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post #16 of 24
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Until you're stuck in freeway traffic for 2 hours somewhere else. Then brief stench and walking seems like a dream...

a very very BAD dream!!

but I hear you - I have driven to work in past though I know I've never dealt with truly bad traffic on a regular basis......we're hoping to avoid that....

I also like to commute by bike, which despite traffic and potholes and Carbon monoxide is seriously fun and efficient in NYC. The worst thing here is theft and vandalism - I can't bring my bike inside at the current gig, though I work near a lot of Municipal buildings with a strong police presence, so it could be worse.....
post #17 of 24
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oh yeah - I used to wear jeans and shorts at my previous jobs - VERY casual dress codes.....the bike doesn't quite work for a suit.....I've stashed some khakis and shirts and sportcoats in my office so I can change after riding in.
post #18 of 24
I think that nailhead is suitable, as are all the others on the list apart from sportscoats. I'd put the grey crepe ahead of the pinstripes in formality stakes.

BUT, and here is my caveat, what you are trying to show is that you can dress professionally and appropriately. It's a threshold, not a sliding scale (and I'd estimate the sportscoats to be beneath that threshold, depending on the industry).

If two applicants are equal in all other regards, they won't take the one who wore worsted instead of flannel. I mean, they might, but if so it would be arbitrary. The interviewer might just as likely pick the other way around. Or take the guy who's taller, has a better haircut, likes the same football team as him, etc.

I agree that there are some areas of interview dress where it's easier to fall below the threshold. With ties, especially, there's no excuse for wearing something inappropriate.* But, when a man owns a few suits, if he pulls out one that's fairly dark and nice and clean and fits well, I don't think he can go wrong. At the worst (say if you were wearing brown, and it was a law firm), they might give you a gentle nudge to invest your first paycheck in something new.

All the best,

Eden

* that said, I've started wearing my more whimsical ties to court, etc, but it's a stylistic Aikido sort of thing - its my way of saying, I'm confident in my dress and my case and my presence here, so much so that I can afford to have a little fun.
post #19 of 24
DEFINITELY get that oxxford nailhead suit-- a CLASSIC in the wardrobe, to be sure. i still don't think it is the best choice for interviews, but i'm positive you'll get many great, stylish wears out of it-- if you're lucky enough to get it in the double vented version of the gibbons, all the better for you.
post #20 of 24
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I think the one I wanted is gone.....it was a 2 button (I see the Gibbons comes in 3 b also) but single vent (do they come with side vents - do ANY Oxxfords come with side vents???).

Actually after a lot of hemming and hawing I decided to pass on the Oxxford nailhead (and boy was it hard!) for now because :

A. The gibbons in 46R is 32" long and I need a 30-31 inch hem to lengthen my legs (5'8", stubby 29" inseam), I actually just got a used Oxxford plaid suit cheap on ebay becuase it was a 45 - perfect as I am between a 44 and 46 - but it's also a Long, and measures 32". I'll probably look into shortenening it as I only paid 70 bucks so far but I obviously won't be spending $600 on a new suit that is too long!

B. The interview suit is priority one for me right now....even though a nailhead would probably work in the settings I am leaning towards (academic, small museums, etc), I'd rather play it safe. The navy, while predictable, seems the safest bet.


I appreciate all the feedback - and FP, yes, I know it's the man, not the clothes for winning the job but they DO make a difference and you must understand I was a sartorial neandrathal up till a few months ago....this forum has opened my eyes (and wallet) to a lot! So I take all the help I can get here!!!

I just put on my oldest sport coat - a very low gorge and button stance HSM golden trumpeter - and decided after not having put it on in some time (I've been mostly wearing a few ebay oxxfords and a Brooks Golden Fleece I picked up on sale, all with farily conservative high buttoin stance), I wore it yesterday and couldn't stand having it in my person!!! In past I basically never thought about it.....it was just one the few suits/sport coats I owned and they all seemed more or less alike. I've come a long way, baby.

I have decided to go with a new solid navy suit (I am biting the fiduciary bullet and - gulp! - getting a Greenfield MTM at BB), as an investment in fit and interview appropriateness...........

Thanks again, everybody - eventually I am definitely getting a nice nailhead - I actually own an old 2nd hand Oxxford blue nailhead, but its a DB and a tad small on my hips and snug in the shoulders, makes me bottom heavy! So I will look into a new one soon.

For now, one last question - If I get the solid navy but need a second suit for 2nd interview or consecutive days, would you go with my old navy chalk striped, black chalk striped or the grey crepe (remember the latter is both cheap and tired! - the stripes are just tired, but they're Oxxfords and look a little nicer). I just wasn't sure if the stripes are too ballsy, the crepe is too slouchy, and which is the bigger interview sin? I'll mention my oxxfords are all more fitted (size 44s let out), whereas the grey crepe is a roomy comfy 46.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by pgoat
I just put on my oldest sport coat - a very low gorge and button stance HSM golden trumpeter - and decided after not having put it on in some time (I've been mostly wearing a few ebay oxxfords and a Brooks Golden Fleece I picked up on sale, all with farily conservative high buttoin stance), I wore it yesterday and couldn't stand having it in my person!!! In past I basically never thought about it.....it was just one the few suits/sport coats I owned and they all seemed more or less alike. I've come a long way, baby.

The curse of SF! I've done this too, and sometimes I have to remind myself that not everyone's eye is as critical as mine. Unless it's really dated, with oversized shoulders or a truly absurd gorge, few other people will notice. A slightly low button stance isn't the end of the world.

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For now, one last question - If I get the solid navy but need a second suit for 2nd interview or consecutive days, would you go with my old navy chalk striped, black chalk striped or the grey crepe (remember the latter is both cheap and tired! - the stripes are just tired, but they're Oxxfords and look a little nicer). I just wasn't sure if the stripes are too ballsy, the crepe is too slouchy, and which is the bigger interview sin? I'll mention my oxxfords are all more fitted (size 44s let out), whereas the grey crepe is a roomy comfy 46.

If, as you say, the stripes look nicer, I'd recommend the navy over the other two.
post #22 of 24
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post #23 of 24
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LOL - Doc, I know I'm more or less the only one who'd notice....but that's bad enough! My wife always says (rolling her eyes at her newly-dandy-ized spouse) 'you're thinking too much about this - it's FINE!!!'

Other recent obsessions - a thrift shop suit (the Burberry plaid I mentioned here recently) had a sleeve buton replaced - and the cleaners put it a few mm off, so it looks like three buttons almost 'kissing' and one loner at the end.....I almost took it back to complain until I noticed the other sleeve was similarly off, right from the factory. My wife said it's hardly noticeable - but as others here always point out I the wearer am aware of it and it will always bug me.....eventually I know I'll fix it.

Film N Buff - is the second one down a nailhead? That's cool!
post #24 of 24
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Film N Buff - is the second one down a nailhead? That's cool!
yes it is. All these fabrics are from Smith Woolens Excel Book. Light weight and hard wearing.
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