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LARABY34 SparkPoints: (76,989)
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11/2/13 8:00 P

I interview people of all shapes and sizes on a semi-frequent basis. As long as they are tidy, have appropriate shoes and appear comfortable in what they are wearing, it doesn't matter. I probably couldn't tell you what they were wearing for the most part. I spend most of my time looking at their eyes and facial expressions to see what is going on inside their head. Are they a good person? Do they really want to do this job and would they be happy here? Confidence is important though so you are right to do what you can to feel your best. When you feel good about yourself, other people will tend to feel good about you to. When you don't feel particularly good, fake it til you make it. Tell yourself over and over that you are wonderful and that people like you. It will shine in your eyes and ultimately you will come to feel the truth of it. I think the jacket looks great! It will be versatile too.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,395
10/31/13 12:47 A

I got my pants at Walmart and the rest of the outfit at Target.

I will have to check that website out the next time I'm on a computer. Perhaps it'll be better than that body scan thing at the mall. It didn't work. None of the items suggested fit me.

10/31/13 12:35 A

I just found the best fitting pair of pants I've ever had at Walmart, so don't feel bad about shopping at a big box retailer. You can find great deals at Macy's if you look. I just found a great website that tells you what to wear for your body type. You enter in your measurements and then it shows you the clothes that look best:

FTSOLK Posts: 1,395
10/27/13 10:47 P

Azul- The sleeves actually felt short, but then again, I'm not exactly familiar with blazers. I don't know what they're supposed to feel like or look like, so you may be right. I've never owned anything like it before.

I don't shop much at Macy's or stores like it. I never know how to find things when clothes are grouped by designer, etc. It's confusing! Maybe one day when I actually enjoy shopping. Plus, I'm on a limited budget for things (my parents actually paid for the outfit), so Walmart and Target (I got an additional 15% off the shirt and 20% off the blazer at Target) are more in my price range. Maybe when my weight is more stable (it's been fluctuating a lot lately-even with me not starting or stopping anything- and my weight usually stays pretty consistent), it'll be more worth it to invest in tailored clothes, but right now, the clothes fit well enough.

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10/27/13 7:26 P

Hmmm...the blazer looked a bit long to me--like the sleeves needed to be shorter and the button higher. I'm not talking about total length so much as proportions. Yes, there certainly ARE petite tops around, though perhaps not at Target. Usually places like Macy's have petite plus sizes. I do most of my online shopping at Banana Republic/Gap/Old Navy in large part because I love how everything comes in petite/regular/tall and it's so easy to get the sizes that I need.

Just something to consider in the future if you are having trouble finding things that fit right. I'm almost 6' tall, so I feel odd going into the petite department, but with short legs...well, is either get petite pants or do a lot of hemming.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,395
10/27/13 6:38 P

I'm 5'5", but most of my height is in my legs. Still, the blazer was barely long enough, and Target doesn't sell petite tops. In fact, I've only ever seen "petite" to describe pants- especially where I shop.,, and I think petite and plus-sized are views as an oxymoron at some places. I actually did decide to open the collar up a bit more for my actual interview.

And thank you for the compliment about my hair. I used to hate my hair, but now I love it. That's my natural, air dried, hair. No products were used. In fact, I've had people think I straightened my hair even after I tried curling it. Oh, sure, on occasion, I'll get some kind of wave, but for the most part, my hair is straight, and it's grown a lot. 4 years ago, it was VERY short, and now I'm at a point where I want to see how long I can grow it.

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10/27/13 6:15 P

The solution to the shirt problem is to sew in darts.

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10/27/13 6:13 P

You look lovely when you smile! Just go in there with confidence, remember to smile and you will do well! I am very jealous of your tidy, straight hair.

I think that the outfit is fine. I agree with opening up the collar a bit more. I don't know how tall you are, but I wonder if you might want to look at petite tops in the future. The proportions might work a little better for you. I could never get clothing proportions right until I figured out that I need tall tops and petite bottoms.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,395
10/27/13 6:03 P

Kiwi- The shirt was really baggy around my stomach- to a point where a belt wouldn't make a difference, but I had to get it to a point where it would fit around my chest without puckering. That was my main priority. Besides, I needed a belt anyway, and the belt is mainly to extend the life of the pants as I lose weight.

