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post #31 of 41
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Originally Posted by odoreater
Arr!!!! I just broke down and bought this Corneliani from STP for $654 using the 20% off discount code:



I think this one should be okay to wear to work though.

If that's the charcoal pin (which it appears it is), it is certainly ok to wear to work. I'm wearing it right now. Great suit. I got it for under $400.
post #32 of 41
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Originally Posted by odoreater
Arr!!!! I just broke down and bought this Corneliani from STP for $654 using the 20% off discount code:



I think this one should be okay to wear to work though.

Just tell me you didn't get the tie.

What are your guys' thoughts on spending one's entire interview suit budget on a single suit? It's a great suit, and a great deal for the quality, but would even a top law firm expect a student to show up in a $1500 suit anyway? For a student on a budget, might it not be better to spend a bit less and try for two somewhat less expensive suits -- a grey and a navy, perhaps -- so that you can rotate, particularly for multiple interviews with a single firm? I seem to recall that being my strategy way back when...
post #33 of 41
Thread Starter 
I should note that I already have a navy suit with brown shoes. It is older but serviceable. I did consider using this budget to buy two suits but have had a lot of difficulty finding something I like. I've been to off fifth (in raleigh NC) approximately ten times with no luck, and I'm going back tonight on my way to meet friends. I've also sifted through discount retailers in DC and department store sales. I guess I'm hard to please. Eventually I decided that I would prefer to pay for one quality suit that I really liked than two suits that I was unhappy with.

A question for the many lawyers here. Could a suit that is "too nice" actually hurt me in interviews? I'm going to Duke. I expect many of my classmates will be more blue-blood than me. I'm non-traditional at 28 years old. I know that grades are the most important factor, followed by other activities, but that appearance has a subtle and often unconscious influence.

Some of these cautionary posts are bringing out the inner ascetic in me and made me question my purchase. I certainly did not expect all of the responses. I've been reading on here for about a year but these are my first posts. I did buy the book "Dressing the Man" and have found much of the advice helpful. I guess the test will be when I try on the suit and decide whether to keep it.

Best,

Andy

ps. I wear size 10 1/2 shoe and am looking for an AE Park Ave in black, but thanks for the offer!
post #34 of 41
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Originally Posted by botanist
Eventually I decided that I would prefer to pay for one quality suit that I really liked than two suits that I was unhappy with.

I think this was a very smart decision. It's too easy to make the more=better mistake when building a wardrobe.
post #35 of 41
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Originally Posted by yanks2182
If that's the charcoal pin (which it appears it is), it is certainly ok to wear to work. I'm wearing it right now. Great suit. I got it for under $400.

It's not the charcoal pin. It's a navy beaded pin stripe. Navy suit with light blue beaded pinstripes. I still think this one is perfectly fine for business. I need a navy pinstripe suit anyway and I don't think that $650 is too much to pay for a NWT Corneliani (though, this one is Super 100s, which isn't as nice as the other Corneliani suit that I got which is a Super 120s. Though, I think that this one will be a better workhorse).

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Originally Posted by Margaret
What are your guys' thoughts on spending one's entire interview suit budget on a single suit? It's a great suit, and a great deal for the quality, but would even a top law firm expect a student to show up in a $1500 suit anyway? For a student on a budget, might it not be better to spend a bit less and try for two somewhat less expensive suits -- a grey and a navy, perhaps -- so that you can rotate, particularly for multiple interviews with a single firm? I seem to recall that being my strategy way back when...

I don't think a top law firm would expect a student to show up in a $1500 suit. In fact, I'm not sure that any partner who does interviews for top law firms (or even most, if not all, members of this board) can tell the difference between a $1500 suit and a $400 suit just by seeing it on the person. Like I said before, I wore a Navy Bachrach suit to all of my OCI interviews (about 25 interviews) and then wore the same suit on all callbacks. Every night when I came home I would just steam the thing and it would be ready to go for the next day and I don't think it hurt me one bit. Even if you have multiple interviews with a single firm, you are probably not going to be seeing the same person, and even if you do, they are not going to remember what you wore last time they met you. That said, you don't really need an expensive suit, and you don't really even need more than one suit.

