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08 Jun 2009, 07:05
Does one need an overcoat during business school? I realize that for interviews on campus, students wouldn't necessarily need an overcoat since they'd be changing on campus and walking (presumably indoors) to the interview room. But would it be necessary for treks to NYC, etc. during the winter months? If so, what would you recommend regarding length, color, etc.?
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08 Jun 2009, 10:22
I also have a suit questions. I only have one suit (charcoal) but I have the hardest time finding a suit to fit me. I am 6'0, 150 lbs and I have long arms. Basically I am either a 36/38 Long in the chest with a size 30/31 pants. This is ridiculously hard to find.

So, any suggestions? The one suit I bought is a Burberry charcoal suit that I bought at Nordstroms. I had it tailored and I think it fits really well (Burberry seems to have slim suits). But other than this one suit, I haven't had much luck. Is MTM the only way to go?

Thanks in advance for the help.
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08 Jun 2009, 12:14
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Does one need an overcoat during business school? I realize that for interviews on campus, students wouldn't necessarily need an overcoat since they'd be changing on campus and walking (presumably indoors) to the interview room. But would it be necessary for treks to NYC, etc. during the winter months? If so, what would you recommend regarding length, color, etc.?

I have a camel hair knee-length that I will most likely wear in the winter with a suit. However, I don't necessarily think it's a must-have for B-School. I mean my coat was about $300, so it's really up to you if you want to spend the money or not. GMAT Club Legend Joined: 10 Apr 2007 Posts: 4318 Location: Back in Chicago, IL Schools: Kellogg Alum: Class of 2010 Followers: 88 Kudos [?]: 750 [0], given: 5 Re: Suits [#permalink] Show Tags 08 Jun 2009, 13:17 Overcoats depend on what you are doing for recruiting. I needed it when off campus for 2nd round interviews in cold climates. On campus I always changed at school but off campuse you will have to wear a suit from your apartment/hotel to the office. It can be damn cold in February in places like Chicago, NYC, Boston, etc. If you want slim suits look at Italian brands, they tend to be narrower than american/english suits. Burberry are made by Hickey Freeman and actually aren't a very slim suit. Unfortunately Italian suits tend to be more expensive. _________________ Kellogg Class of 2010...still active and willing to help. However, I do not do profile reviews, don't offer predictions on chances and am far to busy to review essays, so save the energy of writing me a PM seeking help for these. If I don't respond to a PM that is not one of the previously mentioned trash can destined messages, please don't take it personally I get so many messages I have a hard to responding to most. The more interesting, compelling, or humorous you message the more likely I am to respond. GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings Manager Joined: 31 Mar 2008 Posts: 145 Schools: Chicago Booth 2011 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 29 [0], given: 6 Re: Suits [#permalink] Show Tags 08 Jun 2009, 14:46 MBAin2012 wrote: I also have a suit questions. I only have one suit (charcoal) but I have the hardest time finding a suit to fit me. I am 6'0, 150 lbs and I have long arms. Basically I am either a 36/38 Long in the chest with a size 30/31 pants. This is ridiculously hard to find. So, any suggestions? The one suit I bought is a Burberry charcoal suit that I bought at Nordstroms. I had it tailored and I think it fits really well (Burberry seems to have slim suits). But other than this one suit, I haven't had much luck. Is MTM the only way to go? Thanks in advance for the help. Your measurements by themselves aren't that out of the ordinary. When you buy a chest size 36 suit, it should be paired with a waist size 30 pants; and with a 38, you get a 32 pants. That's not going to be a problem. It's probably the length of your arms that is causing you problems. Your cheapest solution is to find a brand whose 36L or 38L fits your arms, then stick with it. Otherwise MTM is probably your best bet. This is probably true for your shirts as well. Director Joined: 18 Sep 2006 Posts: 962 Location: Chicago, IL Schools: Chicago Booth 2010 Followers: 6 Kudos [?]: 28 [0], given: 0 Re: Suits [#permalink] Show Tags 08 Jun 2009, 15:00 MeddlingKid wrote: Does one need an overcoat during business school? I realize that for interviews on campus, students wouldn't necessarily need an overcoat since they'd be changing on campus and walking (presumably indoors) to the interview room. But would it be necessary for treks to NYC, etc. during the winter months? If so, what would you recommend regarding length, color, etc.? i have one at chicago... i find it necessary if i am wearing a suit jacket to a recruiting dinner and it is freezing cold Current Student Joined: 01 Apr 2008 Posts: 356 Schools: Chicago Booth '11 Followers: 5 Kudos [?]: 21 [0], given: 0 Re: Suits [#permalink] Show Tags 08 Jun 2009, 15:17 Thanks for the comments on the overcoat, guys. So it looks as though