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post #16 of 31

You'll just have to balance the dark suit with a lighter shirt/ vibrant tie.

post #17 of 31
this may be one of those SF rules that are perfectly sensible in an artistic sense, but rarely observed in the real world. I spent a week in Paris this spring staying over by the embassies and i can tell you that about 80% of the men were wearing black suits.
post #18 of 31
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Originally Posted by Balfour View Post

+1.  Don't, whatever you do, wear a dark shirt.  You'll look like an extra from The Sopranos.  A pale blue shirt is by far the best option with a black suit, as white, the most conservative option for a navy or charcoal suit, will not pair well with a black suit as it looks to stylised (I think another poster mentioned too close to a tuxedo).  You mention an aversion to high contrast between shirt and suit, but this is a desirable thing to see when dressing classically.

I would also not obsess about this.  If you get the fit right, and make good selections on shirt, tie and shoes, then you will still be very smartly turned out.  If you do obsess about this, this may undermine your confidence on the day and impair your performance.  If you think that you can't stop obsessing about this, bite the bullet and buy a navy or charcoal suit.

+1. Saved me a lot of typing.
post #19 of 31
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Originally Posted by Balfour View Post

  If you do obsess about this, this may undermine your confidence on the day and impair your performance.  If you think that you can't stop obsessing about this, bite the bullet and buy a navy or charcoal suit.

Or perhaps you could leave your current suit out in the sun until it fades to charcoal.
post #20 of 31
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Originally Posted by foodguy View Post

this may be one of those SF rules that are perfectly sensible in an artistic sense, but rarely observed in the real world. I spent a week in Paris this spring staying over by the embassies and i can tell you that about 80% of the men were wearing black suits.

Really good point.
post #21 of 31
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To say the bolded section, and proceed with the rest of your post is basically disproving your hypothesis.
And your pitch about being a financial advisor cracks me up...always overselling.

It was my way of trying to avoid coming off cocky.

 

I wanted to share my personal style of how I like to dress, but I wanted him to be aware that what I say could be completely wrong compared to the vast majority of others on here.

post #22 of 31
A light blue shirt and a rep tie.
post #23 of 31
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Originally Posted by bellyhungry View Post

A light blue shirt and a rep tie.


+1 Works every time imho

post #24 of 31
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post

To say the bolded section, and proceed with the rest of your post is basically disproving your hypothesis.
And your pitch about being a financial advisor cracks me up...always overselling.


No need to be an ass.
post #25 of 31
I spent some time in Milan last year and was surprised by the number of black suits, white shirts, dark ties and black shoes. Lots of these guys worked in and around the city center. Most of them looked pretty good. Especially with an updated trim cut.
post #26 of 31
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

I spent some time in Milan last year and was surprised by the number of black suits, white shirts, dark ties and black shoes. Lots of these guys worked in and around the city center. Most of them looked pretty good. Especially with an updated trim cut.
yeah ... same with me and paris. i wanted to go up to them and say "don't you know style forum would NOT approve?"
post #27 of 31
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"don't you know style forum would NOT approve?"

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post #28 of 31
If you are interviewing for jobs in Tokyo, a black suit is all you need.
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Originally Posted by SilverJag View Post

Hello everyone!

I am new to the forum and clearly have much to learn. Let's just say I learned a lesson already by reading around the forum tonight. A few months ago I purchased a black suit, thinking it was proper attire for my upcoming medical school interviews. Needless to say, I'm short on money and unable to return the suit.

I need help picking a shirt color that would regain sartorial points, or at the least, prevent me in stooping even lower. I've read that pale blue is an OK choice, but I'm not a big fan of this option, especially due to the large contrast it creates. I'm thinking a darker blue or burgundy colored shirt, or perhaps a striped shirt?

I've read most of the articles on 'interview attire' and whatnot, but still having a hard time conforming to an opinion that does not provide pictures. Please, any feedback is appreciated, and pictures/images are very welcome.

I have rather pale skin tone, dirty blond hair, and blue eyes.

Cheers,
post #29 of 31
Thread Starter 

Wow, thanks for your input guys! 

 

I actually just went out and exchanged suits since the other one was gifted to me a month or so ago. I went for a dark navy suit, and I'm really happy with the fit of it. I purchased two shirts, a light blue and a light lavender (both from Calvin Klein). 

 

As for the shoes, I'm thinking a pair of cognac toe capped shoes with matching belt.

 

I haven't figured out the tie just yet. When I get the suit back from alterations, I'll try it on with the shirt and snap a picture for you guys. I must admit, the blue does look nice, not sure why I was so hesitant before.

 

I know it seems like I'm doing a 180* here; before with black suit/black shoes, now with navy suit/brown shoes, but I'm much, much happier with the look of it. 

 

Thanks again for everyone's input, it is much appreciated :)

post #30 of 31
I see way more black suits at the courthouse than any other color. White or light blue shirts of course. Ties vary.
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