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 Post subject: I'm looking for a suit (UK-available)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:50 pm 
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I've got no smart clothes at the moment. I'd really like to find something interview-suitable that doesn't look too cheap and (obviously!) doesn't contain silk, wool or leather.

I was going to put this in the UK forum but I figure with internet shopping so common these days a lot of other people might also know of items located here (so I don't have to wait too long for them to arrive if I end up mail-ordering).

I'm a UK women's size 14 (think that's US 12?), apple-shaped and 5'5". I'd really appreciate your help with this, as I need to get something before the end of the month.

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 Post subject: Re: I'm looking for a suit (UK-available)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:00 pm 
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Oh, and by the way, this is the person you're trying to make look respectable (I'm the one on the left)

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 Post subject: Re: I'm looking for a suit (UK-available)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:07 pm 
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Perhaps I am woefully misguided in the way I approach job interviews (might be why I have failed every time of late, so take this all with a shovel of salt!), but do you need an actual suit? I guess it depends on the type of job, but if it's not something they people on the Apprentice would go for then I think you can get away with other, more comfortable, options. I generally wear either trousers and a nice blouse and cardigan combo or a comfy dress to interviews in my sector (for every job I've gone for in the past couple of years the interviewers have been wearing the same, so I don't think I'm way out)

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 Post subject: Re: I'm looking for a suit (UK-available)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:25 pm 
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I don't have to have a suit, no, but I'm just so naturally scruffy that I think it'd make me feel more confident. I don't think suits are actually that uncomfortable either.

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 Post subject: Re: I'm looking for a suit (UK-available)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:28 pm 
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Oh, and I don't actually have any nice *anything*! All of my clothes are from charity shops or hippy fair trade stuff or (the shame!) from Primark. So yeah, if anyone wants to suggest any smart outfits that's cool, I just want something nice with no animal fibres.

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 Post subject: Re: I'm looking for a suit (UK-available)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:16 pm 
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I think if you're not used to wearing a suit, you can kind of look awkward wearing one... How about something more versatile like a structured dress that you can accessorise with different belts, shoes, jewellery - Kaliko has a sale on at the moment with some good fancy clothes deals:
http://www.kaliko.co.uk/kaliko/cobalt-c ... color=0006

http://www.kaliko.co.uk/kaliko/textured ... color=0031

http://www.kaliko.co.uk/kaliko/lace-cut ... iftdresses

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 Post subject: Re: I'm looking for a suit (UK-available)
PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:09 pm 
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I work in a business formal environment (so I do indeed actually need suits), but can confirm that they are, unfortunately, one the toughest items to find vegan. That and, of course, professional shoes to match. And both are exponentially harder to find for women.

You can sometimes find cotton suits, but they are tougher to find year around and in an all-weather variety (i.e., something that won't make you look silly when it's not summer). J Crew was making one for women for a while that is passable all-weather, but I haven't seen it on the market for a year or two. I don't know what UK shipping is like, but keep an eye out on typical mid to low-end business clothing retailers (Banana Republic, J Crew, Macy's, etc) particularly in spring and summer for these. Unfortunately though, prospects get worse. Good suiting jackets are constructed with a layer between the lining and the outside, called the "canvas." This is what keeps the jacket's shape. Unfortunately, its name belies its content, and suiting canvas is almost exclusively made from animal products--wool and horsehair, though sometimes camel hair. This is why Brave Gentleman began making their own suits. My understanding is they had to create their own canvassing (out of PET, I think) in addition to non-wool fabrics. There does exist such thing as non-canvassed jackets, called fused jackets, but like with non-leather shoes, this is typically correlated with the poor quality and styles that are less than professional.

So if you want a truly vegan suit, you have two options: Hold out for a cotton or cotton/sythetic-based flannel fused suit, made for women, in an all-weather construction, or shell out to have your own made. If you don't truly need the suit, I'd suggest trying to find something else interview-appropriate, as either option is going to take time. But if you ever find the former, let me know!!


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