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Interview - Please Help Me Pick Perfect Attire

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CovertDebonair, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. CovertDebonair

    CovertDebonair Active Member

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    So I got a call and will be going on an interview for a major promotion/step-up (different company). The position is a Corporate/upper-level management position, dealing with B2B relationships/Sales/Business development as well as Operations Management and oversight of Engineers / Lower level managers and Administrative Personnel. I would be very young for the position, so I want to make sure my attire reflects a mature / well put together individual / someone who knows what they are doing.

    Luckily, I finally have 1 nice suit (Ermenegildo Zegna) that has been tailored to properly fit! Now I just have to match a shirt/tie to really make sure the look works!

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    Above is pictures from Ebay of the suit to let you get a feel for the Color / Design of the suit. I am open to all suggestions for color of shirt / tie as long it achieves the goal of looking well put together and professional.

    Please help me out guys. I tried to search a few different terms on the search bar, match, suit/tie, etc but didn't find a thread where people seemed to help with this, if there is one, I apologize!
     
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  2. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    Grey suit + white shirt + yellow (or red) tie with thin blue and white stripes. I wore that to my last interview...nailed it. Good luck.
     
  3. CovertDebonair

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    Thank you Vinny - I have a few white shirts which will work. Was originally thinking a Black Paisley tie I had, but it seemed too toned down. I was nervous about the red tie, seems like I'm trying too hard for the classic "power suit" (though maybe that's not a bad thing). I hadn't thought of a yellow tie.

    Did you wear a pocket square?
     
  4. ajmanouk

    ajmanouk Senior member

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    no ps. is that a gray or navy suit you have??
     
  5. VinnyMac

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    +1
     
  6. CovertDebonair

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    Definitely wear a pocket square.
    Your necktie should be a small pattern woven silk, not printed.
    Background colors dark purple, burgundy, or deep orange.
    Dress like you own the place, you will not regret it.
     
  8. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Light blue shirt, not white. Burgundy or navy tie, though pretty much any dark, woven tie should do the trick. White linen pocketsquare would be ok, but anything louder than this would be inappropriate. What shoes are you wearing?
     
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  9. VinnyMac

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    The amount of disagreement in this thread shows that you can wear almost any reasonable combination of colors. Don't sweat it OP. Spend your time preparing for the actual interview.
     
  10. CovertDebonair

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    I got the suit back last night, will spend some time putting shirts/ties behind the suit itself and take a few pictures of the combinations I like. I am not too nervous about the interview in regards to discussing my resume/experience etc. Thank you guys for the help.

    Maybe I'll pick like the top 3 outfits and post pictures of them and make a poll =)
     
  11. jt10000

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    Yes.

    Plus since this sounds like a fairly senior position you're almost certainly going to have follow-up interviews. Start getting ready with a second suit so you don't have to rush things for those.
     
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    White shirt, dark blue/navy or burgundy pindot tie, white linen pocket square.
     
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  13. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    A suit from eBay for such an interview?

    Good luck
     
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    Look for a gabardine or other non textured fabric in navy for your second suit. The texture on your current suit brings down the formality just a bit.
     
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    +1, since you're being interviewed for an upper management job I'd think you would have a few well-fitting suits already...
     
  16. CovertDebonair

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    I have several suits, but only recently have I put a focus on improving my overall look. This was the first suit I have gotten tailored to fit me properly (most were simply bought off a rack). Attire on a day to day basis in my current job is a dress shirt/tie/slacks, no jacket on the average day.
     
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    My apologies, I didn't realize ebay offered MTM (or was it bespoke?)
     
  18. CovertDebonair

    CovertDebonair Active Member

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    No I went, got measured, searched for a "quality" brand from what I've read on styleforum. Found a quality brand with my measurements that I liked the style of. I then purchased said suit, took it to a tailor and had him make alterations to the suit to make it fit properly.

    Is it the same as MTM or bespoke, no, of course not. The whole process costed me about $300 bucks and I'm proud of the end product.

    In the past, I would go to a Jos A. Banks / Men's Warehouse, pick a suit off a rack that fit pretty well, bought it and wore it.

    I apologize if this isn't up to your standards...
     
  19. Hiras Fashion

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    Congrats on your interview! The important thing to remember before wearing the suit is to think about where you're going to wear it. For an any interview, I'd usually grab my navy suit but since you have to work with what you have, a dark grey suit is a good choice, conservative and never too flashy. I concur with the gents here regarding the light blue dress shirt to pair with your grey suit but if you only have white shirts there's no harm wearing it. Use a patterned blue tie or burgundy if you prefer.
     
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    Actually, I think that's a very good idea if you want to have good quality clothes for a reasonable price and that fits you well. I will have to try it.
     

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