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Fancy picking me an interview dress / outfit??

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TooMuchRain Wed 22-May-13 20:08:48

Please say yes... I don't live near lots of lovely shops so am trying to look online but struggling a bit and you are all great and finding unknown shops.

I am size 10 (hourglass) and want something smartish but that I will feel comfortable in (I hate the self-conscious 'I am wearing my best suit' thing). I haven't had an interview for a few years and last time I wore jacket, short-sleeved top and wide trousers (so I could stuff my hands in my pockets when presenting to hide nerves!) all from Max&Co. It felt smartish but they were all linen so not too stiff. Oh and I am also pale and slightly ginger so black isn't a great colour on me.

Any ideas of good places to start??

TooMuchRain Wed 22-May-13 20:24:51

Actually, just saw this Toast jacket on another thread, could be a start...

SeashellHoarder Wed 22-May-13 21:25:02

Go green! A lovely green coast dress will give you confidence and flatter your figure. I find sizes run a little small.
Failing that phase 8 are very good.
Black court shoes are a great investment.
I have similar colouring and shape, I tend to avoid jackets and feel much more comfortable in a nice dress and a cardi.

TooMuchRain Wed 22-May-13 22:23:41

Green could be fun but the Coast dresses I saw online looked a bit too evening/wedding-like, will keep looking though. I also like the cardigan idea, could definitely help avoid the overly-formal look, thanks smile.

I also saw this midi dress on another thread which I quite like, though not really what I had in mind for this event.

SeashellHoarder Thu 23-May-13 11:39:51

I suggest you pick something close fitting / tailored for a sharp work look. As long as the fabric isn't too shiny and the dress has small cap sleeves or longer it shouldn't look too evening.

ivanapoo Thu 23-May-13 13:07:54

I would go for a fitted sleeved dress plus blazer, or smart trousers, blouse/ top and blazer. You can then take the blazer off if you get too hot/feel too formal.

Check out J crew, House of Fraser, French Connection or if on a tight budget, Mango, Dotty P and Zara.

TooMuchRain Fri 24-May-13 10:15:06

Thanks for the tips smile My problem is that I feel a bit uncomfortable in fitted things, that they are perhaps showing too much, and I also need to be able to move around easily for presenting. I don't know J Crew so will have a look there though.

Hazelbrowneyes Fri 24-May-13 10:25:35

Have a look at Clothing at Tesco. My fave dress came from's a tailored denim dress. I always get complimented when I wear it. I bought the standard size and am 5ft sits below the knee and to be honest I prefer that for work.,4,shop,catgwomens,womens-tailoring

Hazelbrowneyes Fri 24-May-13 10:27:56

Doh. Link fail.


tethersend Fri 24-May-13 11:40:48

Ah, you need Cos. Smart yet relaxed.

Something like this with a navy blazer or this with this jacket or this with this

tethersend Fri 24-May-13 11:44:06

They also have this which is like your midi dress but smarter.

TooMuchRain Fri 24-May-13 13:23:25

Ooh, Cos looks interesting thanks! I think I might have to order a few and try them on or get to a shop because it's quite hard to work out what they would look like on me but definitely more something that I could wear.

The Tesco dress looks great, but not for me, it would just feel a bit sexy secretary on me (because of my shape and general self-consciousness!) and as I will be feeling nervous anyway I really need to be comfortable in my clothes/appearance.

whosiwhatsit Fri 24-May-13 17:59:46

I would go with this Hobbs jacket over a tailored black dress and a nice silver necklace. The blue will go beautifully with your colouring and will tone down the harshness of the black dress.

TooMuchRain Sun 26-May-13 08:51:20

You guys are great, i would never have thought about that colour on me - will add it to my list of things to try on smile

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