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Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby NoDayButToday » Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:50 pm

For interviews at OCI is black the safest bet or are navy, slate blue, grey, etc. okay? Thanks!

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:03 pm

You can't go wrong with black or navy, in my personal opinion. My favorite outfit to interview in is a navy blue skirt suit with an ivory blouse and nude heels.

Grey is a little trickier because I think that lighter shades are seen as less formal/professional so it'll be important to make sure that your charcoal is indeed charcoal.

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby fistfullofdollhairs » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:45 pm

A friend who is a senior associate and does recruiting for her firm has told me that navy or gray is the way to go. Never black. I've never been a fan of black suits anyway so I go with navy.

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 03, 2016 1:01 am

fistfullofdollhairs wrote:A friend who is a senior associate and does recruiting for her firm has told me that navy or gray is the way to go. Never black. I've never been a fan of black suits anyway so I go with navy.

Black suits are 100% acceptable for women. They're not for men (other than funerals/weddings), though. The vast majority of women at my OCI wore black suits. In general, people consider the most conservative interview suit option to be a black skirt suit

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby fistfullofdollhairs » Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:05 am

Anonymous User wrote:Black suits are 100% acceptable for women. They're not for men (other than funerals/weddings), though. The vast majority of women at my OCI wore black suits. In general, people consider the most conservative interview suit option to be a black skirt suit


I'm just repeeating what was told to me and expressing my personal preference.

I find it odd that a dude shouldn't wear a black suit but women supposedly don't look like their attending a funeral when they wear black.

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby ek5dn » Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:09 am

fistfullofdollhairs wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Black suits are 100% acceptable for women. They're not for men (other than funerals/weddings), though. The vast majority of women at my OCI wore black suits. In general, people consider the most conservative interview suit option to be a black skirt suit


I'm just repeeating what was told to me and expressing my personal preference.

I find it odd that a dude shouldn't wear a black suit but women supposedly don't look like their attending a funeral when they wear black.


I wear a black suit, but I don't pair with a white blouse - I wear colors to brighten up the black. Also, there's a thread about interview outfits already somewhere

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:36 am

fistfullofdollhairs wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Black suits are 100% acceptable for women. They're not for men (other than funerals/weddings), though. The vast majority of women at my OCI wore black suits. In general, people consider the most conservative interview suit option to be a black skirt suit


I'm just repeeating what was told to me and expressing my personal preference.

I find it odd that a dude shouldn't wear a black suit but women supposedly don't look like their attending a funeral when they wear black.

I'm sure someone did tell you that, but at least where I was almost every woman was in a black suit. And it's not really weird that women and men face different standards when their clothes are overall so different.

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby JenDarby » Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:47 am

A. Nony Mouse wrote:
fistfullofdollhairs wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Black suits are 100% acceptable for women. They're not for men (other than funerals/weddings), though. The vast majority of women at my OCI wore black suits. In general, people consider the most conservative interview suit option to be a black skirt suit


I'm just repeeating what was told to me and expressing my personal preference.

I find it odd that a dude shouldn't wear a black suit but women supposedly don't look like their attending a funeral when they wear black.

I'm sure someone did tell you that, but at least where I was almost every woman was in a black suit. And it's not really weird that women and men face different standards when their clothes are overall so different.

I'm pretty sure "heels are more professional" is a universal sentiment

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby ek5dn » Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:49 am

JenDarby wrote:
A. Nony Mouse wrote:
fistfullofdollhairs wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Black suits are 100% acceptable for women. They're not for men (other than funerals/weddings), though. The vast majority of women at my OCI wore black suits. In general, people consider the most conservative interview suit option to be a black skirt suit


I'm just repeeating what was told to me and expressing my personal preference.

I find it odd that a dude shouldn't wear a black suit but women supposedly don't look like their attending a funeral when they wear black.

I'm sure someone did tell you that, but at least where I was almost every woman was in a black suit. And it's not really weird that women and men face different standards when their clothes are overall so different.

