Where would you wear this and wear would you not be caught dead in it?

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  1. databody

    databody Member

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    Hi:

    I recently got this suit from J crew (ludlow in charcoal gray "worsted wool"--not solid; looked like nailhead in the lighting in the store but when I took it home it appeared to just be stitching with two shades of gray and white/light gray).

    I'm rather new to suits and am not sure exactly where I can wear this and where it might stand out too much, look pretentious or look overly casual.

    I'm currently in academia (but am looking to work in development as well) and got the suit thinking it would be great for conferences and lectures, and perhaps job interviews in non-profits. I'm uncertain how formal I can make this suit. Would this sort of thing be able to fly at 'formal' (but not quite black tie) dinners? Or is it too light/patterned? Could it be worn at interviews for jobs at more conservative institutions? Could you wear it to receptions and networking events at 'prestigious clubs'.

    Besides this, I have the old, ill-fitting tux made of polyester, a tan/light brown sport coat and a classic navy blazer. Do I need a more formal suit in solid navy/darker gray?

    Summary: Where would you wear this and wear would you not be caught dead in it?
     


  2. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    Not for interviews but I would wear it as a casual suit.
     


  3. saiyar1

    saiyar1 Senior member

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    It is inappropriate for anything you'd wear a tuxedo or interviews. Otherwise it's very nice. Nothing to worry about thr pattern.
     


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    I agree it is a bit inappropriate for interviews, a conservative navy suit might suffice.
     


  6. databody

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    Thanks for your replies.

    Sounds like this is a little informal to be my only complete lounge suit.

    Could you guys recommend a nice more formal suit that would have a similar fit to the ludlow in navy or perhaps a darker charcoal gray that is closer to black? (I'm rather skinny--130 lbs and 5'8''; J Crew's 36S and 29X30s fit perfectly).

    I checked crew's website but I'm not certain that the fabrics of suits that might fit this description are formal enough.

    Cheers!
     


  7. databody

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    Thanks for your replies.

    Sounds like this is a little informal to be my only complete lounge suit.

    Could you guys recommend a nice more formal suit that would have a similar fit to the ludlow in navy or perhaps a darker charcoal gray that is closer to black? (I'm rather skinny--130 lbs and 5'8''; J Crew's 36S and 29X30s fit perfectly).

    I checked crew's website but I'm not certain that the fabrics of suits that might fit this description are formal enough.

    Cheers!
     


  8. saiyar1

    saiyar1 Senior member

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    A dark navy or charcoal solid 100%wool fabric from the Ludlow line will be just fine. Stick with it since you seem to be happy with the model/fit.
     


  9. FlyingMonkey

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    Sorry, contrary to what everyone else is saying, this would be just fine for interviews at junior levels in academia or non-profits except in the most conservative contexts (Ivy League etc.). In fact, it might be over the top in some places. Knowing the contemporary state of academic dress as I do, and also having done my years in NPOs, you'd probably be the best dressed man in many rooms...
     
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    I think it's perfectly fine for interviews and events/casual. Maybe you want a navy for even more "prestigious" events but other than that, the fit and style is perfectly fine and you're happy with it.
    You won't be too casual but a navy will be a nice color to have too.
     


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