Pre-Interview Dinner Dilemma

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ajmanouk, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. ajmanouk

    ajmanouk Senior member

    Messages:
    401
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2010
    I have an upcoming pre-interview dinner with a big accounting firm...and I am torn between what to wear. The invite says business casual, but a bunch of other students that are going will be wearing suits or most likely suits sans tie (blasphemy, I know!!!). I brought a bunch of clothes to university expecting a business casual dinner, so I don't have any blazers or odd sport coats which I would think to be perfect for the situation.

    Here is what I have:

    1x Charcoal Suit
    2x Blue OCBDs (One light blue, one light-medium)
    1x White Spread Collar Shirt
    Bunch of ties
    Bunch of pocket squares
    1x Black Full Brogue
    1x Black Cap Toe Oxford
    1x Black PTB
    Various business casual appropriate trousers

    Just given what the other students are wearing, I was thinking...

    Charcoal suit WITH a tie, fairly conservative pocket square, black full brogue, light blue OCBD

    My main issue is the whole sans tie thing...I hate the look, but I am not sure if donning a tie is too formal, and would be inappropriate. If only everyone stuck to slacks and a button down, life would be easy!

    Advice is much appreciated. :)
     
  2. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

    Messages:
    2,995
    Likes Received:
    267
    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2010
    I will skip the tie, wear a dress shirt and suit, no tie. Make sure they are in good fit.

    Next time bring a couple of blazer to college, they are often very useful and can be used with causal clothes.
     
  3. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

    Messages:
    27,426
    Likes Received:
    7,602
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2009
    Location:
    NE PA
    Wear a fucking tie.
     
  4. ymmt

    ymmt Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2011
    Location:
    NY Metro
    

    +1
     
  5. Ebichuman

    Ebichuman Senior member

    Messages:
    527
    Likes Received:
    139
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Location:
    North and East from the centre
    Wear a tie. Don't get drunk. Good luck.
     
  6. akatsuki

    akatsuki Senior member

    Messages:
    2,650
    Likes Received:
    195
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2008
    Location:
    Brooklyn, SF, Tokyo
    Wear the tie, skip the square - you can ditch the tie if everyone else is more casual.

    Or you can go really sacrilegious and wear the jacket with different pants (depending on the jacket)
     
  7. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

    Messages:
    2,995
    Likes Received:
    267
    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2010
    How can 'business causal' entails a tie? If they want suit and tie shouldn't they say business dress code?
     
  8. ajmanouk

    ajmanouk Senior member

    Messages:
    401
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2010
    Yeah they always say it, but then people go ahead and wear suits "to be safe". Now I feel as if I'm at a disadvantage in just slacks and an OCBD (which was my initial reaction).

    Thanks for your help everyone, I will probably just wear a tie and if I have to, take it off.
     
  9. pseudonym

    pseudonym Senior member

    Messages:
    1,116
    Likes Received:
    22
    Joined:
    May 26, 2009
    Business casual to me = suit with no tie.

    Good luck. Ditch the tie if you see others not rocking it.
     
  10. gettoasty

    gettoasty Senior member

    Messages:
    12,333
    Likes Received:
    6,547
    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2010
    Location:
    Home
    Wear a tie
     
  11. zizou

    zizou Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2010
    go with the suit and tie. as mentioned above, ditch the tie if the other interviewees and interviewers aren't. skip the square. good luck.
     
  12. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

    Messages:
    1,868
    Likes Received:
    139
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2012
    I'd wear the charcoal suit with a medium blue shirt and a tie. You won't be the only person there who's wearing a suit and a tie. Why not make a good impression? You may get the chance to chat with a few young ladies. In that situation, a suit and tie certainly won't hurt...assuming that it fits well.
     
  13. Saturdays

    Saturdays Senior member

    Messages:
    2,612
    Likes Received:
    111
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2011
    It hurts more to be under-dressed in this situation. Before you enter the dinner take a peek at everyone else's wardrobe. Keep the tie if you think its appropriate, lose it if it makes you look overdressed.

    The point of this is to make an impression, and its accounting firms we are talking about - they won't care as much about your attire as they do your grades, progress and acumen.

    Good Luck!
     
  14. GBR

    GBR Senior member

    Messages:
    7,525
    Likes Received:
    507
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2006
    There is no question or dilemma here, the invitation says business casual and wearing a suit, a tie all demonstrates that you cannot read, cannot take instruction, cannot understand the simplest of instruction and follow. You have failed, thank you for coming.

    Forget what SF people might prefer, you are being interviewed in a profession where taking clients instructions and attention to detail is important. Just follow what is asked of you and try not to be a smart ass or else try to tell your hosts that they were wrong. Decent pair of trousers and an OBD meets what is asked of you.
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012
  15. erpet

    erpet Senior member

    Messages:
    124
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    May 3, 2011
    Could someone please define Business Casual, then? I thought the blue shirt would have made it Business Casual even with a tie.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by