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This pair has gotten me through several conferences and will be my go-to choice for interviews this year: The kitten heel is enough lift to look professional, but never looks slutty or weird. We had one job candidate interview with us recently who was wearing black boots, black sheer stockings, and a just-less-than-knee-length suit skirt — BEWARE….
ALL of the grad students and faculty were tittering about how weird she looked. My problem is that my legs are so pale that I need VERY sheer stockings — they look almost more like evening stockings.
I wear my hair in a tight bun, wear nicely fitted suits always a touch dressier than the minimum, even in real life , and like glasses better in general for a smart look. I would highly recommend boots from Ecco if anyone is planning on investing in formal looking boots.
The more expensive ones usually come with Goretex, so are waterproof. I love that I can run for the bus in the boots and still look superbly feminine in them.
I personally wore a patterned blouse, black dress pants and skinny belt paired with a black cashmere cardigan with a ruffled edge. On my feet were black ankle boots with a kitten heel. All the faculty I interviewed with male and female were predictably wearing jeans. We had a white job candidate wear an ethnic-ish jacket during the campus visit. Coming from Australia, for example, I can tell you that Australian academics, and candidates for jobs as well!
People might dress more casually in some places in Canada as is the case at my current university , but you will never go wrong by wearing a suit and dressing nicely.
Suits full or mixed are important. Just like everywhere else, faculty and students will talk if you dress too casually. What are your thoughts on this? Also, on the matter of dress pants, this friend has also told me that he feels there is just something really off about wearing the dress pants that comes with a suit, without wearing the suit. What do you think? Never trust anything a campus admission or career services person tells you. But a man should not wear a sweater to an interview.
Thanks a lot Dr. Karen for your helpful posts. I have a question regarding the outfit for an interview in a cold weather. I think I definitely need a wool coat or parka as you suggested, however, most of the interview will be inside the building where the weather is not that cold.
Is it alright to wear a suit under a wool coat or parka and take it off inside the building? Is it acceptable to wear a sleeveless top under a suit jacket? I am not planning to take off the jacket during the day, but want to make sure this is an acceptable option. I was just wondering, what if I have to check out early from the hotel the time being 11 am , and then attend the interview.
My concern is my luggage. I believe I will be carrying a small trolley bag for the visit. Can you wear the same thing to your campus visit that you were to your conference interview? Dr Karen, I used to have a fantastic interview wardrobe, of which you would have been proud. Where did you find it?
I happen to like tailored clothes and I feel great in a well-fitting suit. What do you suggest? Nearly all maternity clothing is stretch jersey. Also, I can definitely not wear heels. My current plan is to wear a dark maternity dress — like a heavy sweater dress — with a dark jacket. Could you either give me permission to wear this, or suggest something else? Can I also ask your readers to take pity on the pregnant woman interviewing, because she really has very little choice of what to wear?
Some clients have had success with Isabella Oliver suits, or Pea in the Pod. But thank you for the permission, all the great advice on this site, and the opportunity to make a public service announcement on behalf of pregnant academics trapped in uncharacteristically frumpy outfits.
Thanks so much for the question. This is my issue as well this year, and I was hoping to lean toward a stylish dress with tights and non-heel boots for a cold weather interview. I have an upcoming campus visit, and I have a few questions. If I get boots for my upcoming campus interviews, I assume I can wear them with pants still, and wear my pants outside the boots? This would hinge on your field and the geographical location and culture of the dept; my general recommendation is to keep it in.
Thanks for the excellent tips. A male friend of mine wore jeans and a sweater to an interview and got the job, at a high-end Ivy League institution. At the last set of job talks I attended, all the female candidates sported cardigans over career dresses, or blouses tucked into dress pants.
No suits in sight. And certainly, we would be bringing two bags—one for clothes, etc. Any recommendations for a briefcase or professional-looking bag? This article and responses are all very helpful. I have a medical condition that makes wearing anything other than sneakers for a few hours painful.
I do not use crutches or a walker, so it is not an obvious problem. I have a pair of black sneakers to wear to my upcoming interview—after reading through everything, how do I handle the seeming faux pas of wearing sneakers with a suit? Even if worn with a skirt or a dress, i. The footwear has been my dilemma — I packed dress shoe s with rubber guards, BUT the polar vortex and the amount of snow has dramatically complicated things.