My problem is that I am just addicted to buying nice suits and shoes. I just bought three suits in the past month. One of them was a Corneliani black pinstripe for $400 on STP, one was the navy pinstripe Corneliani for $650, and I also bought a Hickey-Freeman gray hand-tailored for $800 + $100 for working sleeve buttons. And the worst part is that I won't even be wearing them for another 4 months (my law firm job doesn't start until September), and even when I do start at my law firm, the firm is business casual so I'm not going to be wearing a suit more than one day a week. Eh, what are you going to do.
post #36 of 41
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Originally Posted by botanist
A question for the many lawyers here. Could a suit that is "too nice" actually hurt me in interviews? I'm going to Duke. I expect many of my classmates will be more blue-blood than me. I'm non-traditional at 28 years old. I know that grades are the most important factor, followed by other activities, but that appearance has a subtle and often unconscious influence.

Some of these cautionary posts are bringing out the inner ascetic in me and made me question my purchase. I certainly did not expect all of the responses. I've been reading on here for about a year but these are my first posts. I did buy the book "Dressing the Man" and have found much of the advice helpful. I guess the test will be when I try on the suit and decide whether to keep it.

Andy, I don't think that wearing a nice suit will hurt you because, like I said in my earlier post, most people can't tell the difference between an expensive suit and a cheap one. Just leave the Patek at home.

Also, I don't think you're that non-traditional. The average age of students at my law school is 27. That means that most people have taken some time off before starting law school. I wouldn't worry about the whole blue-blood thing. Law school is mostly full of hard-working types, not the true blue-bloods.
post #37 of 41
Hey Ordoreater -

How are the 2 Corneliani suits you got from STP? I am thinking about getting the same NAVY pinstrip suit myself. However I see its only Super 100, how does the suit feel, smooth or a little rough and firm? how about the black pin. you got ? Does it feel smooth?

Also, how is the fit? I have a rather fuller upper body, I regulary weight train, and the biggest problem for me with designer suits are the arm holes, a lot times , I could only get half of my arms through the sleeves. Would you say these Corneliani suits have a generous fit or rather slim fit and you wouldn't recommande to someone who works out a lot.

thanks to advise,
regards,
Allan

PS. Don't feel so bad about spending money on nice suits and not get to wear it , I am in the same boat, I like to buy nice shoes and suits too , however my work is business casual, even though its an investment bank.
post #38 of 41
I had one 'mock' interview, with a firm that didn't hire 1L's, which I also had no interest in working for. That day, I wore a medium-gray suit, tan shoes, a linen pocketsquare, a gingham-est spread collar shirt (with bigger squares), and an olive knit cashmere tie. Otherwise, black/merlot shoes, white shirt, silk navy tie w/ small white dots. No pocket square.
post #39 of 41
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Originally Posted by SuitingStyle
Hey Ordoreater -

How are the 2 Corneliani suits you got from STP? I am thinking about getting the same NAVY pinstrip suit myself. However I see its only Super 100, how does the suit feel, smooth or a little rough and firm? how about the black pin. you got ? Does it feel smooth?

Also, how is the fit? I have a rather fuller upper body, I regulary weight train, and the biggest problem for me with designer suits are the arm holes, a lot times , I could only get half of my arms through the sleeves. Would you say these Corneliani suits have a generous fit or rather slim fit and you wouldn't recommande to someone who works out a lot.

thanks to advise,
regards,
Allan

PS. Don't feel so bad about spending money on nice suits and not get to wear it , I am in the same boat, I like to buy nice shoes and suits too , however my work is business casual, even though its an investment bank.

Allan

I just ordered the navy suit last night so I'll tell you about the fabric and fit when I get that one. The black pinstripe that I got fits me quite nicely. The armholes are a little narrower than most other suits, but my 16.5" pythons still fit in there. It also fits well in my shoulder area, even though my shoulders are a little wider than normal (I work out too, but I wouldn't quite say that I'm "built" I'm just a little bigger than the average guy). The suit is a little slimmer fitting than most other suits, but I think that's because an Italian 52L does not really translate into a US 42L, it's more like a US 41L. The fabric on the Black Pinstripe, which is a 120s feels exquisite to me.

The bottom line is that I am now a Corneliani fan and most of my suit purchases in the near future will probably be Cornelianis from STP. Here's a picture from another thread of me wearing the black pinstripe :

post #40 of 41
Sure enough, the 38R solid charcoal has sold out at STP, well before any price reductions could be made.
post #41 of 41
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
Sure enough, the 38R solid charcoal has sold out at STP, well before any price reductions could be made.

That's why I jumped on the navy pin. I'd rather get it at $650 then not get it at all. I figured I could wait and see if it went down to $499 or something like that, but I'm really in the market for a navy pinstripe and I didn't want to let this opportunity slip.

I would have also wanted the charcoal, but they never had it in my size to begin with (E - 52L). Oh well, the hunt continues...
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