I'm pretty sure "heels are more professional" is a universal sentiment


:lol: :lol: Speaking of heels - do NOT wear sparkly or brightly colored heels. Or heels that you have trouble walking in. I saw a girl at the off-campus program wearing heels encrusted with glitter. I think she was leaving a trail of sparkly pixie dust everywhere she walked.

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby fistfullofdollhairs » Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:26 am

A. Nony Mouse wrote:And it's not really weird that women and men face different standards when their clothes are overall so different.


Men and women's suits are so similar that I think if it looks bad for a man to wear it then it's also going to look bad on a woman. What I'm talking about is aesthetics. I know that black suits are more than okay in the eyes of employers for women. My point I think it looks bad on any gender outside of a wedding or a funeral.

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby fistfullofdollhairs » Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:27 am

ek5dn wrote: :lol: :lol: Speaking of heels - do NOT wear sparkly or brightly colored heels. Or heels that you have trouble walking in. I saw a girl at the off-campus program wearing heels encrusted with glitter. I think she was leaving a trail of sparkly pixie dust everywhere she walked.


There was a student who wore bright red heels to a job fair I went to recently. :shock: She definitely stood out in a bad way.

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby ek5dn » Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:45 am

fistfullofdollhairs wrote:
ek5dn wrote: :lol: :lol: Speaking of heels - do NOT wear sparkly or brightly colored heels. Or heels that you have trouble walking in. I saw a girl at the off-campus program wearing heels encrusted with glitter. I think she was leaving a trail of sparkly pixie dust everywhere she walked.


There was a student who wore bright red heels to a job fair I went to recently. :shock: She definitely stood out in a bad way.


:lol: a real-life Dorothy.

I saw a girl in a black cocktail dress and pearls interviewing...

also PSA: Please don't button the second button on your suit jacket! I see this ALLLLL the time. And when you sit down, you unbutton your jacket.

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:30 pm

fistfullofdollhairs wrote:
A. Nony Mouse wrote:And it's not really weird that women and men face different standards when their clothes are overall so different.


Men and women's suits are so similar that I think if it looks bad for a man to wear it then it's also going to look bad on a woman. What I'm talking about is aesthetics. I know that black suits are more than okay in the eyes of employers for women. My point I think it looks bad on any gender outside of a wedding or a funeral.

Sure, but the rule for men isn't about aesthetics - it's more like not wearing white after Labor Day. Black suits for men were reserved for the most formal occasions, like funerals (and tuxedos). Because women's weren't wearing suits at the time these rules got made up, the rules didn't apply to them. When people say men shouldn't wear black suits, that's what they're talking about - that they're too formal for business day wear -not that people look bad in black suits.

I also think rules about jacket buttons don't apply to women's suits - like if you're wearing something really traditionally tailored just like a man's suit, maybe. But women's suits come with so many possible button combinations, a rule like "don't button the second button" doesn't make sense (what if you have 3 buttons? Or 4?).

Of course, I just never button my jackets, but if I did.

(But totally agree on avoiding red/glittery heels!)

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby JenDarby » Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:16 pm

NoDayButToday wrote:Thanks to all of you for responding - I appreciate the help. Seems like there's some debate on black, but that it's probably okay, and that navy and dark grey are a safe bet, too. Thanks all for the input!

I've never until right now from this one person heard any debate on black. Most women wear black to OCI. Ive often seen women debate grey due to tone (too light is questionable), and you'll hear "navy makes you look like a flight attendant." There's someone with every opinion. Definitely do not count out black based on this thread as the vast majority of your female classmates and interviewers will almost certainly be in black.

Wear a darker tone suit that fits well, and most importantly don't be a weirdo and you'll be fine.

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:54 am

JenDarby wrote:
A. Nony Mouse wrote:
fistfullofdollhairs wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Black suits are 100% acceptable for women. They're not for men (other than funerals/weddings), though. The vast majority of women at my OCI wore black suits. In general, people consider the most conservative interview suit option to be a black skirt suit


I'm just repeeating what was told to me and expressing my personal preference.

