Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Isolation

    Isolation Senior member

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    I'll volunteer for the noob who needs advice today, here's an outfit. I just have a feeling it's not great.

    What's the problem with it, is it just that the suit isn't that stylish? (fabric + lapels, and overall fit), or did I put it together poorly?


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  2. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    why are you wearing a sweater with a DB suit?
     
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  3. EFV

    EFV Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Iso, put the camera at a lower point and step back a little. Right now the proportions look completely off. Other than that, sweater is no bueno with DB & those lapels need a little width. I have nothing against narrow lapel SB (even though I don't wear them myself), but DB requires width IMHO.
     
  4. Isolation

    Isolation Senior member

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    I was really cold, I didn't know you're not supposed to =P

    Thanks gents. I agree with the lapels, but can't really do anything about it anymore sadly.

    I don't really have a place with proper lighting to take picture from farther away =/ I usually leave the house somewhat late so there's no good natural light either.
     
  5. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    Just a loss of respect from my sf breaux?
     
  6. stro

    stro Active Member

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    @ridethecliche , i've spent a lot of time with the gentlemen attending the ~top30 med school in my town over the past 3 years... you're gonna be juuuust fine [​IMG]
     
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    breakaway01 Senior member

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    Don't over think this. I knew nothing about dressing when I applied to med school, residency, and fellowship. By any standard (much less SF's) I was poorly dressed. I did just fine.

    Your interviewers will care a hundred times more about whether you can talk intelligently about your current research projects than they will about the color of your shoes.
     
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  8. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    Surely not.

    Oh wait. You had respect? ;)
     
  9. LeBeef

    LeBeef Senior member

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    RTC, imo the choices you are evaluating are rather small in regards to what is right for an interview (ie brown vs burgundy shoes) as opposed to something bigger that may be more objectionable (skinny taper with flood hem vs full break). You will be fine based on the example of things you've posted in the past couple of months.

    Also, in my experience as a resident now seeing med students come to my program for interviews, it's usually the people who I presume think they know something about fashion or dressing well that will come off as ostentatious by doing something that makes them memorable in a bad way.

    Which brings me to a question: if any of you had to evaluate job applicants, which is worse, overdressing/being too trendy or not knowing what you are doing at all (ie oversized baggy suit, square to shoes, etc). To me, I would give the person with no clue a pass unless dressing up was part of the requirements of the job.
     
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  10. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    I'd greatly prefer too trendy to clueless, but this is coming from someone with experience in law and finance. If I have to put someone in front of a client, I'd rather they care about clothes and I perhaps have to advise them to dress more conservatively than have them look sloppy.
     
  11. 997CTSurg

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    I'll add my opinion to the medical school interview thoughts.
    As a little background, I am a practicing cardiac surgeon who did the four years of med school and then 11 years of residency.

    No one will notice what you wear as long as you don't look too dandyish or too sloppy.
    Wear a plain charcoal or navy suit (which fits) and balmoral black or dark brown shoes and you will look better than the rest of the drones (which isn't a bad thing).
    As a resident and a fellow, I participated in 11 different series of match day interviews. I cannot remember any comments ever being directed at what a candidate was wearing.
    I had one dark navy suit from Brooks Brothers that my mom bought me. Wore it till it was shiny. Then kept wearing it because I was broke and could't afford anything else.
     
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    Absolutely right. However for someone in the medical field,I'd be worried if I were RTC to come across as someone who is more concerned about his outward appearance than what really matters. Style over substance? Not in this case....
    If I were him I'd be more worried about what I was going to say in that interview than how I would look.
     
  13. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    RTC

    My abiding impression should not be of how you dress or of your combinations or fit, but of your answers to my questions, your comportment, your engagement, etc. Please prepare for your interviews and stop reading SF until you are done.

    Your future interviewers.
     
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    Kudos to you for being open to other people's opinions, Isolation, it's a rare (and good) quality IMO. So here's mine: Take a breath and stop commissioning clothes. I'm certain that you can do so much better. (speaking from experience. cough) But u have to b patient - observe and absorb.

    If you're in the grip of a buying frenzy, stick to classic ties + squares and decent shoes for the moment. You have a tricky morphology. I'd look for and settle on a name bespoke maker and start developing a relationship with him or her one garment at a time. Apologies for being so blunt.
     
  15. Isolation

    Isolation Senior member

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    Thanks, and I agree. I won't be getting anything for another year, this one is an old one I had made a year and a half ago, it was my second custom garment and probably my third suit ever. Considering that, it's not so bad, I find it wearable at least, and I've learned to dislike small lapels on a first hand basis. I'll be posting pictures of new stuff, but it'll only because I haven't worn them yet. =P

    I agree about the ties too. I'm hoping if work goes well and I've got some surplus money to get another batch of ties from hober.
     

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