Sunday, 15 March 2015

Advice needed on an Interview Outfit.

I have the opportunity of a job interview in 10 days. The post is very similar to my current office admin job but with added responsibility. I would be line manager for two people. The office is also nearer home and would not involve a journey across town where there is often traffic congestion at peak times. This would save me upto 30 minutes a day in lost time.

I really, really would like advice from my blogger friends on a suitable outfit for my interview. It is in a fairly formal corporate environment where dark suits are favoured.

Option one is this black skirt suit. It is fairly formal and I like the length of the skirt. I somehow don't feel completely comfortable with skirts above the knee. I suppose it is due to my modest dress standards which I have always tried to adhere to. I have added a royal blue blouse with trim. I rather like the blue/black contrast but sadly have to wear a white blouse in my current post as the office has a black/white corporate dress policy when working in the front office.

Option 2 is a trouser suit. I would have never even dreamed of wearing such an outfit until about 15 months ago as I was strictly a skirts/dresses only person. However, after being persuaded to start wearing trousers, I now find them very comfortable and much warmer than skirts in the colder weather. I always ensure that the jacket covers my crotch/bottom when wearing trousers in public to maintain my modesty standards. The trousers are also a modest wide style which I find adds to the comfort. I am wearing a white blouse in this photo but, of course, the blouses could be interchangeable. 
My husband likes both options and says that the final decision is down to me which is not that helpful so I look forward to receiving lots of advice from readers.


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  2. For the interview I like the skirt and jacket ensemble. It looks professional yet feminine and the pop of blue looks friendly. :-) ~Lisa (Paige's mom)

  3. I like option 1 best for an interview!

  4. Congrats on the job interview! :) I think both outfits would be wonderful, And for strict corporate environments, skirts at or below the knee, like yours is here, is perfect.

    I'm leaning towards the first outfit - just because you mentioned it's very formal and a black suit is perfect for situations like that. However, if you were to just lay both outfits out in the evening and then wake up and select which ever one you most felt like that morning, you couldn't go wrong with either one.

    Good luck for your interview! :D
    Away From The Blue

  5. You probably don't need the advice any more (good thinking to ask the web, btw) but the blue looks formal but to my mind a touch intimidating, while the brown looks relaxed but capable. I think it depends on which of the two images best fits the job you're after and best brings out your personal character.

    1. Lisa, Rachel, Mica and Helen thank you for taking the time to offer advice - it is much apprecited. I will probably make the final decision on the morning depending on how I feel on the day - but will let you know how I get on in a future post.