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Hi - I need help! It's likely I may have an interview in May. It's in a university and I already work there, it's not suits etc particularly at work. I usually wear smart clothes with black trousers, smart top and often a cardigan
I HATE suits. I'm a size 18 and have big boobs, I never feel comfy and always end up hot and bothered. I DESPARSTELY want this job and have been told by the head of the department to definitely apply and he was pleased to hear I was going for it - really positive comments and had a good long chat with him and we both ended up agreeing I was ready for this role. It's quite senior so it won't be a walk in the park to get it though.
Anyway I'm wittering now - what the hell do I wear!? I'd prefer trousers and a top perhaps with a smart cardigan but not a suit or blazer. Also I always get over heated and sweaty (ug!) when I'm interviewed as I'm always really exceptionally nervous so want to be comfortable but smart Please help me!!
Could you wear a smart dress with a jacket, and then use it later with a cardigan to "dress it down" a little?
Or perhaps a black trousers with a black top and a jacket which has a colour to it (I have a lovely pine green one with no buttons from M&S last season - I'm sure there would be some in colours to suit your colouring available). Those more open jackets can be better as they tend to fall better than ones with buttons/zips for larger endowed ladies (I'm at the lower end of the category so lots of dresses and tops don't work on me and have a friend who is even more well endowed).
If you like trousers then definitely wear trousers, what style do you like? If you pair them with a blouse or shirt (what about a crisp modern shirt with tie front or fancy sleeves?) it would look smart and be quite cool if you get hot and bothered. I wouldn't wear a cardigan to an interview anyway. Or a silky top? Zara has the sort of thing I mean.
My go to is a smart dress with a soft, single-breasted open blazer - I know you say no suits OP but I find that if I don't have a jacket of some kind I feel like I need a shirt for 'structure' - and trust me, you do not want to see my FFs in a button down shirt, the gapage!