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to think looking attractive will help me get the job?

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moustachio Tue 18-Jun-13 12:14:25

interview tomorrow and DP thinks I should wear my black primark suit. It's ill fitting but I don't have much money and was the best i could afford. My other option is this dress www.amychildsofficial.co.uk/store/index.php?route=product/product&path=94&product_id=298 . DP says that it's better to play it safe in white shirt & black suit rather than feel stupid.

I think looking good in the dress is much better than the frumpy suit! His office is full of techy people. I don't think he understands women do wear more fashionable things to offices nowdays. Any opinions? I know it's not right, but I do think that flattering my figure and looking 'pretty' will help with my confidence if nothing else!

AnyFucker Tue 18-Jun-13 12:17:31

That is not an "interview" dress, sorry

I am all for dressing in what makes you feel good (as opposed to solely what makes you look good, from a confidence POV), but unless you are auditioning for a reality tv show, you will look inappropriate

lottieandmia Tue 18-Jun-13 12:19:16

It depends what the job is for, but generally I would agree with AF.

RikeBider Tue 18-Jun-13 12:20:21

What's the neckline of the dress like on you?

The dress looks fine for office wear to me, and if you feel confident and comfortable in it then pick that.

PrettyKitty1986 Tue 18-Jun-13 12:20:34

I disagree.

I think it would probably look good for an interview, as long as it's accessorised appropriately-down played jewellery, low heels, natural make up.

Amy childs would make a nuns outfit look like a lap dancing costume so I don't think the pic is a true representation.

lottieandmia Tue 18-Jun-13 12:21:38

A shift dress with a more simple neckline and heels would be better imo.

primallass Tue 18-Jun-13 12:21:41

I'd wear that dress to an interview (publishing industry).

RikeBider Tue 18-Jun-13 12:22:10

Is that dress really "inappropriate"? Knee length, shoulders covered. It's difficult to tell what the neckline is actually like as Amy Childs is wearing a very push up bra at the least, but it's hardly a night club outfit.

lottieandmia Tue 18-Jun-13 12:23:34

It does totally depend on what the job is though. If you're a beauty therapist that dress will be fine. If you're a legal secretary not so much for example.

Sparklymommy Tue 18-Jun-13 12:24:06

Personally I think I would go with the dress, and accesrise it very carefully. I think feeling good is important.

Damnautocorrect Tue 18-Jun-13 12:24:31

I like it, I'd wear it for an interview with sky high heels. If you've a jacket that goes with it that would be great.

Oblomov Tue 18-Jun-13 12:25:54

Amy Childs looks AMZING in that dress.
TOTALLY unsuitable for interview. Half your chest is on show.They are lookign at you and all they see is a large expanse of skin. NOT GOOD at interview.

RikeBider Tue 18-Jun-13 12:26:38

I don't see it as a "beauty therapist" dress. It looks fine for any reception/secretarial/sales etc position. I wouldn't wear it if you're applying to be a teaching assistant or vet nurse though!

LEMisdisappointed Tue 18-Jun-13 12:27:20

That must be where i have been going wrong all this time then - not being a super model - there was me trying to use my brains, qualifications and experience when really I should have been dressing for the catwalk?

Have i just entered the 1950s? You are not there as eye candy - you are there to do the job. I don't think the dress is inappropriate really, with a jacket, but i'd be hoping you weren't style over substance. All job websites would recommend a suit, unless you are going for some snazzy advertising job or a job as a model then listen to your DH, he is right and you are wrong.

I don't think there will be a box on the interview sheet saying "does the candidate look attractive"

At least there shouldnt be

TreesAndFlowers Tue 18-Jun-13 12:27:45

I think it depends on what the interview is for.
Conventional office - probably not.
Anything vaguely creative or where what you wear is not considered important (maybe academia)? - fine

BubaMarra Tue 18-Jun-13 12:30:04

It will depend on the job type, but for most office jobs this dress seems inappropriate to me. If the dress really looks like on that picture, then no I don't think it's appropriate and I don't think it can be downplayed enough for office environment. It does not mean that you cannot wear another dress. You can look for another one in that price range and colour (but different style).

You CANNOT wear that dress for an interview!

LessMissAbs Tue 18-Jun-13 12:30:37

I don't see anything wrong with that dress for an interview. As long as it doesn't show any cleavage on you. Team it with a smart jacket and its fine. Some very old fashioned views on here. I've seen solicitors dress far more tartily and no-one comments.

Though to "look attractive" for an interview, I'd concentrate just as much on having nice hair and plain but smart make up.

Keztrel Tue 18-Jun-13 12:31:18

I think it's best to dress how the people working there already dress. Have you been to the office and to see what kind of thing they wear? I dressed much less dressily and less 'prettily' for the interview for my current job, because it's working with academics - I decided to wear my boringest grey trousers and grey jumper, and felt really comfortable during the interview because I looked like I fitted in with the people interviewing me. I didn't feel like myself exactly, but I didn't stand out like a sore thumb.

