Yet another round of interview clothes (ETA photos)

The career rollercoaster continues! Seven months since my applications went in, and places are starting to reach decisions. I have a second visit to one school this week. That means they're seriously considering me, but no offer yet.

Second visits are more casual. No suit required, and nice jeans are ok. I need clothing for two days. The first day includes a casual presentation, so I want to look put together, and the second day can be more like my normal clothes. Weather will be in the low 70s - it looks like spring has finally arrived in New England!

I've collected all my options into this Pinterest board and added a few likely choices into Finds.

I'm realizing a problem with my wardrobe. I have dressy wool trousers, jeans, and nothing in between. I think I'll wear nice jeans for this round, because my black wool trousers just look a little too harsh. But then the second problem: my nicer jeans (better fabric, unfaded, flattering fit) are lower rise, and they don't play well with my new batch of stylish, slightly cropped shirts.

I run hot, so I don't want to wear a blazer during the day. But I think I'll want a light jacket as outerwear for the evening, and it's tricky to figure out what works with my outfits.

I'll play around with outfits and add options in comments here as I pack this afternoon, but in the meantime I was curious if anyone had ideas from the options. (Edit: problem is, all the jeans are drying on my drying rack right now! Hard to model them while wet.)

Edit 2: added a blazer option because it might be the best option for a light spring jacket, and not too dressy if I wear jeans. Would require rethinking the layers beneath it.

Edit 3: Photos.

1 - 2: Madewell slim straight jeans. Everlane oxford; Everlane notch collar silk shirt that I haven't committed to.

3 - 6: Madewell slim boyfriend jeans, cuffed. Equipment tee + Theyskens blazer*; old Everlane square silk shirt (is the new one too similar?), same blazer over a sleeveless shell (meh).

7 - 11: Everlane wide leg 'crops'. Upgraded from the ones I owned: a size down and solid black. I just zipped over to Everlane this afternoon and bought them. Here is the PPL issue: they are almost full length. But not quite. Shown with two shoe options (oxfords and x-strap flats). I could get them hemmed tomorrow maybe?? Currently wearing them for a few minutes at my desk to see if they stretch out as much as I expect or if I will continue to feel like I am in a corset. ;-)

12 - 13: R13 x-over jeans. Less in love with this than I expected.

Not shown because they are still drying: R13 skinnies (my most polished jeans), Rag & Bone full length wide leg.

So I need to find two outfits from this that are not too similar between the two days. I can mix and match - sorry for showing so many combinations. 

The next challenge is toppers...

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  • bj1111 replied 6 years ago

    Are the finds things that you already own? I could see:

    Flower top with either skinnies or wide leg float pants

    Long vest, a tee, skinnies

    Ymmv as I work in a more conservative industry and interviews tend to be at least dressy biz casual.

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    Some first thoughts on the finds:

    The slight exposed shoulder on the Milly shirt feels a little off for an interview. I've worn it to give seminars, but I'd worry that someone on the search committee would think it was inappropriate. Removing it from Finds.

    The Everlane wide legs crops are not hemmed yet and are almost full length on me but probably not quite long enough for PPL. Also, mine are washed black, which drives me nuts -- the solid black version came out after I bought these. I'm seriously considering zipping over to the Everlane store and buying the black ones this afternoon, but would have to assess PPL and footwear.

    The R&B wide legs have a very low rise, not visible from the photo.

    The Madewell slim straight jeans are more faded than in the photo, and given the raw hem, they probably aren't quite right? But they have a high waist, which is why I considered them. The two Everlane short sleeve silk shirts, and the Equipment floral silk tee, are too cropped to wear with lower rises and need a more modern high rise for the right effect.

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    bj1111, yes, all the finds are things I own (though two are new with tags still on, so I haven't committed yet! The notch-collar silk shirt might be too similar to the other short sleeve shirt to get many wears.)

  • bj1111 replied 6 years ago

    If you like the Madewell and are concerned about the fading, would you consider dyeing them black-er?