I wore a pair of nice leather Keens like ecco because they were going to give me enough grip for the campus tour, be warm enough for the crazy temperatures, etc. By far they were the most professional shoes in the room — I was the only person in dress pants, and a suit jacket. We had faculty in jeans, and winter boots with sweat shirts, etc. Do you have any suggestions on how to keep a suit looking fresh if all you are taking on the flight in terms of luggage is a small carry on bag?
Am I supposed to fold the suit in the bag?? This post and the comments have been so helpful. And the image is completely innocuous, pretty even. Also, how much would I like a working environment with colleagues seriously put-off by them? On the other hand, they may introduce a level of negativity into the consideration that, while arbitrary and silly to me and probably to most young people these days, may be very real especially for older, more conservative folk.
And we all need jobs. This is academia, not the corporate land, after all. I figured there would be more leeway here. I only have 2 innocuous tats visible—on the inside wrist and forearm. The tip of the wrist tat tends to show even in long sleeves. I plan to wear a blazer, but I get hot easily especially with heaters cranked plus possible nerves. Still pricey but less so.
I have never not once! When I give conference talks, I generally do so with my shoes off, otherwise my feet get really hot and I lose my focus. I realize that people do judge others by their clothes and shoes, but I personally find this incomprehensible, inconsiderate, and very difficult to accommodate. If I were dressed in a fancy suit, with dress shoes, I would be extremely uncomfortable the whole day, and it would quickly exhaust me.
On the other hand, I know that my attire of choice jeans and t-shirt will not go over well. I am willing to write off extremely stuffy, traditional departments where people take offense at anything less than a suit and tie, I think; I would not be at home in such departments anyway. But for the rest, what should I do?
Hi Karen and other posters! I just landed my first and only—ever campus interview. My question is a bit, personal? Many of you have declared the skirt a no-no. I see your point, and would normally be gung ho about wearing pants. A pencil skirt actually looks leaps and bounds more professional. So, the question is: You Better Work that dress code , Bitch!
I have a dilemma, and hope you might have some advice: Day 2 is a partial day: Do I just wear a suit for both days? Should I downgrade slightly for day 2, or for day 1? I have a one day on campus interview in January in the Maritimes Canada , so it will be cold and probably snowy and slushy. Do I change them? Put on my heels for the job talk? Put boots back on for the walk across campus?
Do people do that?!? This is why I am such an advocate of a stylish cold weather boot like La Canadienne, although full disclosure—they are quite expensive. But if you can find a sale version or a lower-end but similar brand, you get a dress boot inc with a low heel if you want that is stylish enough to wear all day but holds up to snow and ice and cold. I am an overweight male professor of Theatre. I have a few on campus interviews lined up in the South in January. It will be fairly warm and I tend to sweat.
Is a suit still the norm in this situation for the big day? Should I take my laptop or my tablet? Also, due to back pain, I had to go back to a backpack, but I could handle a bag for two days.
Any suggestions of stores or brands?? Hi Prof Karen, This is a great blog on what to wear. Many of these dresses are half sleeved and have a thin belt at the waist. These are easy to wear and the issues around the shirt popping out of skirt or skirt moving around the waist can be avoided.
Please let me know. What type of bag do you advise for someone who has a medical condition that makes shoulder bags painful? Leather briefcases always seem so heavy and also poorly distribute weight across the body.
Any advice would be wonderful! I realize this is not common but the odd posting does come out very late in the cycle and lead to a summer interview.
I think I would melt if I wore my job interview suit in July on a campus tour. Can one dispense with a blazer under these conditions? You can wear a top and skirt, or a short sleeved dress. Here are some great ideas in pictures: Obviously no need to wear the stilettos or 4 inch heels; a sophisticated flat or stacked heel of about 2 inches is fine.
I have severe, chronic foot problems, and the only shoes I can wear are athletic shoes, Birkenstocks, and western boots. So how about something like this with pants—basically athletic shoe construction with an oxford styling. Same idea from Naturalizer: Martens on sale right now! I would not go with cowboy boots and a long skirt.
