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Should I wear suits for college?

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

  1. 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.
     


  2. Alex Hayes

    Alex Hayes Well-Known Member

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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.
     


  3. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

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    Don't feed the troll.
     


  4. Loathing

    Loathing Senior member

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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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    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?
     


  6. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Wear a suit everyday to university and risk having no friends (at least, to begin with).

    Wear a suit everyday in high school/college or what not and risk having your ass kicked constantly.

    I think odd jackets/trousers are a happy medium. You'll go from douchebag to eccentric.
     


  7. B-Rogue

    B-Rogue Well-Known Member

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    I would have said banking:D
     


  8. HarveySpecter

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  9. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    If you career takes you to be a barrister you would wear court dress, if it were a painter your would wear overalls, at the moment your career takes you to a sixth form college and no more so dress in the manner customary for that as well. Sixth form colleges are NOT "prestigious" in the slightest so stop boasting about something non-existent. Cardinal Newman MAY be good of its ilk but that is as far as it goes.

    You have much to learn about human relationships and indeed human beings if you believe acting as some form of superior being will get you very far.
     
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  10. HarveySpecter

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  11. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If that were the case, you wouldn't have started the thread.

    And ideally you are there to network as well. You may already have an extensive network via your family, but at some point you'll be going up against someone with a similar family background but with greater networking. And at whatever you do, there will always be someone better that you have to compete against. To shoot yourself in the foot by refusing to compromise on something which is unimportant (or should be) to you but that will have great ramifications for you socially (which should be important) is to put at risk the fulfillment of your potential.
     
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  12. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Naive is the word that comes to mind. You will not get through your business life without friends/colleagues/associates who respect you and you will also not get very far without friends. Assuming that you are not a troll which has crossed my mind, you strike me as someone who is entirely lacking in basic life skills, unable to take advice even when requested - you will not succeed in the long run.
     


  13. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    Wear what you normally wear. That's what everyone else is going to do and expect. Most of the members here are at least a few years older than you are (and boarderline obsessed with suits and shoes), so you're going to get a lot of advice that doesn't apply to you. Wear your normal clothes, whatever they are. You'll adjust as years go on.
     


  14. VinnyMac

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    You're obviously still in that idealist stage. Listen, for the most part, I don't give a crap about people either, but you have to at least make them give a crap about YOU. After all, they have the things that you want (money, jobs, resources in general). The education is the most important thing (get a good major), but life really is about who you know (and who knows/likes you). When you figure that out, you'll be golden.

    If that's really the way that you dress, then people will get used to it and move on.
     
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  15. Monkeyface

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    Wearing a suit will make you stand out, and people will certainly comment on it, either positively or negatively. If you wear a suit for the right reasons, such as that's what you're used to wearing, or because you genuinely enjoy wearing suits, people will get over it eventually and accept you the way you are. But, if you wear a suit for the wrong reasons, in order to feel superior to your classmates, or because you want to convey how "rich" your daddy is, then people will pick up on that and ridicule you.

    So, don't ask us for advice, but ask yourself why you want to wear suits every day. Be honest to yourself when you're thinking about this question, because fooling others is one thing, but fooling yourself just doesn't make any sense.
     


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