I find it odd that a dude shouldn't wear a black suit but women supposedly don't look like their attending a funeral when they wear black.

I'm sure someone did tell you that, but at least where I was almost every woman was in a black suit. And it's not really weird that women and men face different standards when their clothes are overall so different.

I'm pretty sure "heels are more professional" is a universal sentiment


Can they be wedges instead of pumps?

I am guaranteed to fall over in anything but wedges. My feet aren't built for heels, period, but I can at least stand in wedges. If I have to choose between those or flats, which is considered more "professional"?

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby lawstoodent » Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:14 am

I spent a lot of time during law school and during OCI worrying about what I should wear. In retrospect, this was kind of a waste of time. The most helpful bit of advice regarding clothing was to: (1) wear something comfortable and (2) not stand out. In other words, do not allow your clothing to become the center of attention during an interview. It is just the backdrop and you are the selling point. Most of the time, no is going to hire you (or not hire you) just because you're wearing a navy suit over a black suit. Just my .02.

That being said, during my OCI and other interviewing fairs, many, many females wore black suits. So, I'd say it just comes down to personal preference.

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby goodman1 » Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:41 am

I'm sorry but women have no business attending OCI. Women belong in the kitchen.

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:47 am

I agree with other posters that a black suit is 100% the norm for women. I see it in court daily.

I think wedges are tricky with a skirt suit, but they're totally fine a pant suit (which women can absolutely wear to OCI). Just make sure the hem length works with the heel height.

If you prefer to wear a skirt and flats, just make sure they're very boring -- and that they don't make you look like a cute little ballerina (bows, etc).

Or you can try some very low heels with a wide base that will be easier to walk in, like these: http://www.dsw.com/shoe/aerosoles+crede ... dId=361969

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:36 am

goodman1 wrote:I'm sorry but women have no business attending OCI. Women belong in the kitchen.

Not funny. Banned.

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby JenDarby » Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:51 am

A. Nony Mouse wrote:
goodman1 wrote:I'm sorry but women have no business attending OCI. Women belong in the kitchen.

Not funny. Banned.

I figured you'd be on that, it wasn't even well executed.

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:43 am

:lol: apparently suralin actually stealth beat me to it, it's not my fault I'm time-zone challenged!

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby bretby » Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:49 am

Anonymous User wrote:
JenDarby wrote:
A. Nony Mouse wrote:
fistfullofdollhairs wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Black suits are 100% acceptable for women. They're not for men (other than funerals/weddings), though. The vast majority of women at my OCI wore black suits. In general, people consider the most conservative interview suit option to be a black skirt suit


I'm just repeeating what was told to me and expressing my personal preference.

I find it odd that a dude shouldn't wear a black suit but women supposedly don't look like their attending a funeral when they wear black.

I'm sure someone did tell you that, but at least where I was almost every woman was in a black suit. And it's not really weird that women and men face different standards when their clothes are overall so different.

I'm pretty sure "heels are more professional" is a universal sentiment


Can they be wedges instead of pumps?

I am guaranteed to fall over in anything but wedges. My feet aren't built for heels, period, but I can at least stand in wedges. If I have to choose between those or flats, which is considered more "professional"?


I personally think wedges look too casual - even "fancy" wedges, which is why I always go for a kitten heel. Has the formal look of a pump without the discomfort. Zappos has a million styles.

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby LizLemler » Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:05 pm

[quote="Anonymous User"

Can they be wedges instead of pumps?

I am guaranteed to fall over in anything but wedges. My feet aren't built for heels, period, but I can at least stand in wedges. If I have to choose between those or flats, which is considered more "professional"?[/quote]


If I ever had to wear heels again it would be something like this with a nice short block heel. I even fall over in kitten heels! http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vaneli-asty ... =item_page

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Re: Women's suit colors for interviews

Postby mb87 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 3:15 pm

If you can't wear heels, I'd go with pointed toe flats rather than wedges.



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