Making the best interview outfit from a small closet
March 12, 2014 5:02 PM Subscribe
I have a job interview that I'm very excited about and I need some help choosing from my limited clothing options. Snowflakes inside.
posted by foxy_hedgehog to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (27 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the job: it's a Special Assistant position in the office of the president of a major university system. While this is technically a job in an academic environment, the office of the president is entirely separate from the university campus and I assume it's more of an executive environment.
Here's the problem: I'm really poor and due to this fact, as well as my strange work history I don't have "office clothes" or an interview suit. In fact, I don't even have a nice black skirt and a nice neutral top that I can throw together. What I do have is this: a black wool sleeveless sheath dress that looks a) very nice on me and b) more expensive than it is. However, I need something to wear over it. I have three options:
-A black wool blazer that matches the black of the dress. Problem: it's made of a much heavier wool than the dress and is not very flattering. I'm also worried about wearing all black to an interview (sadly, I don't even have a little scarf I can tie on for a splash of color. I do, however, have a gold necklace and pearly earrings that might soften it a bit.
-A red, square front, button-less, lapel-less wool jacket. It's a really red red, and you could call it a power jacket. However, random strangers who write about such things seem to say that red is great if you're running a meeting and want to make a statement, but it could come off as aggressive (or perhaps too sexual) in an interview setting.
-A very nice black wool Donna Karan long drapey sweater that just hits the hem of the dress in front and that matches the black of the dress. I'd honestly be most comfortable in this but I'm afraid that a sweater is too informal and doesn't properly convey the proper formality and competence. Also see above re: too much black. That said, this interview is taking place in the Bay Area, so sartorial expectations, even in executive settings, might be different than on Wall Street.
I am totally out of my depth here and would appreciate any advice.