My next suit....

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by msart84, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    A pinstriped peak-lapel DB suit sounds too flashy for a junior employee. (Whether it goes with the body type is another issue.) Maybe a glen plaid instead, or a herringbone or a subtle windowpane. Even a solid SB suit in a different non-light shade of gray, perhaps with different styling, a different weight, and/or slightly different fabric.
     


  2. CousinDonuts

    CousinDonuts Senior member

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    I'd get a navy pinstripe now, then grey pinstripe, then POW later. What if you get a check/plaid SC now and full suit later?

    Also, my 2 cents, as a 22yo in finance, don't get a DB. The higher ups will wonder "what the hell is this kid wearing?" You want to stand out because of your analytical skills, not your clothes.
     


  3. blahman

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    I usually advocate wearing whatever you like as long as it fits and you can pull it off, but pinstripe DB really is hard to pull off. Anyway My 2 cents about career is that more important than your analytical skills, you need to stand out with your relationship with others, especially the ones who are responsible for promoting you. Not by kissing arse - they can smell it from miles away - but actually establishing a relationship. Getting very off topic here...
     


  4. ajmanouk

    ajmanouk Senior member

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    Not to be boring...but charcoal?:embar:
     


  5. Liquidus

    Liquidus Senior member

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    You wear suits everyday at your job? What do you do?
     


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    jonuiuc Active Member

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    As long as it looks good and you can wear it comfortably and confidently, go with it People may not agree with your choices, but if they think it works for you, there is no issue..
     


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    Liquidus Senior member

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    The people that may not agree are his bosses.
     


  8. msart84

    msart84 Well-Known Member

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    The cool thing about working in NYC is that there is a lot more freedom to dress the way you want. The average person is more exposed, so not everything is as noteworthy (in a good way)

    Yea, after thinking it over, you are correct. I'm gonna hold off on the db for a little while. As much as I can't wait to wear one, I think it's a bit too early.

    SC's are not welcome in my office unless its Saturday.



    Financial Services. Always meeting with clients and what not. Gotta look fre$h.
     


  9. joeman

    joeman Senior member

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    I'd suggest solids like navy or grey, since you're just starting out and try observing what everyone else is wearing in your office. Try not to wear flashy clothes than your superiors, try to blend in at first then gradually build your wardrobe with subtle patterns.
     


  10. blahman

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    Harder than you think.
     


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    cbbuff Senior member

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    You firm requires you to wear a suit to project an image. In Financial Services, it is stability, responsibility, etc. Clients don't want to work with a clown or a dandy, both make them want to move their money elsewhere.

    When you are the head honcho, you can dress like Gordon Gecko. Until then, when in doubt, go conservative. A 2B Navy or grey pinstripe or even another solid such as a charcoal is the way to go. You can get "wild" with your shirts/ties. And when I say wild I mean a white/blue shirt with a spread collar and a non-solid tie.
     


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    That's why I wrote in that second part.. For example, I may not be the biggest fan of widely spaced pinstripes or tassel loafers, but if someone can wear them well and look good, I can appreciate it, even if I'd never wear it.

    Plus I give the bosses a little credit. I manage a small group of clerks, and I'm by far more concerned with their work.

    Of course you will have to judge if a DB or whatever you are interested in would be off-putting to your clients or bosses. The sort of deviations from "business conservative" that you are considering are not that big, just uncommon. If the worst thing you can do is stand out, than you'll have to decide if that works for or against you. Bad fit, poor cut, ugly/clashing patterns or colors, those are the real sins.
     


  13. saiyar1

    saiyar1 Senior member

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    A kid 6 months out of college working in finance would and should get laughed out of the building for wearing a double breasted suit. Don't do it.
     


  14. jamesny

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    He probably wouldn't be able to afford any fancy suits yet so just wear solids first and worry about the DBs and various patterns later on.
     


  15. atlrus

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    +100 ^^^

    And even though I wear mostly pinstripe suits, I find it very odd when people wear them in an everyday business environment. IMHO, pinstripe are leisure suits and one should stick to solids for work. A solid taupe suit is good to have in your closet, as well as light gray. Alternatively, if you are wearing suits at work only, I would look into getting a different shade navy suit (lighter or darker) than what you currently have.

    Also, depending on your actual job, you may want to skip the suit buying all together for now and focus on shirts and pants. If all you do is sit at a desk all day long with your jacket hung the minute you get to work, then buy a few pairs of pants and some nice shirts instead, and throw on a sports coat on your way in/out of work.

    And finally, may I suggest you measure yourself and do some searching here on the B&S or on eBay? You can get some nice entry level luxury suits for the price you'd pay for a cheap one at Men's Wearhouse...
     


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