Originally Posted by pkincy
I suppose that I differ. I would always wear a suit and a tie to an interview or an important business meeting unless I was specifically told otherwise. And they have specifically told you otherwise.
I would can the tie. But I would err on the topside of business casual. This is where a blue blazer is your friend. Nice wool slacks, patterned open collar shirt and a blue blazer. Can you opt out of the blazer....certainly. But wear a semi casual sports jacket, open shirt, and nice wool slacks. Remember you want to do what they tell you (and business casual means no tie anywhere I have ever been) but you want to be at the high end of the range of what they specify. Hence the blazer, which is apropos for business casual everywhere. And lose anythought of pocket square, fancy socks, etc. You want to fit in but on the serious side of "fit in." And what is "dandy" dressing on this forum is generally not acceptable for business. I can't remember the last time I saw a pocket square on a serious businessman. (Admittedly I have not done business in NY or London in over 40 years, but even then I kept pocket squares for my date nites.) Once you are CEO or Sr Partner you may wear a pocket square to work if you wish. Until then leave it in the drawer.
I'm with Perry on every point. It's pretty clear the following day calls for a business suit. I really like the outfit you've chosen for the business casual day. Love the shoes; definitely stick with the gray trousers. Khaki pants/blue blazer is very Joe Frat from State U. I will say that you could be a bit more daring in your jacket choice; a blue blazer is pretty "standard issue" when it comes to those in the rag trade. But, I think the shirt makes enough of a statement to overcome that. If you're going to wear a blue blazer, make sure it's a nice one (fabric, construction, fit). On edit: I wasn't clear that I'd go without the tie.
I live in Dallas and used to live a five iron (literally) from Chuy's. It is extremely casual and you'd look out of place there in a suit. As mentioned previously, they're wanting to see how you interact in a social situation. You don't want to appear uptight (which a suit would seem at Chuy's) in this environment. Smile and make it a point to speak to everyone in the group (current employees and other prospects). Remember, you're in the South (sort of); "yes, ma'am", "thank you, sir", opening doors/pulling chairs for ladies isn't necessarily expected, but would be very well received.
Not to give you any false confidence, but my guess is you're in unless you fail the drug screen or absolutely blow the interviews. Just be yourself, have a couple drinks at Chuy's (assuming others are drinking, which I assume they will be, but no more than three), and make it a point to be a part of the conversation without being the center of attention. Also, there will likely be some very attractive females (or males, if that's your thing) there with you; this isn't the time to work your magic and score a hookup. Be friendly and professional. There's plenty of time for scoring once you've got the job.
For the more formal interview the next day, make sure you've done your homework. Know something about the history of the company. Stanley Marcus was a Dallas icon. Be able to demonstrate you understand the training program, but ask meaningful questions. Make it clear to them you have a passion for and want to build a successful career in their business. Be confident without being cocky.
If you're interested, I've got a .pdf file of a pretty good interviewing book I could e-mail you (send me a private message with your e-mail addy and I'll send it). It's not fashion/retail industry specific, but it does help you go through the exercise of identifying what qualifications/skills/personal traits/etc. you have and how to communicate those things during your interview. Also, I do recall seeing a fashion/retail industry specific interviewing book at Barnes & Noble recently.
I doubt a job offer will be made until after you've been home for a few days. Unfortunately, since this is an entry level job, there isn't a great deal of room for negotiation on salary. Essentially, you're going to be underpaid for a few years if you really want to do it. You might be able to get an extra $1-2K out of them if you sell it as relocation reimbursement, but that's about it.
Best of luck.