Polls on hose, and thoughts on other interview accessories

What Kind of Hose Should You Wear to an #Interview? | CorporetteToday’s reader mail comes with a ton more of questions about interviewing…

I’m a 3L and have an interview next week with a panel of district court judges for a judicial clerkship. I have a few questions with regards to my upcoming interview:

1.) I (and the interview) are in the Midwest, so it’s cold and snowy outside. I am planning on wearing a black skirt suit and am wondering if it’s appropriate to wear black tights with my suit? Or would pantyhose (off-black) be more professional?

2.) What do I do about a coat? Is it ok to wear a wool coat over my suit? I’m not sure if there will be anywhere to hang it or leave it once I get to the courthouse. Or should I just leave it in the car and just suck it up during the walk to the courthouse from my car?

3.) What about a purse? All I’m planning on bringing with me are copies of my resume, writing sample, etc. so I don’t necessarily need a large bag, but I don’t know if it’s unprofessional to bring my purse and carry the paperwork in a leather portfolio.

Good luck on the interview!  We’ll go through all of your questions… [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Ruffled Neck Blouse

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
Brooks Brothers ruffled neck blouseBrooks Brothers has some good stuff on clearance right now, including this lovely ruffled neck blouse. We’d wear it with a v-neck cardigan or wrap jacket.  Was $198, now $99 at Brooks Brothers (still available in sizes 2, 4, 10, and 14).  Ruffled Neck Blouse
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Suit of the Week

For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Dillards is having some great online sales, and if you try to ignore the fact that, without fail, the model is wearing ugly sandals with pants that are too short.  We like this charcoal Antonio Melani suit — we think it would go great with a dark purple or royal blue top.  The jacket (Antonio Melani “Zelia” Jacket) is marked down to $83.58 (sizes 4, 10, 12, 14 only), and the pants (Antonio Melani “Antonio” Pants) are now $54.18 (sizes 6 and 12 only).

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Wrap Jersey Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
Boden Wrap Jersey DressWe’re always a fan of Boden’s somewhat whimsical clothes, and we like this take on the wrap dress.  We like the shirt collar, we like the knee length of it, and, for reasons we’re not entirely sure we can explain, we like the solid colored banding at the bottom of the dress and the sleeves.  We like it best in this dusky blue leaf-pattern, or the red balloon pattern.  It’s $128 at Bodenusa.com, which now has US sizes 2-18.  Wrap Jersey Dress
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Coffee Break: Double Leaf Earrings

Annette Ferdinandsen Double Leaf Earrings Our Annette Ferdinandsen earrings are some of our favorites — the wires are very comfortable to wear, and her delicate, nature-inspired designs dangle ever so slightly (and we’re normally not fans of dangle earrings for the office).  We like these simple leaves — if we had light-colored hair, we’d get them in the “oxidized oat” (pictured) for contrast; for darker hair we’d get them in the silver.  They’re $80 at Amazon.  Oxidized Oat Double Leaf Earrings by Annette Ferdinandsen

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What Makeup to Wear While Interviewing

The Best Interview Makeup | Corporette

2017 Update: Check out our latest discussion on the best interview makeup!

Today’s reader mail is another request for interview advice, this time in terms of makeup…

I have several on campus interviews for 1L summer jobs the first week in February. I have my conservative gray and black suits. I have my sensible Nine West pumps. I have worked on pulling my hair back off my face. The only piece of the puzzle I do not feel confident about is makeup. I have heard that minimal is the way to go, and I wasn’t planning on breaking out my extensive color palette for eyeshadow or lipstick. But how conservative should I go? Are we talking just foundation to cover flaws? Mascara and lip gloss? Neutral eyeliner and eyeshadow?

To be honest, we’ve never really thought much about what makeup to wear when we interview — but then, we tend to be somewhat boring in terms of daily makeup, to the tune of just varying the eye shadow color from day to day.  So we’re curious what the readers have to say on this one. (Pictured:  This is why you don’t give little girls makeup, originally uploaded to Flickr by Checkered and aMUSEd.) For our $.02, the makeup you wear should have two goals: [Read more…]

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