Dress for the job
So let’s start from the beginning. What is inappropriate? That depends on the situation.
Have you ever heard the expression dress for the job you want to have? When I get reported to me that nannies are dressed in short skirts, low cut tops and over the knee boots, I am not sure what job they are applying for.
To be clear, I don’t think there is anything categorically wrong dressing in any way at all. I used to go to clubs where clothing was optional or sometimes plastic wrap, I’m pretty jaded on the shock scale when it comes to dressing in alternative ways, but I do think there is a time and a place for everything.
So when you are applying for a job as a nanny, what should you wear? I would say, to start, go conservative and neutral. Then read the situation and go from there. I once had a manny interview with me who showed up in a suit and tie. I wondered, what does he think the job is? Does he think it’s a desk job in an office?
If you are going to be playing with kids, dress accordingly. I had a nanny show up for a job in a long tight dress. That’s great for a party, not great for taking care of toddlers.
Same with heels. Same with suits.
If your intention is not to seduce one of the parents, don’t dress like that’s what you intend to do.
Some families have a dress code, most appreciate discretion and function.
Now you know what I think, what do you think?