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post #31 of 39
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Originally Posted by greatfire
Based on what I'm reading, I think I'll get a suit. If I end up being overdressed, then I can just take off the jacket, right? Or will that be weird?
One thing you must know, my friend, is that if you lose the jacket, lose the tie as well, or risk looking like a salesman.

All the best to your interview.
post #32 of 39
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Originally Posted by Sator
In my profession I have only been interview wearing a suit by people similarly attired.

Wear a suit unless given unequivocably clear and specific instructions to do otherwise.

Just because the interviewer isn't wearing a suit doesn't mean you shouldn't be. When I intereviewed my last round of hires I was wearing a polo, trousers, and sportcoat (and EGs), but I expected my interviewees to be wearing a suit. Just for reference, when I interviewed (with the CEO of the company I work for) he was wearing a sportcoat over a vneck sweater and trousers.
post #33 of 39
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Another question (I'm about to make an attempt at purchasing a suit): why the suggestions for navy and charcoal? What about black? Is black another option, or is there some hidden connotation with a black suit that I don't want to be implying? Why not a pinstripe? What do the colors/styles mean?

So far:

- 3 button single breasted suit
- try a 40L and a 42L
- make sure the suit fits in the shoulder and body, the sleeves and pants hem can be cheaply altered (the tailor I found told me this).
- color: charcoal, navy, (black?)

Anything else that I should watch out for?
What shirt color? What type of shirt?
What tie color? What type of tie?
What about shoes? What color? Any brand or style recommendations?

I'd like a good quality suit, preferrably for cheap, but I mean, if I can't get a cheap suit ($250'ish, or less) that's of good enough quality, then I guess I'll have to make an investment.
post #34 of 39
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Originally Posted by greatfire
Another question (I'm about to make an attempt at purchasing a suit): why the suggestions for navy and charcoal? What about black? Is black another option, or is there some hidden connotation with a black suit that I don't want to be implying? Why not a pinstripe? What do the colors/styles mean?

Black traditionally has been considered inappropriate for business. It's a severe color usually reserved for tuxedoes. More and more black suits have been appearing in the workplace, however, and some argue that black has now become acceptable businesswear. I disagree. And the possibility that your interviewer will disagree makes it a poor choice for an interview suit.

As a young guy, you want to create an image suggesting that you know your stuff, that you have it all put together despite your age. Some interviewers will perceive a black suit as a rookie mistake, a sign that you don't know the subtle nuances of the office. Also, so many young guys now have black as their only suit that you'll stand out from the crowd.

Navy and charcoal are much more conservative, and they tend to look better on most guys in the daytime. Try on some different shades to see what works best with your complexion.

In general, solid suits are best to start off with partly because of practicality. It's your first suit, so you'll probably want/need to wear it a lot. With a solid, you can wear it time and again, and no one will notice. If you wear a pinstripe two or three days in a row, people might pick up on it. Also, solids are more at home at functions such as funerals and weddings. (Another disadvantage to the black suit: I wouldn't wear one to a wedding.)

Pinstripes are fine choices for the office, but I'd default to a solid for interviews.
post #35 of 39
It answers all of your questions, and is a can't miss. Remember, no button-down collars with a suit.
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Originally Posted by diorshoe
ok, monday, go to your local saks fifth outlet, nordstrom rack. get a decent navy suit. 3 button single breasted. solid navy. jack victor, should run you 200-300 dollars. check out banana republic and they have a couple of decent navy suits for starters at low prices. saks outlet has a wide selection of discounted luxury brand name ties. find a conservative (stripe? ) tie in shades of red. will run you probably between 10-39 dollars. maybe buy 2. make sure you get your suit tailored as quick as possible as most places have a week turnaround. tuesday, go to ross, tjmaxx, and/or marshalls and pick out a white cotton dress shirt. ck, perry ellis, geoffrey beene, polo, etc. a decent one will cost you around 17 dollars. you can buy two, one in a light blue, yellow, or grey dress shirt. make sure they are barrel cuff, not french cuff as you will have no time to fuss with cufflinks and so on. go buy a 3 pack of dark navy (or black) dress socks. nordstrom rack has a few styles from a no name italian brand that are decent at 1.99 a pair. wednesday, go to nordstrom rack, pick out a split toe, captoe, or wingtip laceup dress shoe in black. preferably a good quality one: Allen Edmonds, santoni, ferragamo. something that will last you a few wearings after the interview. will cost you anywhere from 69.90 dollars to 189.90 dollars for one pair. try to find a matching dress belt in black with a silver or gold buckle that is not big. dress size. a decent belt from the rack will cost you around 19 dollars to 24.99 at nordstrom rack. thursday, clean your shoes, iron the shirts, learn how to tie your tie if you dont know already. try on the different ensembles with different shirt and tie combinations in case you have to interview again. friday, practice your interview skills and review your resume. pray. good luck.
post #36 of 39
Oh yeah: solid shirt in white or blue, button cuffs, no buttons on the collar. Black laceup shoes, polished nicely, and without square toes. Conservative tie of your choice.

None of this has to be expensive; just as long as it fits well and has been properly cared for. For $250, you're probably not going to get a great quality suit. But you may fill out in the coming years, so there's no need to get top-line quality. If your suit fits properly, you'll be ahead of 90 percent of the guys you're up against.

(All this stuff about competition will be more relevant when you're actually applying for a full-time job, when the other candidates could be guys with real-world experience. But it's just good practice in general.)
post #37 of 39
Check this out. Not the greatest suit in the world, but it comes from a reputable store and has a pre-tailored hem, so you don't have to worry about paying for a hem. The website has other suits available too.

http://www.esuit.com/calvin_klein/index.htm

And no, I don't work for them (although I have placed orders before).
post #38 of 39
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post #39 of 39
The Baroni suits, and others sold by the same seller, ignited a rather heated discussion over at AA. Ultimately, the seller sent one to Andy for his critique. You can read it here:
http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...light=analysis

Personally, for a first suit, I think you'd be better off going to try on several different makers. Go see how they look in person. Maybe even try some high-end brands that are way out of your range, to see how they fit and feel the difference. Then you'll be better equipped to make your purchase, and you'll know exactly what you're getting.


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