My feelings on the dress you linked are too glam and cleavagey, unless you're going to be doing a job requiring you to look glam. Dress down and let your skills and capability show through instead.

diplodocus Tue 18-Jun-13 12:31:27

Academia??????
The interviewers would die of shock. One of the pre-requisites as an academic is you have to be resolutely unstylish and frumpy and ideally have spilt your lunch down your (M and S) cardie.

MrsWolowitz Tue 18-Jun-13 12:32:09

I would rather wear that dress and feel confident and comfortable than wear a suit and feel frumpy and worried about my appearance.

SolomanDaisy Tue 18-Jun-13 12:32:10

Depends on the job. I wouldn't have thought the dress was inappropriate for most roles if it is not too low cut on you and you wear it with a jacket. If you look good in it and it is role appropriate, I think it is better than a cheap ill fitting suit.

Keztrel Tue 18-Jun-13 12:33:38

Sorry that should read "I dressed much less dressily and less 'prettily' for the interview for my current job ^than I normally would^"

Now I've got the job I'm the dressiest person in my office, but no one cares what I wear anyway grin

TreesAndFlowers Tue 18-Jun-13 12:33:58

Re - academia -
Perhaps OP could wear it with a frumpy cardie?
OK, not best example - was trying to think of a career where you genuinely wouldn't be judged on what you wore and if you turned up wearing the nearest thing to hand it wouldn't be an immediate black mark.

RikeBider Tue 18-Jun-13 12:34:22

A lot is going to depend on the cleavage situation. Any dress will look booby-er on someone who has had a boob job.

Greythorne Tue 18-Jun-13 12:34:29

Cannot comment without knowing what the job is.

I bought an expensive trouser suit for interviews after I left uni. Got a few comments about 'trousers? for an interview' from very old people who were clueless but as I was going for jobs in PR, it was perfect.

KneeDeepInDaisies Tue 18-Jun-13 12:34:46

If you honestly feel more comfortable in the dress then wear it.

I would put a jacket over the top and maybe the MN scarf to detract from the breasts.

What's the job?

Chattymummyhere Tue 18-Jun-13 12:34:47

Love the fact that everyone pretends to be someone they are not in an interview... It would be much better if you just wore something smart yet that you feel comfortable in and the person interviewing you would then see a much more real person..

If I was interviewing people who both had the exact same cv I would pick te person who had thought about their outfit rather than just thrown on a suit because its the done thing, it shows you can think for your self.

Keztrel Tue 18-Jun-13 12:35:11

The thing is, you need to go into this interview feeling confident about your ability to do the job - screw feeling confident about your appearance!

Greythorne Tue 18-Jun-13 12:35:58

That dress is fine for anything in PR, fashion magazine publishing, fashion, design etc.

moustachio Tue 18-Jun-13 12:39:06

I think the fact amy childs is wearing it gives it a bad impression! You can't see my boobs at all. It's knee length and shoulders are covered. I am a toned size 16, but have a bit of a skin flap from having DS sad so pepulum lets me show off my curves and not my saggy belly!

The job is for a graduate scheme. The company makes graduates work in maintenance type work for a year, before becoming managers after 12months (Under cover boss style). So i don't want to look like i'm not willing to get dirty in manual work (my cv speaks for itself in that area though). But because of my military experience, i wanted to make it seem as though I can be well dressed and professional too and not laddy ifyswim.

My feelings were that of SolomonDaisy. Horrible polyester suit that I feel shit in and looks weird or a nice dress!

sparechange Tue 18-Jun-13 12:39:28

I think that dress would be fine, teamed with a jacket and some smart shoes. And I work in a very conservative office/industry!

justneedhandholding Tue 18-Jun-13 12:40:10

If your boobs are big then a definite no to the dress. If not then it possibly would be ok, a scarf may be a good idea.

I am only 34 but would still wear a dress or skirt suit rather than trousers for an interview. I just think that should show you have made an effort and I think interviewers do notice - I definitely do.

AllegraLilac Tue 18-Jun-13 12:41:03

I'm 21 and a size 8. That would be an 'interview dress' for me. Depends on you and your body... and the ethos of the company interviewing for?

justneedhandholding Tue 18-Jun-13 12:41:31

x-posts - from what your describe it sounds fine.

moustachio Tue 18-Jun-13 12:43:27

really appreciate opinions. I want to wear it, but have visions of me strutting in looking totally innapropriate. Then equal visions of everyone in the same primark suit as me! Think i'm going to nip to m&s before I pick DS up from school and see if I can find anything inbetween for a non-extortionate price! Thanks.

OnTheNingNangNong Tue 18-Jun-13 12:43:33

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If you feel more comfortable in the dress wear it. Otherwise you will feel frumpy and it will show.

A smart jacket and natural makeup would be good with it

WafflyVersatile Tue 18-Jun-13 12:44:12

should I know who Amy Childs is?

I like the dress but check how bosomy it looks on you.

