A woman has sparked an online debate after wondering if a sunflower print dress is ‘professional’ enough to wear while interviewing for a clinical position in a hospital.
The anonymous woman, from the UK, went to Mumsnet and shared a photo of the controversial dress alongside a caption that read, ‘It’s for a clinical position in a pediatric ward. I have not interviewed in person for a long time !! Is this professional enough? ‘
The Liana Navy Sunflower Dress, from vintage store Little Wings Factory, costs £ 70 and features a perfect summery yellow sunflower and white daisy design on a navy blue background.
But while some called it ‘glamorous’ and ‘beautiful’, others thought it was ‘too chic’ and said it would be better suited for a wedding or baptism.
Personally, I wouldn’t do that. It’s a beautiful dress, but better suited for a wedding, not a professional appointment, ‘wrote one, while a second wrote,’ Do you have anything more plain? You want them to remember you, not the dress. ‘
An anonymous woman from the UK has sparked an online debate after wondering if a sunflower print dress (pictured) is ‘professional’ enough to wear while interviewing for a clinical position in a hospital
The Liana Navy Sunflower Dress (pictured), from Little Wings Factory, costs £ 70, and features a perfect summery yellow sunflower and white daisy design on a navy blue background
The dress, made of stretchy fabric, features a wide neckline, half sleeves, fitted waistband and box pleats and a full skirt – and caused quite a stir online.
Many in similar positions took to the comments section to share their first-hand views of what is considered appropriate for the profession.
“I’m a mental health nurse and that would be a job interview for any job I’ve ever had,” one assured, while a second wrote, “It’s a lot of fun. Good for an interview in my opinion if it’s a bit wasted on one. ‘
A third added: I love it! I have a clinical role and have interviewed a lot of people for different positions. Wouldn’t put me off. ‘
The woman shared a photo of the potential interview outfit next to a caption that read, “It’s for a clinical position in a pediatric ward. I have not interviewed in person for a long time !! Is this professional enough? ‘(pictured)
Many in a similar job encouraged the woman to wear the outfit – they burned everything from ‘beautiful’ to ‘glamorous’ (photo)
However, others disagreed, with one suggesting that the pattern was too ‘dominant’, while others labeled the garment too ‘chic’ and ‘over the top’ – warning that it might not be taken seriously.
‘I wouldn’t do it, the pattern is very dominant. If it was a more plain or smaller pattern I think it would be good, ‘one wrote, while a second wrote,’ It’s beautiful, but I think it could be considered a bit too chic. ‘
A third agreed: ‘Nice dress but would find it more suitable for a wedding or baptism, sorry. Do you have anything else? ‘
A fourth added: ‘It’s beautiful, but not for an interview, it’s too dressy and more appropriate for a wedding, I think you feel overdressed,’ while a fifth wrote: ‘I think it’s a bit OTT for a interview. However, I really like it as a dress!
One further commented, “You want them to take you seriously and listen to what you’re saying, a loud pattern will distract from that.”
Others suggested the navy dress was ‘way too glam’ for a job interview and would be better suited for a wedding (pictured)
One person pointed out that NHS interviews are all score-based so her outfit choice wouldn’t make it any different, but added, ‘It’s really not an interview dress and if I was on the panel (I often sit on NHS recruiting panels) wondering what your judgment was in choosing it, as it is not appropriate. ‘
Elsewhere, another suggested toning down the outfit with a black jacket or vest, while a second praised the idea of standing out – but recommended a different approach.
“It’s beautiful, but a little too much,” someone wrote. ‘I always wear one thing to stand out. Such as a bright top etc.
‘When they talk about candidates, I feel like someone is saying’ what was that? Hopefully the answer would be “the woman in the purple / red / hot pink blouse” makes you memorable easily. ‘