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Dress pants with a nice blouse and an open sweater or blazer or a knee/ mid length skirt with a nice blouse or sweater.

 

Something like this would be nice- adjust the colors to your personal preferences (obviously coral is not for everyone- I would probably go with a more conservative for palette for an interview) I like the lines though.

 

http://outfitposts.com/2014/06/outfit-post-coral-blazer-print-blouse.html

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http://outfitposts.com/2014/02/outfit-post-navy-zipper-sweater-blue.html

 

Black, gray and navy are safe conservative choices for an interview. You could put a pop of color somewhere or add shoes or jewelry that show a little personality. I think a blazer or cardigan adds a more pulled together look for an interview and I like layering anyway. But you could also do a buttoned up shirt tucked in if you like that look.

 

For a small town library I probably wouldn't go full on power suit but a suit is generally appropriate for most interviews as well. I would probably go a little softer for this type of position though.

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I love all of these!

 

I like layers too, and have been looking for a structured but not formal blazer. I'm having a hard time finding what I want, though; everything seems to be cardigans (great for work, I think a little too casual for an interview?) or '90s bolero jackets (not doing that again! Lol).

 

Is something like this too casual? https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/caslon-cotton-knit-open-front-blazer-regular-petite/4792195?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BURGUNDY%20SHADOW%20STRIPE

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I just got a sweater blazer from Stitch Fix very similar to that and I absolutely love it. Not sure if I would wear it to an interview because it feels a bit like borderline outerwear. But I do love it.

 

Maybe something like this?

https://m.jcpenney.com/p/worthington-blazer/ppr5007140964?pTmplType=regular&rrec=true&rrplacementtype=product1_rr

 

It's on sale half off right now too. It will look less formal if you pair it with non matching dress pants or skirt (black jacket/gray pants or something like that).

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I love all of these!

 

I like layers too, and have been looking for a structured but not formal blazer. I'm having a hard time finding what I want, though; everything seems to be cardigans (great for work, I think a little too casual for an interview?) or '90s bolero jackets (not doing that again! Lol).

 

Is something like this too casual? https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/caslon-cotton-knit-open-front-blazer-regular-petite/4792195?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BURGUNDY%20SHADOW%20STRIPE

 

I think your ^ knit blazer isn't too casual--it could easily be dressed up with accessories.

 

 Based on my experience in small town Maine library culture--as a patron and volunteer--I think anything beyond jeans/khakis and a flannel will come off as dressy. ;)  Unless you are bidding for Library Director, I wouldn't go all power suit.  You want put together yet approachable. 

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At our last small town library, I probably would have done dress pants and a regular non-t-shirt shirt. It would depend on who was doing the interview. The librarian always wore dress pants and a kind of leather jacket over a sweater, or a dressy blouse. But she was probably the steadiest person in that town. The previous four towns, I would have worn dressy jeans and top, and the dressy top might have been overdoing it.

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Good luck! I joined the staff at my small town library this summer and I love it. For my interview I wore a patterned skirt and black blouse, roughly like this --

 

http://appleseeds.blair.com/p/reversible-print-skirt/103896.uts

 

Our library is quite informal, so going full "office wear" would not have been appropriate.

 

CaliforniaDreaming, that's a cool site.

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I think your ^ knit blazer isn't too casual--it could easily be dressed up with accessories.

 

Based on my experience in small town Maine library culture--as a patron and volunteer--I think anything beyond jeans/khakis and a flannel will come off as dressy. ;) Unless you are bidding for Library Director, I wouldn't go all power suit. You want put together yet approachable.

Thanks--that's exactly what I'm going for. I'm all good for an everyday look, but it's been ages since I've interviewed and want to feel and look confident and pulled together without overdoing it. :)

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I just got a sweater blazer from Stitch Fix very similar to that and I absolutely love it. Not sure if I would wear it to an interview because it feels a bit like borderline outerwear. But I do love it.

 

Maybe something like this?

https://m.jcpenney.com/p/worthington-blazer/ppr5007140964?pTmplType=regular&rrec=true&rrplacementtype=product1_rr

 

It's on sale half off right now too. It will look less formal if you pair it with non matching dress pants or skirt (black jacket/gray pants or something like that).

I like this. I hope they have it in store, or something similar. Thanks for all the great ideas!

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