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ImperialBlether Fri 29-Jul-11 19:14:43

Hope someone can help me.

My daughter's fresh out of university and has got a job interview next week at a big international company with state of the art offices.

She's 22, 5'8", size 10, dark red (wine coloured) hair in a bob.

She doesn't like suits and wants a dress which is smart but shows some individuality. I'm paying, so curb your enthusiasm, please!

ImperialBlether Fri 29-Jul-11 19:14:59

We're near a major city or we can order online.

BornToFolk Fri 29-Jul-11 19:18:07

She may not like suits, but she should wear one for interview with a big international company, IMHO, especially if her role is going to be client-facing.

ImperialBlether Fri 29-Jul-11 19:23:39

It's not client facing, BornToFolk. I was wondering that myself, though. Any ideas which shops would be best for someone that age? I'm in my early fifties and struggle to advise!

Olivetti Fri 29-Jul-11 19:47:57

I agree, she should wear a suit. Client-facing or not, she's too young not to make a maximum effort for an interview.

However, if she is absolutely set on a dress, I would go to somewhere like Joseph, where they do fitted dresses with matching jackets.

ImperialBlether Fri 29-Jul-11 19:49:20

Right, thanks very much. A suit it is. Not sure whether I can run to Joseph. I think there'll be a second interview and that will mean something else, too. Arrgh!

Olivetti Fri 29-Jul-11 19:50:01

....it is pricey, though.

Jigsaw traditionally did lovely suits, but I'm not sure how high the quality is these days.

Olivetti Fri 29-Jul-11 19:51:47

Or Hobbs is cheaper than Joseph, although I always think it's borderline frumpy. That said, I bought Hobbs suits in my 20s and I had a pretty good strike rate with interviews grin

HoneyDuke Fri 29-Jul-11 19:52:36

A shift dress and jacket might be a viable alternative, but I agree she needs to be extra smart as she's so young. Phase eight and hobbs are good for business wear.

ImperialBlether Fri 29-Jul-11 19:56:50

She's desperate not to look frumpy. I'll look at those sites, thanks.

HoneyDuke Fri 29-Jul-11 19:58:55

I think a shift dress and jacket could be stunning. frumpy is better than scruffy in this situation tbh

ImperialBlether Fri 29-Jul-11 19:59:09

Can't see anything in Hobbs under £300 or so.

Don't you think it's acceptable for a young woman just out of university, applying for her first job, to wear something a bit cheaper than the sort of thing she'd buy when she's working? Or am I being unrealistic?

ImperialBlether Fri 29-Jul-11 19:59:52

Yes, she won't look scruffy. She doesn't intend that to happen thank god!

HoneyDuke Fri 29-Jul-11 20:00:48

Hobbs have a good sale on atm. French connection has smart stuff but a lot of their dresses are very short.

JennyPiccolo Fri 29-Jul-11 20:02:16

i've never worn a suit to an interview. Whats the job?

ImperialBlether Fri 29-Jul-11 20:03:35

I can't say the company name, sorry, but it's a massive multinational organisation and it's graduate entry level.

Mammonite Fri 29-Jul-11 20:06:30

Graduate job, big company, suit is a definite if she wants to be taken seriously. She sounds young, slim and attractive enough she won't look frumpy whatever she wears grinenvy

There are quite a few dress-and-jacket outfits around, you should be able to find something under £200. Next, M&S, the concessions in Debenhams/house of Fraser etc - even a plainish outfit can be well accessorised and they are interviewing her, not her clothes. The autumn collections are coming into the shops so there should be lots of choice.

www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Linea+Textured+swing+jacket/151846060,default,pd.html this is just a random pick but would be quite smart enough IMO.

HoneyDuke Fri 29-Jul-11 20:06:37

Next have suits and shift dresses. Choose carefully though

JennyPiccolo Fri 29-Jul-11 20:10:29

www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Ponti-Pencil-Dress-with-Pockets/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=667555&SearchQuery=workwear%20dress&sh=0&pge=3&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=Empresspurple

ImperialBlether Fri 29-Jul-11 20:11:18

Thanks, Mammonite, but would they expect her to wear a £200 suit? I'll have to buy her shoes as well and a bag.

Trying to avoid Next, HoneyDuke - went in there the other day and haven't seen such a load of rubbish for a long time. I was hoping for their prices, though.

nicecupofteaplease Fri 29-Jul-11 20:14:55

Try Austin Reed, there have some great stuff in the sale, think Apprentice contestant style skirt suits, and some nice shift dresses. If you choose carefully, there's some lovely stuff there and their sale is really good.

twentyten Fri 29-Jul-11 20:17:24

Have a look at the corporate website for the company.She needs to dress to the job she aspires to.

Wish her luck!Why a different outfit for 2nd interview?maybe different blouse-but chaps would be in the same suit!

Soups Fri 29-Jul-11 20:21:22

I think she should wear a suit (skirt or trouser), or shift dress + jacket. If it's trousers she could go for a more skinny leg, rather than boot cut. Maybe the jewellery could be delicate with a bit of personality? Does she have smart shoes already that have just enough personality, but not too much ;)?

They will not be expecting her to turn up in clothes costing £100's. High street will be fine, I think the fit is more important. A few pounds on a bit of grooming would add more. Eyebrow threading, if she needs it. Nails, with subtle varnish.

I'd go for something she can mix and match with when she gets a job. If she's not going for a customer facing job, then they'll notice if she's not dressed ok for an interview, then it'll be all about her.

Good luck to her smile

Mammonite Fri 29-Jul-11 20:23:16

I sympathise it's a nightmare. I had an interview recently and managed to get a suit in the sales for about £110. It is plain black and frumpy but I was offered the job!

Next do have a lot of rubbish but there are a number of decent looking suits in the Directory - how about doing a big order - it can all be sent back - of 4 or 5 feasible looking outfits in the right size.

If in doubt get a plain skirt suit and let her personality do the talking. Colourful top/scarf/jewellery is fine. Unless it's a very creative company, or interviewers are all women, they will not remember what she wears but they will have an overall impression of whether she looked as if she would fit into their business environment.

No student likes suits, I don't either, but at interviews, like weddings and funerals, you just have to dress the part and play the game.

ImperialBlether Fri 29-Jul-11 20:35:00

Thanks, everyone; will report back on what she gets.

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