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Cleavage: what's appropriate?

Cleavage: what's appropriate?

We think it is important to put all jokes aside and give some helpful advice about this sensitive topic.

You may be surprised how often we see cleavage on display in interviews. The question is: how much cleavage is appropriate? With changing fashions, mixed messages from the media and a different culture in every workplace, it can be hard to know where to draw the line.

The answer is: none. Whether the interview is with a recruiter or directly with the business, your dress should always err on the side of conservative. This also means keeping your cleavage covered up.

‘Dressing appropriately at job interviews is vital to your prospects for the role. You need to remember that you are going to an interview, not on a date’ says Jane Carey, Director at Edge Recruitment. 

A woman’s cup size can change multiple times during her life, so it always pays to conduct a ‘test run’ of the intended interview outfit beforehand. If you can see more than a shadow of your cleavage, you should opt for a change of top.

We’ve had people come to interviews in all sorts of inappropriate attire including: skimpy dresses suitable for clubbing (showing plenty of cleavage), bright coloured jeans, short mini-skirts and flip flops, to name a few.

Whilst you might giggle at this, it really does present poorly and will affect your chances of landing the job.  Other interview faux pas include wearing poorly fitted, torn, crinkled, stained clothing and heavy make-up.

A note on piercings and tattoos

A big ‘no no’ is to cover up tattoos or piercings during an interview and then make them visible once you’ve got the job. If you don’t disclose your tattoos or piercings, your employer may have an issue with this and consider your non-disclosure of these items as deceptive. This may be especially important if client contact is part of your job.

Similarly, if you dress impeccably for your interview and look like a ‘dag’ once in the job, this is also a misrepresentation of your personal presentation and your employer may be understandably disappointed.

Your presentation at work shows your respect for the workplace and respect for yourself. So ladies, put away the plunging necklines and dress appropriately if you wish to be taken seriously.