Keztrel Tue 18-Jun-13 12:45:27

I think your logic is good OP, in wanting to show that you can look managerial/polished, I just think the dress could be a bit distracting - it's not inappropriate as such, but I think you could go for something simpler so you don't come across as trying too hard with your appearance. If it really is a choice between a suit that doesn't fit you and that exact dress, I'd go for the dress. But I don't think you should be worrying so much about looking attractive.

Eilidhbelle Tue 18-Jun-13 12:47:37

Definitely wear the dress! I think it's perfect for interview. You'll come over as modern and stylish, suits for interviews are done.

DarkWinter Tue 18-Jun-13 12:48:36

Wear the dress, but pair it with a jacket or a dressy cardigan. And make sure you wear good shoes and a decent bag with it.

BatmanLovesAllan Tue 18-Jun-13 12:49:23

YY to a scarf - you could find a reasonably cheap one and use it to cover up that expanse of chest. I think it is important to feel comfortable in what you're wearing, and if your Primarni suit makes you feel ill at ease, then it might not be the right thing for you.

Could you try it on and put a picture up?

Great dress for an interview.
I work in very boring offices too and I would have no problem wearing that for a meeting etc....
It looks smart and if you're going to M&S then get a cardigan or something similar to match it or contrast.
Good luck with the interview!

SolomanDaisy Tue 18-Jun-13 12:55:49

I would definitely wear the dress for that! I've done a lot of interviewing and I wouldn't have raised an eyebrow at it.

MTBMummy Tue 18-Jun-13 13:02:07

I would wear the dress, if you feel more confident in it you will project more confidence.

I have no problem wearing that sort of dress for important meetings

Fairylea Tue 18-Jun-13 13:07:51

There is nothing wrong with that dress with simple mid court shoes and a simple necklace and hair pulled back. Honestly it is fine and better than a frumpy suit that doesn't fit you. And I worked in very senior marketing. We all wore dresses, high heels, tight skirts etc. No one wore trouser suits even for an interview.

flowery Tue 18-Jun-13 13:13:33

"DP says that it's better to play it safe in white shirt & black suit"

That is virtually never good advice. You need to dress appropriately for an interview obviously, and one stage up in the smartness stakes from what you'd wear to do the job is a good rule of thumb.

But you also need to be memorable to the interviewers, and playing it too safe in black trouser suit and white shirt will not achieve that. You'll look apologetic rather than confident.

If you do wear the black suit, wear a brightly coloured top in a colour that suits you, or a statement necklace or something.

I agree that a stricking blue/purple shirt under a black suit is better.

I have got some good priced quality suits from Asda, usually for funerals.

I think that depending on the fit, your size and how you do, hair, makeup, accessories, the dress would work.

BackforGood Tue 18-Jun-13 14:40:56

ANother vote for a suit over the dress.
Don't get me wrong - it's a very pretty dress, but when I'm interviewing, I'm not looking to employ someone who is "pretty", but someone who is ready to work.

BreeWannabe Tue 18-Jun-13 14:47:14

Wear the suit. Not an appropriate dress for an interview, regardless of what people 'normally' wear in the office. You're not working there yet. Interview dress should always be as formal as possible.

wonderingsoul Tue 18-Jun-13 15:05:44

i agree its the boob bit that makes it inappropriate, have you tired it on>

if your buying some thing why not get some proper fitting trousher and blouse?

ParadiseChick Tue 18-Jun-13 15:11:48

You'll look awesome.

MrsLyman Tue 18-Jun-13 15:12:04

I think it would be much more appropriate for you to be wearing clothes that fit you and that you feel comfortable and confident in, than an ill fitting primark suit. I think some of the pearl clutchers on this thread are being a little bit well pearl clutchy, the dress really isn't at all inappropriate for office wear, and there are some really good tips on this thread about how you can style it to create a workplace professional look from it.

On the whole, unless you are planning to wear something completely off the wall people generally take more notice of how people wear their clothes than what they are wearing (within reason of course, don't turn up in a night clubbing outfit to test the theory grin). Also whilst we'd all love it if we were only judged on our brains and our abilities the truth is that people are generally quite shallow and looking good is equated with success.

ParadiseChick Tue 18-Jun-13 15:14:59

MrsL not you mention it pearls would look awesome!

ParadiseChick Tue 18-Jun-13 15:16:07

*now

Holly129 Tue 18-Jun-13 15:20:57

I've had enough snotty comments from women in my office to know that frumpy ill-fitting suits are not acceptable. I wore a couple nice dresses, (similar to that one) and got a lot of "you look smart" comments. That dress is fairly conservative compared to what I've seen some people wear! Go in what you feel most confident in!

WafflyVersatile Tue 18-Jun-13 15:24:40

I now know that Amy Childs was on TOWIE.

And that Paul Hollywood is a baker not the permatanned dancer I've been confusing him with.

Today has been an informative day.

Good luck with your interview!

