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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2011, 15:00
PallMall wrote:
Second; university / sporting club / gentlemen's club ties are not only acceptable but a good means of connection (London and Edinburgh are particularly aware of this). For instance, especially at Oxbridge or Oxbridge heavy firms one's college, sporting (rowing, rugby, etc), school, or member's club ties can turn a ding into a job offer. I kid you not.


I want to take a closer look at this statement. While what he says is probably true, it only applies if you're wearing the club tie you are actually entitled to. I would not wear a striped tie from Brooks for the same reason. What if my interviewer actually does belong to the regiment, club, or whatever?

That said, I would wear a Hogwart's tie.
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2011, 15:01
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Even in the States it is still far better to go without a pocket square than cotton or linen. Linen is for handkerchiefs NOT pocket squares. Wear silk pocket squares (Aspinal, HN, Turnbull & Asser, G&H, E&R, and Drakes all do quality pocket squares) avoid linen like the plague. Perhaps you have never worn one or wear you work people had not been exposed to them overly, hence the linen error.

Again if you have ever been to London or even more so Paris, Milan, or Rome black suits are absolutely in style and if one has a well tailored suit, they will hardly look like a waiter. Perhaps the people who get mistaken for a waiter, etc. should actually invest in something other than cheap, off the rack nonsense. I can also speak to colleagues from the New York office of my old bank, and particularly from the more old money banks, well tailored black suits do make an appearance fairly regularly. This is a fallacy I've heard espoused by a few Americans, generally those who have never owned a tailored suit or are from the mid-west. One can always tell a quality suit and black, as long as it is good material, lends itself fantastically to the purpose.



Pallmall,
Certainly appreciate your input from across the pond. While your rules may fly in Europe, Americans are simply not this eccentric; Beagle has got it right with everything he's said.

Absolutely no black suits during the day, ever. It's simply not worth the risk. Sure, you'll see them in offices, but I would never attempt it for an interview. And yes, the white linen pocket square is the safest thing you can go with, especially in light of a popular US show called Mad Men. Check it out. Your best bet is to avoid pocket squares all together.

I do agree with your point that a well-tailored suit can make all the difference.
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2011, 15:04
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Pallmall,
Certainly appreciate your input from across the pond. While your rules may fly in Europe, Americans are simply not this eccentric; Beagle has got it right with everything he's said.

Absolutely no black suits during the day, ever. It's simply not worth the risk. Sure, you'll see them in offices, but I would never attempt it for an interview. And yes, the white linen pocket square is the safest thing you can go with, especially in light of a popular US show called Mad Men. Check it out. Your best bet is to avoid pocket squares all together.

I do agree with your point that a well-tailored suit can make all the difference.


What are your thoughts on TV fold vs. some kind of puff or points? I would lean toward the former for interviews.
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2011, 15:43
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What are your thoughts on TV fold vs. some kind of puff or points? I would lean toward the former for interviews.


I completely agree although I would err on the conservative side and skip it altogether. Sure on a few occasions somebody may appreciate that you have a pocket square, but they aren't going to be frowned upon if you don't have one. At best, pocket squares are fashion forward at the moment thanks to shows like Mad Men. You only get one shot, so why risk it? Once you nail the job you can wear whatever pocket squares you want.
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2011, 10:53
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2011, 12:51
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I don't like the suit because it has a tone-on-tone fancy stripe. Fine for going out, not for interviews.

The tie is also too fancy.

If you wore that suit and tie, and it fit well, you would look well dressed, sure. But, an interview is a graver in tone than a night out; these clothes are celebratory.

The shoes are perhaps the worst offender. Patent leather shoes are formal wear. I don't mean interview formal. I mean wedding formal, and only if it's your wedding.

For the money you're spending on this Versace stuff, you can get good business-appropriate clothes. It's about subtlety though, and Versace is probably the last place I'd look for that. Think of brands like Isaia and Oxxford at the top end, Burberry, Hickey Freeman, Brooks Brothers, RL somewhere below that, and Jos A Bank, Hart Shaffner Marx at the low end.

