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post #1 of 14
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I'll be honest I've never purchased a pair of slacks, in the past I've gone for Khakis. I'm looking for entry level work, tech support etc.. and want to dress to impress this time around. I know I should just head to the department stores and look around but I just wanted to get some suggestions first.

- Pleats, or no pleats?
I just lost 140 pounds, and I know before pleats where not flattering when I was fat. Right now I'm 170 pounds 35" wasit

- Brands
Are there any relatively inexpensive brands that still look good?

- Lastly color suggestions
The shirt I have picked out is a grayish/blue Ike Behar (pic's below) should I go for black slacks and black shoes or what would you all suggest?
post #2 of 14
I would purchase a full suit if I were you. If not, then definitely black slacks with black shoes.
post #3 of 14
- No pleats. Just looks like a big puff of fabric on your crotch area. Definitely not my cup of tea. - Brands, there is a LOT out there. It really just depends on what kind of fit you like and how much you are willing to spend. On a budget, try Express. I think their slacks are pretty decent for the price. And yes, black slacks and black shoes work. - For job hunt/interviews, always go with a conservative white or nice light blue shirt. Easy and you can't go wrong. Pair with a nice tie to match... red works with both.
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Originally Posted by kiLLscaLLion View Post
I would purchase a full suit if I were you. If not, then definitely black slacks with black shoes.
And I do agree with this. If you don't have one already, interviews are definitely a good reason to purchase a good starter suit. You seem new here, so browse the boards and find a brand/price point that would suit you. Expect to drop a good dime though. As many others here will tell you a suit is an investment... something you'll be using for a very long time. So do yourself a favor, get one that fits, looks good, and that you feel like a million bucks in.
post #4 of 14
No pleats. They tend to look bulgy and make people look a little stockier than they are. But that's just my take. Secondly, I would not put stock in any particular brand (not that there aren't some really good brands out there). I would rather go for fit. Buy clothes that fit you well. Do not buy something just because it looks good, no matter how good. Ill fitting clothes look bad, no matter how expensive, and a cheap Target shirt can look really great on someone on whom it fits well and who can pull it off. If you're starting out, depending on how others dress for the interview, I'd go with a dark charcoal/gray suit or trousers. For starters, I'd go with a simple, formal black captoe dress shoe. I'm not sure I like your first shirt, though - the pocket seems a little too low, and I'm unsure of the quality. I think it would help us more if you posted some pictures of you in the shirt to see the fit better. And for the interview, I'd find something in white, or light blue. That depends on how conservative your potential employer is. Finally, get a good tie. Make sure it is understated, but stands out. A maroon or a similar color with a subtle, mild pattern would be a good choice. Good luck, and welcome!
post #5 of 14
Gray dress trousers will be more useful than black, if you need dress trousers at all.

Khakis should be fine for follow-on interviews.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by photofabix View Post
... - Pleats, or no pleats? I just lost 140 pounds, and I know before pleats where not flattering when I was fat. Right now I'm 170 pounds 35" wasit
Take your pick. At this weight, you will look good either way. Good reference: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/WWW/WWW/Job%20Interviewing.htm
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Metlin View Post
No pleats. They tend to look bulgy and make people look a little stockier than they are. But that's just my take. Secondly, I would not put stock in any particular brand (not that there aren't some really good brands out there). I would rather go for fit. Buy clothes that fit you well. Do not buy something just because it looks good, no matter how good. Ill fitting clothes look bad, no matter how expensive, and a cheap Target shirt can look really great on someone on whom it fits well and who can pull it off. If you're starting out, depending on how others dress for the interview, I'd go with a dark charcoal/gray suit or trousers. For starters, I'd go with a simple, formal black captoe dress shoe. I'm not sure I like your first shirt, though - the pocket seems a little too low, and I'm unsure of the quality. I think it would help us more if you posted some pictures of you in the shirt to see the fit better. And for the interview, I'd find something in white, or light blue. That depends on how conservative your potential employer is. Finally, get a good tie. Make sure it is understated, but stands out. A maroon or a similar color with a subtle, mild pattern would be a good choice. Good luck, and welcome!
Well your right the shirt is a no go, it looks pretty ridiculous, it fit good when I got it off eBay 2 months ago, guess I just didn't realize how much weight I've dropped since then. The pants don't help any either there 2 sizes to big, there something I bought at Structure back in the 90's. Thanks for the tips
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Orsini View Post
Take your pick. At this weight, you will look good either way.

Good reference:

http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/WWW/WWW/Job%20Interviewing.htm

Thanks for that link, lots of good info....
post #9 of 14
+1 on the flat-front. A little Color Me Beautiful: Another reason to go with a white shirt is that the blue in the pic doesn't compliment your skin tones, in fact it dulls them. It could be the camera or flash, but it's something to consider. Dark (not black) trousers and white shirt would make the appearance pop for someone with your complexion. For the rest of you all - would a suit be appropriate for a non-finance entry level interview? Tech seems to have a informal-is-better credo.
post #10 of 14
+1 on grey trousers... don't get black. And if you're on a budget, I've found the pants from H&M and Zara satisfactory.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by joelmccrea View Post
+1 on the flat-front.

A little Color Me Beautiful: Another reason to go with a white shirt is that the blue in the pic doesn't compliment your skin tones, in fact it dulls them. It could be the camera or flash, but it's something to consider. Dark (not black) trousers and white shirt would make the appearance pop for someone with your complexion.

For the rest of you all - would a suit be appropriate for a non-finance entry level interview? Tech seems to have a informal-is-better credo.

Yea I think your right about the color, well and the digital camera I have is pretty low end.. still prefer film my self
post #12 of 14
Another vote here for gray trousers. You can wear them with virtually any color shirt, and gray is much more appropriate for work than black. Unless you are, as we say at SF, a waiter. Or perhaps a hipster.

Sierratradingpost.com might be a good shopping option for you. The return policy is fantastic, so you could order a few pairs and keep only the best one.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by photofabix View Post
Thanks for that link, lots of good info....
Glad to have been of assistance. While reading these forums is amusing and the observations of some posters may have some value, I feel one is generally better off going to a reference work or to some recognized expert for wardrobe advice...
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well I hit the thrift shop today, before deciding to buy anything. I found a pair of Brooks Brothers 346 Khakis (36"w 32L), they do have somewhat of a pleat but nothing to terrible and something I can live with for only $4. I'll just try these out and buy something better once I get said job Sorry for the bad pic, a decent digital camera is something else on my list.. Thanks everyone for the suggestions!
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