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Old 02-25-2017, 05:14 AM
 
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Sounds great to me! Just be sure you are comfortable so you don't give a second thought to what you're wearing as you interview.

I recently interviewed and carried a tote in which I could tuck my purse and a folder with my documents. Also brought a steno pad to take notes and wrote down names when introduced. I set the tote aside and brought docs and pad to the table. (Got the job) I guess I should add I wore black jeans, a long sweater (covered my butt), and my Italian riding paddock boots.The job is business casual.

I traveled by train to get there. If I had driven I would have left bags in car. Take your id cards in case they want copies.

Best wishes!
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Old 02-25-2017, 07:29 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I don't agree with whoever said "if you're wearing pantyhose make it nude or black". I would NEVER in a million years wear black pantyhose unless I was wearing a black skirt and even then it would be the sheerest I could find.


The OP's choice sounds fine to me. Preferably NO perfume but if you must wear some make it light and just a spritz. Some women really have a heavy hand with perfume and that would immediately make me not want to hire someone, especially if I had to work with them on a regular basis. I can't deal with some of those heavy, sweet perfumes. Go easy on the accessories, maybe a watch, your wedding ring if you are married, maybe some small earrings, nothing dangly. You want the interview to focus on YOU not on what your are wearing.
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Old 02-25-2017, 07:32 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Yes, when I think of "tailored cardigan" that is interview appropriate, I think more of this:


https://goo.gl/images/2uxdSb

Or

https://goo.gl/images/xnWtyp


I love both of those! Where I live (Florida) we don't get a chance to wear sweaters very often.
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Old 02-25-2017, 07:35 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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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!


Getting off topic here but have you tried shopping in the Petites section?
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Old 02-25-2017, 07:46 AM
 
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I don't agree with whoever said "if you're wearing pantyhose make it nude or black". I would NEVER in a million years wear black pantyhose unless I was wearing a black skirt and even then it would be the sheerest I could find.
I agree with this. I also saw a suggestion of tights. I'd say no to tights. They can either tend toward juvenile or puritanical.
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Old 02-25-2017, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Getting off topic here but have you tried shopping in the Petites section?
Two problems with The petite section for me: most stores stop at size 12 and size that section down. I definitely need a 16 in a blazer maybe more depending on the cut. Second problem is I have relatively long arms so the petite tops are too short there. And I am busty so it adds another challenge.

If I need a tailored blazer, I need to add $50 for alterations! Boyfriend blazers and the like I can get away with les than perfect fit but those aren't job interview appropriate.
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Old 02-25-2017, 10:13 AM
 
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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.
Two thumbs up!
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Old 02-25-2017, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I agree with this. I also saw a suggestion of tights. I'd say no to tights. They can either tend toward juvenile or puritanical.
I don't know about that. It's a business casual environment. Tights certainly fall under that umbrella--I work in a casual environment and (almost) every woman wears tights with dresses. Nobody would bat an eyelash.

Anyway, good luck to Ms. Mathlete!
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Old 02-25-2017, 12:18 PM
 
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I don't know about that. It's a business casual environment. Tights certainly fall under that umbrella--I work in a casual environment and (almost) every woman wears tights with dresses. Nobody would bat an eyelash.
In a business casual environment, tights are fine AFTER you get the job, but NOT for the job interview. It's always best to dress more formally than the everyday dress code for a job interview.

I agree with hertfordshire that tights can look juvenile or puritanical with a suit skirt, which is what the OP is wearing. A suit skirt is formal and classic, and coordinates best with sheer pantyhose--preferably in nude for a job interview. A regular job interview is not the time for quirky outfits. Classic and traditional always looks best. You want the interviewer to remember what you said, not the unconventional outfit you wore.
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Old 02-25-2017, 12:57 PM
 
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Don't over accessorize (minimal low-key jewelry) and no perfume.
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