Monday, 30 January 2012

Five Take: Interview

This weeks Five Take tackles interviews. This one was a tad tricky for me as I'm a full time mum and run my own business so I don't have a lot of smart clothes in my wardrobe any more, but I managed to cobble this together! When I did work full time I was a Personal Assistant to a Director within the NHS, so my work wardrobe was smart but not overly corporate as I found to be the case on the whole in the NHS.

I always used to wear a suit to interviews but I found in the last couple of years before I had Poppy that this was becoming a dated notion. As part of my job I used to facilitate a lot of interviews and ladies interview wear seemed to be steering more towards smart separates and shift dresses.

Blouse - Dorothy Perkins
High Waist Trousers - South @ Littlewoods
Belt - Dorothy Perkins
Shoes - Kurt Geiger

Close up of the print on the blouse

Bit shaky, sorry!!!
 
I decided to wear a lovely patterned blouse from Dorothy Perkins, I think its important to wear a splash of colour, or an interesting pattern to an interview to make a visual impression, obviously in the right way, probably best to stay away from neons and such like!!

I love the look of blouses tucked into high waisted skirts and trousers, thought it was important to add a contrasting belt to break it up though. I sized up to a 24 in these particular trousers, felt with the style they may have given me the unfortunate "camel toe" if I'd have stayed true to size!!!

I finished the outfit off with my favourite work shoes, my Kurt Geiger T straps. I've had these about 8 years, they are such a great shoe, classic but with enough interest not to be boring. Sorry about the picture though, I'm not feeling too good and its come out a bit shaky!!!

Find out what Claire, Rebecca, Nicole and Gina would wear to an interview....

Do you agree? has there been a shift from suits for interviews, or are you a traditionalist?

14 comments:

  1. Really like this on you.

    Sexy PA look!

    I think suits are so over for women, although they still seem the staple for men.

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    1. Yes, and to be fair I love a man in a suit (YUMMMM)
      xxxx

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  2. Love the blouse! You look great! ^^v
    MMxoxo

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  3. Love this outfit, smart and sexy, looks brilliant. xxx

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  4. You said you didn't have anything!! This outfit is perfect "interview attire" I love it. Those trousers are fab but if you have to size up then I def do!

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    1. I had to rescue them from the eBay pile, I thought they might have already gone, but luckily they were still there!! LOL

      They don't even have any thing similar this year, had a look when I posted to see if I could link, they have some navy ones that I quite fancy http://www.littlewoods.com/south-high-waisted-button-trousers/1012011346.prd?browseToken=%2fq%2fhigh+waisted
      But only up to a 24 :(

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  5. You'd get the job -lol! Looks great and I like that you haven't gone for a plain blouse and you've added the lovely necklace too. Good choice. x

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    1. Ahh thank you Tracey!!! I'm glad I've got the job!! LOL xx

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  6. You can be my PA any day!! My interview attire is very unorthodox, but it expresses personality, which I think is key these days as most interview processes don't allow you to express it all that often.

    K x

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    1. Ahh thank you!! Glad to hear you're keeping it fresh and not wearing a stuffy suit! x

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  7. I luuuuurve them shoes! they are amaze! I have be looking for some similar but can't find any!!!

    Tx

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    1. I've had them such a long time, quality really does pay for itself!! I'll keep my eye out for you though chick xx

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