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First dress shirt/ties

broady

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Hi, before I show pics, just to let you know that I bought these for a scholarship interview (and subsequent job interviews) and my school formal. I am 17. Anyway. After browsing what I regarded as average, overpriced shirts (do you agree that a pocket on a dress shirt is incorrect??), I found this "Ben Sherman Premium". It says it uses European fabric, whatever that means, but it's very soft but still quite nice and thick. Plus I love the herringbone? pattern. The best thing about it is the fit, it's bloody amazing, perfect everywhere, I think I'll wear it out casually: So here are the ties: The green is a woven pattern of light and dark greens and a silver. Using this for interview And the pink/red one, for the formal. By the way, pairing these with a (black) suit. Don't hate on me, I bought it two years ago without knowing what I was doing.. Ah yes, and the only thing I don't like about the shirt is the lack of french cuffs and non-removable collar stays. Minor things though with regard to the fit otherwise. So give me thoughts. I know these are not hugely high end items - I just went shopping with my friend and pretty much spent his money on some lovely items that broke his wallet. Fun. Edit: Should I go a pocket square? I have a hankerchief that I tried folding, but it's huge.
 

Jared

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Let me start by saying that your formal outfit of the shirt and red tie (could the pattern be described as Damask?) look wonderful: I wish I had half the taste at your age. And a black suit is fine - if not preferred at your age - for evening.

I'm going to assume a "scholarship interview" is basically the same as a job interview: French cuffs are considered too fancy for interviews, so you got lucky there. I'm concerned that the shirt and tie are a bit loud together. The shirt's herringbones look quite large - and I suspect (can someone verify this?) that shirt texture of any kind is against The Rules. Of course the black suit is probably a more serious breach, and you can get away with so much before graduation that it's really just nitpicking...
 

Newton

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Broady, you may attract some criticism on this forum but let me say, out in the real world you will do just fine.

You're going to look better than any other interviewee, if the kids in your area are like the ones in mine.
 

oldseed

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i'll echo above a bit; the formal outfit is great. the interview one is okay. i'd recommend a darker tie. think navy w/stripes, or dark red w/ stripes, or a rep tie (red/blue stripes).

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