Office wear for graduating college student

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by nosrep123, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. nosrep123

    nosrep123 Well-Known Member

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    May 15, 2011
    Hey I'm going to be starting job interviews soon and graduating next May. I'm 5'8", with a chest size between small and medium (37").

    I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions for brands to start out with for business casual to business formal wear for job interviews/working at the office. Preferably on the cheaper side since I'm only a college student. Pants/shirts/suits/ties/shoes/belts brands are all welcome!

  2. papa kot

    papa kot Senior member

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    Jul 1, 2012
    Look neat and do not wear anything gaudy. Leave brands, labels and other flashy items to others and always err on the side of modesty. Also, use the search function on this forum.

  3. StephenS

    StephenS Member

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    Oct 9, 2011
    Like papa kot said, keep it simple. I'm a big fan of lightly striped shirts, gingham, light blue shirts - and most of all white shirts. For brands on the cheap side you can't go too wrong with most of the stuff sold at department stores like Macy's or Nordstrom's, but make sure to wait for sales. A little bit of patience will get you much higher quality clothing and save you quite a bit of money. Nordstrom's Rack, Plato's Closet, Outlet malls are pretty good too. You can even go the used route through ebay or thrifting, I know people who are very successful with it but I think it takes a lot of knowledge to properly pull off.

    Notice outfits or combinations that other people are wearing that fit the image you're trying to portray, then tighten it up for yourself. I see a lot of great outfits that would look great with a little bit of tailoring or smaller sizes, and I'm not talking about the current super skinny/high water trends, just things that fit you properly. I've used this forum for quite a while and I know there are a lot of threads on fit that you can find, I've even seen a lot of people post pictures and ask advice, that can't hurt either. Tailoring is a lot cheaper than you would think, so you may even be able to salvage some old clothes if they are decent quality.

    There is a lot of hate on this site on labels, but I think as long as you don't overdo it you'll still look great.

    Definitely don't dress flashy for an interview, but how you dress is going to be completely dependent on the field you're going into. I'm sure if you would more specific on that we could help you out more!

  4. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Mar 15, 2006
    Usually you get what you pay for, and that applies to advice.

    According to the Nordstrom website, the retailer doesn't even carry size 37 suits. If Macy's does, they're probably not the right mix of quality and price. Few items at Macy's are worth buying.

    Is the size most likely 37? Because that 'helps' narrow down the options. What about waist size, inseam, location, and budget?
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2012

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