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Dress me like a Dean

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by III, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. III

    III Active Member

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    Many excellent replies!

    The job will indeed entail meeting with the faculty, community leaders, the occasional legislative delegation, president, regents etc., as well as students, postdocs and so on. I will also need to be ready to meet with the press on short notice - significant publications or new developments always generate interest in a mid-size town.

    Thanks, all, very much!
     
  2. designprofessor

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    You can do that chalk stripe, hell yes. Tweed can be great for university, but in a way is almost a cliche.
    I think you would want to look more administrative rather than like faculty.
     
  3. Mildly Consumptive

    Mildly Consumptive Senior member

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  4. crazyquik

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    Find some corduroy too.

    Sport coat, coat and vest, suit, or 3 piece.
     
  5. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    You can do that chalk stripe, hell yes. Tweed can be great for university, but in a way is almost a cliche.
    I think you would want to look more administrative rather than like faculty.

    Yes, definitely dress more administrative than faculty. Faculty, students and your peer administrators will actually expect it of you.
     
  6. CaneCobra

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    Dean?
    Couldn't resist.
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  7. crazyquik

    crazyquik Senior member

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    Dress you like The Dean?

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  8. philosophe

    philosophe Senior member

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    You need a more formal wardrobe for meeting with external constituencies--government, donors, etc--and a less formal one for meeting with faculty, who will likely already regard you with some suspicion since you hail from industry. Choose clothes that appropriate to the audience you're addressing.

    I would scrap tweed. It's much too hot.
     
  9. academe

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    As an academic at St Andrews, I see plenty of administrative higher ups wandering around in suits all the time. May be because it is the UK (and British men do love stripes), I frequently see all manner of pinstripes, chalk strips, self-stripes, etc. and don't necessarily automatically think "banker." I'd get a few striped suits if they appeal to you. If you're in the "warm" part of the US like the southwest, you might consider having a couple of linen suits for the warmer periods of the year. These might also be a bit less formal, for days when you don't have to speak or meet the public...
     

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