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Pinstripe as second suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by shadowsnuzzy, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. shadowsnuzzy

    shadowsnuzzy Well-Known Member

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    The first suit I got was a made to measure solid black suit. I'm going to college now and decided to get another suit that's more appropriate for business events and job/internship interviews. The color is set on charcoal as this seems like the logical next step, however, I'm unsure if I should get light pinstripes or not.

    I'm a skinny guy and am 5 feet 8 inches tall. Pinstripes are suppose to make you look taller but also skinner, I don't know if that's a problem. The cut will be slim fit. Here's a picture of the material:

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  2. conradwu

    conradwu Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Get a solid charcoal, or better yet, a navy suit. If you have to ask, it means you're still too self conscious about wearing one.
     
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  3. shadowsnuzzy

    shadowsnuzzy Well-Known Member

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    Not really worried about how it will look, more about the opportunity. This is probably the only new suit I'll get in 4 years and I want it to be a good choice.
     
  4. conradwu

    conradwu Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    You have a black suit. Let's not make any more poor decisions.
     
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  5. shadowsnuzzy

    shadowsnuzzy Well-Known Member

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    touché
     
  6. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    I agree that a charcoal or navy is the right choice. You will be able to wear it to weddings, job interviews, funerals, nights out to fancy restaurants, to work, etc.. Pinstripes have a business connotation, making these kinds of suits much less versatile. I would only go pinstripe when I had my basics covered and was already working at a job where I wore suits.
     
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    Balfour Senior member

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    If you want to be able to dress in a classical way, then the first choice should be a plain navy or charcoal suit. Navy is more versatile, as it works better in the evening (in my view, at least).

    Black is not a classical choice. Pinstripes can be very pleasing, but are more advisable as a third or even fourth suit depending on circumstances and inclination. But definitely not first or second. Be very careful in picking pinstripes if you don't want to look like Bugsy Malone.
     
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  8. Alex Dumortier

    Alex Dumortier Well-Known Member

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    Listen to the others posters' feedback. Solid navy or charcoal is the right choice for a second suit, all the more so since a.) your first suit is black, and b.) you will not be buying another while you're in college. Beyond the versatility aspect, which others have raised, you may also want to consider that some interviewers/ potential business contacts may find a pinstripe a little over-the-top on a 22-year old who has yet to enter the workforce.

    As conradwu pointed out, you made an error in selecting black for your first suit. No big deal -- that's easily done when a young man makes his first foray into businesswear. You've shown the good sense to seek out the advice of a knowledgeable community before purchasing your second suit; don't drop the ball now by ignoring that advice.
     
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  9. AlexE

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    Even though there is nothing wrong about wearing a pinstripe suit in a business environment, I would restrain from wearing it for a job interview. Now my guess is that as a college student you will wear a suit for
    A. Giving presentations for class projects assuming that you get a degree in an area where this is done at all ... Here it does not really matter what suit you wear
    B. Going out fancy ... Here the black suit will do fine
    C. Attending job fairs and job interviews

    Since C. Is certainly the most critical one, I would highly recommend to buy a suit, which is appropriate and that happens to be a navy or charcoal solid.
     
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    You need a solid charcoal or navy. A pinstripe might be you 3rd or 4th suit.
     
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    The pinstripe in the 1st post are to narrow for my taste, when you do get one try for 3/4" to 1" wide pinstripes.
     
  12. MaxK

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    I would say navy. Charcoal is a fine suit, but navy will serve you better. Make it as simple as possible. No details like ticket pockets, peak lapels, or odd button stitching. Go with a simple two or three button (I prefer two), the best fit you can get (don't be afraid of an alterations tailor) and the best quality cloth you can afford. Then start saving for a good pair of shoes. Since you've got a black suit, and navy can get away with black shoes go for those.
     
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    I agree, but really only from personal experience; I like my navy more than my charcoal. It's conservative but will be a bit more unique among a sea of greys. I would just say make sure the fabric is dark enough.
     
  14. Alex Dumortier

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    Get away with? It doesn't get more classical than the pairing of black shoes with a navy suit.
     
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    I think the choice charcoal vs. navy is purely a matter of personal taste. Both are equally correct and both are extremely versatile.


    I agree - even though I think a ticket pocket would be fine. What I would add is to keep the suit well proportioned, i.e. no skinny lapel, jacket and trousers not excessively tight or skinny. Also combine it with a shirt, which should not be skin tight neither when you are standing nor when you are sitting.


    I agree - black is the classic / conservative shoe color for both navy and charcoal suits. Most SF members (including myself) consider the combination dark brown shoes and navy suits aesthetically a bit more pleasing, but in the most conservative business situations incl. job interviews I recommend playing it safe and sticking to black oxford shoes with no or limited broguing.
     
  16. MaxK

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    This is what I'm thinking of. Black is a classic combination, but I find dark brown to be a much nicer combination with navy. However, since the black suit (which should subsequently be used for evening only!) can only take black shoes he's better of focusing on a good black pair (balmoral style, either plain toe or cap toe with no detail work).
     
  17. shadowsnuzzy

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    Thanks for the feedback guys, changed the order to a charcoal. It has a really subtle (and I mean really subtle) design in the background but you can't even see it unless you're super close. I went with this because it was safer and more suitable for me than a pinstripe suit but just barely different enough from a plain charcoal suit to stay interesting.

    On to buying shoes now... is it really a bad idea to wear dark brown shoes to an interview? I really dig the charcoal brown shoes look as seen here:

    http://images2.fanpop.com/image/pho...-shoot-for-GQ-joel-mchale-8977322-409-516.jpg
     
  18. Alex Dumortier

    Alex Dumortier Well-Known Member

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    I think you already know the answer to that question, but I suspect that, just as you were hellbent on avoiding a plain color suit, you are committed to finding a justification for purchasing brown shoes as your first pair.

    If I sound curt, it's probably because you came asking for advice on a suit and everyone here told you the exact same thing -- which you then went on to ignore. Now you want advice on shoes?
     
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  19. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    You really should go with black shoes to the interview. I think charcoal suits and dark brown shoes look good together, but wait until you have the job before you start wearing that combination. Maybe no one will even look at your shoes or care that they are brown, but I wouldn't take the chance.
     
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  20. archibaldleach

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    Wear black shoes to an interview. An interview is just not the time to wear a look that you think is cool; it's a time to dress conservatively. By all means try out dark brown shoes with a charcoal suit on your own time; it's a fine look. Keep in mind that in the photo you linked to, the suit appears to be a medium grey. Charcoal is considerably darker and needs a very dark brown shoe (or black).
     
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