I meant to mention something interesting that came up in the mock interview experience: the straight-out-of-college (or close to it) young women in my class who participated were chagrined to learn that the skirt-suit was considered a more conservative choice than the pants-suit, as a number of them consciously chose to buy pants suits. Their reasoning? Pants have to be more conservative than skirts, because with skirts you're showing your legs, and pants, you're not. Flashing your gams, they reasoned, can't be the more conservative choice.
I just thought this was a funny generation-gap moment, because I realized that I was old enough vaguely to remember that pants suits on women had been a big deal, and to realize that for the truly
stuffy traditional, skirts are always the most appropriate wear for women.
And that these classmates had no awareness of that attitude at all.