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Old 09-21-2013, 08:29 AM
 
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I'm shocked that you guys say it's not appropriate. I mean, I didn't wear it by itself. I showed the outfit to everyone at my house nobody thought it would've been inappropriate! I basically wore a suit with the cami inside.
Camis are never appropriate for office jobs.

Edited to add-I really mean for interviews for office jobs.

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Old 09-21-2013, 08:37 AM
 
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I think it greatly depends on the type of setting and profession...more conservative workplaces in various fields may maintain a very (literally) buttoned up standard of dress, and it would be frowned upon to wear anything but a standard button blouse under a suit jacket. I work in education, and interview teachers all the time who wear more casual tops like the one pictured as layers....

...Understand that even a more casual dress workplace, the rule of thumb is to go more businesslike for the interview than you think you need to. You wouldn't write a cover letter and open it with "Hey! What's up? I'm looking for a job!" You put your most formal, professional foot forward, and you should with a job interview, too.


The lesson here is also that the interviewer was inappropriate, and probably would have been a letch even if you'd come in wearing a turtleneck.
You wrote a much more useful post than I did. You are 100% correct. The guy probably is a letch. It is not appropriate for him to be staring at a female's chest in the workplace. No outfit changes that.

It is important to be very professional in the interview and if I were a young woman I would avoid anything that might be interpreted as too casual or too revealing. When you get the job you can assess whether it might be ok to wear in the office.
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:45 AM
 
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That depends~ were you interviewing for a bartender, server, hooters girl position? I would say not appropriate office wear.
This! Normally if you have to ask you know it borders on inapproppriate.

It would however be very appropriate & comfortable to sleep in.
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:22 AM
 
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You wrote a much more useful post than I did. You are 100% correct. The guy probably is a letch. It is not appropriate for him to be staring at a female's chest in the workplace. No outfit changes that.

It is important to be very professional in the interview and if I were a young woman I would avoid anything that might be interpreted as too casual or too revealing. When you get the job you can assess whether it might be ok to wear in the office.
I agree the interviewer should not have been staring at her chest. However, I think when eyes begin to roam, both sides have to take a second look at their behavior that could be contributing to the situation. I do not wear a revealing dress out to dinner and then act surprised when I get a few looks crossing the restaurant. Or even something that covers, but is designed to fit the body in an appealing way and invite admiring looks. So if I wanted to be taken seriously as an interviewee, I would play up my "smarts" and make sure my attire emphasized that rather than anything that could (no matter what I intended) be construed for sexy.
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:32 AM
 
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What kind of job was it?

As others have mentioned, it depends on the job. That said, I think it's an odd fashion choice to match a camisole with a suit jacket anyway. You wear a suit jacket with a nice blouse, not a cami. Camisoles go under other shirts or super casual sweaters and coverups.

The interviewer was a bit out of line as well.
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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I'm shocked that you guys say it's not appropriate. I mean, I didn't wear it by itself. I showed the outfit to everyone at my house nobody thought it would've been inappropriate! I basically wore a suit with the cami inside.
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Who said anything about me being annoyed by the responses??
Whether you're shocked, annoyed, or otherwise, your response indicated a sense of disappointment in the answers you received. Why would you be shocked if you were merely just looking for opinions? Posters are claiming you're annoyed because it seems you were apparently expecting certain answers. You can't ask for advice and get defensive when the answers aren't to your liking. Sometimes posters will agree while others will not. Either way, you need to be open to accept that people are giving advice as a means to help you, even if it's not what you expected. Otherwise you're wasting people's time if they're just giving honest opinions on a question you proposed to them.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:14 AM
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I agree with the others who said that the cami is an undergarment and not appropriate for an interview. The guy shouldn't have been checking out your chest on an interview regardless. That's just creepy and unprofessional and has nothing to do with you.

But back to the cami--you want professional, not cute, for an interview. And I don't live in Alabama.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:19 AM
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Mmm, no.

Even if your credibility hadn't already been shot one sentence in (the outfit in question is in nobody's world porn material), it would have been by the time anybody read as far as "don't wear pants to an interview," and "boss lady." Good try, though.
You seem to know it all, sweetie, don't see why you posted but pretty sure I know why you did not get the job,
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:25 AM
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AH...no. I work in a professional setting, and pants on women are quite appropriate for an interview. Absolutely fine. Now, perhaps in a BANK, since they generally tend to be much stricter, that might not be the case. However I agree that the cami should not have been worn as a shirt. It should only be worn UNDER a blouse.
Maybe in your case, not sure what kind of job you have. Pants on women are certainly fine business attire. But not a good idea for an interview...based on my 30+ years of experience.

Maybe I work in too lofty an area but I can assure you, the ONLY acceptable interview outfit is business suit, short heels, hose, and conservative blouse. Of course, I am not interviewing or sitting in on interviews for Walmart associates, either. Banking, investments, high level insurance, etc.

If you are applying for Google, wear a bikini, as long as you can code. Or a flannel shirt. Or grungies. Or a cami, or even a camo cami!
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:37 AM
 
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The lace on that top is designed to draw attention to your chest. Probably not the best idea for an interview.

And, yes, pants are fine for interviews. I'm an interviewer for a high level legislative agency and we see more pants than skirts. In fact, it's usually the younger, less experienced women who wear skirts/dresses. As long as you dress appropriately, it doesn't matter if you're in a skirt or pants.
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