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10/27/13 5:35 P

I had a look at your photos and like them:-) There are a couple changes I would make, tho'. One is to have the top buttons undone, because it helps to create length in your body, and if possible, replace the belt with a wider, fancy, stretch one. Then you COULD have the shirt outside your trou but cinched in at the waist.

Kris xx

DIANE7786 Posts: 5,001
10/27/13 5:31 P

Your new outfit is perfect. Relax and enjoy your interview. It helps to remember that you are also interviewing them! I hope you get an offer!

FTSOLK Posts: 1,395
10/27/13 5:04 P

I've never heard of Boden.

I ended up getting some grey pants, a button-down shirt from Target's plus-sized section (it's a little large around my stomach, but doesn't pucker at the chest), and a black blazer. It's certainly a lot better than what I've been wearing before, and the blazer helps hide the fact that the shirt is too big in some areas. Yes, tailoring is probably a good idea, but I didn't have the time to worry about that.

Here's a couple pictures I snapped of myself in the outfit I ultimately bought. The pink shirt was the only one they had that fit. Personally, I would have preferred a lighter purple, but I wasn't in a position to be too picky at that point.

The main problem with daycare interviews is balance. Yes, you should overdress for an interview. HOWEVER, in a daycare interview, you never know what you may be required to do. If I get thrown into a 2 hour working interview (it's happened before), I want to be prepared to do anything: change diapers, feed babies, run around with preschoolers. I want to jump in and treat it as I would any other day working there. I've been a teacher during a working interview with someone who was wearing a skirt and heels. I don't want to be that person.

Edited by: FTSOLK at: 10/27/2013 (17:09)
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10/13/13 3:10 P

Speaking of UK sizes, I LOVE Boden clothes--very well made and they have larger sizes. Some of their clothes might work well with your current shape.

Their things are not cheap, but they do have good sales and some good values can be found in their clearance section. I think that all of my very favorite items of clothing, especially dresses, came from Boden.

I've pretty much always worn suits to interviews, even for fairly low-level jobs. If you have an hour-glass shape, a suit will enhance that.

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10/13/13 2:47 P

If dress pants fall wide on your legs, make it look like they're supposed to be that way. Buy them long enough to wear with heels and pair with a basic t-shirt over a cropped blazer, sort of like this:

Or, look for a pair of pants that is cut with an intentionally slim, tapered fit to hit just above the ankle, like these:
36&sort=-1&clr=Wallpaperprint . Then, pair them again with a little t-shirt and a blazer. Heels or flats would work with this pant length.
klongerlength are only about $15 with free shipping and have a similar tapered fit. Be careful with UK vs. US sizes when ordering, though, as they come from England. A US size sixteen is a UK twenty, while a US size twenty is a UK size twenty-four.

I have held a number of professional jobs and never interviewed in a proper suit. I have paired dress pants with a nice blazer or sweater, or worn a tasteful dress with tights and heels, but suits aren't my style. I think that a suit is less important than an appropriately-fitting outfit partnered with a clean, tidy hairstyle (not yesterday's ponytail), neat nails and a clean face with natural makeup (if worn).

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10/13/13 12:07 A

Do you have a LOFT outlet near you? I find pretty good deals there on clothes that you could call smart casual. I'm a size 12-ish at the moment and their L is quite roomy on me, so I bet you could find a few things that might fit you.

Would some nice cotton pants, a nice tank or short-sleeved fitted tee and a flowy cardigan work for your childcare interviews?

I'm not sure that there is any great secret to finding things that fit other than to go shopping when you have lots of time to try on a ton of stuff. If you don't sew, you might find it worthwhile to look into getting things professionally tailored--sometimes $10-15 of tailoring can go a long ways...since you are only looking at getting a few pieces for interviews, this might be a good solution.

Good luck!

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10/12/13 1:56 P


While you might not have to wear a suit to the interview, it doesn't hurt. When a person goes for an interview, they should be overdressing. You want to present as best an image as possible even if the job may be as a cashier or in childcare. You want to make a good first impression and that means dressing appropriately.

Believe me, I know how difficult it is to find good interview clothes. If you can't find a good suit, then buy separates. Mix and match quality tops and pants. Lane Bryant is an example of a store that has good quality clothes in larger sizes. I have also seen suits in larger sizes at Macy's. They do make and sell suits in sizes 18+.

