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sweetheart Wed 10-Aug-11 13:34:39

Well, I have my first job interview in 10 years on Monday so now I am worrying what to wear!

I currently work in an office - smart but not super corporate smart. I will be going to the interview straight from here so can't come into work too suited and booted as they'll know something is odd about that.

I don't own a suit but I do have a few pairs of smart work trousers and a couple of blazer type jackets - but they are not smart suit jackets. I don't own any shirts - can't stand them!

So - what do you think I could get away with wearing to work that is smart enough for an interview? Do you think it's ok to go in a blazer rather than a suit jacket? Would maybe a dress be ok, I could put a blazer over the top - a la Kate Middleton?!?!?


tethersend Wed 10-Aug-11 14:22:35

I would wear a blouse and a pencil skirt and take a suit jacket with you.

What's the interview for?

what size/budget?

sweetheart Wed 10-Aug-11 14:41:37

I don't own a blouse - I do have a pencil skirt but not a jacket that matches. The skirt is navy blue and the jacket is a different navy blue, or I have a beige jacket.

The interview is for a similar role to the one I am currently in - small office, new business.

I'm a size 8-10 on top and 10-12 on bottom - wasn't hoping to use what I already have rather than going out and buying a suit for 1 interview.

tethersend Wed 10-Aug-11 15:00:18

You could team up this blouse with a navy pencil skirt and navy jacket, although not sure about mismatching...

Alternatively, this dress with this jacket is a great bargain (you can get the whole suit for less than £50), looks smart enough with the jacket, and casual enough without so nobody at work suspects a thing wink

sweetheart Wed 10-Aug-11 15:41:16

thanks tethers but gold and blouses in general just don't suit me - if I'm not comfortable I'll fidget which isn't a good look in an interview.

Perhaps I need to shop rather than try and piece soemthing together from my wardrobe.

tethersend Wed 10-Aug-11 15:42:31

So no to the red suit too?

If I were you, I'd head to debenhams for the last of the sale. They have some really good suit stuff there.

I really do think you need a suit, TBH...

sweetheart Wed 10-Aug-11 15:44:59

I have this blazer would it be ok with navy blue trousers?

sweetheart Wed 10-Aug-11 15:46:46

ummmm not really - sorry!
red isn't really my colour and linen creases badly so I'm worried I'd look rubbish by the end of a day at work.

higgle Wed 10-Aug-11 15:48:28

Can't you take something suitable and change into it?

tethersend Wed 10-Aug-11 15:49:01

The blazer would look lovely with navy trousers, but no way would it be smart enough for an interview... could you get a jacket/skirt/trousers to match a jacket/skirt/trousers that you've already got?

sweetheart Wed 10-Aug-11 15:54:06

I actually do own a blouse - I have this in green and cream Perhaps I could wear the cream with the pencil skirt.

I actually have one a bit like this too which I normally wear to work with navy trousers and a grey cardigan - would that work? Or is a cardigan a no no in an interview?

I'm just worried about a jacket - are they an absolute necessity? If it's warm like this and I'm nervous I will be sweating bucket loads!

tethersend Wed 10-Aug-11 17:03:13

That first blouse is perfect in either colour, although yes, cream better with navy.

I really would wear a jacket; how about this?

sweetheart Tue 16-Aug-11 14:21:10

OK - next problem solver please.........

I went for the interview and have got a 2nd interview. As recommended I went and brought a suit and wore it to the 1st interview. It was very imformal (small company) where I was intervewed on a sofa. The other office woman (that I could see) was wearing smart clothes but not suited and booted smart - just general office wear. The guys that interviewed me were wearing shirts and jackets but no ties.

So, the 2nd interview is to spend a couple of hours in their office, seeing if they like me and I like them.

now I only brought 1 suit - should I wear the same suit again OR dress down for this interview? IE smart office wear but not a suit?

I have 3 blazers i could wear but I can't really see me sitting with it on for a couple of hours.

What does everyone think?

notyummy Tue 16-Aug-11 14:25:27

What about a dress and a jacket? Obviously not anything too short/cleavagey! It sounds like it will more informal, and you have already shown them that you can do 'formal', so it sounds like this is a chance to wear something slightly more relaxed. You could always take the jacket off if everyone else is.

sweetheart Tue 16-Aug-11 14:30:52

Hmmm I could do that - I'm not sure my jackets go with any possible work dresses I have but will go home and check. Is a black dress with a black jacket ok? bit bland and boring and black is not a colour I should wear! It doesn't suit me at all!

MrsSnow Tue 16-Aug-11 14:37:58

I think you can get away wearing the same interview suit to the second interview. Change the blouse/shirt and it will change the look slightly.

Dress and jacket also sounds good too.

I don't think you should look more casual (matching their work look) at the second interview.

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