Originally Posted by laphroaig
Wearing an ascot would show either that you are eccentric enough to be a wizard, or completely out of touch. If you come in a suit you'll just look like some office worker drone to a dot com startup "CEO" / college student. It's all about understanding the industry in which you are interviewing. Think of the intellectual leaders / legends in this particular industry and how they dress to get an inkling about his comments.
I hate the look of an ascot. I think they're costumey and flashy. But i do think it requires a certain degree of confidence to wear one, that's why i used it as an example. Maybe i should have used sweatpants. It would take balls to wear sweatpants to an interview.
I know, Steve Jobs wears dad jeans etc. So how does it show confidence to dress like they do? To me it shows nothing but a lack of style and a desire not to stand out from the crowd. Obviously you might not go to the interview wearing a suit, but i don't see how wearing pants rather than jeans would be a bad idea.
A good friend of mine just went to a job interview in IT wearing a sweater vest over a white shirt with rolled up cuffs, and subtly pinstriped charcoal pants. No tie. Does this show a lack of experience and confidence?