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Old 02-24-2017, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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This style is not interview appropriate IMO.

I think a tailored cardigan is, although I prefer a shell rather than a collared blouse.

And you should get a classic, solid color suit that fits and is flattering and comfortable, not a blazer. You don't have to wear it to work if the dress code is more casual, but it should always be hanging in your closet, cleaned and pressed and ready to go if you have an important meeting or an interview. There are many suits now that have a bit of stretch in them and are much more comfortable.
Hmmm, I come from a corporate background, so to me, a cardigan says girly or 'teacher', esp one with buttons. Which may be fine if the job is a teacher :-) The open front jackets I posted are at least jackets, but without being blazers, which is what professional women I know are wearing in a more formal situation. Neutral unstructured jacket, neutral skirt & neutral or colorful shell depending on the situation. To me a jacket is always appropriate for an interview, a sweater not so much.

I used to be a headhunter & a manager, so I've interviewed hundreds of people, but it's been quite a few years & people wore matched suits. I know OP said the position was entry level, so maybe a sweater is fine? I'm old & most of the professional women I know are old LOL. I once didn't get a job b/c I had worn a tailored dress instead of a suit to an interview, so I tend to err on the more formal side.

I guess OP's got her outfit though & hopefully she has a great interview!
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Old 02-24-2017, 03:13 PM
 
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Hairclips at Nordstrom's this year are gold or jewely like to put put on a french twist. They look nice. These are not kid plastic ones.

http://nord.imgix.net/Zoom/1/_107481...pg&w=380&h=583
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Old 02-24-2017, 03:16 PM
 
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That sounds fine. However, if you can't lift your arms in a blazer, maybe you're not buying the right blazer.

Best of luck with the interview.
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Old 02-24-2017, 03:21 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for the tips and well-wishes . I'm all set
Good luck !
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Old 02-24-2017, 03:28 PM
 
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I'm all for classy suits. But she had, what she had. I would suggest starting with Lord & Taylor.
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Old 02-24-2017, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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You can't go wrong with plain skirt knee length and white buttoned long sleeve blouse. You just can't. No flashy jewelry, tidy hair. Glasses always add some intelligence to look. No purses. Notebook in leather case.
I wouldn't take cell.
No purse?

This is such strange and impractical advice - and I am responding for future readers!

I don't remember the last time I drove to a job interview. Where on earth would I put my stuff?

And then, it is risky to be seen throwing your purse in your trunk if you work in an urban area, your car might get broken into!

Bringing a bag is fine! Don't put your cell on the table and leave it on silent mode in your purse. And bring a polished bag, that's it.
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Old 02-24-2017, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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That sounds fine. However, if you can't lift your arms in a blazer, maybe you're not buying the right blazer.

Best of luck with the interview.
This is a fairly normal problem. I can't just walk into a store and find a blazer. To properly fit my bust I need to size up, maybe even 2 sizes. And I have a short torso. So I need a lot of tailoring to get the right fit. It doesn't work to make that happen for a last minute interview.

Blazers are hard to fit for many body types. And a poor fitting blazer is even worse than no blazer!
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Old 02-24-2017, 03:57 PM
 
Location: New Yawk
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The reason for the hair clip is because I have rather long hair, so in situations where I need to look a little more polished and responsible adultish, I clip it back either at the nape of my neck or in one of those do's where just the top layer is pulled back in a clip. I'm sure there's a name for that, but I'm as inept with hairstyles as I am with blazers. I'm a one-trick ponytail, lol.

Oh, and how's this for a potential good luck sign: the manager who is interviewing me, I googled her because her name sounded familiar... turns out we worked together about 12 years ago! (Seriously, 7.8 million people on this little island, and everyone somehow knows everyone) We only worked together for a couple of months, because she started right before I left to birth my youngins, but hopefully I left a good impression back then.
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Old 02-24-2017, 06:19 PM
 
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Since you're wearing a skirt and heels, I would advise wearing pantyhose to complete the look.

I also think a handbag adds a professional touch, especially since the OP is not wearing a suit. As jade408 mentions above, you need somewhere to put your stuff. Since it sounds like you're in Manhattan, I'm pretty sure you won't be driving to the interview. So you need something in which to keep your wallet, keys, glasses, comb, etc. Therefore, I'd add a simple, leather handbag to match your shoes (in color), along with a professional portfolio for your resume and other paperwork.
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Old 02-24-2017, 06:34 PM
 
Location: New Yawk
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I have one of those bags that's like a structured tote, only smaller (satchel, maybe?). I can't really pull off a large bag, so it's just big enough to fit a narrow file folder and all of my stuff.
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