So I'm finishing up a doctorate and plan to be interviewing soon for a big old mixed bag of everything from academic faculty positions to simple post docs to industry jobs (mostly creative sectors... tech firms and marketing and research).
So, following criteria:
1) Everything about academia is super casual. I honestly can't remember even seeing anybody in my academic career wearing a suit on any occasion ever except the dean or higher. I would still absolutely wear a suit anyway for interview, because it just feels dumb and disrespectful not to assume that, but still, casual side of things may be appropriate?
2) Industry is probably more variable. I wouldn't be surprised if some tech firms might have everyone running around in ironic picture t-shirts while interviewing me, while other places I go might have mandatory suit uniforms every day. Who knows.
3) It would be nice if I could invest in a suit I'd be perfectly happy to wear in my personal life as well, and my purely aesthetic style heavily gravitates toward things like vintage brown tweed type styles... not exactly traditional interview wear.
4) I'm relatively poor
* Stop overthinking it and buy a quality boring navy suit and worry about the luxury of style and nuance after I have a real income?
* Buy a couple of suits for two ends of a spectrum, but split my limited budget?
* Attempt some crazy 3 piece English professor getup, perhaps charcoal, to flexibly modularize for different things, but with a maybe (?) lower maximum achievable formality?
Edited by Crimeo - 8/7/14 at 2:27am