Women's interview clothes

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  1. Tiggeroo

    Tiggeroo Grammar Nazi

    Sep 16, 1999
    I am seeking a teaching position and the competition is fierce. I am going to buy some new clothes. I am plus sized and busty. I always feel uncomfortable in a suit jacket. Do you think it is necessary to look professional? I have been wearing work clothes to interviews. I don't know what to get. I'm working hard to lose weight and hate the idea of spending too much on clothing in this size.
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  3. Christine

    Christine Would love to be able to sit on

    Aug 31, 1999
    I still think a suit is the way to go. I have several busty women in my office that do wear suits and, if they find the right style, they look great. My supervisor is incredibly busty and she somehow manages to really find things that work well for her.
  4. sookie

    sookie DIS Veteran

    Jun 21, 2010
    suit, all the way.
  5. Poohforyou

    Poohforyou DIS Veteran

    Mar 16, 2011
    I don't think a blazer is necessary to look polished and professional. How about a shift style dress (i think that's what it's called) and coordinating cardigan?
  6. Kathryn Merteuil

    Kathryn Merteuil Barden Bella

    May 11, 2012
    I agree that suit is the way to go.
  7. wgeo

    wgeo That's the kind of day where you can't open your m

    May 2, 2011
    I say that if you wear a suit and feel uncomfortable that the interviewer will notice it. In my opinion it is better to wear something that you are comfortable in so that you can come across as very confident during the interview.
  8. java

    java <font color=darkorchid>I am embracing the Turkey B

    Jan 18, 2005
    Do you have a Dress Barn near you? I am on the hunt too and was surprise at how much I liked their work clothes. I had never shopped there before. They were reasonably priced too.

    I got. Suit from Macy's. It's Calvin Klein everyday essentials or something like that.

    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/...=Calvin Klein&sp=1&spc=34&ruleId=25&slotId=15

    I like it a lot and think it has a great fit. But then again, I have not found a job yet.

    Good luck!
  9. zurgswife

    zurgswife WDW is my Shangrala...and I'm going...life is bett

    Jan 9, 2000
    If you are concerned about spending money; I have found that some of the thrift stores have lots of selection at a really good price.
  10. ahutton

    ahutton WDW Bride Dec 6, 1996

    Jun 1, 2000
    I was looking last year and found suit separates at Macys. I got basic black and the jacket fit surprisingly well. I think the jacket was about $50.

    I also went to my local Dillards Clearance Center and found suit pieces there. I got each piece for $6 and then spent about $20 having them tailored and they are the best pieces I've ever owned. I picked neutral stuff and then maximized what I could put together from it - 2 pairs of pants ($3 each!) in black, tan and gray went with the black, tan and red jackets I got.
  11. Liberty Belle

    Liberty Belle <font color=green>I was going to reply, but I see

    Aug 23, 2006
    It might depend on what part of the country you live in, but I used to work as a para and worked summer camp, so saw plenty of teachers coming to interview. I'd guess not even half wore a suit. I think a black skirt or even nice black pants with nice shoes a pretty blouse and a nice cardigan would work.
  12. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc <font color=royalblue>We had a wonderful time, but

    Jul 2, 2007
    I did lots of teacher interviews before my kids came along, as department chair. And in the NY-NJ area, I would absolutely go with a suit-- and pantyhose if it's a skirt suit.

    If you're really opposed to a suit, then get a black cardigan-- a good, kind of structured one, and wear it with a fairly conservative dress.

    Other things to consider: try hard to be yourself, but your best self. Don't be afraid to make a small joke at your own expense or to ask a question if there's a term you're unfamiliar with. Remember, it's not the right answers they want so much as the right person. The best interviews are the ones where the conversation flows, kind of like a cocktail party minus the wine and cocktail franks.

    Also, be very careful to remember: they don't care if it's your "dream job." (As an aside, I really hate that term!!!! I LOVE my job. But it's work, and there are days when it's incredibly hard work. ) Anyway, back to the point, they're not looking to be the good wish fairy; they don't care about your dream job. They're looking for their dream candidate. It's a fine distinction, but an important one.

    Do your homework. Know about the school, the kids, the neighborhood. Know about Common Core and other important buzzwords. But I personally would suggest keeping them to a minimum unless they really fit in. I would much prefer a candidate who can say what she means in English than in edu-babble.

