Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Outfit Post: Job Interview Edition

I'm excited to graduate, don't get me wrong, but it's also pretty concerning. I will be going on to graduate school but I am taking a couple of years off to gain some work experience, so job interviews have been taking over my life lately. I've done half a dozen in the past two weeks alone (and even got to go to NYC for one of them, which was nice) and I have several more on my horizons.

Of course, the question is what the hell do I wear for these interviews that makes me look professional? I strongly dislike wearing blazer jackets (I've never found one that is cut right for me, any plus size hourglass figure people have any tips?) so those are out. Here are three of the outfits that I've been gravitating towards.

Outfit #1

This first one is pretty typical for me. The dress is from eShakti, the overcoat is from Forever21, and the belt is from Torrid c. 2008. This belt is getting old now, the elastic is quite wrinkly, so I should probably get a new one but I still get compliments on it.

I paired this outfit with a pearl necklace and two rings, so it's fairly basic. It also pairs well with tights (which would also help my legs not be quite so... reflective.)

This one I like because it helps me cover up my tattoo (which is on my left wrist) and is comfortable and still fairly professional looking. All of the pieces individually also appear in my regular Goth wardrobe, which I like.

Outfit #2

This outfit is for my more casual interviews. The top and the jeans are from Forever21, the cardigan was thrifted, It also goes well with brooches and necklaces to dress it up slightly. I don't feel like the jeans take too much away from it because they're dark black wash jeans and I make an effort not to get these ones stained or torn up. They're my nice jeans, if there is such a thing. (If or when I patch up my black trousers I might use those as well.)

It doesn't hide my tattoo and it uses jeans, but I've had a fair number of these more casual interviews so far. (It also works well for Skype interviews as the top looks plain and professional while the bottoms are comfortable but I wouldn't be embarrassed to stand up if I needed to the way I would if I were wearing, say, pajamas on the bottoms.)

Outfit #3

Lastly is this outfit which I've also been wearing a lot lately. The top is a plain black t-shirt from Target, the skirt was thrifted, the overcoat is the same one above from Forever21. It's actually not an uncommon outfit for me even in my regular life and it "goths up" really nicely with my black lace bolero, more jewelry, interesting tights, and that kind of thing.

This is the one that looks most like a "suit" so I use it for my dressier or more important interviews (also note that my tattoo is still covered up in this outfit.) It really helps with this silhouette to wear a corset underneath, so I've got one of mine under there just to smooth things out.

Usually I pair this outfit with black tights and wedge heels and maybe a bow belt if I feel like it. Brooches and pins also dress up the overcoat fairly nicely.

Usually for my interviews I keep my makeup as simple as possible (neutral eyeshadow, subtle eyeliner, etc.) and my hair up in a bun. It's funny how not-Goth just switching up my makeup can make me look.

What do you all wear for job interviews?


  1. I like the belt in the first picture. Is there a way to save the buckle?

    1. I wonder about this a lot! I'm sure there would be for someone who had more skill with sewing (I can manage fine, but sewing elastic eludes me.) Maybe I can borrow one of my seamstress friends to have a look!

  2. I think all three outfits suit you very well and are apropriate for job interviews. Though personally I like the first one best ;-)
    I myself like to wear cloth pants with a nice shirt and a cardigan. Makes me feel comfy but still looks pretty neat.

  3. I dress to match the culture of the company. if it's a trendy innovative place, i look edgy and cool. If its corporate, i look corporate. my most successful outfits had color or were black and white. I'd advise against an all-black look. I was never hired with an all-black look (except when i also had green hair--this was a trendy place). I think all-black is too formal and it's also not memorable. I think as a hiring manager for a casual interview i like your first look the most, since it gives me a better idea of who you are (and is memorable).

    1. Hmm, I might keep that in mind for next time. Thank you for the advice!

  4. It's nice to switch from total look to corporate style including casual goth!

  5. Oh how I hate the HR's fetish for analyzing and applicant's every breath.
    I got hired recently wearing a black long-sleeved blouse with some lace details, a plain tube skirt, unintentionally ripped black tights (I managed to snag them on my bracelet during the interview...) and high-heeled ankle boots. All I'm willing to do for adult situations is inspect my exterior for skulls, spiders and bats, carefully remove those ornaments and what remains is essentialy an office rat in mourning :)

  6. I always just make sure to wear a navy or burgundy blouse instead of black so I don't scare them too much! Also, I am chubby and hourglass and blazers with a peplum waist are all I can wear without feeling bleh.

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