Business Casual?

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  1. TeacherNY

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    I want to apply for a weekend job at a store. Their ad says to dress "business casual" for the interview. My husband is telling me I should wear something like a suit with black pants, a nice shirt and blazer/suit jacket. I think this is too formal. Any suggestions?
     
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    What kind of store?

    Generally, your husband's advice doesn't sound bad. It's slightly on the formal side of business casual, but not overly so. He's probably looking at it from a man's point of view, though, where if you're not in a business suit with a tie you're business casual.
     
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    It is a women's clothing store. I think they sell all types of clothing. I figured a nice blouse and a nice pair of pants would be fine with some accents like jewelry and nice shoes, nails done, etc.
     
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    I would add the jacket, you can always take it off if you get there and decide it is too much.
     
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    There is nothing casual about a blazer or jacket to me. :)

    I don't have a jacket, but chances are you probably do, so I suppose you could follow Blue's advice and wear it if only to remove it as you are greeted into the room.
     
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    Even thgouh they said business casual, I'd dress in a full suit, just because it's an interview & you want to make a good first impression. If the weather was in the 90s, you definitely wouldn't need a jacket, just the blouse & skirt.

    Good luck!
     
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    The weather will probably be in the low 60s or high 50s so I guess I'd be wearing some kind of jacket anyway. It's not an actual "suit" jacket so maybe it's not too formal. I just don't want to look stuffy and overdressed. I'm assuming they really are trying to avoid people wearing jeans and t-shirts to the interview.
    Thanks guys :)
     
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    This is really helpful. Plus, if you have encountered being interviewed in a very cold office area, you will surely hoped that you'd brought your sweater/jacket with you..

     
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    I suspect that they have people interviewing in tacky, not appropriate clothes and this was the best they knew how to say, ummm show up appropriately for an interview without spelling it out. :) I doubt that being overly formal is as much of an issue as not being dressed up enough.
     
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    I always try to dress one step above the expectation. When the decision is being made, I can hear them say, "but she was really dressed like she wanted the job."
     
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    JustMe, I have several blazers in my closet for such occasions. I would suspect you have something in your closet for such occasions. I am heavy, so look better with a jacket or cardiagan. But, I would love to look dressy in something less warm.
     
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    No, I really don't. :huh:

    I've never met an occasion for which I'd need a jacket of some sort.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. I went to the interview today wearing the jacket but wore a less formal blouse underneath so I didn't look too stuffy. I dressed better than the people who already worked there LOL I don't know if I'll get the job because I don't have any experience working in that type of store. I sure did look nice :)
     
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    Crossing fingers for ya!
     
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    FYI, business casual means no suit, but a blazer is okay. Like non matching. Being over dress is good i guess, but so is following instruction.
     
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    I don't own a suit so that wasn't a problem lol. I noticed the shirt I was wearing under the blazer was similiar to what the store sold. I'm glad I didn't wear the buttoned down collared one.
     

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