My advice, buy a really nice pair of pants or skirt as well as a sweater. a pants/sweater combo is a good selection for those types of job interviews. While having good interview skills helps, image really does make a difference. So, dress as nicely as possible.

Once you get the job, what you wear will depend on what you do. But for an interview you really do have to overdress. It stinks, but that's the way it is if you want to get the job.

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10/12/13 11:20 A

I work with infants and toddler with disabilities. I have to sit on the floor with them all day. I do understand your concern. I wear comfortable dress pants (washable) in black or black with pinstripes. I pair them with bright colored tops, v-neck or scoop neck (not too low cut), usually knit or t-shirt type material. The only jewelry I wear are simple rings. I don't wear earrings or necklaces. Modest but flattering make-up (mascara, maybe a little eyeliner, lip gloss). I bought a somewhat expensive pair of slip-on Clarks shoes. They're super comfortable and look dressy enough for any work setting, but I can easily kick them off to be on a baby's blanket if I'm working with a very little one of if parents prefer a "no-shoes" environment.

A great haircut goes a long way. Agreed with the advice about a foundation garment and good undies.

Good luck on your job search!!

Edited by: ANGELCITYGAL at: 10/12/2013 (11:25)
JOYLJL Posts: 411
10/12/13 10:32 A

I spent pretty much my whole life working with kids and I would highly recommend a neutral color --black navy or gray cotton skort knee length. You can find them at woman within.
Limit jewelery, because kids will pull on it. Wear comfortable shoes like easy spirit.. They are somewhat dressy, but very comfortable.
V neck shirts will draw the eye up to your face(which is beautiful) Not too blousy, form fitting with colors that are good for your skin type... you can look up that on the internet, there are color charts that show what colors are good for you depending on your skin color, eye color and hair color. Your smile will be your best asset followed by a firm hand shake and confidence. Fake it if you have to. Finally you might check out Miss Smarty Pants website. She has some great tips for ladies of all sizes, and shapes. Best of luck. I hope you get the job of your passion. emoticon

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10/12/13 2:40 A

I think that you will find that you are FAR from being on your own with this problem. I suggest that you take someone whose judgement you trust, when you go shopping. Sometimes we are our own worst critic.

A lot of young people tend to go for fashion over what suits them. Also, another problem is that we tend to fixate in the same one or two styles/colours. You need to draw attention to your good points and detract from the less favourable. Colour can do this wonderfully, and so too can cut. There is no reason why you can't wear to nice dress/top and team it with good tights. This can make it very interchangeable, too. Another piece of clothing that can be good to invest in is good underwear. A proper fitting bra (most woman wear the wrong size and wrong sized cup) along with a for-fitting undergarment might give you a load more confidence.

Just remember, with the types of jobs you are going for, so long as you are neatly presented and your personality shines through, no employer is going to worry about your weight.

Good luck,

IGNITEME101 Posts: 7,109
10/12/13 2:09 A

HONEYLISSABEE don't think you are the only one who deals with clothes fitting improperly. All who are overweight do if we are honest with ourselves.
Praying you find those perfect fitting interview clothes.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,395
10/12/13 1:56 A

So, I have finally decided to invest in a new interview outfit as I am desperate for a job. However, I have a hard time finding clothes that fit me.

Currently, I am a size 16-20 in pants because of my midsection. However, my legs tend to be thinner, this mews that often, my dress pants will be snug at the waist, but look like clown pants on my legs. This seems to go away when I'm a size 12 or below.

Tops are also a problem. Button down shirts pucker, and I struggle with finding shirts that don't shine cleavage, don't highlight my stomach, and just fit. Often, if I find something that doesn't cling to my stomach, it is too big around the chest area.

My body is just so disproportionate with the excess chub, but lipo isn't an option right now. It's not like I am a naturally larger, curvy girl. I have a smaller frame. I'm just FAT and flabby, so clothes just do not fit me well.

I should mention that these interviews I tend to have are retail (cashier) ones on occasion, but primarily child care, so skirts and suits aren't generally the best idea. I need to be able to work with kids in the outfit.

Anyone else ever deal with this?

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