Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

(On Campus Interviews, Summer Associate positions, Firm Reviews, Tips, ...)
Forum rules
Anonymous Posting

Anonymous posting is only appropriate when you are revealing sensitive employment related information about a firm, job, etc. You may anonymously respond on topic to these threads. Unacceptable uses include: harassing another user, joking around, testing the feature, or other things that are more appropriate in the lounge.

Failure to follow these rules will get you outed, warned, or banned.
picardy third
Posts: 12
Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:29 pm

Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby picardy third » Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:36 pm

I'm going suit shopping tomorrow in DC, and would really like to pick up a business/OCI-appropriate purse while I'm at it. Despite being otherwise able to dress myself, I'm clueless about this. I think the most expensive purse I ever bought was around $40. Is there an Ann Taylor equivalent to accessories, where pretty much every black purse of the right size will be fine?

Ideally I would like to get something I can also use in other situations, for example, bring to my legal aid internship without looking obnoxious. Is that doable?

Thanks!

User avatar
mightyaphrodite
Posts: 68
Joined: Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:56 pm

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby mightyaphrodite » Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:17 pm

I mean, I guess you could go to Coach or something like that.

You probably would want to get a tote. For OCI, you would be able to put in a portfolio and/or a folder with your resumes, transcripts, and writing samples. For business purposes, it's nice to have a bag where you can toss in an extra pair of shoes (if you are a public transit commuter), etc.

Marley
Posts: 28
Joined: Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:41 am

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby Marley » Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:34 pm

Stay away from labels of any kind (including those huge C's on the Coach purses, LVs, Gucci Gs, etc etc). Fine for when you're hired, but could look obnoxious in an interview/at Legal Aid. Department stores (Macys, Nordstrom) will have a lot of variety at many price points. Something like this is ideal: http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/i ... ryID=46015

HWS08
Posts: 179
Joined: Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:32 am

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby HWS08 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:37 pm

A department store, like Macy's, should have plenty of options. I'd probably head to Metro Center because there is a Macy's, Filene's Basement, Banana Republic and Ann Taylor around there, so you could get everything you need in one area. Or Georgetown if you feel like splurging (Kate Spade!). If you're really not sure what to get, look for something in a neutral color with clean lines and a structured shape (not a slouchy hobo bag). Make sure it isn't covered in obnoxious logos and doesn't have any sort of bling on it. I'd probably go for something large enough to hold a legal pad or folders with your resume in it too. External pockets are helpful because you can keep things like pens and business cards in there and don't have to rummage through your purse for them, which can make you look disorganized. Pick a nice looking material, like leather, not jute, pleather or cheap-looking nylon. Unfortunately, I don't think you're going to be able to find a nice looking interview bag for $40 (maybe at Filene's Basement). I'd budget closer to $100, you should be able to find something at Macy's at that price or a little lower.

I don't know of a store that sells only business-appropriate accessories, but at a store like Coach they should be able to point you in the right direction if you tell them you are looking for something professional.

User avatar
cinephile
Posts: 3469
Joined: Sun Jul 18, 2010 3:50 pm

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby cinephile » Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:39 pm

Depending on how quickly you need it, shopping at Overstock or similar online shops can get you good deals.

Also, this
HWS08 wrote: Pick a nice looking material, like leather, not jute, pleather or cheap-looking nylon.

azntwice
Posts: 160
Joined: Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:46 pm

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby azntwice » Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:29 pm

wait seriously? i have a nice bag with logos on it that i was going to bring :(

wackadoodle
Posts: 83
Joined: Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:02 am

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby wackadoodle » Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:06 pm

ugh I have been looking for a plain bag everywhere- everything is covered in logos or otherwise way to trendy/trashy- do you think it has to be big enough for a computer?

User avatar
BaiAilian2013
Posts: 919
Joined: Sun May 03, 2009 4:05 pm

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby BaiAilian2013 » Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:26 pm

So is a purse what women would carry instead of a briefcase? :?:

Anonymous User
Posts: 273188
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:42 am

BaiAilian2013 wrote:So is a purse what women would carry instead of a briefcase? :?:


Yes, I believe so.

