackets. Definitely not for an interview.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d go with the pants. Just because I always get runs in my stockings. I swear I’ve got razor legs or something.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

In law, I’ve heard that a lot of employers still prefer women to interview in traditional skirt suits, which turns my stomach a bit, but apparently that is considered more formal.  I’d say black, grey, or navy, and with a traditional straight or pencil cut skirt.  

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would suggest a skirt suit. It is still considered the consverative traditional female dress. Just make sure to wear nylons with them and closed toe shoes. 

Good luck!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

conservative = skirt IMO

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

ditto on the skirt suit being more conservative. Knee length, no suggestive slits, and should not be too tight. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m in law and I’ve always been told to interview in a skirt suit. One of my professors once told a story that she lost a major case, and afterwards she polled the jury to find out what went wrong. One older man spoke up and said “I couldn’t take you seriously because you were wearing pants.” She said that even though she found it very offensive, she never risked it and wore pants to court ever again.  I’ve always gone skirt suits personally. 

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