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Should I wear suits for college?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by HarveySpecter, May 3, 2013.

  1. HarveySpecter

    HarveySpecter Member

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    This September, I will be attending a many award winning college. With the college's standard for work being so high, I thought that my appearance should follow. Which is why I want to wear suits for it, daily.

    Now most people will be attending in casual, but I can not stand things like joggers, or hoodies or 'onesies' [​IMG]

    Now my normal everyday dress is suits, and I was wondering, aside from being different, is this a bad decision to wear formal to college?


    Thanks,

    Harvey



    Note: My suits are all tailored made, and do not hang like a wizard's sleeve.


    Edit: My family are known due to their wealth. I wear suits like they are a second skin. It's who I am. I wear them for non-uniform days at high school. I won't just be wearing suits I'll be wearing, my whole apparel is high end; watches, pens, shoes, coats etc. It will be the whole nine yards.
     
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  2. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Forget suits. Invest in a sport jacket or three. One tweed for colder weather, one navy blazer and one Cord or Linen. Others will come to give you their suggestions I hope. Welcome to Styleforum Harvey.
     
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  3. ChetB

    ChetB Senior member

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    Don't wear suits to college. No matter how impeccable the suits, you'll look ridiculous and will stand out in a bad way as that overdressed and self-serious guy.

    Keep it casual on campus and save the suits for elsewhere.
     
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  4. laundry day

    laundry day Active Member

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    Get some OCBDs, solid color t-shirts, cardigans, chinos, dark jeans, slim simple sneakers, loafers, etc. As long as everything fits well and you're color coordinated, you'll look better than most of your peers.

    In college, you just give off a dbag vibe wearing a suit everyday.
     
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  5. laundry day

    laundry day Active Member

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    Overall advice: Just enjoy college and concentrate on doing well; there's enough time after college for suits everyday.
     
  6. apack

    apack Senior member

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    The only time university students wear suits is when they have job interviews. Do you want to look like you have a job interview every day?
     
  7. HarveySpecter

    HarveySpecter Member

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    I wear suits everyday anyway, surely I can wear them for college (UK).
     
  8. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

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    Then do what you want. Or are you looking for validation / permission?
     
  9. Allen

    Allen Senior member

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    Well, it's nice to go to college dressed in something that you wouldn't wear to the gym. However, a suit might be too much. Why not blazers/sportcoats and OCBDs? It's more youthful and less, shall I say, stuck-up.
     
  10. B-Rogue

    B-Rogue Well-Known Member

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    Harvey, it sounds to me like you have made up your mind and are asking others to try and convince you the opposite.

    If you come from a wealthy family and enjoy wearing bespoke suits every day then "whatever floats your boat" as they say. My advice will be to adapt to the environment. If you are the only kid wearing a suit in college then be careful because you may very likely get bullied a lot. Either that or people will create the wrong first impressions about you.

    On another note, millions in the bank or not, bespoke or not, I personally would never wear suits everyday (out of work). Way too stiff and rigid and restricted freedom of movement.
     
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  11. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You mean sixth form as in UK or college as in US? How old are you?
     
  12. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    This makes good sense assuming the OP actually has an open mind.
     
  13. HarveySpecter

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    He's not talking about the American term "college" (i.e., university), he's talking about a type of state high school.

    What sort of suits do you wear every day anyway? You do realize there are different types of suit, each intended for different occasions?

    If you're so rich, why don't you just go to a private school where wearing suits every day is the norm?
     
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  15. HarveySpecter

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    Formal.
    Mainly Charlie Allen, some Tom Fords and some Norton & Sons.

    Where I want my career to take me will require me to wear formal everyday, so why not get in the swing of it now?
     
  16. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

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    Cardinal Newman College is a sixth-form, isn't it? For American members: sixth-form is the final part of high school in the UK (college is not the same as university in British English, though some universities have colleges).

    In any case, sticking out like a sore thumb is not elegant, nor is bragging about one's family's wealth.
     
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  17. Alex Hayes

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    I see no reason to wear suits daily just because you are rich. It sounds to me like you are wanting to show off your wealth by "one-upping" your peers. If the dress code is suits daily then go for it. But as a college student myself, I can tell you that people only wear suits when giving presentations, going to an interview, or going to another special event where that type of dress is appropriate. Don't do it just because you can. You won't make friends if you look like an uppity person. Since the school is so prestigious I would dress nice, but a casual nice. In your OP you mention people wearing "onesies". I go to a school that is heavy into welding, construction, HVAC and the like where onesies may be appropriate and I never see anyone wearing them there so i don't know where you got that from. Anyways, choose to listen to the folks here or not. Your first impression on me is not favorable, I'll be honest. But I'm a newbie. So good luck and I hope you figure it out.
     
  18. Veremund

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    Don't feed the troll.
     
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  19. Loathing

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    If you're the only one wearing suits, then you are, for all intents and purposes, dressing inappropriately. The key to being well-dressed is to dress appropriately to the circumstances. You say you want to dress in a way that comports with your career ambitions. But even if you were to become a high-flying businessman, you wouldn't wear a business suit on the weekend, or on the tennis court, or on the golf course, or in Cannes, Portofino, Porto Cervo, and so forth. So why would you wear a suit to a school where no one wears suits? You'll look like an idiot, not like a future high-flyer.
     
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  20. Allen

    Allen Senior member

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    Then, OP should not wear a suit to school, as he would risk looking like a douchebag, rendering the tailoring irrelevant. Anyway, most 16 yo's I know would actually reject formality as if it were hot lava. Back when I was in highshool we had a school uniform. People were deviating from the norm like there was no tomorrow, wearing the tie as a belt was my form of deviation:happy:


    I would guess law?
     

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