Don't wear the suit you have. You want to feel 'polished' and well put together. Either wear that frock and pare it down as others' have suggested, or go into DP's or M&S. I bought two really nice fitted dresses with 'illusion panels' (I think they're called that!) for Court recently, which would have worked a treat for an interview. I was surprised to get something so stylish and reasonably priced from M&S (The dresses were £45 each)

neunundneunzigluftballons Tue 18-Jun-13 15:49:35

I would go for the dress personally as long as boobs are not remotely on show, not even a hint of cleavage is acceptable for an interview unless it is for FHM IMO but by your accounts your boobs will not be so no problem. I was looking at very polished women in a posh lunch venue today where all of the men were in suits and most of the women dresses. I was surprised and decided there and then I need to review my professional look. They looked great. I was also visiting a consultant today -- I've had a busy day-- where the consultant had a trouser suit on and the registrar a dress and I totally concluded that the dress looked better in hindsight.

olidusUrsus Tue 18-Jun-13 15:51:12

My initial reaction was no - but after you updated I think go for the dress. I'd wear it with a jacket or something too though, it's too informal as just a dress.

Please don't wear a scarf, you'll look like an air hostess

olidusUrsus Tue 18-Jun-13 15:52:59

Oh, and YABU to think "will lookin attractive get me the job". It's not the 50s.

TheRealFellatio Tue 18-Jun-13 15:55:53

The neckline on that dress is totally inappropriate for an interview. Although the dress isn't particularly low cut, the neckline is shaped in a way to draw attention to the decolletage, which is not what you need for an interview at all, unless the job is one where your looks are more important than your capabilities. Your DP is right.

Gunznroses Tue 18-Jun-13 15:56:05

If in doubt, leave it out smile.

TheOneAndOnlyAllan Tue 18-Jun-13 15:56:32

If as you say that dress isn't showing an eyeful of boob a la Ms Child, then go for it - for what it's worth, in my City lawyer office things have really changed over the last decade - hardly any of my colleagues wear skirt suits these days, it's all dresses and matching/contrasting jackets. Much better to feel confident than feel dowdy in something you hate.

curryeater Tue 18-Jun-13 15:56:54

the cleavage issue is key, but I am inclined to say go for the dress.
What industry is in the interview in?
Do you have a jacket you can wear with the dress to business it up a bit?

TheRealFellatio Tue 18-Jun-13 16:00:18

Maybe wear the dress with a nice scarf tied in such a way that there is not quite so much skin showing?

AnyFucker Tue 18-Jun-13 16:15:39

Pearl clutchers ? Do me a favour. Of course it depends on the job, but I have also been on many interview panels and a "booby" dress like this would not make a good impression. High fashion has no place in an interview, unless it's for that type of job.

IMO.

AnyFucker Tue 18-Jun-13 16:16:43

FWIW, I don't veto all dresses for an interview, just the type of ones that Amy Childs wears.

Sallyingforth Tue 18-Jun-13 16:30:16

That dress might look better without the stupid push-up bra, but for an academic job interview you can't ever go wrong with a suit.

cory Tue 18-Jun-13 16:48:17

What Fellatio said.

It isn't about the amount of cleavage shown. It is about the fact that the dress is deliberately designed to draw the onlooker's eyes onto one particular spot.

If it's an academic interview, then surely you want people to focus on your head, you know, the bit where you keep your brains. A smart business dress is just right because it doesn't draw attention away from that. This dress does.

To me it speaks of insecurity: I don't expect to get in on brains or qualifications alone.

LeGavrOrf Tue 18-Jun-13 16:54:32

I wear similar dresses - depends how cleavagey it looks tbh. I wouldn't wear something low cut, but I would wear a fitted pencil skirted dress like that. I am flat chested anyway so never look booby in anything really unless I want it to.

I think also the fabric - does it look decent on that dress? Some dresses look fine but some can look cheap and nasty in their shininess.

Also styling - it would be an evening dress if you wore it bare legged with those revolting platform shoes that youngsters wear (call me nan), but with tights and sensible shoes (you know what I mean, just plain courts or something and not clodhoppers/sandals) it could be oK. Mind you looking at it again the neckline is very low indeed. And you cant wear a cardigan or something with it. Perhaps it is too dressy.

Is your suit really that revolting? It may be the better bet after all. Especially when you need to look as if you can get stuck in.

raisah Tue 18-Jun-13 16:59:48

I know that if you wore that for an interview at my place, you would be talked about for the wrong reasons. So no dont wear this.

LeGavrOrf Tue 18-Jun-13 17:03:23

I don't wear similar dresses. I wear fitted ones though.

But that neckline I think is too low.

ephemeralfairy Tue 18-Jun-13 17:06:41

Don't wear the suit if you don't like it! In my experience if you feel uncomfortable you come across as being uncomfortable, if you feel confident and comfortable in what you're wearing then you come across as relaxed but confident.....which is surely the impression you want to give in a job interview, particularly one for the position/industry you've described??! It ain't rocket science...!

Anyway chuck a matching jacket over the top and it IS a suit, surely?? Nice scarf if you're booby, nice shoes.....you'll look great.

