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Suit for interviews - teeny, tiny budget

(38 Posts)
BatshitCrazyWoman Tue 28-Oct-14 19:16:43

I am about to start looking for a job, after a very long time out of the work place. I'm looking for a suit for interviews, but haven't found anything. My budget is probably around £100, less if possible (will probably need to pay for some alterations, judging by things I have tried on recently).

I am a size 10, hourglass shape, biggish boobs, and 5ft 3ins tall.

Back in the day, when I was working, I had well cut suits, and I am struggling with the fit of the ones I am trying on now, to be honest.

I've looked at La Redoute, Next and M&S so far, can anyone suggest anywhere else? I don't mind ordering online.

jimmybim Tue 28-Oct-14 19:23:32

You could look at Mango

Pastperfect Tue 28-Oct-14 19:25:25

I can think of two professions where you might need a suit for an interview - and even then not necessarily a requirement everywhere.

I'd go for a tailored dress or smart separates: pencil skirt/tailored trousers and silk t-shirt/blouse and blazer.

More appropriate and more wearable than a suit.

Good luck

BatshitCrazyWoman Tue 28-Oct-14 19:25:42

Thanks jimmy, not thought of Mango. What's the sizing like?

TallRedhead Tue 28-Oct-14 19:26:51

Next are good and inside that budget I think.

BatshitCrazyWoman Tue 28-Oct-14 19:29:26

Pastperfect the last interview I went to I wore tailored trousers/blouse/blazer, but didn't feel that 'smart', for want of a better word. And the blazer was borrowed, and didn't fit that well.

I do agree with you, as I wouldn't wear a matched suit to work, even if a jacket was a requirement, but I had thought that for the actually interview I should make the effort? Maybe that's wrong. I'm still finding it hard to find any decent quality tailored clothes for my budget - not trousers so much, but jackets. My boobs don't help confused

BatshitCrazyWoman Tue 28-Oct-14 19:31:13

Tall I tried Next, but couldn't find anything that I liked. I am having fit issues with jackets.

Oly4 Tue 28-Oct-14 19:48:42

I would try Banana Republic in the Xmas sale if you can wait that long. They do fabulous workwear, you can order online. I sort of agree that a suit might be past it, I think a lovely dress and heels with tights and a pretty scarf would look smart but modern.

Pastperfect Tue 28-Oct-14 19:50:39

BCW I'd hazard a guess you didn't feel "smart" because you were in clothes that weren't your own and therefore you were uncomfortable.

I'm pretty much your size and I rate banana republic for separates (their Roland Mouret collection has some great pieces and they have a lovely wool hacking jacket at the mo) also Reiss for trousers (although that might be your whole budget +)

If you can't find decently tailored separates on your budget you're going to struggle to find a decently tailored suit

BatshitCrazyWoman Tue 28-Oct-14 19:58:57

I know, PP, I think I am just too fussy sad I do have black trousers that fit me well, so if I can find a blazer, then I will be sorted.

I am looking at Mango, and Banana Republic (thanks Oly)

jimmybim Tue 28-Oct-14 20:08:55

If you are trying to find a jacket to go with your existing black trousers , have you thought of going for a dark grey, something like this?

BatshitCrazyWoman Tue 28-Oct-14 20:12:02

Thanks jimmy I like that, but asymmetrical cuts don't look good on my boobs. I did see another Mango grey jacket which I am considering ...

jimmybim Tue 28-Oct-14 20:17:37

oooh link please!

MilkThistle187 Tue 28-Oct-14 20:20:53

I think Belinda did a post on budget interview outfits on the workwear edit

southeastastra Tue 28-Oct-14 20:23:40

i got this jacket recently come in different colours and much smarter than price suggests

mooth Tue 28-Oct-14 20:41:39

I bought a matching dress and jacket from M and S online, for an interview, navy with tiny pinpoint dots. Very smart, very business like, arrived in two days, cost £100.

BelindaAllWorkedOut Tue 28-Oct-14 21:51:04

Hi! I did do an interview suit that was £100 for the whole outfit, and the suit was from Mango. It's a cotton suit. Is it as good as Banana Republic? No. But it's still quite good, especially the trousers. The style is JAPO1 and it's currently on the Mango Outlet site. The trousers are now £20 each. You can see on my blog, (on phone so can't do exact link to the post) how it fitted.

BelindaAllWorkedOut Tue 28-Oct-14 21:53:06

If you decide to just go for trousers, there are lovely fully lined wool flannel trousers at Banana Republic, that are £70, less a 25% trouser promotion BR are currently running.

If you are looking for a sharp shirt, I just tried on the Banana Republic iron free stretch cotton sateen shirt and it's lovely.

BelindaAllWorkedOut Tue 28-Oct-14 21:56:59

I lied. Here is the correct link and the style of the suit is SHANGHAI I think the JAPO1 style only comes in trousers.

BelindaAllWorkedOut Tue 28-Oct-14 22:29:29

Last post from me. Just did a quick look on the Mango Outlet website, and the JAPO1 trousers are there, plus the blazer (here for blazer: Not sure if SHANGHAI is there (which is the "interview suit" I blogged). Certainly, though, the JAPO1 trousers fitted me v well and I did a separate post on when I tried them on. Good night!

FamiliesShareGerms Tue 28-Oct-14 22:37:27

I'd be tempted to try a smart dress with sleeves like this, as I think you'll look smarter than in a cheap, ill fitting jacket

FamiliesShareGerms Tue 28-Oct-14 22:40:03

And I've fallen love a little with this too

tethersend Wed 29-Oct-14 00:19:08

black jacket


tethersend Wed 29-Oct-14 00:20:50

Ignore the 50s styling, this is a really nicely cut dress smart enough for interview

BigPawsBrown Wed 29-Oct-14 00:34:25

I wear suits for work every day and a few of mine are from warehouse. They're modern fit (ie slimline trousers) and wash and wear well. Nice colours too, not just black.

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