That look is loaded with meaning, none of which really intersects with the academy. Hi Karen, The forecast says it will be 95 — degrees all week.
How does one dress professionally in such weather? Is more casual wear appropriate in this case? I have an interview in the Canadian prairies in February. I get that none of this looks professional. Is there any accommodation for outerwear, a place to stash boots, etc.?
Clarification on checking bags and how many bags to take. Any specific advice on strategically packing carry-ons so everything stays uncomplicated? Sure, that sounds like a good plan! Any advice on wearing the same suit for on campus interview as you did in the conference interview? One part of me says, oh they will never remember I wore the same suit! The other part says, oh they will notice and think xxx….!
Non-skinny dress pants seem to need to go with shoes rather than boots. Would a rubber slip on cover over the dress shoe suffice? I suppose it could be removed and stuffed into a plastic bag and put in a briefcase upon entering a building, though this seems to be an awkward thing to do.
Switching between dress shoes and boots could be an option, but it seems unprofessional to be walking around carrying footwear all day! You need waterproof and grip. I have been scouring the web for advice on this very topic.
I am a woman with very large feet size 13 or so womens. So I wear mens shoes al the time. I have a pair of professional looking, not so clunky leather mens shoes. Would these be ok to wear to a campus visit? I plan on wearing a black suit to go with it, but I am into more girly tops and necklaces, so I worry about it clashing.
I have not been able to find anything on this on the internet! My daughter has a college interview, not for a job but as a student. What is appropriate for a student to wear in the Pacific Northwest where it rains. Scholarships are being awarded as well. Possibly too late for this to matter for your daughter, but if others are out there they may find a reply helpful. I expect that the dress code for a student scholarship interview is a little more casual than Dr.
The PNW is also more casual than other parts of the country all around. For a fall or winter interview, I would suggest something along the lines of a knee-length corduroy skirt with a sweater or a simple top and accessory scarf tights if needed. There are a lot of options for cute waterproof and warm boots. For a late spring or summer interview, it may actually be sunny! In this case, I would suggest light colored slacks and a nice blouse or button down with a light jacket it can still be quite cool even in summer unless she will be in the inland NW.
Alternatively, I think that a conservative cotton dress with an accessory scarf or simple necklace could be appropriate considering it is a student interview e.
Either of these outfits could be paired with waterproof shoes or boots if necessary and would also pair well with flats or low-heeled wedges. Unless you know that more formal attire is needed, anything that is smart casual is probably appropriate. The current styles were founded in the industrial revolution during the late 18th century that sharply changed the elaborately embroidered and jewelled formal clothing into the simpler clothing of the British Regency period, which gradually evolved to the stark formality of the Victorian era.
It was in the search for more comfort that the loosening of rules gave rise in the late 19th century to the modern lounge suit. Brooks Brothers is generally credited with first offering the "ready-to-wear" suit, a suit which was sold already manufactured and sized, ready to be tailored. It was Haggar Clothing that first introduced the concept of suit separates in the US, the concept of separately sold jackets and trousers, which are widely found in the marketplace today.
As a suit in this sense covers all or most of the wearer's body, the term "suit" was extended to a single garment that covers all or most of the body, such as boilersuits and diving suits and spacesuits see Suit disambiguation. There are many possible variations in the choice of the style, the garments and the details of a suit.
The silhouette of a suit is its outline. Tailored balance created from a canvas fitting allows a balanced silhouette so a jacket need not be buttoned and a garment is not too tight or too loose. A proper garment is shaped from the neck to the chest and shoulders to drape without wrinkles from tension. Shape is the essential part of tailoring that often takes hand work from the start. The two main cuts are 1 double-breasted suits, a conservative design with two columns of buttons, spanned by a large overlap of the left and right sides; and 2 single-breasted suits, in which the sides overlap very slightly, with a single column of buttons.
Good tailoring anywhere in the world is characterised by strongly tapered sides and minimal shoulder, whereas often rack suits are padded to reduce labour. More casual suits are characterised by less construction and tailoring, much like the sack suit is a loose American style. The acid test of authentic tailoring standards is the wrinkle that comes from poor tailoring. Rumples can be pressed out. For interim fittings, "Rock Of Eye" which means trained freehand based on an experienced artistic eye to match the item to the wearer, trusting the eye over unyielding scripted approach , drawing and cutting inaccuracies are overcome by the fitting.
