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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. MGoCrimson

    MGoCrimson Senior member

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    Holy shit, my grammar. Dare I blame the hangover? Or ENGLISH SECOND LANGUAGE. Not really, but kinda.
     
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  2. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Cute little guy, Timo. Look's like he's wearing a spread collar, but where's the collar sprezz?
     


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    what'd I miss here?
     


  4. timotune

    timotune Senior member

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    He's still got a lot to learn... ;)
     


  5. AJL

    AJL Senior member

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    For most of my life I was SW&D, then some years back started to veer slightly towards CM (not that I particularly needed to, I just began to appreciate it).

    With NMWA I can feed both habits, having dipped initially into the CM well, and more recently getting back to my SW&D roots with some of their japanese hipster stuff, etc.

    At my age street cred's hard to come by, but if you're comfortable with what you're wearing, chances are you can pull it off. On the other hand, some people are delusional and think that at 65 they can dress like they're 16 (and no one will notice the dyed black comb-over either).

    Unless you're a rock star, or a notable downtown bohemian, you probably shouldn't do this as you will generally look like an aging asshat.
     


  6. Stencil

    Stencil Senior member

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    I don't think I have, or will ever have, the street cred to do real SW&D. I have some very staid 1954 LVCs for summer, and some 18 oz 3sixteens for winter, and those plus t-shirts, boots, sneakers, a filson jacket and a linen chore coat are as workwear/streetwear as I ever get. I used to work on a farm, and I wear that stuff when I go back there. Otherwise, I'm trying to extend my CM clothing into the casual range. I think it's kind of boring, but it's never been my goal to raise pulses with my clothes, so boring is okay.
     


  7. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    So you're saying that you're a basic bitch?
     


  8. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    Quick question:

    Wingtips, even black ones, aren't really appropriate for interview attire are they? What about plain (i.e. captoe) monkstraps and such?

    I think that cap toe oxfords (black, burgundy, or dark brown) are the safest choice along with a navy or charcoal suit, but I'm curious what others thing.

    I'm talking re: med school interviews here. I already have all my stuff, but someone asked me if black wingtips were okay and my gut answer was no. I feel like monks etc are fine but might come off as ostentatious and draw undue attention. I bet most people wouldn't even notice though.
     


  9. archibaldleach

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    I'd stick to black stitch cap or punch cap oxfords in the interest of being as conservative as possible. It's quite possible that nobody will notice or mind wingtips or monks, especially considering some of the awful shoes I've seen worn to interviews in my time, but why go for something suboptimal when it's easy enough to do better.
     


  10. Stencil

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    Yeah, I'd stick to black punch/cap toes. There's really no need to draw attention with anything besides the basics. You'll already be sticking out from the other applicants by wearing clothes that fit/aren't a black suit/aren't some other horrible aberration. Some of the SDN "interview attire" threads are terrifying [​IMG]
     


  11. The Noodles

    The Noodles Skid Fu

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    Noodles checking in from the mens room. Out on a date with wife.

    @isolation - Hmmm the cuts of those suits need some dissecting

    @timo - congrats and very cute baby. We may have one this year or next year but we feel like we need to spend more time, at least a year, on our own. Your wife miss Korea at all? I have to visit every year.

    @Jungle - I have pix of my dad wearing Formosa-like suits. He too passed away early when I was like 6 or something. Sucks to have no memories but just pictures.
     


  12. EFV

    EFV Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You've got a time machine buddy? :D
     


  13. kulata

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    Lol

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  14. losrockets

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    @ridethecliche I wore black Docker's captoes/AE Park Aves to my interviews (the rubber soled Dockers were honestly more comfortable). Its been three years but I don't remember seeing anyone with wingtips. Brown stitched or punched caps would be fine. Don't go for tan, don't do monks. Even a merlot may be "too much" - I remember guys wearing windowpane suits, tan shoes, and other ridiculous things. Don't do anything that could be misinterpreted as pretentious. Now that I'm in medical school myself and classmates occasionally wear a jacket and trousers on non-clinic days (never to see patients) and it's not uncommon to see guys wearing monkstraps or wingtips to important meetings, but to be honest, even something like a pocket square may be misread as "This person will be unable to connect with the majority of our patients and community-members." You're going to be surrounded by physicians and medical students, we're a pretty observant lot - people notice.

    Caveat: I interviewed at only Southern programs. I wasn't interested in moving back north or to the west coast. Things are sartorially different here, but we still have top-tier programs that attract students from across the country, so I imagine the interview climate is similar.
     


  15. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    Yeah, I mean I have my stuff picked out.

    Navy suit, either dark brown or burgundy cap toes, and I haven't decided on a tie yet. Solid socks in navy I think (need to kop). I'm going to wear a pocket square, but it will be a white TV fold.

    A few people had asked me whether wingtips/monks/etc would be okay and my gut reaction was no for exactly the reason you mentioned, i.e. it might come off as ostentatious.

    I sent this picture as my headshot. It's what I wore to work that day. I suppose I could have done without the PS but it is what it is. I'm sure there were worse offenders.

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