Promotion interview outfit - please help!

(6 Posts)
quitecrunchy Thu 27-Oct-16 12:13:13

Hi, I'm hoping to get some advice. Here's the deal - I'm interviewing for a promotion in a few weeks time and having just had a baby and piled on a bunch of weight I've not yet lost I fit none of the smartish outfits in my wardrobe so need something new. I'm really bad at dressing smartly. My go-to outfits for such occasions usually consist of black wide leg trousers, some sort of 3/4 sleeve blouse (v-neck or grandad collar) and possibly an ill fitting black suit jacket (narrow shoulders - I always feel odd in fitted jackets). I need some inspiration!

I'm currently size 16 and I wouldn't wear a dress due to my inordinately big legs and cankles. I tend to be limited in terms of trouser styles as well due to said legs. I have (or had, pre- baby) a reasonable waist, boobs, shoulders and arms.

Any ideas of styles I could go for? I don't want to spend too much as money's tight on mat leave and I hope to only wear it once and be back down to my usual size by the time I need something like this again. TIA!

margaritasbythesea Thu 27-Oct-16 12:51:59

My to-do interview outfit is black wide leg trousers, black shoes, plain silk t shirt style blouse like boden ravello and a jacket, maybe loose fitting in a different colour. Usually cream top, taupe jacket. Hang on I'll try some links.

margaritasbythesea Thu 27-Oct-16 12:54:03

boden ravello not necessarily this colour

margaritasbythesea Thu 27-Oct-16 12:57:33

this sort of shape

BumbleNova Thu 27-Oct-16 13:04:30

good luck with the interview! you staples sound like a good option and I would stick with those, you dont want to be worrying about it.

i second the boden ravello tops, the v neck ones are v flattering and there is a 20% off sale atm. the richmond trousers are also one of my workwear staples, very flattering.

how about banana republic or gap? good work wear and decent prices.

quitecrunchy Thu 27-Oct-16 20:39:45

Thanks for the replies, it's good to know I'm not too far off the mark with my usual interview get up. I suppose I will feel more comfortable too in s style I'm used to. I like that Boden top, I might need to have a look for something similar that's a bit cheaper (don't want to risk eBay then not being able to return).

Margaritas thanks for the jacket suggestion. It's just a normal blazer type one I've had in the past so that shape might do me more favours.

Thanks Bumble! I'll check out Gap and Banana Republic too.

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