The designers, i.e Versace, Prada, Gucci, Armani, Valentino, et al, all make nice stuff, but it's very stylized and better suited for revelry. Barney's, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bergdorf all make this distinction and sell the business brands separately from the fashion brands.
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2011, 13:04
Yeah, you are right. These brands are somehow too blatant. Subtlety is what is important.
Anyway, once we are admitted, we are free to wear whatever we want :)
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2011, 13:35
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Yeah, you are right. These brands are somehow too blatant. Subtlety is what is important.
Anyway, once we are admitted, we are free to wear whatever we want :)


Do you know any good tailors in Bulgaria? I don't know a lot about Eastern European options, but solid old-school tailoring is much more common in Europe than it is in the US. We have a handful of guys in major markets like NYC, 1 in Boston, 1 in Philly, probably a couple in Chicago and LA each. There's got to be someone near you that we've never heard of but does excellent work.
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2011, 15:30
Bulgaria produces excellent quality shoes; however, I am not sure whether this is the case for suits.
Europe is a small continent though, Italy and France are not that far away. Do you think we need to hire tailors for just an interview, can`t we just go into a good store and buy something nice that fits us ;)
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2011, 16:59
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Bulgaria produces excellent quality shoes; however, I am not sure whether this is the case for suits.
Europe is a small continent though, Italy and France are not that far away. Do you think we need to hire tailors for just an interview, can`t we just go into a good store and buy something nice that fits us ;)


Yeah of course. I guess I should have said that I meant you might have access to better quality stuff for less money if you hired a tailor. I don't know though. Depends on where you live.

Also, the suit isn't just for one interview, it'll work equally well at interviews during b-school and at the office later. Consider it an investment. You'll get a ton of wear out of navy and charcoal suits b/c they go with everything, and nobody can tell if you're wearing the same suit twice a week.
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2011, 18:27
Just to bring a little sanity:

All of the advice given is true, but do not think you need $85+ ties to get admitted to school or to get hired as an MBA. If you have the money, but all means spend it on your clothing if that makes you happy. If you don't, the most important thing is to remember the principles (dark suit, white shirt, conservative tie, shined dress shoes, etc.) and make sure you find a good tailor so that the clothes fit properly.
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2011, 12:37
I want to ask if I can wear a suit color that is a different from the pants color, for example, a charcoal gray suit but a black pants?
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2011, 12:49
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I want to ask if I can wear a suit color that is a different from the pants color, for example, a charcoal gray suit but a black pants?


No, you can't. A suit consists of a jacket and pants made out of the same fabric, which is what is expected.

A lot of the things I've said are extreme and only apply if you want to conform 100% to my ideal. I'm picking nits because I enjoy talking about it, not because I think it makes much of a difference. However, the wrongness of wearing a charcoal jacket with black pants to an interview is totally beyond debate and will have a material effect on how you are perceived.

If you must wear separate pieces, a navy blazer and charcoal pants with a white shirt/conservative tie is infinitely more correct, but I still would not do this for an interview.
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2011, 12:21
Thanks for posting interview attire tips for women....not a lot of those out there.

For all the girls, thoughts on black patent leather heels and black Longchamp totes (not the best but they fit bulky portfolios better than normal sized purses)?
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2011, 12:23
I'm surprised at the way people do dress at MBA recruitment events.

I went to one for Deloitte last week and all these guys trying to get into consulting were wearing $2 striped ties with $4 striped shirts. Just cause you're wearing a dress shirt doesn't mean every tie goes with it! You don't buy a different couch and loveseat and call it a set!
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2011, 14:15
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I want to ask if I can wear a suit color that is a different from the pants color, for example, a charcoal gray suit but a black pants?


No, you can't. A suit consists of a jacket and pants made out of the same fabric, which is what is expected.

A lot of the things I've said are extreme and only apply if you want to conform 100% to my ideal. I'm picking nits because I enjoy talking about it, not because I think it makes much of a difference. However, the wrongness of wearing a charcoal jacket with black pants to an interview is totally beyond debate and will have a material effect on how you are perceived.

If you must wear separate pieces, a navy blazer and charcoal pants with a white shirt/conservative tie is infinitely more correct, but I still would not do this for an interview.


Can I wear a black and gray strip tie with a white shirt. Someone says wear a red and gray strip, but I think red is kind of old?

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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2011, 12:24
lmao at the "suit color different than pants color" comment. This cannot be real life? What male older than the age of 7 does not know this?
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Re: JB's Guide to Dressing & Interview Attire [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2011, 13:32
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Can I wear a black and gray strip tie with a white shirt. Someone says wear a red and gray strip, but I think red is kind of old?

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Remember that striped ties aren't the only option. But there's nothing inherently wrong with red as long as it matches your shirt and suit. I think black/gray/white would look a little monochromatic and that some color would be a good call.
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