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Interview Attire Question

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jizzman, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. Jizzman

    Jizzman Well-Known Member

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    I have read the interview attire page from Styleforum and found it very helpful, however for this job interview I do not need to wear a suit. I have been thinking about going with a light blue shirt, dark/navy blue tie, navy blue pants and black shoes. I have also thought about getting a navy blue blazer. Do these colors all work well together? Should I go with brown shoes instead of black? Does the blazer need to match the pants?


    Thanks for the help
     
  2. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    1) Do not call yourself "Jizzman" during the interview

    2) navy pants go with a navy jacket only if you bought them together in identical fabrics as a complete suit
     
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  3. Jizzman

    Jizzman Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for the response. :) So what if I get the jacket and pants separately? Would the navy jacket have to go with black pants? Would a black jacket go with navy pants?
     
  4. Count de Monet

    Count de Monet Senior member

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    Not "needing" to wear a suit doesn't necessarily mean it is a bad idea to wear one. I'd err on the side of being a little too dressed up for an interview unless you were positive it would be a bad idea.

    Having said that, if your wish is to wear a solid navy jacket, I would suggest medium gray would certainly be superior to either black or navy dress pants. And you would get plenty of use from them when not interviewing.
     
  5. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Easy choices for a navy jacket are anything cotton in the tan/cream/khaki family, and any grey wool.
     
  6. CaymanS

    CaymanS Senior member

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    This question indicates to me that you are about to make a horrible wardrobe mistake or possible a series of wardrobe mistakes.

    I have been interviewing for about 10 years now. I've seen ties that were tied by someone who was clearly doing it for the first time, I've seen shirts that were clearly worn the day(s) before, I've seen white sport socks with shiny black shoes, I've seen it all.

    Rather than overthinking this, let me idiot-proof this for you: if you have a SOLID navy or SOLID grey suit, wear it. The light blue shirt and the navy tie will look fine with either. Ideally, if you have a navy tie and a navy suit, there should be difference in texture, but I'm not gonna go all 2.0 on you when you're clearly just trying to put a single cohesive outfit together.

    If you don't have a suit like the ones I described, and you acquire a navy blazer for the occasion, your pants HAVE to be light grey. Not dark grey - LIGHT grey. Black pants should not only be avoided in this instance, but should be essentially eliminated from your closet.

    For an interview, you want to do the talking, not your clothes. Looking neat and well-groomed should be the focus.

    Also, find the good taste thread and read the entire thing. You will need to do some destroying before you do any meaningful building.
     
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  7. Jizzman

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    Thank you for the response. I have a couple questions for clarification.

    1.) You said if I have a navy tie and a navy suit, there should be difference in texture. Are you implying if bought separately there will be an obvious difference in texture, or are you suggesting that there should be a difference in the texture? I would really like you to elaborate here if possible.

    2.) So light grey pants with a navy blazer. For future reference, why should black pants be eliminated from my closet?



    Thank you very much.
     
  8. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    1.) He is referring to the suit (as a whole) vs. the tie. If the blue suit is a smooth worsted wool, the blue tie should have a texture to it, to offset it from the suit.

    2.) Standard SF advice deems odd black trousers non-ideal for any coherent outfit. With a navy blazer/odd jacket, your safety zone should be the grey or khaki color family.
     
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    And what about if it's a black blazer? Would you wear black pants then?
     
  10. JubeiSpiegel

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    Short answer: No

    Long answer: Black blazer with black trousers is considered a double foul on SF. Wearing a black suit would not be recommended, grey or navy suit being the better choices (as previously stated by others). A black blazer (which is less versatile than an navy blazer) with odd black trousers, creating the false impression of a black suit, is even more inappropriate. Aside from the fact that it is near impossible to find odd trousers in the same black, texture, and sheen, to even attempt passing it off as a suit.

    It looks like you are resisting the prevailing advice on this forum. Which is fine, you can do as you wish. Just know that as a business professional, your outfit will stand out, more than likely in a negative way.
     
  11. Septimus

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    Never wear a jacket and pants that are the same color unless they are EXACTLY the same, i.e. a suit.
     
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  12. jt10000

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    I've done it with textures/materials that are obviously different.
     
