Long time listener, first time caller. I am getting ready to order a new suit for my upcoming MBA interviews. I think I am on the fringe for my top choices and need to stack everything in my favor. Any help or input is deeply appreciated!
My dress goal for this interview is to dress sharp enough to leave a favorable, even "memorable", impression, but in a very subtle way. I do NOT want to go ultra conservative as I need to stand out from the pack a little bit, but of course I don't want what I wear to overshadow my actual interview. I plan to order a navy suit and pair it with a white spread collar shirt and this tie (2.5"). I'll need to purchase a new pair of brown leather cap-toe oxfords. I like the burnished look but I'm not sure if that is considered fashion forward or flashy. I'm OK erring on the side of caution as far as shoes go. My other suits are black and light grey, so this will be my go to suit for future internship/job interviews as well.
After a ton of research, I believe I will go with Black Lapel (color swatches on the way). I am split between two sets of options
Option 1 "Euro flair": Slim Fit, two button, narrow notch lapel, double vents, hacking pockets (I'm indifferent on this one), no ticket pocket or other options
Option 2 "Traditional": Tailored Fit, two button, regular notch label, double vents, straight pockets and no ticket pocket or other options
I am leaning towards Option 1 but I have two main concerns:
Concern 1. Schools and future jobs (finance) tend to be conservative and I am afraid that the slim cut, narrow lapel (and slim tie) look will be too fashion forward. There seems to be two schools of thought but a lot of people feel that a great looking suit is versatile enough for all occasions. I am OK ditching the hacking pockets, Reviews seem to suggest that the slim cut may be TOO flared, almost feminine in a sense. I want to look sharp but not at the risk of looking too flashy. I think it will be OK as long as the suit fits well and the rest of the outfit is conservative. Also, I don't think these options are too "out there." The end result may be no different than a high-end Italian suit anyway in terms of pick stiching, slanted pockets, etc.
Concern 2. I don't know if my body shape is ideal for a slim fit suit. I am
I always have trouble with dress shirts because I am not skinny but not jacked either (some of those athletic cuts are just plain ridiculous!) I am fit/athletic, play sports weekly and hit the gym about once a week to lift weights. I am definitely not "huge" but I have decently broad shoulders/chest. it seems to me that the people who really pull off the skinny look are people who are, well, actually skinny... and I don't consider myself one of them.
Sorry for the long first post but I promise to contribute a review once my suit comes in. Cheers!