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I have just got a second interview for a role which I am really excited about, trouble is the interview is on Monday. My ususl interview stuff, and which I wore for the first round intervierw with the recruitment consultant is black jacket and dress (Hobbs) with flesh coloured tights and black courts. So formal, seriously formal.
This new role is in a place described as quirky, unconventional, grass growing on the desk sort of place. My role will be "serious" in a quirky environment. What on earth shall I wear?
I was thinking of keeping the jacket and shoes, and maybe adding a colourful dress? Or I have the skirt to match the jacket and I could add a really bright shirt or something?
I am size 12, fairly proportionate and over 50 (shhhh). Anyone got the slightest clue? Thanks in anticipation
Oh and I have access to a big city which I can get to for 9am tomorrow, so most shops accessible.
…just to add that matching jacket and skirt sounds very straight - I think one or the other if you go down that route. And ditch the flesh-coloured tights for something with colour and/or texture. (I worked in "quirky" places for many years…never saw any flesh-coloured tights!)
If you want to accessorise - scarf or pin or whatever - then go vintage. John Lewis have a vintage jewellery counter and usually a decent (if slightly over-priced) selection.
I always like classic clothing with arty/chunky jewellery and shoes/bag. that way I have stuff to suit different environments so I say dress it up/down differently with accessories to avoid any more outgoing costs? I always have compliments on jewellery like this. Oliver Bonas and similar have a good selection?
If your role is serious then I would wear your suit and use accessories to make it more lively. I say this as an auditor who is often in a creative environment. I tend to wear classic dress or skirt suits and liven it up with jewel colored tops, jewelry and/or scarf. Another thing is to make sure your make up and hair style is not frumpy. I am sure it isn't but Ive seen how changing this can be very effective in softening a business suit.
No the interview was in a hotel with the recruitment consultant. He kept saying how quirky and unconventional the setting is, and how off the wall the MD is so it made me really think. Ta hard to explain the look I want, businesslike but fun I think.
Opaques are good, imho, especially in a deep jewel colour, more interesting than black.
Wrap dresses made me think of James Lakeland - they don't seem to have any in at the moment but they do have some other dresses that are quite sober but with nice detailing (cowl neck, coloured pockets, etc). Worth a look?