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#1 OneProudMum

Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:57 PM

Ive just applied for a new job at a specialist's rooms.
I've got everything sorted in the skills/experience department but I'm just not a glam-looking person which I think will work against me.

How do I look appropriate without looking and being uncomfortable?

I've never worn tights and a skirt or jewellery. I dont wear make up. My hair is long overdue for a cut... I'm a leggings, long top and cardi type girl and partially because I have a bowel condition which sometimes calls for comfort.

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.

ETA: I'm a size 16-18

Edited by OneProudMum, 26 April 2012 - 07:15 PM.


#2 little lion

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:01 PM

The outfit you suggested doesn't sound very suitable. I like dresses, they don't have to be tight.  


Even if you don't wear make up, a little mascara and colored lip gloss can do wonders.


Good luck.

#3 HerringToMarmalade

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:02 PM

I think if you can get your hair and make up done well and choose the right shoes you should be able to get away with the long top/cardi, but I'd go for dress and tights. Can you get your make up done for the interview? Myer has all those make up counters.

Edited by lololololol, 26 April 2012 - 07:02 PM.


#4 JuliaD

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:05 PM

You don't need to look glam to work in a specialists room, just professional.

You've just about answered all your own questions:

get a hair cut
apply a bit of makeup each morning - you don't have to go overboard, if you have good skin, tinted moisturiser, mascara and some lipstick can make the world of difference.
I also have a bowel condition, so I feel your pain (literally) when wearing clothes that don't give. But tube skirts are in this winter, which have an elasticated waste and are super comfy. Also look for work pants that have a bit of elastic and a wider waist band on them so they don't dig in so much.
A smart shirt/top and minimal jewellery (or none - whatever) will top it all off.
And as long as your leggings don't look too bad, wear them with a nice pair of boots and a skirt and no-one will ever be able to tell they are leggings instead of stockings.
Just because you look glam and professional doesn't mean you have to be uncomfortable.

Edited by JuliaD, 26 April 2012 - 07:06 PM.


#5 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:07 PM

Wrap dresses are great.  Comfy, stylish and suit most figures.  Can team with a cardie.   If you just put on lipstick and a funky necklace you can get away with basic black.

#6 starsg

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:07 PM


Maybe book in for a trim/blow dry in the morning before the interview then that's one less thing you have to worry about original.gif

#7 Apageintime

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:07 PM

Pencil skirt. It doesn't have to be a tight one. But they always look professional, add a pretty top, you won't even need heels for it.

As for hair/ makeup - mascara is always a nice and easy touch up to any look. I personally wouldn't go to a makeup counter, they tend to over do it. I think some gloss and the mascara would look fine. But Hair you may have to go in for a trim if you get to interview stage - good luck!

#8 Ireckon

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:08 PM

Makeup, keep it simple, mascara, lip gloss with a slight tint, and something basic for cover like thin lizzy. Everyone I know who uses this gets many compliments on how good their skin looks.

As per the PP, I would opt for dresses with tights underneath rather than a long top and cardi. I wold also invest in one pair of good quality heels that you can wear comfortably every day, with any outfit. Adding heels will add a touch of glamour to most outfits. If you are going to go a cardi, I would put it over a button up style shirt, rather than a casual long top.

Also, look at pants that provide a comfort waist option, Katies has a bit of range for work style pants that dont use the button up waist. And again, pants with heels will style it up just a touch more than pants with flats.

#9 Apageintime

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:09 PM

QUOTE (meggs1 @ 26/04/2012, 07:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wrap dresses are great.  Comfy, stylish and suit most figures.  Can team with a cardie.   If you just put on lipstick and a funky necklace you can get away with basic black.


Actually I changed my mind. I second this advice!

and if you can't get your hair cut in time - a slicked back pony tail always hides any hair woes.

#10 secret~sammy

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:17 PM

I find earing's, necklace and pinning my hair up with a hair clip add a lot of everyday glamor. You can get a few funky pieces pretty cheaply from chain "jewelry" stores frequented by teenagers (their names all escape me right now)

I don't use make-up because it irritates my skin, but agree that a little can go a long way too.

#11 OneProudMum

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:19 PM

Thanks ladies this advice is fab...

#12 halcyondays

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:21 PM

As the front of house and first point of call you are the advertising for the specialist. So you need to project the same image the specialist wants their business to project. Your attire largely depends on the type of specialist, but I presume it needs to be fairly conservative.
I found that wearing maternity suit pants works well with bloating issues. You need to buy a nice top to go with it and possibly a jacket to match the pants.
I wouldn't worry too much about heels if you don't like them.


#13 claptrap

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:24 PM

OP I think it's important that you make an effort, but also that you feel reasonably comfortable.  If you go for the interview all glammed up you won't be relaxed and therefore won't present as well.  So I wouldn't wear a dress if you don't feel right in them,and I wouldn't wear lots of make-up if you don't usually.  As others have suggested, a tinted moisturiser and light lip gloss would be fine.

