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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

Your white shirt needn't be "top notch." It should fit you, be clean, be relatively wrinkle-free, etc. But it truly won't matter that you're wearing a $35 Lands' End white dress shirt, instead of a $250 white dress shirt.
Brooks Brothers was likely used as shorthand for "a traditional, business-appropriate suit." Brooks Bros. is not the only source of such suits. A whole lot of interview suits are purchased at Jos. A. Bank (usually for around 70%, during one of JAB's very frequent sales), and while most JAB suits fail to find much love here on styleforum, in part because they tend not to be as slim-fitting as some people here prefer, I really don't see you losing any points at your interview for wearing a more traditional-fitting navy or grey suit, white shirt, and appropriate tie, shoes, etc.
There are other sources of business-appropriate suits, of course. I simply used Jos. A. Bank as an example, because it's a popular source, and cheaper than Brooks. A little review of past posts should provide you with a number of other choices.
If the book you're reading explains WHY it recommends certain items, pay attention to understanding those reasons. If the book doesn't explain, for example, why you should look for certain qualities in a shirt, why a particular color of suit is recommended, why some necktie patterns are preferable to others, etc., then find another book which does explain the reasoning behind the author's choices. Dressing appropriately is more about understanding the underlying rationale, and not so much about slavishly obeying an author's directions without either deviation or comprehension.
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Michael
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Originally Posted by Jigglypuff View Post

For interviewing purposes, should I go top notch on the white shirt and invest in a brooks brothers (which was recommended in a book i am reading) or are there cheaper comparable brands? Any recommendations would be appreciated.

+1 to this. Doesn't need to be top notch--but don't go full on polyester garbage, either. Lands End shirts are decent, as are Charles Tyrwhitt or TM Lewin if the shipping will get them to you in time.
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To some extent, the answer will also come down to budget and convenience.  BB sells non-iron shirts, so if you want to be able to toss your shirt in the dryer on permanent press and have it come out wrinkle-free, then that's the way to go.

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Originally Posted by sridhar3 View Post

To some extent, the answer will also come down to budget and convenience.  BB sells non-iron shirts, so if you want to be able to toss your shirt in the dryer on permanent press and have it come out wrinkle-free, then that's the way to go.
Although it's hardly necessary to buy from BB, just to get non-iron. These days, non-iron shirts actually seem more popular than "must iron." (Which rather disappoints me, although I recognize that some non-iron shirts aren't too bad.)
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

Although it's hardly necessary to buy from BB, just to get non-iron. These days, non-iron shirts actually seem more popular than "must iron." (Which rather disappoints me, although I recognize that some non-iron shirts aren't too bad.)

I don't have too much experience, but I feel that Brooks Brothers non-iron shirts are better than most other brands and they are 100% cotton. I can only compare to Calvin Klein, Charles Tyrwhitt, and Uniqlo shirts.
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post

I don't have too much experience, but I feel that Brooks Brothers non-iron shirts are better than most other brands and they are 100% cotton. I can only compare to Calvin Klein, Charles Tyrwhitt, and Uniqlo shirts.

Well, Brooks is far better than Calvin Klein and Uniqlo, but also much more expensive. Better than Tyrwhitt or Lands End too, but both of those hold their own in a comparison at a respectably lower price.

Your shirt absolutely doesn't need to be top notch. It has to be of a quality that doesn't scream utter crap, and it needs to be the appropriate level of formality. Hell, Old Navy is selling a decent slim fit, 100% Cotton dress shirt these days, for $30. I was looking for cheap cords, and was astonished at how well put together a shirt it was- so much so that I bought one. Only time will tell how it holds up to wear, but the process of finding a suitable white dress shirt should not be hard.

And as an aside, never trust "non iron". Shirts will often come out of the dryer in passable shape, but to get them looking their best, you really do need to iron.
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

And as an aside, never trust "non iron". Shirts will often come out of the dryer in passable shape, but to get them looking their best, you really do need to iron.

Agreed. Even though the Brooks Brothers shirts come out really good out of the dryer. I still think that you should iron to get that crisp look. I just find that you have less ironing to do with the Brooks Brothers ones.
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post

Agreed. Even though the Brooks Brothers shirts come out really good out of the dryer. I still think that you should iron to get that crisp look. I just find that you have less ironing to do with the Brooks Brothers ones.

What I've found with the non-iron shirts is that they are far easier to get looking great. My standard fabric shirts take a bit more coaxing to get looking really good. And to be honest, BB non-iron shirts are my least favorite when it comes to softness of fabric. My Tyrwhitt and Pink shirts are much softer than BB. Hell, even JAB non-irons are softer than BB...unless they've changed their treatment and I'm not aware of it.
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post

Agreed. Even though the Brooks Brothers shirts come out really good out of the dryer. I still think that you should iron to get that crisp look. I just find that you have less ironing to do with the Brooks Brothers ones.

+1. Non-iron doesn't mean you don't need to iron it, it just means the ironing is a bit faster. Which, for me, given that I think such shirts look weird, is not a trade-off I am willing to make. But, if you are a bit less obsessive about it then me I can totally understand the appeal smile.gif
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Thinking to sell my well fitting, classic staple Lobbs to get Berluti wallet

The question is: am I crazy?
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Originally Posted by goodlensboy View Post

Thinking to sell my well fitting, classic staple Lobbs to get Berluti wallet
The question is: am I crazy?

Yep.
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Yes.  Don't be dumb.  Be smart.  Keep the Lobbs.

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Originally Posted by goodlensboy View Post

Thinking to sell my well fitting, classic staple Lobbs to get Berluti wallet
The question is: am I crazy?

Yep, yes and hell yeah!
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

Yep.

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Originally Posted by sridhar3 View Post

Yes.  Don't be dumb.  Be smart.  Keep the Lobbs.

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Originally Posted by Tailor Dan View Post

Yep, yes and hell yeah!

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Edit after 4 hours: let sanity prevail - with heavy heart
Edited by goodlensboy - 10/26/12 at 10:45pm
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Does anyone know what brand logo this is? Unfortunately I have no better quality picture as this was a screenshot from a DVD.

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Can anyone comment on the fit of the PRL Preston wool flannel pants? I have several pairs of preston chinos that fit well albeit snug in the wait in a 34, but normally have to go to about a 38 for dress pants. Would I be good in a 36 in the wool flannel pants or should I go up to a 38?

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