Suits are made in a variety of fabrics, but most commonly from wool. The two main yarns produce worsteds where the fibres are combed before spinning to produce a smooth, hard wearing cloth and woollens where they are not, thus remaining comparatively fluffy in texture. These can be woven in a number of ways producing flannel , tweed , gabardine , and fresco among others. These fabrics all have different weights and feel, and some fabrics have an S or Super S number describing the fineness of the fibres measured by average fibre diameter, e.
Although wool has traditionally been associated with warm, bulky clothing meant for warding off cold weather, advances in making finer and finer fibre have made wool suits acceptable for warmer weather, as fabrics have accordingly become lighter and more supple.
Wool fabric is denominated by the weight of a one-square yard piece; thus, the heavier wools, suitable for winter only, are 12—14 oz. In the days before central heating, heavier wools such as 16 oz. Other materials are used sometimes, either alone or blended with wool, such as cashmere. Synthetic materials, while cheaper, e. At most, a blend of predominantly wool may be acceptable to obtain the main benefit of synthetics, namely resistance to wrinkling, particularly in garments used for travel; however, any synthetic, blended or otherwise, will always be warmer and clammier than wool alone.
The main four colours for suits worn in business are black, light grey, dark grey, and navy, either with or without patterns. In particular, grey flannel suiting has been worn very widely since the s. In non-business settings or less-formal business contexts, brown is another important colour; olive also occurs.
In summer, lighter shades such as tan or cream are popular. For non-business use tweed has been popular since Victorian times, and still is commonly worn. A wide range of colour is available, including muted shades of green, brown, red, and grey. While full tweed suits are not worn by many now, the jackets are often worn as sports jackets with odd trousers trousers of different cloth. The most conventional suit is a 2- or 3-button and either medium to dark grey or navy.
Other conservative colours are greys, black, and olive. White and light blues are acceptable at some events, especially in the warm season. Red and the brighter greens are usually considered "unconventional" and "garish". Tradition calls for a gentleman's suit to be of decidedly plain colour, with splashes of bright colour reserved for shirts, neckties or kerchiefs. In the United States and the United Kingdom, around the start of the 20th century, lounge suits were never traditionally worn in plain black, this colour instead being reserved for formal wear  including dinner jackets or strollers , and for undertakers.
However, the decline of formal wear since the s and the rise of casual wear in s allowed the black suit to return to fashion, as many designers began wanting to move away from the business suit toward more fashion suits. Traditional business suits are generally in solid colours or with pin stripes ;  windowpane checks are also acceptable. Outside business, the range of acceptable patterns widens, with plaids such as the traditional glen plaid and herringbone, though apart from some very traditional environments such as London banking, these are worn for business now too.
The colour of the patterned element stripes, plaids , and checks varies by gender and location. For example, bold checks, particularly with tweeds, have fallen out of use in the US, while they continue to be worn as traditionally in Britain. Some unusual old patterns such as diamonds are now rare everywhere. Inside the jacket of a suit, between the outer fabric and the inner lining , there is a layer of sturdy interfacing fabric to prevent the wool from stretching out of shape; this layer of cloth is called the canvas after the fabric from which it was traditionally made.
Expensive jackets have a floating canvas , while cheaply manufactured models have a fused glued canvas. Most single-breasted suits have two or three buttons, and one or four buttons are unusual except that dinner jackets "black tie" often have only one button.
It is rare to find a suit with more than four buttons, although zoot suits can have as many as six or more due to their longer length. There is also variation in the placement and style of buttons,  since the button placement is critical to the overall impression of height conveyed by the jacket.
The centre or top button will typically line up quite closely with the natural waistline. It usually crosses naturally with the left side to the fore but not invariably. Generally, a hidden button holds the underlap in place. Double-breasted jackets have only half their outer buttons functional, as the second row is for display only, forcing them to come in pairs.
Some rare jackets can have as few as two buttons, and during various periods, for instance the s and 70s, as many as eight were seen. Six buttons are typical, with two to button; the last pair floats above the overlap.
