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post #16 of 45
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Originally Posted by Mr. Sartorial View Post
See this is the one point that I disagree with on the face of it. Unless the business is a linen supplier, I don't think anyone can say that it depends on the industry.

Here's the thing. Linen wrinkles. That's what it's good at. So you show up to just about any interview, and no one is going to say "Hey, sweet linen suit." All they're going to see is a wrinkly suit.

In no circumstances should linen accompany you to a job interview. Not even if it's a pocket square.

This makes good sense.
post #17 of 45
I can't see why you'd wear a linen suit over a wool suit. Even if you can "get away with it", seeing what I can get away with is the last thing I want to think about on an interview. The clothing you are wearing should not be what the interviewer remembers the most about you.

I am not saying linen suits don't look great - they do, and the ones I wear get a lot of use. but I would not wear one to an interview. Regardless of climate. If an interview calls for a suit, wear wool. If it doesn't call for a suit, don't wear one.
post #18 of 45
Looks like the OP is most likely interviewing in NYC or SF. Definitely wool.
post #19 of 45
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Originally Posted by Poindexter View Post
...and Alfani or better loafers.

Sorry to snark, but "better than Alfani" is redundant.
post #20 of 45
I can't think of any circumstance where I would wear a linen suit to an interview. Bad idea. A linen suit is, practically by definition, a leisure suit. "He's the kind of guy who spends money on leisure suits over business suits" is not the kind of first impression you want to make.
post #21 of 45
Definitely wool for an interview.
post #22 of 45
You'd wear a linen suit to a summer interview at the same place you'd wear a tweed suit to a winter interview. Nowhere.
post #23 of 45
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Originally Posted by Mr. Sartorial View Post
See this is the one point that I disagree with on the face of it. Unless the business is a linen supplier, I don't think anyone can say that it depends on the industry.

Here's the thing. Linen wrinkles. That's what it's good at. So you show up to just about any interview, and no one is going to say "Hey, sweet linen suit." All they're going to see is a wrinkly suit.

Also, I don't care if you live in New Delhi, you should still wear wool. That's why manufacturers have created 7 oz. tropical wools. As many on here should know, wool is a natural thermal regulator, so if things get too hot it actually keeps you cool. If you're still concerned, buy one of the many specialized "cool" jackets made with a rayon blend.

If, however, wearing a suit is simply too formal for the interview, then just wear wool trousers, shirt and tie.

In no circumstances should linen accompany you to a job interview. Not even if it's a pocket square.

I have to ask - why no square?
post #24 of 45
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Originally Posted by Spong View Post
I have to ask - why no square?
Squares , even TV fold white linen can strike some interviewers as "dandyish". Sad , but true.
post #25 of 45
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post
I can't think of any circumstance where I would wear a linen suit to an interview. Bad idea. A linen suit is, practically by definition, a leisure suit. "He's the kind of guy who spends money on leisure suits over business suits" is not the kind of first impression you want to make.

I believe I FTFY.
post #26 of 45
^indeed you did. whoops. fixed now.
post #27 of 45
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Originally Posted by yachtie View Post
.. a winter interview.

A winter-view!
post #28 of 45
+1 vote to Wool Suit
post #29 of 45
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Originally Posted by Spong View Post
I have to ask - why no square?
Linen wrinkles no matter what it's in. I own several linen pocket squares and I wouldn't wear any of them (not even my white one with a TV fold) to an interview because they still suffer from the wrinkle affect, and white linen pocket squares have a habit of being not quite white, enough that it might look dirty to an observer. So at best I look like I've got a wrinkled and dirty handkerchief in my pocket. Simply put, interview attire is about being crisp and professional. Average, even. This is not what linen excels at in any form. A white silk pocket square in TV fold can be acceptable if appropriate for your outfit. I wore this to a bank interview some years ago and was complimented on it, although I would rather my attire be "good enough" allowing my skills and demeanor to speak for themselves rather than be complimented. Preference would be no pocket square. Save it for after you have the job. EDIT: I think this thread has been beat to death, so I'm going to avoid adding anymore to the cacophony unless someone has a specific question
post #30 of 45
But do you think cotton suits are acceptable for a job interview?
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