Hello. I'm in the last year of a PhD program and am beginning to apply for jobs. I'm working on getting a nice interview wardrobe together but am a bit stuck. Most of the advice I'm seeing for interview dress relates to the business world and doesn't really apply to me. I'll be mostly interviewing for academic jobs (assistant professorships or post-docs) and I've been advised that my dress should be "reasonably conservative but definitely not corporate."
I have two suits: one medium gray and one charcoal—both are good (but not great) quality, well tailored, and of a modern (slim but not extremely slim) single-breasted, two-button design. I'm stuck on what sort of tie to wear as conservative ties all strike me as being at least somewhat corporate, and ties that are not corporate strike me as not being sufficiently conservative. Anyone have any thoughts? Thanks!