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Old 02-23-2017, 12:35 PM
 
Location: New Yawk
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Entry level position in a business casual environment (only upper management dressses in business formal). Full disclosure: I hate blazers with every fiber of my being; they make me look like a linebacker, I hate not being able to lift my arms over my head, and I'm always having up readjust them back into place. Plus, the interview is Saturday, so I won't have time to get one properly tailored. Would it okay to wear a skirt (the kind that goes with a suit), a tailored cardigan with fancy buttons, and a collared blouse? Thats generally how the other women dress, so I'm worried that a suit would be a bit much. Thank you in advance.
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Old 02-23-2017, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Entry level position in a business casual environment (only upper management dressses in business formal). Full disclosure: I hate blazers with every fiber of my being; they make me look like a linebacker, I hate not being able to lift my arms over my head, and I'm always having up readjust them back into place. Plus, the interview is Saturday, so I won't have time to get one properly tailored. Would it okay to wear a skirt (the kind that goes with a suit), a tailored cardigan with fancy buttons, and a collared blouse? Thats generally how the other women dress, so I'm worried that a suit would be a bit much. Thank you in advance.
I also struggle with blazers. I have done that look with a cardigan or a polished dress and a cardigan and it all went fine!

Maybe pay attention a bit more to the shoes, and skip ballet flats for something a bit more formal so you don't look too young.
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Old 02-23-2017, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Cardigans are pretty standard interview attire where I work, so you'd fit in just fine.

And I think that a more formal pair of flats would be fine. I kind of reject the idea that you have to wear heels to look nice, especially if you don't wear them that often. You make a better impression being comfortable in your clothes instead of hobbling around in uncomfortable shoes.
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Old 02-23-2017, 01:12 PM
 
Location: New Yawk
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I do gave nice shoes picked out: very classic looking 2-inch heeled pumps. I'm inept with accessories, so I'm sticking with an understated necklace and hair clip.
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Old 02-23-2017, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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What you have chosen sounds fine to me. I think it is best to feel comfortable in your clothes while you interview. I don't know about the hair clip though. I don't think you need much jewelry; a pair of nice earrings should be enough, plus your personal rings.

Do get a manicure. If you can, match your belt with your shoes. (At least make sure they don't clash.) If you are wearing pantyhose, wear either natural color or black, whichever you like best on you. You could also wear tights.

Shoes should be polished, or at least unscuffed. Don't wear fragrance. Hair should be clean and styled.

You go girl!
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Old 02-23-2017, 02:40 PM
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No fashion advice (like seriously) but good luck on the interview
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Old 02-23-2017, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I'm totally with you on blazers! I never feel like I can move my arms in them. I'm not a sweater girl, so while a button cardigan sounds fine, I would probably opt for an unstructured neutral separates jacket or cascade open front cardigan but with no buttons, just looks a tad more like a jacket, to me. I still feel like a separates unmatched jacket is appropriate for interviewing. Something like these below. The last 2 are bold colors but can still work if your other pieces are neutral. If you're a thrift shopper, it shouldn't be hard to find something like these in a good sized city. If you choose to go with something like this, I'd personally do a scoop neck shell blouse, rather than a button down. Good luck!

http://www.micromeadow.co.uk/images/...t%20regret.jpg

or this in a neutral color

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...0f1ab05b66.jpg

or this

https://www.chicos.com/Product_Image...put-quality=85

or this

https://item2.tradesy.com/images/chi...203&height=307
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Old 02-23-2017, 09:37 PM
 
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My suggestion is have one big handbag for all your stuff...for things like glasses, wallet, keys, sunglasses, phone, filefolder with resume, etc. Nothing sends the message "I am so flipping disorganized" like loose junk.

Also remember to turn off your phone ringer before you go in the building. And, of course, do not chew gum. If you wear perfume make certain to use a light hand. I think nude nail polish is sharpest.

I think you outfit with skirt & pumps will be fine. I am fond of wearing one statement piece of jewelry or a just a big watch. But a classy hairclip could be your statement piece. There are some great ones available right now.

Good luck.
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Old 02-24-2017, 03:55 AM
 
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Well, the thing IS, you are going for an interview, not the outfit you will be buried in.

If the interview CALLS for a blazer or business suit, then WEAR IT to the interview.

You can always adjust your wardrobe AFTER you are hired, based on the corporate culture.

I'm REMINDED of the phrase: "YOU NEVER GET A SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION".

Best of luck!
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Old 02-24-2017, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I would not consider that outfit a disqualifier, although there are some employees who would.

Thinking not just for the current interview but into the future it might be useful to find a blazer that fits you. A blazer that makes you feel like a linebacker or prevents you from raising your arms is a bad choice for you, not a signal that all blazers are bad for you.
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