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Help! Formal clothes for interview needed!

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bellatrixlestrange124 Wed 02-Nov-16 17:07:00

I unexpectedly have a job interview on Friday and need to dress quite formally - help!! I don't have many formal clothes as current work is quite casual.

Any ideas about which shops to try? Should I buy a suit with a skirt?


Chewbecca Wed 02-Nov-16 18:18:01


I'd go for a dress suit or dress + jacket rather than a skirt suit, looks just as smart but easier to wear, one less item of clothing to handle!

Viviene Wed 02-Nov-16 18:22:46

LK Bennett if you can afford it, otherwise Hobbs sale section.
I always wear a formal and conservative dress to interviews as I look horrid in jackets so tend to avoid them. Esprit is good value for money.

bellatrixlestrange124 Wed 02-Nov-16 21:47:42

Thanks! I also don't look great in jackets either but can't find dresses that aren't very short sleeved or sleeveless.

I don't find Hobbs fit me very well, not sure why..

Any other suggestions please?

swimster01 Thu 03-Nov-16 05:59:27

I work in a corporate environment and for my interview I wore a Boden dress which was very smart. I'm not sure they can deliver in time but they have started doing some very nice dresses for work and many have long sleeves.

The other option is M&S - their tailoring (particularly in Autograph) can be very good - and generally washable (does anyone dry clean any more???)

bellatrixlestrange124 Thu 03-Nov-16 10:48:06

Thanks - unfortunately interview is tomorrow so won't be able to deliver in time. I did look in M&s but couldn't find anything suitable sad

Any other suggestions please?

alessandro56 Thu 03-Nov-16 11:12:18

John Lewis / House of Frazier - there's bound to be something appropriate there.
Esprit if you have it nearby...

opinionatedfreak Thu 03-Nov-16 11:14:12

LK Bennett?
Phase eight

alessandro56 Thu 03-Nov-16 11:21:27

John Lewis / House of Frazier - there's bound to be something appropriate there.
Esprit if you have it nearby...

Bluntness100 Thu 03-Nov-16 11:22:19

Find a department store and wander round, house of Fraser, Debenhams, joh Lewis etc and you will find something,

I find a plain dark shift dress and fitted jacket the smartest and also work in corporate. Trouser suits can also look smart. I would not turn up to a formal interview with no jacket and just a coat.

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