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Re: Women's suits

Postby Dany » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:52 pm

The no black suits rule is for men, not women. A pantsuit is fine (but if it's snowy the hems of your pants might look gross). Wear your hair however you want, as long as it's professional. If you have a habit of playing with it, pull it back.

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Re: Women's suits

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:47 pm

Necroing this thread to ask:

Longchamp bag in navy...is that an okay OCI bag? It's got that synthetic look to it, but I always find it very smart and big enough for all my things.

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Re: Women's suits

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:38 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Necroing this thread to ask:

Longchamp bag in navy...is that an okay OCI bag? It's got that synthetic look to it, but I always find it very smart and big enough for all my things.


what color is your interview suit? If its black, then no. If its navy, then sure.

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Re: Women's suits

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:53 pm

Yay finally a woman's thread. OK ladies, need some advice.

1. What are your thoughts on a dark suit with a slight pattern? I have one that fits incredibly, its a black suit with an almost twill-like lighter pattern. I have another black suit, more blah, but more conservative. Would need to get the plain one tailored. Thoughts?

2. For a shell, is a v-neck ok as long as its high enough to ensure there is absolutely no cleavage? Or should the shell come all the way up to your neck?

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Re: Women's suits

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:10 am

Anonymous User wrote:Yay finally a woman's thread. OK ladies, need some advice.

1. What are your thoughts on a dark suit with a slight pattern? I have one that fits incredibly, its a black suit with an almost twill-like lighter pattern. I have another black suit, more blah, but more conservative. Would need to get the plain one tailored. Thoughts?

2. For a shell, is a v-neck ok as long as its high enough to ensure there is absolutely no cleavage? Or should the shell come all the way up to your neck?

1. I wouldn't wear any pattern for interviews. For court or biz-formal networking events, sure.
2. Modest v-neck is totally fine.

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Re: Women's suits

Postby Banshee » Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:45 am

Earlier ITT someone said that you definitely shouldn't wear a sheath dress/blazer to an interview, but that was an opinion from a couple of years ago, so I wanted to ask again.

I have a black sheath dress that is one of my suit pieces, meaning it matches/is a set with one of my blazers (both black). I think they look really professional paired together and sometimes I'll wear a button-up under the dress for a really professional look. Thoughts?

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Re: Women's suits

Postby JenDarby » Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:51 am

rinkrat19 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Yay finally a woman's thread. OK ladies, need some advice.

1. What are your thoughts on a dark suit with a slight pattern? I have one that fits incredibly, its a black suit with an almost twill-like lighter pattern. I have another black suit, more blah, but more conservative. Would need to get the plain one tailored. Thoughts?

2. For a shell, is a v-neck ok as long as its high enough to ensure there is absolutely no cleavage? Or should the shell come all the way up to your neck?

1. I wouldn't wear any pattern for interviews. For court or biz-formal networking events, sure.
2. Modest v-neck is totally fine.

I wouldn't wear a patterned suit, but a photo would probably help here since I'm having trouble picturing this pattern.

I always wear a bright colored or patterned blouse (except when I interviewed with judges and wore boring colors, which in hindsight I might not repeat, since judges are people too).

Modest v-neck is definitely ok.

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Re: Women's suits

Postby JenDarby » Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:54 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Necroing this thread to ask:

Longchamp bag in navy...is that an okay OCI bag? It's got that synthetic look to it, but I always find it very smart and big enough for all my things.


what color is your interview suit? If its black, then no. If its navy, then sure.

I think navy longchamp bag is ok with black suit, especially if NYC where 9/10 girls (including the lawyers, bankers etc of midtown) carry longchamp bags in khaki/navy/black/burgundy as their work bag.

Why do you need a bag at all though? Can't you just leave it in your car or locker and just bring a padfolio?

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Re: Women's suits

Postby Iforgotmylastone » Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:01 am

JenDarby wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Necroing this thread to ask:

Longchamp bag in navy...is that an okay OCI bag? It's got that synthetic look to it, but I always find it very smart and big enough for all my things.


what color is your interview suit? If its black, then no. If its navy, then sure.

I think navy longchamp bag is ok with black suit, especially if NYC where 9/10 girls (including the lawyers, bankers etc of midtown) carry longchamp bags in khaki/navy/black/burgundy as their work bag.

Why do you need a bag at all though? Can't you just leave it in your car or locker and just bring a padfolio?