  • kkards replied 6 years ago

    Is your follow up with one of the east coast schools? If so, bring layers....we are having the strangest spring and the weather forecasts seem to missing the mark more than a day or so out.....

    I'd say no to the cold shoulder and no to the faded black jeans. Everything else I think would be ok

  • gryffin replied 6 years ago

    I really like the equipment silk tee (kicking myself I did not see that sooner) and black jeans.  Why not your crossovers?  Edgy and you, but different enough to seem dressy.  Too much?  I second the jacket.  Throw it over your shoulders or do you have a blazer or moto with crossed sleeves?  How does the gilet play with the pieces?  I can't tell from the finds.

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    Gryffin, the crossovers are a strong contender. I've worn them at many interviews. Though, my original pair is somewhat faded, and my new pair still has the intense waxed finish - my ideal is somewhere in between. They also might be a little lower rise than idea for that top. But I would definitely feel both professional and myself in that outfit, if there aren't midriff issues. Will model it later today!

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    kkards, yes, it's in New Haven. I grew up in CT but I have trouble remembering what the weather is like after so many years out here. I should consider my jacket options.

    You're right about the cold shoulder top - I removed it from the options. I think I agree about the jeans too. 

  • gryffin replied 6 years ago

    Greyscale - if you have a long black tank or cami that you can tuck you eliminate the midriff issues.  That is always my solution to the cropped top dilemma.  I don't show belly skin so this works for me.  Just a thought.  Of a long black tank with lace bottom to contrast but that would complete and obscure if you wear your crossovers.  I bought those jeans, love them, so unique and somehow dressy edgy perfection, although my friends are a bit conservative to appreciate them.  Just proving must dress for myself!!  You have great pieces.  Always admire you picks!!

  • replied 6 years ago

    No suggestions from me, but boy do I envy your wardrobe.  

  • madeline replied 6 years ago

    I echo the suggestion of tee, long vest, skinnies.
    I love the cropped pants, like the suggestion of the flowered top with thin tank or camisole tucked in under it.
    Funny weather in the Northeast-cool in the morning, could turn really warm mid-day. Watch the weather forecast before you close the suitcase! Good luck in the interview!

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    This is tough. I'd be tempted to get the Everlane jeans, TBH, just so you don't have to worry about the low waist issue. This is a problem I'm having also. As we make this switch from lower waist to higher waist, it will take some time to re-proportion. 

    Congratulations on the interview!! 

    And definitely check the weather. We had SNOW here this morning. Two days from now it is supposed to be 23C. 

  • replied 6 years ago

    Greyscale- I live approx 2 + hours by car from New Haven. KK- is correct. Weather is all over map- light sweater one day, puffer jacket the next and sweater under rain trench the next so definitely plan accordingly.
    You certainly have many great pieces to choose from. Suggest you bring options that lend themselves to layering and you will have all bases covered.
    And wishing you all the best with round two.

  • Style Fan replied 6 years ago

    You have a great wardrobe!  The Paul Green flats are great.  Is the Equipment floral T long enough to go with the crossover jeans?  That might look great with a blazer.
    I would wear a black cami with lower rise jeans just to be safe.

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    Added a bunch of mix-and-match photos. I am less in love with the floral tee + x-over combination than I expected. I think the top hits at the wrong place. It looks great with skinnies though.

    Suz: I caved and went back to Everlane for the black pants.

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    Some toppers. Yeah I probably won’t wear the leather jacket.

  • Style Fan replied 6 years ago

    You look very cool to me with the toppers.  I would hire you on the spot.  

    I like the Everlane wide legged crops on you.  Such a great look.

  • bj1111 replied 6 years ago

    I like combo topper #2. But the leather has great appeal, esp as contrast to the flower print.

  • gryffin replied 6 years ago

    Love #2 - the consummate confident professional but edgy, unique, authentic - memorable in a good way!

  • jussie replied 6 years ago

    Hmm I like numbers 2 and 3 best. Very cool. 

  • Lynn replied 6 years ago

    I have no clue on the appropriate clothing but wanted to say congrats on the second interview and send best wishes to you.

  • Toban replied 6 years ago

    My favs are 2 and 3.

