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I wore smart-casual stuff and was made an offer last year. I didn't actually notice anyone wearing a suit and I don't think it makes a huge difference as long as you're comfortable with what you wear.
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I reckon smart casual is definitely the way to go. Personally, I didn't wear a suit to interview at Oxford or at Cambridge, and didn't feel that I wasn't dressed smartly enough. In fact, I didn't see a single person wearing a suit.
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I reckon smart casual is definitely the way to go. Personally, I didn't wear a suit to interview at Oxford or at Cambridge, and didn't feel that I wasn't dressed smartly enough. In fact, I didn't see a single person wearing a suit.
Smart-casual would the best option in my opinion, or at least a very good one.
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I wore a mixture, grrey jumper, jacket and trousers, shirt. I wasn't sure about a tie, but most of the other blokes were wearing one so i thought I might as well....I got an offer so it was OK in the end. I can't even remember what the interviewers wore.

They actually said that suits weren;t needed, just something warm and smart. If anything this is worse. If they say suits you know where you stand.
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I wore a suit; I like dressing up.

Interestingly, my mate who recently purchased a suit wore it to Surrey and felt silly since he was the only one to do this and he didn't even want to go there anyway.
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I wore a brown corderoy skirt, a black roll-neck top, black tights and black buckle shoes. I think I looked suitable Englishy. I suppose all I was missing was a pair of glases and a high pony-tail....
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did anyone go in a kilt? that would have been funny to see.

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I wore a suit and got an offer. I don't think it has much bearing on your application though. Of the other applicants with me only two others out of 16 wore suits as far as I'm aware.
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I had 4 interviews in total. All 6 interviewers were wearing suits. I wore a suit as well and the other million law applicants seemed to be wearing them. In fact I hardly saw one person who wasn't wearing a suit. Go in a suit!
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don't bother wearing a suit, no-one in my college that I saw was wearing one! I just wore black trousers and a hoodie in one and a big fat comfy jumper in the other! (i got an AAB offer)
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I didn't wear a suit -just smart casual, and got an offer from Trinity (kind of killed the only taking privately eduated students myth there). i felt more comfortable that way and probably did better - if 'd had a suit on I would probably been even more tense than I was already.
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Hmmm. So, say Economics at Pembroke, Cambridge.

1. Fitted shirt, V-neck black jumper and smart trousers.
2. Smart jumper and jeans.
3. Smart jacket, white top (less severe than a shirt) and matching skirt.

Which option?

Yes, I'm just getting stressed out by reading this thread.
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(Original post by deianra)
Hmmm. So, say Economics at Pembroke, Cambridge.

1. Fitted shirt, V-neck black jumper and smart trousers.
2. Smart jumper and jeans.
3. Smart jacket, white top (less severe than a shirt) and matching skirt.

Which option?

Yes, I'm just getting stressed out by reading this thread.
1 or 3. Jeans are just a bit to casual, in my opinion. I'd probaby say 1, because that's what i'd feel most comfortable in...
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suit for girls too????
i think so.. its easier for girls to get this wrong.. you think of guys stereotpically in suits anyway. girls can get caught out and end up looking far too casual.. i think everyone should wear a suit. i felt much mor ein control and confidant in mine
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wore a suit...got an offer. Enough said!
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wore a suit...got an offer. Enough said!
Didn't wear a suit, got an offer. Enough said
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Just wondered how many of those who got accepted wore suits etc for their interview? Coming from an all-boys school this is what we're encouraged to do! Had a bad year this time round, although one guy turned up to his interview wearing jeans and a T-shirt and still got an AAA offer for Engineering. I know that the official line is that the admissions tutors don't care- but supposedly a suit etc makes a better impression. On the other hand, i suppose you risk looking like a ponce. Any thoughts?
You should wear what you want to (as long as u look tidy, and appear to have made a reasonable effort). The main thing to remember is to wash and use deodorant.
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My mum says that girls/women should always wear a skirt to interview - just in case the person interviweing you might be an old-fashioned kind of person who doesn't think women should wear trousers (yes, they do still exist!).
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(Original post by deianra)
Hmmm. So, say Economics at Pembroke, Cambridge.

1. Fitted shirt, V-neck black jumper and smart trousers.
2. Smart jumper and jeans.
3. Smart jacket, white top (less severe than a shirt) and matching skirt.

Which option?

Yes, I'm just getting stressed out by reading this thread.
FFS, you haven't even applied yet! Wear something reasonably smart (I wouldn't recommend jeans, but if they're smart, why not) that you're comfortable in. If you're happy in a suit, wear one; if not, don't.
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(Original post by presebjenada)
i think so.. its easier for girls to get this wrong.. you think of guys stereotpically in suits anyway. girls can get caught out and end up looking far too casual.. i think everyone should wear a suit. i felt much mor ein control and confidant in mine
Youve got to remember that lots of us don't go to posh schools, and so arn't used to wearing suits, ties and the rest of it every day. At my (state) school there was no uniform. So most of us felt pretty uncomfortable walking around in a suit. To all the people who are saying wear a suit, it's not for people in schools where wearing anything smarter than trainers is considered posh.

I think just wear whatever you feel comfortable with, the tutors are looking at your ability, not your clothes. Of course your clothes may influence the interviewer to some very small extent, but if you are really that concerned about getting into Oxbridge there are better ways to spend your time than agagonising over what to wear. Instead of buying new clothes, spend the money on extra reading, a subscription to an industry magasine or tickets to a conference in your chosen subject - Something which might actually make a bit of a difference to your application.
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