When running from hotel room to hotel room as part of OCI, a lot of people bring their bag and then just take out a padfolio as they sit down.

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Re: Women's suits

Postby JenDarby » Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:17 am

Iforgotmylastone wrote:
JenDarby wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Necroing this thread to ask:

Longchamp bag in navy...is that an okay OCI bag? It's got that synthetic look to it, but I always find it very smart and big enough for all my things.


what color is your interview suit? If its black, then no. If its navy, then sure.

I think navy longchamp bag is ok with black suit, especially if NYC where 9/10 girls (including the lawyers, bankers etc of midtown) carry longchamp bags in khaki/navy/black/burgundy as their work bag.

Why do you need a bag at all though? Can't you just leave it in your car or locker and just bring a padfolio?



When running from hotel room to hotel room as part of OCI, a lot of people bring their bag and then just take out a padfolio as they sit down.

I understand people decide to carry them. I went through OCI. I still don't think most people need them, unless you have no car or locker or any place at all to store your things. You don't need a phone, lipgloss, brush, mirror, wallet etc while you are interviewing. Bringing a bag is fine but absolutely not necessary, especially if you are worrying about how your bag will match your suit.

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Re: Women's suits

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:47 am

JenDarby wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Yay finally a woman's thread. OK ladies, need some advice.

1. What are your thoughts on a dark suit with a slight pattern? I have one that fits incredibly, its a black suit with an almost twill-like lighter pattern. I have another black suit, more blah, but more conservative. Would need to get the plain one tailored. Thoughts?

2. For a shell, is a v-neck ok as long as its high enough to ensure there is absolutely no cleavage? Or should the shell come all the way up to your neck?

1. I wouldn't wear any pattern for interviews. For court or biz-formal networking events, sure.
2. Modest v-neck is totally fine.

I wouldn't wear a patterned suit, but a photo would probably help here since I'm having trouble picturing this pattern.

I always wear a bright colored or patterned blouse (except when I interviewed with judges and wore boring colors, which in hindsight I might not repeat, since judges are people too).

Modest v-neck is definitely ok.


The suit is similar to this one: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/halogen-dar ... ltback=375

Except the "flecks" of color are smaller and a slightly different shape, and its a skirt suit obviously

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Re: Women's suits

Postby Slytherpuff » Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:44 pm

Has anyone had any luck finding a great grey skirtsuit anywhere lately? I did some looking before summer started but didn't find anything I liked. I had an Ann Taylor one in the past that I loved but lost it in an apartment fire.

Otherwise I have a black skirtsuit and a navy pinstriped pantsuit, although pants seem too hot for August OCI.

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Re: Women's suits

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:17 pm

fkt18 wrote:Has anyone had any luck finding a great grey skirtsuit anywhere lately? I did some looking before summer started but didn't find anything I liked. I had an Ann Taylor one in the past that I loved but lost it in an apartment fire.

Otherwise I have a black skirtsuit and a navy pinstriped pantsuit, although pants seem too hot for August OCI.


The Limited had something decent recently. Always worth checking them out or Macy's.

Ann Taylor is an all-time fave of mine, too, and they have had some great suits sales as of late (60%/70% off) that I've taken advantage of. :mrgreen:

I'm still in search of a decent bag. :oops:

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Re: Women's suits

Postby Slytherpuff » Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:28 am

Thanks, I'll check out Ann Taylor and the Limited! I didn't have any luck with the gray suits at Ann Taylor back in spring (I got my black one there though!) but they'll hopefully have some new styles in.

I'm using a Kate Spade bag for OCI (from a surprise sale a while back). It's ivory-colored so I'm not even going to worry about matching it with any of my outfits. Otherwise Longchamps are always a great backup! And somewhere I've had a surprising amount of luck for cheap but beautiful professional bags is Payless, actually.


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Re: Women's suits

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Re: Women's suits

Postby Slytherpuff » Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:13 pm

Anonymous User wrote:What do you all think about the color of these tops?
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-camuto-hardware-detail-cap-sleeve-keyhole-top-plus-size/4025156?origin=category

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/kasper-plus-size-pleat-neck-top?ID=2300855&CategoryID=40424&LinkType=#fn=DEPARTMENT_TYPE%3DTops%26PAGEINDEX%3D1%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D53%26ruleId%3D%26slotId%3D36

I'm trying to find something besides a black, white, or navy shell.