Having said that I work in an environment where people are largely very scruffy/frumpy. Lots of socks with sandals etc. If someone comes in wearing a suit it gets commented on...!

squoosh Tue 18-Jun-13 17:12:22

I think the Amy Childs link is (understandably) putting people off that dress. But I think it's fine and not too revealing, I presume you wouldn't be bright orange and wearing a pushup bra? Pair it with a blazer and it would be really lovely and quite modest.

I am thankful every day that I don't work in a 'black trouser suit' environment.

SolomanDaisy Tue 18-Jun-13 17:12:41

Having seen how many people say no, it may well not be worth the risk of coming across someone like them at an interview panel. I'm a bit surprised.

ParadiseChick Tue 18-Jun-13 17:19:49

Trouser or sort suits are so ruth badger

ParadiseChick Tue 18-Jun-13 17:20:04

*skirt

Bobyan Tue 18-Jun-13 17:22:30

It's not what you wear, but how you wear it.

Simple hair and make up, minimal jewellery, mid height heels = no problem

Big hair, loads of slap, huge earrings, knockers hanging out and hooker heels = no job.

Good luck!

I also have an interview tomorrow and vetoed my usual suits because in all honesty they no longer fit post DD. This thread has made me doubt my choice of outfit (new, until now very comfortable with) massively to the point where I am contemplating another attempt at shopping. I didn't see a single suit in my size though.

Wish I'd never clicked on this thread sad

chloesaidfred Tue 18-Jun-13 17:24:36

I'd wear it. Assuming you don't have that cleavage grin

It's not inappropriate. And yes I'm afraid better looking/ well presented candidates do in fact get jobs over the less easy-on-the-eye. A killer dress wont get you a job, but in a like for like candidate situation it just might! Although, saying that, the key is to research the company well.

Loiter around outside and see what everyone else is wearing - then go a notch smarter. You can't fail.

I have marked a candidate down for failing to research our company by wearing a stuffy suit when that is totally inappropriate for our business. Obviously you need to be smart though.

chloesaidfred Tue 18-Jun-13 17:25:17

Ha ha Ruth Badger

Tortington Tue 18-Jun-13 17:25:56

fuck - i dont even know who she is

i think the dress is fine without the push up tits looks professional enough.

as long as its not spiked heels and red lipstick with an over coiffed side bun - i reckon its fine.

although if the job is getting mucky, i would be worried that they would think i'm above getting my hands dirty.

but then - i guess you can tell them otherwise with your military experience n shit, so fuck it - i like the dress
go for it
good luck

CajaDeLaMemoria Tue 18-Jun-13 17:29:27

You don't need a push up bra to look booby in that dress.

I do, whether I wear a normal bra or a minimizer bra or no bra at all. It's how it's cut and lined - it draws the eyes down however you wear it.

I sent it back because it looked too night clubby even with a ponytail and blazer.

I'd go for something nice from M&S. There's far too much that could go wrong with the dress and you don't want to give the wrong impression.

LeGavrOrf Tue 18-Jun-13 17:51:16

lol at over coiffed side bun.

I never wear suits or jackets, haven't for years.

ParadiseChick Tue 18-Jun-13 18:00:17

No one does anymore do they? Lots of dresses, trousers with nice tops (not blousey or shirts)

News flash - you're allowed to be feminine, you don't have to dress like a man to get a job!

glastocat Tue 18-Jun-13 18:01:51

I have worked in finance and banking for twenty years and this would not be appropriate for an interview, not professional looking enough Im afraid. I was coached once in presentation skills as we were going for a big contract, it was all two and a half inch heels, well cut expensive suit, no more than three pieces of jewellery iirc, discreet but well applied make up, and absolutely no cleavage. so, polished and professional, rather than attractive. Obviously if you are applying for a different job, different dress codes apply, but if anything I'd say academia is even stuffier than finance.

quesadilla Tue 18-Jun-13 18:14:16

I wouldn't, personally.... I think for the job you are going for its just a bit too dressy.
I think if accessorised properly it could look ok but it looks a bit too much like evening wear,

I know it sounds dull but an interview suit for a job like that needs to not take up all the attention. It might go down well but it could backfire by making you look quite ditzy, whereas the suit won't let you down.

LeGavrOrf Tue 18-Jun-13 18:19:13

God I haven't worn a shirt for years either.

Either dresses or trousers and smart tops (rarely). 99 percent of the time dresses. Fuck knows why. Just find them smart and comfortable (plus tights in winter warmer than trousers).

MrsLyman Tue 18-Jun-13 18:20:21

Who is Amy Childs? Be interested to know if knowing who she is affects people's impression of the dress.

Btw why do people think the OP is interviewing for academia, she said it's a graduate position in a company.

WizardofOs Tue 18-Jun-13 18:20:48

After I had been in one workplace for a while a colleague said to me 'When you were shown around the office after your interview we looked at your suit and thought you were probably bonkers'.

