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Is It a Faux Pas to Interview Without Pantyhose?

Ask Savvy: Is It a Faux Pas to Interview Without Pantyhose?

Dear Savvy,

It's Summer, and I have an interview the first week of July. I plan on wearing a gray skirt-suit with a green top and black pumps. I'm not sure of the dress code, but it seams pretty laid-back from the phone call and how chatty she was. I never wear nylons — maybe tights in the Winter, but only if there is a foot of snow. Would it be a total faux pas to not wear them?

Savvy says: Hose or no hose, it's an age-old question that has a lot of ladies torn. To see my thoughts on the issue,


You can't assume anything about the dress code from a chatty hiring manager. The simplest way to remedy your dilemma is to call your contact at the company, or even the receptionist, and ask for details on the dress code. Appropriate interview attire varies greatly between industries and companies, so take the guessing out of it with a simple phone call.

Most offices are more forgiving during the Summer months, but if you discover that you're entering a formally dressed workplace I'd throw on a pair of subtle hose for the sake of being conservative. If the office is casual you can forget about the nylons, and if it's business casual I wouldn't criticize you for skipping the hose because it's hot outside.

What do you think — is it a faux pas to interview without nylons?


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xoxosuzy xoxosuzy 8 years
I would say always, always, always wear nylons. They're really not that annoying. And then, if the dress code doesn't call for them? That much more relieving!
equestriennechic equestriennechic 8 years
Ugh, I hate them. But it really depends on the workplace. When in doubt, I'd say wear them.
cdent4 cdent4 8 years
I guess it really depends on what your legs look like...
Renee3327 Renee3327 8 years
I work at an ad agency and most people don't wear a full suit to interviews. While I wouldn't look down on someone who wore pantyhose, I wouldn't care if they didn't either.
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
i loathe and despise pantyhose and never ever wear them. But I agree, its about what makes you feel comfortable. If you FEEL confident, polished, and professional, then that's the image you'll project. And i have to say, SavvySugar, LOL @ "subtle hoes"!!! Isn't that an oxymoron?
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
I meant to say, I actually wear a tailored dress for an interview. I suit it miles better. I also really look hideous in a jacket so don't wear one at all. So it's interesting you'd think you should never take it off :)
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Stoopeed, that's interesting --- I always think that a skirt suit is more formal/ conservative than pants. I would only interview in a black skirt suit, hose, black pumps, pearls ... but then again, law is a formal profession. And I think you can wear a sleeveless blouse under your jacket -- I don't think you'd ever take off your jacket during an itnerview !
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
I think tights are great- I couldn't live without them! And surely they're pretty fashionable and in vogue now since the Gossip Girl revolution. I completely agree with #12- if the skirts above the knee then yes I'd wear them, but if it was mid calf then I think you don't need to wear them. Skirt suits are much nicer than trouser suits also.
Meike Meike 8 years
I like the hose. I don't really feel that much of anything is outdated these days. Then again, I do come from a culture where anything goes.
stoopeed stoopeed 8 years
I agree - better safe. I also think better a pants suit than a skirt. Jade - I always wear sleeveless under my blazer in interviews. I'm not expected to remove my suit jacket while in the interview ever. It would be actually a faux pas to do so. So they don't need to know that I'm wearing a sleeveless top/shirt. Never had a problem.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
I have these questions too! Similar summer debacles: are peep toes ok, is sleeveless shirt ok? I just don't know. On the one hand, you don't want to be too casual. On the other hand, you don't want to show up with sweat dripping down your face and stains under your blazer arms. The question is how to be cool AND collected at the same time? Uggh, maybe I will just wait until winter to interview, haha.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
i wear hose everyday, i just feel more polished.
bleached bleached 8 years
I agree with runningesq. It's always safer to dress up than down.
PirateKitty PirateKitty 8 years
I would go with what you feel most confident in, when it comes down to it that makes a bigger impact. (unless you are interviewing for an HR position)
runningesq runningesq 8 years
If in doubt - wear them. They are more 'formal' and more professional... I would NEVER interview in a skirt suit w out hose (then again, I'm an attorney, and I never go to court w out them)
muchacha muchacha 8 years
I agree with Alithyra - you're going for an interview so be on the safe side and wear a pair of hose. As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. FTR, I don't think hose are outdated - I think they're practical and can be flattering.
Alithyra Alithyra 8 years
Hose is outdated but some of the women in my office still wear them every time they wear a skirt. It's a fairly conservative office. It's an interview. Suck up the heat for two hours and wear hose, or suck up the heat for two hours and wear a pants suit. No real good options for both beating the heat and dressing to impress in an interview. Chances are, the office will be air conditioned anyway. It might only be bad outside.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Call the company. If it is summer, they might be more forgiving. I know we are here in the South. A good rule of thumb. If the skirt/dress is below knee length, then you can probably get away with no hose. At the knee or slightly above (which could be a questionable skirt anyway), wear hose.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Agree that hose are completely outdated. I didn't wear them to my interview at this job, but the dress code is pretty laid back here.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I've been to several interviews where I'm a bit overdressed, but I think it's probably better to be a little more put-together than underdressed. Just wear the hose for the interview and take them off as soon as it's over.
Erika-Giselle Erika-Giselle 8 years
i don't wear hose, but i would rather be safe than sorry. i would wear the hose!
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