  • Elizabeth P replied 6 years ago

    Another vote for #2 for toppers

    As per the tops, I love the floral tee.   Two everlane tops... pretty darn similar, but I think I prefer the neckline on the new one, so I vote keep!
    Ya know, all these tops are great.

    Pants:  Like the Madewell slim boyfriends.  Love the R13's.  Also like the crops... and ya know, they may not be PPL to US, but I bet most of world wouldn't look twice at the length they are now, if you needed them and wanted/needed to wait to hem.  They break well, and look fine with the flat shoes.  imho.  I'd go with black jeans for htis situation, not blue.  Sure, they may be fine, but lets go for fab.

    good luck!  And congrats on the call back.  I've been wondering what was going on with your interview process, so it's great to hear things are moving forward.

  • Kathie replied 6 years ago

    Congrats on the second interview! Of the second set of pictures, with the toppers, I really like 2 and 3. I think just a touch of white adds some memorability to the outfits. (Of the first set of pictures, I like 1, 3, 5, 13.)

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    CONGRATS. Good luck with the second round of interviews. 

    I vote #3 in the last set of pics with the toppers - with the gillet. I like #2 next. KILLER.

    The wide crops look great. Need a two to three inch hack. 

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    Looking through my options, I feel a little absurd that I bought three new Everlane pieces this weekend when I have so much good stuff. But in the end that might be exactly what I bring. (Wide leg crops, notched shirt, oxford shirt.) I’ll also bring the floral tee and one pair of black jeans (still debating which). Toppers are still a dilemma - if it weren’t an interview I’d bring the leather jacket to wear over the vest at night if needed. Maybe it’s ok. The blazer is awesome but a little dressier than I’m going for.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    I like #2 and #3 in the last pics. Fantastic outfits on you. 

    And good luck!

  • kkards replied 6 years ago

    I realized that I never said Congratulations!

    love #2 and #3....

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    My one thought is hems - For an interview situation, I prefer the tops with straight hems. As opposed to the shirt tail hem of the first (gorgeous) white shirt... that feels a little too casual to me, even tho it’s not really.

  • Style Fan replied 6 years ago

    Congratulations!  And best of luck.  So exciting.

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    Rachy, good point about the shirttails. Though looking at my schedule, the second day is more casual (no presentation, no fancy dinner). So maybe I'll wear a casual outfit of the white shirt and nicer jeans (not the ones in the photo) so they don't catch on that I only ever wear black. ;-)

    Also looking at the photos, I'm keeping the new silk shirt even if it's a modest splurge ($88) because it fits SO WELL and looks more professional than the edgier square one. I'll just have to wear a lot more silk this summer (and figure out how to wash them carefully).

  • Elle replied 6 years ago


    Of the toppers, I like #2 best - edgy but with authority. I also love the floral tee and your new everlane silk shirt.  But everything really looks good on you. The only one I'm hesitant about is white oxford, which reads a bit too casual for this situation

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    Day 1 is over. I wore the Madewell slim boyfriend jeans, the floral silk tee, and the vest. It worked well. Thanks for the advice!

    I couldn't decide what pants to wear so I packed 4 pairs for a 5 day trip. Good thing summer clothes don't take up much space!

    It was close to 80 today in New Haven and beautiful. Flowering trees, warm breezes.

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    And day 2 is over, and I’m relaxing at my parents’ house. I wore the outfit in photo 12: R13 crossovers, new Everlane silk shirt. That shirt is so good. Highly recommend for people of my general proportions (the deep V might not be for everyone).

    Interesting that the pair of very polished skinnies I brought (not shown in photos) just felt like the wrong silhouette with all the tops, though they were interview standbys last year. The slightly wider leg of the Madewell jeans seemed better.

    I won’t hear the outcome for at least a month. This process is killing me.

  • replied 6 years ago

    All the outfits are great.
    I love how you are incorporating dark floral into your wardrobe.
    I also think your blazer/jacket is really sharp.
    The tight v-neck is also very nice.

    Good luck!
    Does this mean you might be moving?

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