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quick question about the whole french cuff and interview thing

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by hanker565, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. hanker565

    hanker565 Senior member

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    ok so i have an interview coming up and my limited (but growing) wardrobe only has one quality white shirt that i like...problem is that it is a FC shirt and many members have vehemently protested wearing FC shirts to interviews because they are too fashionable

    why if i use inconspicuous off-white silk knots and only show 1/4" sleeve so that the knots themselves barely show

    would this be acceptable?

    btw it's either gonna be the nice FC shirt or an old 50% polyester christian dior barrel cuff shirt
     
  2. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    I really don't think it's a big deal.
     
  3. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Perhaps now is the time to invest in another nice white shirt?

    I'm not sure the objection to double cuffs is that they're too fashionable. It's that the interviewer might have a negative reaction to them. They can be seen as a bit too showy for interview purposes, particularly for entry-level positions.

    If another shirt isn't in the budget at the moment, you'll have to decide which shirt presents the least risk. If the poly blend is still in good shape and fits well, I'd be tempted to go with that. If not, then FC it is.

    Either way, seems like you're going to need more than two white shirts.
     
  4. hanker565

    hanker565 Senior member

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    thanks for the input

    right it probably is time to invest is some more shirts...

    i think i'll probably stick with the FC for now...i generally do not come off as showy or arrogant so hopefully i'll be alright

    i DO have a couple nice blue shirts but i think that white would be more appropriate here

    interview is for an ibank internship
     
  5. hanker565

    hanker565 Senior member

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    on a different note, is there a LESS conspicuous way to hold together a FC shirt than silk knots?

    i'm probably worrying too much about this and should just head over to filenes basement and get a shirt for 40 bucks [​IMG]
     
  6. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    Bollocks. You only need a button down collar with barrel cuffs and a regular collar with double cuffs. And hell, if there's only ONE white shirt you own, it should be the latter.
     
  7. j

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    Bollocks. You only need a button down collar with barrel cuffs and a regular collar with double cuffs. And hell, if there's only ONE white shirt you own, it should be the latter.
    Uh, right.

    If you want to fudge your FC shirt, you can roll it like a barrel cuff and put the link through that way. If you REALLY want to fudge it, make two links out of four buttons and thread and use that instead of knots. Then it will be nearly unnoticeable.
     
  8. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Bollocks. You only need a button down collar with barrel cuffs and a regular collar with double cuffs. And hell, if there's only ONE white shirt you own, it should be the latter.

    Call me crazy, but it's nice to have multiple white shirts, in case one needs to be washed or becomes damaged. Perhaps I live in a world of luxury. One can have a wardrobe full of other colors and patterns, but I can tell you now that having only one white shirt is a recipe for trouble.

    Beyond that, I can't agree with your advice. I'd say a point collar with button cuffs is much more universal than the options you suggest. I wouldn't recommend either for an entry-level interview.
     
  9. drake

    drake Senior member

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    This is brilliant.

    If you want to fudge your FC shirt, you can roll it like a barrel cuff and put the link through that way. If you REALLY want to fudge it, make two links out of four buttons and thread and use that instead of knots. Then it will be nearly unnoticeable.
     
  10. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    If one becomes damaged, isn't that why you buy a new one? [​IMG]
     
  11. Pink22m

    Pink22m Senior member

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    One can never have enough white shirts.

    Or blue, or lavender...
     
  12. Etienne

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    If one becomes damaged, isn't that why you buy a new one? [​IMG]
    That or when it is dirty. Cannot stand those professional launderers [​IMG]
     
  13. pgoat

    pgoat Senior member

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    If one becomes damaged, isn't that why you buy a new one? [​IMG]

    I try and never wear my 4 or 5 white shirts for just that reason - I save them for emergencies. interviews, funerals and the like.

    I usually launder and iron my own shirts but I get the whites drycleaned and keep them pressed and ready for a moment's notice. When life gets crazy there isn't always time to go buy a new shirt.
     
  14. globetrotter

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    Call me crazy, but it's nice to have multiple white shirts, in case one needs to be washed or becomes damaged. Perhaps I live in a world of luxury. One can have a wardrobe full of other colors and patterns, but I can tell you now that having only one white shirt is a recipe for trouble.

    Beyond that, I can't agree with your advice. I'd say a point collar with button cuffs is much more universal than the options you suggest. I wouldn't recommend either for an entry-level interview.



    agreed. if you are working in the business world in America, you need to have some white shirts. I have 3 button cuff white cotton shirts (and a few FC and one linen, but they don't count). I use them only for interviews and other situations where I am meeting americans in a situation where I don't know them and need them.

    Normally I don't wear white shirts, but some times you just have to suck it up.
     
  15. Beckwith

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    If this for an investment banking internship, I would strongly recommend against wearing a FC shirt. Buy a new white button cuff shirt that would not be to ostentatious. I actually never wore a FC shirt during my earlier years, that may also be to the fact that i have always rolled up my sleeves. If you have a blue button cuff shirt, I would even wear that.
     
  16. hanker565

    hanker565 Senior member

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    thanks for the advice guys

    yeah i think im just going to have to get a button cuff
     
  17. alflauren

    alflauren Senior member

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    Just as an aside, the only people who I've known to regularly wear FC shirts in the US are i-bankers. That, and the attorneys from the UK who I see about once a year.
     

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