For the ladies, is Longchamp OK?

Is anything other than black Longchamp OK? E.g., Graphite, navy, slate, etc

I dislike using leather for interviews and prefer something extremely streamlined, but I don't know whether the leather purses would look more professional.

Miller32
Posts: 131
Joined: Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:51 pm

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby Miller32 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:16 pm

Try FUBU.

czelede
Posts: 689
Joined: Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:54 pm

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby czelede » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:43 am

,
Last edited by czelede on Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:35 pm, edited 1 time in total.

underwhere759
Posts: 63
Joined: Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:48 pm

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby underwhere759 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:06 pm

I think brand names are fine, as long as it isn't anything super flashy. I personally picked up a nice big coach bag--that i would say is like a combination briefcase/tote. Its black not flashy, but stable and big enough to hold my portfolio, laptop and some other stuff. I got it at the outlet at Potomac Mills for around 100 bucks.

HWS08
Posts: 179
Joined: Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:32 am

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby HWS08 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:24 pm

wackadoodle wrote:ugh I have been looking for a plain bag everywhere- everything is covered in logos or otherwise way to trendy/trashy- do you think it has to be big enough for a computer?


I don't think so. The only job/internship I've ever had where I had to carry a computer back and forth was a political campaign, and that is not a job where they care about staff looking professional anyways. If you do need to carry a computer just get a laptop bag.

Examples of other professional bags : http://www.ninewest.com/Leather-Convert ... st-catalog (remove the crossbody strap if you aren't using it).

http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/i ... 26spc%3D12

http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/i ... ryID=57525 (in white, again, remove the crossbody strap when not using)


Anon - Why do you dislike leather for interviews? Just about every woman in my professional office carries a leather bag, I'm not sure what material would look more professional than that.

wackadoodle
Posts: 83
Joined: Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:02 am

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby wackadoodle » Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:55 pm

underwhere759 wrote:I think brand names are fine, as long as it isn't anything super flashy. I personally picked up a nice big coach bag--that i would say is like a combination briefcase/tote. Its black not flashy, but stable and big enough to hold my portfolio, laptop and some other stuff. I got it at the outlet at Potomac Mills for around 100 bucks.



recently? Does the coach outlet have a variety of things that aren't covered in the coach logo? I just had my 100th failed trip to the mall (not potomac mills) and came back with tons of stuff I don't need (again)..... :/

User avatar
Holly Golightly
Posts: 4618
Joined: Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:30 am

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby Holly Golightly » Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:58 pm

Also in DC, anyone have recs for where to find decent interview shoes that aren't crazy-expensive?

ncct07
Posts: 83
Joined: Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:24 am

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby ncct07 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:01 pm

DSW Pentagon City

wackadoodle
Posts: 83
Joined: Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:02 am

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby wackadoodle » Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:03 pm

Holly Golightly wrote:Also in DC, anyone have recs for where to find decent interview shoes that aren't crazy-expensive?



Try the cole haan outlet- or even at Macys I got a pair for $140- plus the nike air ones are fantastically comfortable and seem like a good investment-

This an appropriate interview bag? (I've been swayed from the whole big enough to fit a computer thing)

--LinkRemoved--

Marley
Posts: 28
Joined: Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:41 am

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby Marley » Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:10 pm

For shoes: just got these and I am obsessed with them.

http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/i ... 6spc%3D467

User avatar
BaiAilian2013
Posts: 919
Joined: Sun May 03, 2009 4:05 pm

Re: Where to buy interview appropriate purse in DC?

Postby BaiAilian2013 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:34 pm

I think a large Macy's is a good call for shoes. I have these:
http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/i ... 26spc%3D65
They are seriously comfortable and deliciously unremarkable.




Return to “Legal Employment”

Who is online

The online users are hidden on this forum.