I thought I looked smart yet fashionable hmm.

PrettyKitty1986 Tue 18-Jun-13 18:28:17

I think the fact that Amy Childs is modelling it is definitely affecting people's opinions.

If it were on someone less...slutty...it's just a smart, fashionable dress IMO. Amy Childs looks like she needs a good scrub at the best of times.

apatchylass Tue 18-Jun-13 18:37:32

Wear the dress. If you feel good in the dress, wear it and add low heels and low key make up. It's smart and would only look too dressy if you tottered in on stilettos with full evening make up on.

IME, the most important aspect of dressing for an interview is to wear something you feel good in and feel like yourself in. I remember wearing a black suit to an important interview and feeling really dull and hot and uncomfortable. Next time a really crucial interview came up I ignored DH's advice to wear the blumming suit and wore something far less interviewy, that I felt like myself in. Got the job.

sagfold Tue 18-Jun-13 18:45:02

I have an interview tomorrow so decided to have hair tidied up. BIG mistake - now have a virtual skinhead, nothing I can do tp improve situation as hair so short. It looks quite alarming.

ParadiseChick Tue 18-Jun-13 18:53:12

The fact it is Amy Child's will be closing people's judgement. Think fame boobs, big hair and vajazzles. She's of the z list The Only Way Is Essex, had her own clothing range, perfume and vajazzles. Like a cut price Katie Price.

moustachio Tue 18-Jun-13 18:59:23

Sorry this has turned into what should I wear, rather than AIBU! I do really, really appreciate your opinions. I've put two pics on my profile (please excuse state of my living room!)

BackforGood Tue 18-Jun-13 19:03:29

Well, it didn't colour my opinion - I have no idea who she is, just assumed it was a 'catalogue model' and was looking at the dress not the model.

AnyFucker Tue 18-Jun-13 19:16:11

I can't access your profile, OP

Sallyingforth Tue 18-Jun-13 19:40:03

Ditto here. No idea who the woman is, but she looks a good match for the dress.

Picturepuncture Tue 18-Jun-13 19:43:15

Nope profile not public yet OP.

I would go for the dress but wear a cardigan and low heeled shoes to play it down a little. I have seen plenty of women in my office wear a lot worse, some girl thinks wearing dresses where the v neck line is so low it leaves nothing to the imagination is appropriate, another girl wears dresses with big cut outs in the back so half her back is exposed its more of a night out dress really, others wear short shorts with tights etc. and this is a law firm we are talking about.

gettingeasiernow Tue 18-Jun-13 20:32:27

Do you know what the dress code is at the company you are going to? You should aim to dress at the most conservative end of the dress code for that firm.
I think depending on what sector the job would be working in, the dress may be best but it is quite glam so I would not go ott on shoes/bag accessories.
Way more important is how competent you come across. You are what you are whether you're in trousers or dress, so make sure the real you shines through.

moustachio Tue 18-Jun-13 21:15:13

should be public now! smile

AnyFucker Tue 18-Jun-13 21:20:43

I have changed my mind.

Go for the dress, and good luck with your interview smile

RikeBider Tue 18-Jun-13 21:21:49

I really like the dress and think you look great/professional in it! The suit is fine too though I would follow the advice of whoever said wear a bright coloured top. Just go for whichever makes you feel most comfortable.

PrettyKitty1986 Tue 18-Jun-13 21:29:22

Definitely the dress. Looks lovely.

Prawntoast Tue 18-Jun-13 21:30:52

go for the dress, the suit doesn't look like it fits properly. Good luck!!

LEMisdisappointed Tue 18-Jun-13 21:32:55

IVe changed my mind too! the dress, definately - good luck x

echt Tue 18-Jun-13 21:33:31

As long as no cleavage shows, it should be OK, though I'd also have a sharp jacket to wear.

moustachio Tue 18-Jun-13 21:34:25

gosh my op made me sound so big headed! I'm very very self concious and hate my figure!

Thanks, dress it is!

Callico Tue 18-Jun-13 21:46:46

Dress looks great, good luck with your interview tomorrow!

lessonsintightropes Tue 18-Jun-13 21:51:36

Definitely dress - you look great in it and it's far more flattering than the suit which I don't think gives a good impression. Best of luck, hope you get it.

HowlerMonkey Tue 18-Jun-13 21:56:38

Dress! Although I'd advise going past M&S for a browse of their formal/suit section in case you get called back for a second interview; the Primark suit will not cut it after that dress smile

I've actually just got a job myself op (whoop whoop) and M&S have been a very handy source of reasonably-priced and decent-looking formal clothes.

<awaits advertising payout from grateful M&S staff>

You HAVE to wear the dress! The suit is wronger than a wrong thing. Good luck!

Keztrel Tue 18-Jun-13 21:59:39

Yy I've changed my mind too, dress looks fabulous on you OP and not inappropriate at all. Suit just looks awkward and unflattering.

Picturepuncture Tue 18-Jun-13 22:00:04

Dress from me too.

