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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 . 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).

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Tue 18-Jun-13 12:30:17

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

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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.

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