  13. Jizzman

    Jizzman Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the advice. I am not resisting the advice, I am just curious as to why some things work and why some don't. Asking questions is how I learn. Thanks again for the help. :)
     
  14. DC2see

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    Just my opinion, but tradition. Brown shoes used to be forbidden in the city, to be reserved for country estates. But that's long gone. Black suits are considered somber (like for undertakers) but can also be fine for business among the Japanese, who consider business a serious affair. Some things won't be noticed (like a repp tie is slightly more casual than a micro-pattern) while others glare out (white socks with black dress shoes).

    But business dress is one of those conventions expected to be understood to a degree, like other professional etiquette ( don't order garlicky spaghetti while at a business meeting in a white shirt, or nurse a single cocktail while networking).

    My take on your initial q: sounds a bit heavy on the blue. You may look like Tobias or otherwise wash out. Perhaps a tie w a little other color.
     
  15. size 38R

    size 38R Senior member

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    i strongly urge you to look at fit pics from members "Easye", "Spoopoker" and "Gmmcl" - three of the best dressers on here, and they do it on a fairly slim budget by SF standards. so if you are looking to get started, and on the right path, they know what they are doing.

    my personal style advice for an interview at a workplace where suits are not the norm? your personal grooming speaks volumes, clip your nails, get a fresh haircut, any facial hair should be tidy. to the point of no stray eyebrow hairs, nasal hairs,etc - a nail buffer, and tooth whitening help also.

    you will want to be immaculately groomed, leaving no visual distractions. so your posture, and ability to communicate will be commanding the attention.
    what to wear if not a "Suit" , - it's really hard to fail at wearing tweed. in colder weather, brown cords and a tweed with brown shoes will come across as well put together, but not trying too hard. like i said, check out the above mentioned members fits. and groom as described. also, in your briefcase or bag,-carry breath mints, eye drops,and tissues. -And don't go too heavy on the cologne.[​IMG]

    good luck!
    38R
     
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  16. FlyingMonkey

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    Sorry Size 38R, but while your grooming advice is fine, your clothing advice - as usual - is not. I love tweed and I have it in all forms, but tweed is not interview material. Neither is cord. Unless you are going for a job as a gamekeeper... While you are telling the OP to avoid 'visual distractions', which is great, you've followed this by outlining about the most non-standard, i.e. visually distracting, interview outfit possible. Your (rather random) suggestions of members to look for don't really work either, however much you or I may like the way they dress, because they all dress rather differently and certainly not for a conventional business interview context.

    To the OP, it's really very simple - unless you are going for a job in some kind of creative field - as others have already said:

    1. Navy or grey suit;
    2. Light blue or white shirt with a collar that fits you;
    3. Sober (read: boring) tie;
    4. Socks the same colour as the suit;
    4. Dark brown or black shoes, polished.

    You do not want to mess about with trying to appear anything other than professional in interviews.
     
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  17. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

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    I'd say that if you're contemplating a jacket, then a suit would be perfectly acceptable, if not preferred, in this case. The advice above about what type of suit is spot on.

    If a suit isn't possible (cost, use, etc.), then I'd go with the grey trouser/navy jacket suggestion above.
     
  18. size 38R

    size 38R Senior member

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    f.m -and as usual, you have posted nonsense, have you ever hired staff in a business environment?
    i have, and still do.- and ALWAYS get the job. when being interviewed. the o.p. is asking for suggestions to gain a competetive edge. - in an industry where suits are not necesarily required. so wearing a suit is a moot point, and a fail if bought just for the interview and fits poorly. hence my recommending VERY neat casual CM. with the focus on personal grooming,posture, and communicative abilities. the applicant should represent himself as calm, and confident in every way, and what they wear, as most of us know, makes or breaks a first impression.
    so a blue or grey suit if you are the last guy to walk in?? you better be damn interesting.


    had this style in mind....
    [​IMG][​IMG]

    Note how well the model above is groomed. this is the key,and how well your clothes fit. more than what you are wearing.
    so long as you don't wear a poly, cheap, poorly fitted suit. or dress like dracula. [​IMG] (right, monkey?)
     
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  19. david 112358

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    Without knowing the field and where the op is at, nobody can really give much advice.

    I've interviewed for a lot of programming jobs over the last dozen years and worn my blazer once. It was usually a khaki colored trouser and blue button down. At my current job, a tie wouldn't have gotten me in the door.

    Of course this is very cultural. Portland is about the sloppiest place there is.
     
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