Also, I'm trying to find a basic black low heel. I'm fairly short (5'3) but I literally fail at walking in heels higher than 2 in or so, unless they are a wedge heel (which is a no-no for OCI, right?) What do you think about:
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/charles-by-charles-david-drew-kitten-heel-pump-women/4005602?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Black+Leather&resultback=789

or

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/trotters-signature-penelope-pump/3527906?origin=coordinating-3527906-0-3-PP_3-Rich_Relevance_Recs_API-10002&recs_type=coordinating&recs_productId=3527906&recs_categoryId=0&recs_productOrder=3&recs_placementId=PP_3&recs_source=Rich_Relevance_Recs_API&recs_strategy=10002&recs_referringPageType=item_page

or

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/naturalizer-stargaze-round-toe-pump-women/3825176?origin=category&BaseUrl=Comfort

For tops, I feel like the first one might be a little better than the second - coral seems a little safer than pink for OCI. You can also branch into different shades of blue or purple too!

I think any of those heels would be OCI appropriate - I like the first one the best but that might be a matter of personal taste. Also, check out Sole Society for heels! Some might be more in the 2.5" range, but I've had so much luck with their shoes. If the Isani ever comes back in black (or nude), I 100% recommend it as a comfortable, walk-all-day OCI shoe.

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Re: Women's suits

Postby Slytherpuff » Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:15 pm


Cute, but I don't think it would work for OCI. :( You'll probably want a more standard blazer.

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Re: Women's suits

Postby SeattleStudent » Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:16 pm

Veto any shade of pink during any interview.

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Re: Women's suits

Postby Slytherpuff » Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:18 pm

Banshee wrote:Earlier ITT someone said that you definitely shouldn't wear a sheath dress/blazer to an interview, but that was an opinion from a couple of years ago, so I wanted to ask again.

I have a black sheath dress that is one of my suit pieces, meaning it matches/is a set with one of my blazers (both black). I think they look really professional paired together and sometimes I'll wear a button-up under the dress for a really professional look. Thoughts?

Career counselors at my school say no. I'm bummed since I have some cute sheaths too, but I think you'll want to save them for networking receptions and do a more standard suit for OCI.

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Re: Women's suits

Postby lemons » Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:21 pm

fkt18 wrote:

Cute, but I don't think it would work for OCI. :( You'll probably want a more standard blazer.


sigh.. i've had this jacket for a year now and i can't think of an appropriate time to wear it haha i bought it because i fell in love with it but have yet to wear it outside of my apartment. But thank you for confirming it's not OCI appropriate

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Re: Women's suits

Postby Slytherpuff » Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:24 pm

lemons wrote:sigh.. i've had this jacket for a year now and i can't think of an appropriate time to wear it haha i bought it because i fell in love with it but have yet to wear it outside of my apartment. But thank you for confirming it's not OCI appropriate

You can wear it when you're working at a firm! Just wait until you actually get the job. Haha

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Re: Women's suits

Postby buddhabelly » Sat Jul 25, 2015 3:15 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Also, I'm trying to find a basic black low heel. I'm fairly short (5'3) but I literally fail at walking in heels higher than 2 in or so, unless they are a wedge heel (which is a no-no for OCI, right?)


Short and terrible with heels too. I bought a stylish chunky heeled shoe for OCI, best descison I've made, they're super comfortable.

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Re: Women's suits

Postby buddhabelly » Sat Jul 25, 2015 3:20 pm

fkt18 wrote:
Banshee wrote:Earlier ITT someone said that you definitely shouldn't wear a sheath dress/blazer to an interview, but that was an opinion from a couple of years ago, so I wanted to ask again.

I have a black sheath dress that is one of my suit pieces, meaning it matches/is a set with one of my blazers (both black). I think they look really professional paired together and sometimes I'll wear a button-up under the dress for a really professional look. Thoughts?

Career counselors at my school say no. I'm bummed since I have some cute sheaths too, but I think you'll want to save them for networking receptions and do a more standard suit for OCI.


Really? I bought two dress suits of OCI and no one has looked twice. Maybe I'm misunderstanding the outfit you're talking about.

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Re: Women's suits

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 25, 2015 3:20 pm

I have some interviews in california next week...I'm thinking about skipping the hose. thoughts?




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