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Interview clothes. Boston. Architecture firms. <$530 suit + shoes possible?


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Jun 18, 2012
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Hi all,

Been lurking for a few weeks. I noticed the search function is abit strange (it doesn't seem to sort by recency & relevance properly, otherwise I wouldn't have made this thread). I recently completed my graduate degree in architecture and am seeking advice on interview wardrobe for firms. I need both shoes and a suit. I understand I'll probably go cheap (quality-wise) on one. I'd rather get decent shoes.

Here's my measurements:

Chest: 37"
Neck 15"
Bicep 11"
Wrist 6 5/8"
Waist 32"
Hip/Seat 38"
Trouser Inseam 33"
Thigh 22.5"
Knee 15.5"
Crotch 24"

I already checked out some of the thrift stores around my area in Boston without luck: Davis Sq. Goodwill, Keezers, Goodwill & Boomerang's in JP. I was thinking to get factory second Park Avenue's from AE if I can for less than $230. I've read through the http://www.styleforum.net/a/what-kind-of-suit-should-i-buy guide and am thinking solid (light?) gray. My budget (considering shoes) is below what that guide recommends, and I thought I'd ask for some advice on where to go (H&M, Macys, Menswearhouse) at the risk of making some of your cringe :p

Edit: I did find this for $170. Wool/poly blend (70/30). Michael Kors?
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Apr 28, 2010
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I'd do a navy wool, not cotton, suit for job interviews and go with black shoes since it's more conservative.

Since you know your exact measurements you should be looking on Ebay and in the B&S forum on this site to get something.

There are Brooks Brothers suits being sold for like $300-400 on here right now and I'd much rather go for that than what you've listed in your OP (no offense).

I live in Central Sq. Cambridge and I never have any luck at those places either, man. Have you also tried The Closet on Newbury Street?

I'm a size 40 for a suit but I need a long. They always have some Zegnas and other good brands in 40's but they're all 40R so I'm SOL.

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