I will purchase an overcoat. Is there a particular length and color that is acceptable for recruiting? I realize it won't be worn in the interview, which might make it less important than a suit color. GMAT Club Legend Joined: 10 Apr 2007 Posts: 4318 Location: Back in Chicago, IL Schools: Kellogg Alum: Class of 2010 Followers: 88 Kudos [?]: 750 [0], given: 5 Re: Suits [#permalink] Show Tags 08 Jun 2009, 16:30 MeddlingKid wrote: Thanks for the comments on the overcoat, guys. So it looks as though I will purchase an overcoat. Is there a particular length and color that is acceptable for recruiting? I realize it won't be worn in the interview, which might make it less important than a suit color. I have a black one, light colors show dirt quicker and imo dont look as good with as many colors of suits as black. I would go with a longer one, no shorter than the top of the knee. If you shop at the right time of year you can usually find really good deals. I got a burberry like 75-80% off last summer. _________________ Kellogg Class of 2010...still active and willing to help. However, I do not do profile reviews, don't offer predictions on chances and am far to busy to review essays, so save the energy of writing me a PM seeking help for these. If I don't respond to a PM that is not one of the previously mentioned trash can destined messages, please don't take it personally I get so many messages I have a hard to responding to most. The more interesting, compelling, or humorous you message the more likely I am to respond. GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings Current Student Joined: 01 Apr 2008 Posts: 356 Schools: Chicago Booth '11 Followers: 5 Kudos [?]: 21 [0], given: 0 Re: Suits [#permalink] Show Tags 08 Jun 2009, 17:47 riverripper wrote: MeddlingKid wrote: Thanks for the comments on the overcoat, guys. So it looks as though I will purchase an overcoat. Is there a particular length and color that is acceptable for recruiting? I realize it won't be worn in the interview, which might make it less important than a suit color. I have a black one, light colors show dirt quicker and imo dont look as good with as many colors of suits as black. I would go with a longer one, no shorter than the top of the knee. If you shop at the right time of year you can usually find really good deals. I got a burberry like 75-80% off last summer. Thanks, river! Intern Joined: 12 Dec 2008 Posts: 14 Schools: Kellogg, Ross, Darden, Booth Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 0 Re: Suits [#permalink] Show Tags 08 Jun 2009, 21:44 MBAin2012 wrote: I also have a suit questions. I only have one suit (charcoal) but I have the hardest time finding a suit to fit me. I am 6'0, 150 lbs and I have long arms. Basically I am either a 36/38 Long in the chest with a size 30/31 pants. This is ridiculously hard to find. So, any suggestions? The one suit I bought is a Burberry charcoal suit that I bought at Nordstroms. I had it tailored and I think it fits really well (Burberry seems to have slim suits). But other than this one suit, I haven't had much luck. Is MTM the only way to go? Thanks in advance for the help. Actually I disagree with your stated size based on your body size. A suit is properly sized by the shoulders and the length of the jacket. Nothing else. So for your shoulders you may need a 36 or 38. But for jacket length you are a REGULAR. A 'long' is usually for someone 6'2" or taller, otherwise it drapes down toward knees. THEN have sleeves tailored to your correct size. NEVER size your suits based on the sleeves. I know from experience, I am an in-between size also. This advice will help you a lot, because a 38R is much much much easier to find. And it'll look better on you because it'll make your legs look more proportional to your jacket. Trust me, a 6 foot man should not wear a long. VP Joined: 09 Dec 2008 Posts: 1221 Schools: Kellogg Class of 2011 Followers: 21 Kudos [?]: 243 [0], given: 17 Re: Suits [#permalink] Show Tags 09 Jun 2009, 03:48 MeddlingKid wrote: Thanks for the comments on the overcoat, guys. So it looks as though I will purchase an overcoat. Is there a particular length and color that is acceptable for recruiting? I realize it won't be worn in the interview, which might make it less important than a suit color. I would go with black or charcoal for the overcoat. I don't know how it is in other cities, but walking around NYC in the winter just about everyone's coat is a dark color. Partially I think because like riverripper said, they don't show dirt as much, and partially because, like suits, darker colors are considered more conservative. My coat goes to about my knees - suit pants are not all that warm when it's cold and windy, so the longer coats protect more of your body from the cold. I don't remember exactly how much I paid for mine, but I bought it during the summer at Jos. A Bank, and think it was about$175.
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09 Jun 2009, 04:03
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MBAin2012 wrote:
I also have a suit questions. I only have one suit (charcoal) but I have the hardest time finding a suit to fit me. I am 6'0, 150 lbs and I have long arms. Basically I am either a 36/38 Long in the chest with a size 30/31 pants. This is ridiculously hard to find.

