Talk

Advanced search

To think my job interview outfit is a bit rubbish

(32 Posts)
phillipadarcy Sun 26-Mar-17 21:44:43

I'm a size 12 but I have large hips and find trousers don't suit me.

I have a really nice black dress which I wear for job interviews. It looks great in the summer with nude tights and black heels.

My problem is, this isn't formal enough for a winter job interview as unless it's a very hot day, nude tights/bare arms and legs would not be considered formal enough.

Black tights look good but then don't match black heels and matched with a black blazer I'm too black!!!

I may be overanalysing but I feel I'm giving a poor first impression. What can I do to improve this?

It's for a professional role. A suit would be expected really.

This is the dress:
www.newlook.com/shop/womens/dresses/black-suit-dress_508893201?extcam=UK_PPC_PLA_5088976_CR_184442516543_DV_c_PPI_264121464479_TID_aud-276379133019:pla-264121464479&tmcampid=155&tmad=c&tmplaceref=UK_PPC_PLA_5088976_CR_184442516543_DV_c_PPI_264121464479&gclid=Cj0KEQjwzd3GBRDks7SYuNHi3JEBEiQAIm6EI9lN1jQ8odHabgs3R6WDE5YfcAYOeeQRo8-AWEoEI74aAoaV8P8HAQ

This is the blazer:
www.oasis-stores.com/gb/clothing/jackets-coats/boyfriend-blazer/061360.html?dwvar_061360_color=19&gclid=Cj0KEQjwzd3GBRDks7SYuNHi3JEBEiQAIm6EI15wv1oAxJviXfI2bjizN85nl-tcsv1JSCSRzrUAWikaAoGG8P8HAQ

Then black tights and these shoes:http://www.russellandbromley.co.uk/courts/pinpoint/invt/236123

It sounds nice altogether but it reality I feel it just doesn't work.

I don't want a pic of myself on here but I am fairly slim and tall.

shirleycartersaidso Sun 26-Mar-17 21:46:24

You're overthinking! Wear black tights, 40d, job done.

phillipadarcy Sun 26-Mar-17 21:46:40

I'm 26.

phillipadarcy Sun 26-Mar-17 21:47:43

The black tights don't seem to match though! :-( They don't look good with the black heels.

I will try 40d see if that looks better.

The blazer is that one but in black not navy. Maybe a different colour would be better?

FloatyCat Sun 26-Mar-17 21:48:30

It looks ok to me. TBH I would always wear a blazer with the dress whether summer or winter as bare arms can be a bit too informal in an interview situation.
You might get better responses & suggestions in style & beauty rather than AIBU. Good luck with the interview.

snotato Sun 26-Mar-17 21:48:53

You are overthinking.your potential employers want to employ you,not your wardrobe.
Please relax.And good luck.x

LilacSpatula Sun 26-Mar-17 21:49:41

Sounds great but I think you need something extra - maybe a scarf or a statement necklace. Just something to add interest.

FloatyCat Sun 26-Mar-17 21:49:50

Navy blazer would be mis matched, stick with black for black dress. Add a coloured necklace if you feel it is too dark.

I agree that you're overthinking. That dress and blazer look nice. I'd go for the nude tights and maybe a necklace to break up the black on your top half?

OneMoreForExtra Sun 26-Mar-17 21:50:27

Contrasting colour jacket. Multiple unmatched blacks are grim.

Or...Crazy idea... Get a winter dress / suit, so you have smart outfits year round?

Allthebestnamesareused Sun 26-Mar-17 21:51:14

try barely black tights which are a bit sheerer than full black.

As a lawyer I frequently wore all black (dresses, jackets, tights and shoes).

Nemesia Sun 26-Mar-17 21:51:17

Nothing wrong with nude tights and a blazer in the spring time if you want to avoid all black.

Allthebestnamesareused Sun 26-Mar-17 21:51:47

Or wear a coloured scarf with the black combo

Glossolalia Sun 26-Mar-17 21:53:09

I quite like the hot pink version of your dress.

I agree with shirley you could wear 40d tights.

A question, if I may, as you are going for roles that require you to wear a suit - what will you wear if you get the job?

phillipadarcy Sun 26-Mar-17 21:54:17

What colour blazer would look nice?

ememem84 Sun 26-Mar-17 21:56:45

I have a black dress which I wear with a bright royal blue blazer. Or a bhrgandy one.

phillipadarcy Sun 26-Mar-17 21:56:53

The day to day dress code would be smart casual. But pretty smart. Men wear suit trousers, shirt and smart shoes. Women wear black shoes, black trousers and a blouse.

phillipadarcy Sun 26-Mar-17 21:57:46

It is considered the norm to wear a suit to interview though. Better not to risk it and be too casual.

Burgundy sounds nice.

poppy2021 Sun 26-Mar-17 22:06:31

I have a similar black dress which I wear with a cerise pink jacket. Similar to this one http://www.silkfred.com/boutiques/figl/clothing/red-collarless-and-buttonless-jacket?tcode=GPPC_PLAs&gclid=CKy8jL2J9dICFZQy0wodwMILCQ

HarryPottersMagicWand Sun 26-Mar-17 22:07:30

I had to buy an interview outfit recently. I have this dress which is slightly darker than the picture and little bit more flared here It's really lovely on and I wore it with a black jacket, nude tights and black mary jane style shoes that have a white trim. I had to go somewhere after wearing it and everyone said it looked very smart.

TestingTestingWonTooFree Sun 26-Mar-17 22:14:42

I think all black is fine as long as the fabric of the dress and jacket look ok when they're together. I'd go for a necklace rather than a scarf (because my DH has a strong hatred of chiffon neck scarves and would irrationally take against anyone wearing one).

andintothefire Sun 26-Mar-17 22:17:39

I think nude tights would be absolutely fine if you don't want to wear black tights

AYankinSpanx Sun 26-Mar-17 22:19:57

I think a sleek nude tight would look loads better than black OP.

The dress is great but black and blue can be a bit jarring depending on the shades, and mismatched blacks can look off as mentioned upthread.

If the shades look fine together, then I'd definitely ditch the black tights anyway!

IHeartDodo Sun 26-Mar-17 22:22:58

Copy the girl in the picture and wear a thin poloneck under the dress?! Maroon /mustard /dark green might look good depending on your colouring.
My mum always says that black and blue makes you look like a bruise! grin

Lingotria Sun 26-Mar-17 22:23:29

It's a suit dress so you do need a blazer. To avoid clashing blacks/fabrics just get a nice white or blue blazer from Zara. Wear opaque black tights (100 dernier) and black heels with white/blue trim

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now