The suit is reminiscent of a sixth former who has to have one for school. Dress looks far more 'adult'.

For my first job in education I wore a black trouser suit- a couple of years later (when I'd thoroughly proved myself) the head laughed at/with me about how she nearly didn't hire me because I looked like a pupil in my 'terrible cheap black suit'.

I've not worn a black suit to an interview since- always something to make you stand out (in a good way).

Kiriwawa Tue 18-Jun-13 22:02:42

Dress is much nicer than suit - good luck smile

YesIamYourSisterInLaw Tue 18-Jun-13 22:03:46

I love that dress and it really suits you,
I wish I had an office job so I could get one

HoratiaNelson Tue 18-Jun-13 22:10:01

Wear the suit, you look cracking in it. How you feel is so important to how you perform. If you're worried about the neck line whack a scarf on (don't think you need to though) and try to get a jacket or 3/4 length sleeve cardie and you'll look the business. Much more professional looking than the suit.

For what it's worth, I'm a barrister (judges tell us they "can't hear" us if they seem us inappropriately dressed) and loads of my colleagues at the family Bar wear that kind of thing with a jacket (including the scarf!) I can't wear anything with a neckline that low because have to put daft neckwear on in court which would make it look weird, but I always wear figure hugging dress suits.

And for those who think attractiveness doesn't affect employability, don't be so naive!

HoratiaNelson Tue 18-Jun-13 22:10:41

Epic fail! wear the suit meant wear the dress!!

ParadiseChick Tue 18-Jun-13 22:11:44

Definitely the dress, I was dress all the way but even more so now!

Good luck!

SolomanDaisy Tue 18-Jun-13 22:18:12

That is how I imagined the dress looking, it's great. Good luck!

Sallyingforth Tue 18-Jun-13 22:20:04

I went for the suit, but having now seen the photo it clearly doesn't fit so it has to be the dress.
Good luck for the interview!

MrsLyman Tue 18-Jun-13 22:22:02

Yes, dress looks great. Good luck with the interview!

AnyFucker Tue 18-Jun-13 22:22:53

tbh, I wasn't saying your suit instead of the dress, I was thinking of another option entirely

but the suit is horrid and the dress of great

dress, dress, dress smile

ZZZenagain Tue 18-Jun-13 22:25:20

I prefer the photo with the dress. Good luck for the interview!

flipchart Tue 18-Jun-13 22:30:26

I would give the trouser suit to the charity shop tbh.
It does nothing for you.

moustachio Tue 18-Jun-13 22:31:56

eyes are watering with laughter at the anti-suit comments! didn't realize it was THAT bad! haha

HowlerMonkey Tue 18-Jun-13 22:35:39

Get some cheap black trousers M&S, 15 quid, job done and a nice top to go with, if you want an alternative. Total cost would be 40 quid, max. Assuming you have respectable black shoes already grin

howdoIdealwiththisone Tue 18-Jun-13 22:36:08

Definitely the dress. I'm a lawyer (so conservative profession) and I would wear that dress as long as the fabric isn't too stretchy.

AnyFucker Tue 18-Jun-13 22:36:27

the suit is really bad, sorry grin

do you need any dusters ?

catgirl1976 Tue 18-Jun-13 22:37:55

I work in a formal, conventional office

That dress would be fine for an interview (though if you have a chest like Amys, maybe leave the push-up bra at home)

Standard office wear IMO

catgirl1976 Tue 18-Jun-13 22:39:06

Have just looked on your profile - the dress looks lovely on you and is much smarter than the suit

Good luck with your interview!

AlwaysReadyForABlether Tue 18-Jun-13 22:41:07

The suit might look ok if you wore it with the jacket unbuttoned with a plain brightly coloured top underneath. But the collar on the white shirt just looks messy and the jacket doesn't seem to fit properly.
Definitely go for the dress. It looks professional and you will feel much more comfortable.
If you are the kind of person who flushes at the neck when you are nervous then I would suggest a scarf to detract from that.
Good luck!

howdoIdealwiththisone Tue 18-Jun-13 22:42:08

Get the suit out to please DH, put it carefully on the kitchen work top and then accidentally knock a bottle of bleach onto it.

Decision made

I am going to be the odd one out. confused

Can you try the suit with a different shirt (the shirt is ill fitting, not the suit) and with the jacket open and a stylish scarf?

olidusUrsus Tue 18-Jun-13 22:52:15

pleaaase no scarf

PosyNarker Tue 18-Jun-13 22:52:44

Dress definitely. I've been interviewing for client facing roles (financial services) recently and appearance is important. Not looks per se, but polish, a bit of discreet effort and well fitting clothes a must (men & women). Definitely dress!

doolallylass Tue 18-Jun-13 22:56:58

Wear the dress. Better to feel happy and confident that itchy and worried. Good luck.

Standingonlego Tue 18-Jun-13 22:57:08

Another interviewer here, dress!!!! A jacket on top would be great too if you want to change the look. Just mind your bra straps with the wide neck line.