Most important is to be scrupulously well groomed.  Get a trim at least, and if you hair is long, wear it up or tie it back.  Clean, well manicured hands (not necessarily polish), shiny shoes, a tidy handbag etc.  
If you can perhaps consider some semi tailored trousers that aren't too tight and uncomfortable for you?  Then for interview you can wear a jacket, and later on a long line cardigan or sleeveless cardigan.  You don't need soaringly high heels but your shoes should be smart.

I am painting quite a conservative picture to start with but for interview you are safer slightly overdressing, and being slightly too formal, IMO.  Then when you get the job because of your great quals and experience, you can relax it a little.

Good luck!

#14 follies

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:33 PM

Silk-ish loose fit dresses with a elastic belt over good quality leggings, smart flats and great jacket will look professional and you will feel comfortable as it will be close to what you usually wear.

#15 Banana Pancakes

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:36 PM

These outfits might work original.gif

http://www.birdsnest.com.au/womens/outfits/wrap-up

http://www.birdsnest.com.au/womens/outfits/tweed-style

http://www.birdsnest.com.au/womens/outfits/shape-your-print

http://www.birdsnest.com.au/womens/outfits/reverse-wrap

Good luck!

#16 Pearson

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:45 PM

what about these pants or this with skinny leg pants and some boots

or this, with a tighter top.

This is a lovely top too - would meet your criteria of cardi and top and would go with the pants.

#17 belinda1976

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:48 PM

I don't wear a whole heap of makeup either apart from if I'm going out for a special night somewhere.

If I do want to feel a little bit glammed up during the daytime I just put a bit of Ponds Tinted Moisturiser on with some mascara and lip gloss.... does wonders.



#18 SCARFACE CLAW

Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:08 PM

My DH is going to hate everyone here for all of these links come pay day... happy.gif

#19 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:38 PM

QUOTE (secret~sammy @ 26/04/2012, 07:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I find earing's, necklace and pinning my hair up with a hair clip add a lot of everyday glamor. You can get a few funky pieces pretty cheaply from chain "jewelry" stores frequented by teenagers (their names all escape me right now)


Equip and Diva wink.gif

I often buy stuff from there when they are on sale (for $2 or $3) and also I buy from Dorothy Perkins when they have sales.

I mostly wear long sleeve tshirts, cardis and either pants or jeans. But I find a nice headband or hair clip and jewellery and nice shoes REALLY change how an outfit looks...

eg long sleeve tshirt with jeans and joggers is completely different to long sleeve tshirt with kitten heels or boots and some funky jewellery.

You can dress anything up with accessories.

Ring + bangle + necklace + earrings and your outfit is done original.gif

#20 sammyv

Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:41 PM

It is interesting to see what people would wear to an office, some of these suggestions would not be acceptable in our office.  I will come back when I am on a faster connection and give you some comfortable but professional outfit options.



#21 Mumto1feral

Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:14 PM

QUOTE (*howls* @ 26/04/2012, 07:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>


These are the maternity style pants OP.  You can pick them up on ebay for a bargain.  I never buy Morrison anywhere else than Ebay.


Actually you can get a similiar style from target. And they are not in the maternity section, they are just normal pants. I have two pairs and they are great. Very good when you bloat like  a balloon.

Edited by Mumto1bub, 03 May 2012 - 09:15 PM.


#22 Cat Burglar

Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:24 PM

I wish I knew! I always look messy and dishevelled no matter how hard I try. I need to have a very simple hairstyle and a good hair cut. And blow dry my hair the day I wash, then day 2 or 3 use dry shampoo so you dont have to re-blow-dry.
I cant really wear skirts/stockings as my job sometimes involves moving a lot of IT equipment, crawling under desks/in comms cabinets etc so I wear nice neat trousers and a shirt. With plain flats or boots (polished) A cardigan or jumper can look work glam too if its neat.

#23 TopsyTurvy

Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:27 PM

Personally I would first and formost stake out the place and see what attire the people who work there are wearing and take my cues from them.

No point in going in dressed in a power suit if they are all jeans and casual tops, but on the flip side if they are wearing suits then a casual dress will make you seem unprofessional.

#24 neddyteddy

Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:37 PM

When you get you hair done, rebook for your next appointment so you don't let your look get run down, I would also recommend a good brow wax original.gif

#25 trillian42

Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:47 PM

Don't forget scarves/wraps/pashminas - either round your neck or as a wrap, pinned if necessary. Elegant, flowing, dresses up any outfit, hides the daggy bits on older clothes, warm.

I've always been a fan of the pashmina but recently have been discovering the world of accessories. A nice necklace (doesn't have to be fussy or expensive jewellery, could be some chunky beads) can make, say, a plain top and black pants look fairly stylish and professional. Something like these: http://www.elkaccessories.com.au/collectio...ewellery?page=2

Not a big 'bag' person myself, but having a decent handbag to tote your stuff in can make you feel good (don't have to worry about juggling phones & keys etc) and look professional too.






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