The three buttons down each side may in this case be in a straight line the 'keystone' layout or more commonly, the top pair is half as far apart again as each pair in the bottom square. A four-button double-breasted jacket usually buttons in a square. For example, if the buttons are too low, or the lapel roll too pronounced, the eyes are drawn down from the face, and the waist appears larger.
The jacket's lapels can be notched also called "stepped" , peaked "pointed" , shawl, or "trick" Mandarin and other unconventional styles. Each lapel style carries different connotations, and is worn with different cuts of suit. Notched lapels are the most common of the three are usually only found on single-breasted jackets and are the most informal style.
They are distinguished by a 75 to 90 degree 'notch' at the point where the lapel meets the collar. Double-breasted jackets usually have peaked lapels, although peaked lapels are often found on single breasted jackets as well. Shawl lapels are a style derived from the Victorian informal evening wear, and as such are not normally seen on suit jackets except for tuxedos or dinner suits. In the s, double-breasted suits with notched lapels were popular with power suits and the New Wave style.
In the late s and s, a design considered very stylish was the single-breasted peaked lapel jacket. This has gone in and out of vogue periodically, being popular once again during the s, [ citation needed ] and is still a recognised alternative. The ability to properly cut peak lapels on a single-breasted suit is one of the most challenging tailoring tasks, even for very experienced tailors.
The width of the lapel is a varying aspect of suits, and has changed over the years. The s and s featured exceptionally wide lapels, whereas during the late s and most of the s suits with very narrow lapels—often only about an inch wide—were in fashion.
The s saw mid-size lapels with a low gorge the point on the jacket that forms the "notch" or "peak" between the collar and front lapel. Current mids trends are towards a narrower lapel and higher gorge. Lapels also have a buttonhole , intended to hold a boutonnière , a decorative flower. These are now only commonly seen at more formal events. Usually double-breasted suits have one hole on each lapel with a flower just on the left , while single-breasted suits have just one on the left.
Most jackets have a variety of inner pockets, and two main outer pockets, which are generally either patch pockets, flap pockets, or jetted "besom" pockets. The flap pocket is standard for side pockets, and has an extra lined flap of matching fabric covering the top of the pocket. A jetted pocket is most formal, with a small strip of fabric taping the top and bottom of the slit for the pocket. This style is most often on seen on formalwear , such as a dinner jacket.
A breast pocket is usually found at the left side, where a pocket square or handkerchief can be displayed. In addition to the standard two outer pockets and breast pocket, some suits have a fourth, the ticket pocket, usually located just above the right pocket and roughly half as wide.
While this was originally exclusively a feature of country suits, used for conveniently storing a train ticket, it is now seen on some town suits. Another country feature also worn sometimes in cities is a pair of hacking pockets, which are similar to normal ones, but slanted; this was originally designed to make the pockets easier to open on horseback while hacking.
Suit jackets in all styles typically have three or four buttons on each cuff, which are often purely decorative the sleeve is usually sewn closed and cannot be unbuttoned to open. Five buttons are unusual and are a modern fashion innovation. The number of buttons is primarily a function of the formality of the suit; a very casual summer sports jacket might traditionally s have had only one button, while tweed suits typically have three and city suits four.
In the s, two buttons were seen on some city suits. Although the sleeve buttons usually cannot be undone, the stitching is such that it appears they could. Functional cuff buttons may be found on high-end or bespoke suits; this feature is called a surgeon's cuff and "working button holes" U. Certainty in fitting sleeve length must be achieved, as once working button holes are cut, the sleeve length essentially cannot be altered further.
A cuffed sleeve has an extra length of fabric folded back over the arm, or just some piping or stitching above the buttons to allude to the edge of a cuff. This was popular in the Edwardian era, as a feature of formalwear such as frock coats carried over to informalwear, but is now rare.
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A comparison of men's suit pants Some men's suit pants have pleats or cuffs while others feature a more simple design and focus on comfort. Polyester Men's suit pants made with a polyester fabric or blend are a durable, wrinkle-resistant option, which means no ironing. Rayon Rayon is more suitable for warm or hot weather because it's cooler on the skin. Wool blend Wool suit pants are durable and you can wear them in all types of weather.
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