Can I wear this shirt without a tie?

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  1. streetcore

    streetcore New Member

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    Newbie question here from someone with very little knowledge of dress shirts, ties and jackets. I have a job interview in a couple days for a full time position at a company where I currently work part-time. The company dress code is pretty casual, and I was told by a friend in management not to wear a tie and jacket, just "some nice pants and a dress shirt".

    I have a slim frame and had a hard time finding an off the rack shirt that didn't leave my mid-section swimming in fabric, even the ones labeled "slim-fit". I finally found a nice Strellson shirt that fits me very well, and was $100 off the regular price, but I'm not sure I should wear it without a tie.

    As you can see in the picture below, it has a white strip of fabric on the button side of the shirt and around the inside of the collar. I think this white fabric really stands out when the shirt is unbuttoned.

    What do you guys think? Can I wear it like this?


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    I also bought this Strellson shirt below with a spread collar, but I don't like the fit as much and not sure I like the way the collar sits when it's unbuttoned.

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    Any advice for a newbie would be much appreciated.

    Thanks very much.
     
  2. rcc1

    rcc1 Active Member

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    No, you can't. You gonna be arrested if you do.
     
  3. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Senior member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I agree with you that the first collar looks better. And if appropriate interview attire in this case is a shirt and trousers (and that's a big if), I can't imagine that anyone will look askance at the white strip.

    However, I can't imagine going to an interview in anything less than a jacket and tie. It may be my advancing age, but I think no matter how casual the dress code for the workplace to which you're applying, you should step things up a notch for the interview. It conveys a certain respect and shows that you know how to present yourself in a way that's appropriate to the occasion.

    Regardless, best of luck with the interview. Be sure to let us know how it goes.
     
  4. IChen

    IChen Senior member

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    I'm a newbie too and I wouldn't button and just follow your friend's advice to not wear a tie or jacket then.

    But that's really odd though...even though the dress code is casual and your friend says not to wear a tie or jacket...I would at least wear a tie honestly.
     
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  5. streetcore

    streetcore New Member

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    Thanks very much for all the quick replies. The only time I've ever seen anyone at this company wear a tie is at the staff Christmas party. However, even at a formal event like that the owner of the company doesn't generally wear a tie. Just a jacket with a buttoned up shirt.

    I had a chat with the guy who would be my boss a couple weeks ago and he was wearing khakis and a golf shirt, which is pretty typically work attire in that department. My friend's suggestion was dress the way you would on the job. So I don't want to overdress, but I do agree with Vintage Gent that it's a good idea to take it up a notch.

    Khakis and golf shirts are not my thing, and the most expensive clothes I currently own are biker boots and wool vest by John Varvatos, and a couple pairs of RM Williams boots.

    I appreciate the advice and I'm going to give it some more thought. I have another day until the interview, so I may do a bit more shopping tomorrow.
     
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  6. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    1) under no circumstances should you wear the vest to the interview
    2) If you're going to wear either a tie or a jacket, wear just a jacket rather than just a tie
    3) if you want a happy medium between jacket and no jacket, consider the cardigan.
    4) given why you describe, the white fabric under the placket of that shirt should be fine
    5) to get your dress shirts to fit better, take them to a tailor and have darts put in the sides. They'll know what you mean. Should cost around $15.
     
  7. streetcore

    streetcore New Member

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    Damn.... I just put this together and was thinking it looked pretty good. But maybe it's better to be a bit more conservative.

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    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Yea I really recommend you don't do that. Just my opinion of course. Shirt shoulders and sleeves look too big too.
     
  9. Zac Duncan

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    the total look is great but the shirt shoulders doesn't fit
     
  10. streetcore

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    I see that now and I think I'm going to go with the shirt that has the white fabric under the placket. (thanks for teaching me a new word by the way)

    I tried it again last night and if I only undo the top button it looks pretty good, and does't show too much white.
     

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