Thursday, June 5, 2008

Serious opinions needed!

I have an interview tomorrow. While that's certainly a good thing, I'm kinda freaking out about what to wear. Ok, that's not entirely true...I've chosen a black pin-striped pants suit, with a gunmetal gray top underneath. What's stressing me out is the footwear.

My previous employer...let's just say she didn't feel any of the shoes I chose to wear to work were "appropriate". And for those of you who know me, I am a designer shoe whore. It's not like I was wearing flip-flops or Crocs, for God's sake! But despite my discerning taste in footwear, she wasn't feeling it. So, I'm a little worried about my shoe choice for tomorrow. I'm being interviewed by a man, who most likely wouldn't notice if I showed up in Aqua Socks, but I don't want to make the same mistake again. I need opinions. I need help.

So, what say you, people of the interwebs? I have several choices to run by you:

Option #1: Closed toe, patent leather Mary Janes with red heel. Fairly conservative, no?

Next we have these:

Closed toe, aubergine patent leather d'orsays, with gunmetal bow. A little less conservative because the inside is open. But I have a necklace with the same color in it that would look dope with the suit...

I don't have a pic of the third option and DJC is not home to take one for me! But they're a gunmetal patent leather pump with a peep-toe. It's the peep-toe thing that has me second guessing these. They'd look great with what I've chosen to wear, but is it unprofessional to show one's toes? I used to think that toes were not a bad thing, but after my last experience with the footwear-nazi, I'm not so sure.

And now, I pose the ultimate question: Stockings or not? This one keeps me up at night, people. Seriously. I hate the idea of knee-highs almost as much as I hate country music or onions, and I just don't know what to do here. Help!!

Any and all opinions are welcome. Interview slated for tomorrow morning at 9am. Wish me luck!!


Arvay said...

OMG please take this with a grain of salt because I probably have the most worthless opinions in this area, seeing as I am a fashion-challenged engineer, but... I'd definitely go with the first shoes. The others are not conservative enough. And I'd wear stockings, too. I know, it sucks, I hate them too, but this is a job interview... I find Winter interviewing more tolerable (my one Winter suit looks good with chocolate brown tights, which I find less appalling), but in the summer, it's gotta be stockings. :(

Congratulations on landing an interview, and good luck! I'm sure you'll do well!

Arvay said...

And nope, you're not supposed to show toes at interviews, either.

Although, to be honest, I myself think these rules are plain silly, and most people I know think so as well. And we've all been interviewed and we've all interviewed candidates ourselves. And I don't know a single soul who would say, "I'd reject a candidate because she wore peep-toed shoes."

But at the end of the day, being too conservative never hurts, but being not conservative enough, can.

Anonymous said...

I know it's too late, but I vote(d) for the first pair and agree with Arvay, stockings required. And agreed, no peep toe. _LG

The Enforcer said...

Ok, second interview scheduled. I will go with the first shoes as I chose a different pair with a lower heel for the first interview. Can't wear the same shoes twice, ya know!