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My first suit - brand, budget, style? Also need a haircut advice

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I'm going to start hunting for jobs, so going to start having interviews soon. By that said, I have absolutely no clothes that I could wear for anything formal, to be honest I can't remember the last time I went to a clothes store - I'm not really rich, so I have other, more important expenses. But when hunting for jobs I want to leave a good impression AND I want my clothes to reflect my personality.

I'm 20, 6.1", thin, athletic (as in the \/ male-like bone structure) but not very muscular build, good posture. I don't wear glasses nor will have any facial hair.

As for my personality, I like professional appearance, even though a company may not be so formal, I think that a suit would still fit well. People describe me as ambitious, always on the go, direct and to the point kind of guy. Don't mistake me with a classic car salesman, I'm more direct than pretending to be your best friend to get more money out of you.

I have never owned a suit before, however I always wanted one. I only have a jacket that's very uncomfortable, it's from polyester and I have decent black shoes. I'm not looking for a cheap-looking 50s style average family suit, but I'm also not looking for a flashy, shining suit that stars wear at parties. I'm looking for something that would make me look professional, but not out of my place, as I'll be in an entry-level position, at least for a while.

I'd prefer something a bit cheaper, but I took a look at online stores, basically there were really ugly-looking suits that cost $100, and there were very nice suits that cost $1500... So I have no idea about what price range I should be looking at. I also need a tie and all that, as as I said - I only have shoes...

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As for my haircut, I was thinking about just gelling my hair backwards, but that would make me look like a mafia boss, wouldn't it? I want a professional-looking haircut, I don't want any of the spiky hair or shoulder-length hair, etc.. Currently I have shoulder-length hair actually, so I can do whatever I want with my hair.

P.S. Please ask any questions if you need more information on anything.
P.P.S. I'd appreciate it if you would be a bit more descriptive than usual, as I am not adept in fashion, as you probably already know...
Edited by newn - 3/11/13 at 7:15am
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Brooks brothers 1818. Go down to the store and try one on and find your size. This is a 1,000 dollar suit. Dont let that worry you. Go to ebay and search for them. I have picked up 3 suits for less than 100 dollars each you can also check the marketplace here. They are in great condition and are an amazing value. As for the haircut I would see what you can do naturally without the styling products that will look more conservitive. 

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As for my haircut, I was thinking about just gelling my hair backwards, but that would make me look like a mafia boss, wouldn't it? I want a professional-looking haircut, I don't want any of the spiky hair or shoulder-length hair, etc.. Currently I have shoulder-length hair actually, so I can do whatever I want with my hair.



go with the Lloyd Christmas doo. you'll be guaranteed to get a job
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Originally Posted by russ257 View Post

Brooks brothers 1818. Go down to the store and try one on and find your size. This is a 1,000 dollar suit. Dont let that worry you. Go to ebay and search for them. I have picked up 3 suits for less than 100 dollars each you can also check the marketplace here. They are in great condition and are an amazing value. As for the haircut I would see what you can do naturally without the styling products that will look more conservitive. 

I'm not in the US, though great idea about Ebay.
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go with the Lloyd Christmas doo. you'll be guaranteed to get a job

I had that hairstyle when I was in highschool. I didn't think it fitted me very well. But hey - that was highschool, I'm all grown up now.
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Where do you live? While you can get some really great suit deals on eBay and elsewhere online, since you don't own a suit and know your exact dimensions, I would recommend going to a store and trying on some different sizes to see what fits. Brooks Brothers makes a classic suit that would serve well as a interview suit. I would also recommend (based on other reviews on SF, not my own experience) Suit Supply if you happen to be in an area near one. They have good quality suits in the $500 range, which can be hard to find.

 

I would also suggest getting your first suit in a solid, conservative color, such as a dark navy blue or gray. It is a better interview suit, and will be more versatile in a smaller formal wardrobe.

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Where do you live? While you can get some really great suit deals on eBay and elsewhere online, since you don't own a suit and know your exact dimensions, I would recommend going to a store and trying on some different sizes to see what fits. Brooks Brothers makes a classic suit that would serve well as a interview suit. I would also recommend (based on other reviews on SF, not my own experience) Suit Supply if you happen to be in an area near one. They have good quality suits in the $500 range, which can be hard to find.

 

I would also suggest getting your first suit in a solid, conservative color, such as a dark navy blue or gray. It is a better interview suit, and will be more versatile in a smaller formal wardrobe.

 

I didn't know that suitsupply was a physical location. You learn something new every day.

 

OP, I'd suggest hitting some of the suit stores in your area and trying on a few different sizes and styles. That way, you'll get a feel for the look that you like, and it will help you to start narrowing things down.

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Where do you live? While you can get some really great suit deals on eBay and elsewhere online, since you don't own a suit and know your exact dimensions, I would recommend going to a store and trying on some different sizes to see what fits. Brooks Brothers makes a classic suit that would serve well as a interview suit. I would also recommend (based on other reviews on SF, not my own experience) Suit Supply if you happen to be in an area near one. They have good quality suits in the $500 range, which can be hard to find.

I would also suggest getting your first suit in a solid, conservative color, such as a dark navy blue or gray. It is a better interview suit, and will be more versatile in a smaller formal wardrobe.

I'm not sure if any brands like that have stores over here, I live in Europe. Although, there are other stores selling suits locally. Since there aren't any known brands that sell suits locally, I was thinking of ordering them online instead, but I could probably use those stores to find out the size of the suit that I need.

I agree with your suggestion, I like dark navy blue suits, it's a great color for my taste.
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I didn't know that suitsupply was a physical location. You learn something new every day.

OP, I'd suggest hitting some of the suit stores in your area and trying on a few different sizes and styles. That way, you'll get a feel for the look that you like, and it will help you to start narrowing things down.

Will see what I can do later this week, got a busy schedule for the next few days. Lots of plans to carry out.
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