|Posted: 9/28/2013 10:51:02 AM|
I don't usually wear suits to work, but for an interview for a promotion, I need to. I have a new black suit jacket from Banana Republic, but need to buy a skirt and blouse.
I can buy the black skirt which BR sells to go with the jacket I have, or they have a very subtle black and cream plaid, that looks mostly gray because the plaid is super small. This one is also made to go with the jacket.
I'm worried about looking like a waiter or a penguin if I do all black with a white blouse.
So, if do all black what color blouse should I wear? Or, with the teeny plaid design skirt, can I wear a plain white blouse?
I'm wearing black pumps and nude hose. Any other tips you have for me? Any great accessories to add a tiny splash of color?
Loc: Rite Aid
|Posted: 9/28/2013 11:01:09 AM|
I'm more of a "splash" type person. To the interview for my current job, I wore a pin stripe suit, pink dress shirt and pearls. Plain black would be too plain for me. But maybe it works for you? I think you should just go try on both options and see which one feels right.
back to *pea*ality
|Posted: 9/28/2013 11:03:25 AM|
Instead of a white shirt maybe a steel gray and a necklace, pearls or something subtle not a "statement" necklace.
White shirt with a print scarf would look professional.
|Posted: 9/28/2013 11:07:21 AM|I would go for the plaid skirt, it won't look so sombre as the black skirt with a black jacket but still corporate. If the plaid has cream in it I would wear a cream blouse with it rather than a white one.
If you do go for all black,most colours would go- Pink ( but not a bold bright one) turquoise, a nice blue, yellow ( again not too bright) the list is endless
Good luck at the interview!
Loc: Germantown, MD
|Posted: 9/28/2013 11:08:53 AM|
I would go with the gray skirt and a colored blouse with the black jacket. You could do a bright blue or other color that would be tempered by the black jacket. I have a gray plaid skirt that I wear with a medium blue blouse and black cardigan. I wouldn't go straight black/white. Too severe. And wear a simple necklace, something to add some interest.
Loc: Washington, DC
|Posted: 9/28/2013 11:34:18 AM|
I wear suits to work daily and it's not a suit unless you buy the matching skirt. A non-matching skirt is automatically less formal. A black skirt that is not sold as part of a set with the jacket is an absolute no no. Personally I do not like button up shirts under my jackets. They always look frumpy or wrinkled. Go with a solid colored shell that suits your coloring. A pastel shell is the most conservative choice.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 9/28/2013 4:16:55 PM|
i kind of agree with pea with chemistry on the suit, both pieces matching.
but i think you can do a shirt with buttons or a shell. whatever you are comfortable with.
Loc: The Sunshine State
|Posted: 9/28/2013 8:44:17 PM|
I think the matching black skirt would work well and be user friendly in your closet for future work outfits.
What about adding a blouse with some sort of texture or pop of color? Lots of pretty fall colors are in stores right now. I like classic jewelry in these situations.
Good luck with the interview!
Loc: In my garden
|Posted: 9/28/2013 9:10:19 PM|
The skirt needs to match the jacket. Don't do a white blouse, do a cream shell or a shell in Light blue/gray color. Also have a necklace. Nude stockings and low black heels are perfect. Good luck!
Eta: it's only a suit of both pieces are the same color and material and came together. And a suit is a definite for an interview....
|Posted: 9/29/2013 10:31:37 AM|
Thanks so much! I'll buy the black skirt that is part of the "suit separates" line with the jacket I just got. I like the idea of a colored shell like blue or soft gray. I definitely will do a shell...don't want to get over-heated.
I really appreciate the help! In my work, I rarely see women in suits, but I feel for this interview it's a must.