    The best of luck to you. Let us know how it goes.
  13. Pixie Dust for Me!

    Pixie Dust for Me! Anyone seen tink lately, I'm running a bit low on

    Jun 28, 2007
    From a formerly plus-sized gal...get a suit. Either a pants suit or a dress/jacket suit or a skirt suit. Alex Marie at Dillards is a good line.

    Your jacket should have at least 3 buttons. My old favorite was one that had it's first button right between "the girls" -- it offered me more coverage and provided a nice V without being inappropriate. I think this jacket had 4 buttons. I paired this jacket with a short sleeved sweater (jewel neckline) or with a nice button up blouse (it also created a V look that was modest). I then put on a nice SMALL necklace or smaller pearls -- though not a choker!

    I had nicely tailored pants, an A-line skirt (I can't do the pencil skirts), and a terrific dress that had a small V slit at the neck -- and otherwise was a jewel neckline that all went with the jacket. The pants were black, the skirt was black, the dress had a black/charcoal pattern on pattern and went great with the black jacket!

    I don't know how you are built, but I used to have a tummy. I got SPANX (love and hate those devils) and the jacket was able to nip in my waist so I didn't look like one size from top to bottom.

    My mom is built alot like me, except that she is horribly short waisted! Rather than looking for something to nip in her waist, she went for the "unconstructed" jacket look. She looked for things that lengthened her (black shoes with a small heel paired with black hose and a charcoal gray suit). She would layer necklaces (though not too long) or wear a colorful scarf to bring eyes up (away from her chest).

    Do yourself a favor...go shopping with someone who is very critical. Buy what looks best and then pay the few extra dollars to have it tailored. Make sure the sleeves, pant legss, jacket length, etc, all work for you.

    Good luck,

  14. crz4mm2

    crz4mm2 <font color=teal>Most of the time I just sit and s

    Dec 6, 2003
    A suit is the way to go. Go to Good Will or Salv al.... Can find lots of good suits for pennies....
  15. tasha99

    tasha99 DIS Veteran

    Aug 20, 2006
    I would wear slacks and a nice blouse, which is a step up from what I wear to school (jeans, t-shirt, and our school vest).

    I guess it depends on what grade you teach and the culture of your area. For older grades, a suit seems more appropriate, but for the early grades, it almost seems too stuffy to me. I teach (speech therapy) in a k-2 school, and I am up and down off the floor constantly. I would want my interview appearance to be presentable but also reflect the fact that I am the kind of person who is willing to play and get dirty.

    Ymmv, and in all fairness, it might matter more for teachers since there is so much more competition for teaching positions than related services therapy positions. I interviewed for my position on the phone, and was wearing my pajamas.

    Hope you get it! :)
  16. tcufrog

    tcufrog DIS Veteran

    Jul 18, 2012
    My go to suit for librarian interviews until it finally started showing it's age was a charcoal grey double breasted pantsuit with lined pants. The jacket was long and just boxy enough to cover problem areas but nipped in a little at the waist so I didn't look like a lump. I wore it with some patterned silk scarves tucked into the collar that I bought at Ross along with some fake grey pearls. The scarves were cheaper and more flattering than a blouse. I paired the suit with some nice comfortable heeled black ankle boots that did double duty since I liked to wear them with jeans when I went out on the weekends.

    I often wore the pants to work in the winter with a nice work appropriate sweater.

    I prefer to wear a nice pants suit to interviews because I don't have to worry about pantyhose runs and I could get away with wearing more comfortable boots instead of heels. My outfit stood out in the sea of black skirt suits but looked professional and polished. I also felt less self conscious and was more likely to use at least part of the suit after the fact.

    One last piece of advice is to make sure the suit is well lined. It's worth paying for that because a well lined suit will hang much better than an unlined suit.
  17. Que_Sarah_Sarah

    Que_Sarah_Sarah Whatever is Sarah will be.

    Jun 1, 2011
    Consider a suit jacket without a lapel. I am trying to find a nice picture, but I'm thinking of the blazers with a square-ish mandarin collar that button all the way to the top. The part about suit jackets that I often have trouble with is the deep V of the lapels that really highlights a larger bust.

    This is sort of what I'm talking about, but not quite... http://www.lanebryant.com/plus-size...egory_root&Mcatp=cat_4019@6000&Mcat=4034@6000

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