A smile and good eye contact are the real winners smile You want to wear something you feel good in, and the dress was always your natural preferance.

If you are nervous and likely to fidget avoid scarves. wink

Standingonlego Tue 18-Jun-13 22:58:13

Hope it goes well!

Joiningthegang Tue 18-Jun-13 23:26:35

I like the dress - fine for interview

Joiningthegang Tue 18-Jun-13 23:31:17

Just seen the photos - dress dress dress

LeGavrOrf Wed 19-Jun-13 10:42:34

The dress definitely.

Burn the suit.

MarshaBrady Wed 19-Jun-13 10:44:36

Dress, no scarf.

Good luck!

Suit is dreadful - its how I look in a suit too - like I've borrowed it off a neighbour or something! sorry blush

You look great in the dress, where the dress!

{BabyDubs is off to buy the dress too grin }

where the dress!! what the F!

WEAR the dress op :D

Lonelynessie Wed 19-Jun-13 12:10:05

Wear the dress!

Crinkle77 Wed 19-Jun-13 12:12:46

I wouldn't wear it. Think the cleavage bit is too low. I would want a more professional look

JambalayaCodfishPie Wed 19-Jun-13 12:23:21

I really hope you wore the dress, it looks tons better, truely.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 19-Jun-13 12:24:36

My dh says where he works interviewed for a secretary recently. They were all good so they "gave the job to the one with the best tits".

Depressing isn't it.

Crowler Wed 19-Jun-13 12:30:06

How was the interview? What did you wear?

MrsBucketxx Wed 19-Jun-13 12:33:25

I agree the dress is much better, hope it went well whatever you chose to wear.

OrangeFireandGoldashes Wed 19-Jun-13 12:35:21

Hope the interview went / is going well, OP.

Another option to bear in mind for the future is to wear a lace-trimmed vest top in a neutral colour under a low-cut dress or top. M&S do two for £15 or thereabouts in a variety of colours and because they are straight-cut across the top they make a cleavage-y top or dress more conventionally "respectable" while still being smart and feminine.

LittlePeaPod Wed 19-Jun-13 14:16:14

OP, if I was the interviewer and you wore the dress I would think you looked smart. I work in an environment where suites and smart wear is a must. Plenty of women in business wear that kind of dress. It's not too short and you can avoid the woundabra.

TheRealFellatio Wed 19-Jun-13 14:29:05

Now I've seen the photo of the OP wearing it I don't think it looks wrong at all. I probably would not go so far as to recommend it for an interview, but I wouldn't shriek in horror at it either. I have revised my opinion. grin

morticia74 Wed 19-Jun-13 14:38:14

Go for the dress. It's better to wear something that makes you feel good rather than self conscious. Besides if you got boobs it shows whatever you wear!

AnyFucker Wed 19-Jun-13 14:52:33

You and me both, Fell smile

YoungBritishPissArtist Wed 19-Jun-13 15:35:02

I'd charity shop the suit grin

YoungBritishPissArtist Wed 19-Jun-13 15:36:22

How did the interview go? Come back and tell us!

moustachio Wed 19-Jun-13 19:47:24

It went great! I wore the dress smile Have also invested in a naice m&s dress and jacket incase i get called back for the final stage/for future use! They said they'll me know by the end of the week so i'll update!

Bobyan Wed 19-Jun-13 19:48:46

Great news!

AnyFucker Wed 19-Jun-13 19:50:05

smile

Picturepuncture Wed 19-Jun-13 19:55:23

Great, fingers crossed for you then smile

LeGavrOrf Wed 19-Jun-13 20:16:20

Best of luck then - fingers crossed.

moisturiser Wed 19-Jun-13 20:21:30

You look great in the dress.

BubaMarra Wed 19-Jun-13 21:47:22

You look great in the dress. Good luck with the next round of the interview.

WafflyVersatile Wed 19-Jun-13 21:50:57

Good choice, the dress looks great!

Good luck.

MrsLyman Wed 19-Jun-13 21:56:03

Glad it went well, fingers crossed for you getting to the next round. Please keep us updated (and maybe link to the M&S dress if you feel like it smile)

HowlerMonkey Wed 19-Jun-13 23:29:45

Fingers crossed for a job offer!

YoungBritishPissArtist Wed 19-Jun-13 23:36:08

Keeping fingers x'd for you, glad the interview went well. smile

PointlessPost Wed 19-Jun-13 23:58:54

This is a great thread. grin. Mumsnet at its best.

I hope you get to the next stage. If you do I hope you post a picture of your M&S outfit.

The dress looks great.

olidusUrsus Thu 20-Jun-13 00:27:13

The dress looked amazing on you. Suits you much much more than it does Amy Childs! Fingers crossed for a call back.

Embracethemuffintop Thu 20-Jun-13 07:12:41

You looked really lovely and smart in that dress - much better than Amy Childs.

Embracethemuffintop Thu 20-Jun-13 07:40:09

You looked really lovely and smart in that dress - much better than Amy Childs.

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