So, any suggestions? The one suit I bought is a Burberry charcoal suit that I bought at Nordstroms. I had it tailored and I think it fits really well (Burberry seems to have slim suits). But other than this one suit, I haven't had much luck. Is MTM the only way to go?

Thanks in advance for the help.

Actually I disagree with your stated size based on your body size. A suit is properly sized by the shoulders and the length of the jacket. Nothing else. So for your shoulders you may need a 36 or 38. But for jacket length you are a REGULAR. A 'long' is usually for someone 6'2" or taller, otherwise it drapes down toward knees. THEN have sleeves tailored to your correct size. NEVER size your suits based on the sleeves.

I know from experience, I am an in-between size also. This advice will help you a lot, because a 38R is much much much easier to find. And it'll look better on you because it'll make your legs look more proportional to your jacket. Trust me, a 6 foot man should not wear a long.

Thanks I appreciate it. I always tried to size my jacket based on my arms (well I also looked at the chest, etc), and you are right it is impossible to find a 36 or 38 L. A 38R will be much easier to find.
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10 Jun 2009, 01:04
heh, overcoats? why does anyone need an overcoat? (or suits, for that matter )
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10 Jun 2009, 05:05
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heh, overcoats? why does anyone need an overcoat? (or suits, for that matter )

Or anything that is not made of hemp?
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13 Jun 2009, 14:39
I went to Nordstrom today to check out their stock, in hopes of picking something up during their June 19 sale. Unfortunately, the options were limited in my size. The guy said the big sale is going to be in July (I believe it's the half yearly sale). I'm definitely going to order a BB Fitzgerald in charcoal, but want to pick up a third suit. If I will have a navy subtle pinstripe and a plain charcoal, would it be best to go plain navy or subtle stripe (or herringbone) charcoal for the third suit?

I sorta want to wait and see what Nordstrom has to offer in July, as it sounds like I might be able to find a Canali or Zegna for about $800-$1000. But, a Brooks Brothers 1818 suit at $500 seems like too good a deal to pass up. Speaking of the Brooks Brothers suits, is the following cut okay for recruiting? It's very slender and has somewhat narrow lapels (would this be a 60s suit look?). [url] http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatSect ... ion_Id=575[/url] Intern Joined: 02 Jan 2009 Posts: 1 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: Suits [#permalink] Show Tags 20 Jun 2009, 16:15 Does that Brooks Brothers sale start up soon? Seems like last year it was right about now... Senior Manager Joined: 07 Jan 2008 Posts: 318 Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan Schools: Ross Class of 2011 Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 133 [0], given: 0 Re: Suits [#permalink] Show Tags 20 Jun 2009, 21:18 I think it starts the 22nd but that seems like an odd day but that is what I was told. VP Joined: 09 Dec 2008 Posts: 1221 Schools: Kellogg Class of 2011 Followers: 21 Kudos [?]: 243 [0], given: 17 Re: Suits [#permalink] Show Tags 21 Jun 2009, 03:41 It does start on the 22nd. I think each year the sale starts on the day after Father's Day, so the people shopping for gifts for Dad pay the higher prices. _________________ Director Joined: 20 Feb 2008 Posts: 797 Location: Texas Schools: Kellogg Class of 2011 Followers: 6 Kudos [?]: 146 [0], given: 9 Re: Suits [#permalink] Show Tags 21 Jun 2009, 11:35 Jerz wrote: It does start on the 22nd. I think each year the sale starts on the day after Father's Day, so the people shopping for gifts for Dad pay the higher prices. I went to the store her in Houston today, and can safely report that the Brooks Brothers sale starts tomorrow (running for a week). All 1818 suits will be 50% off, which at my store is$898 to $449. A pretty good deal, and I think the Fitzgerald is great for banking. It fits me the best of any of their models. Although, one downside is that major alterations (from what I was told, anything involving the back or taking in the sides) costs extra. Shorting the sleeves is free. Not sure how much work you guys would need done to the suit, but it might run you an extra$100 or so.
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21 Jun 2009, 19:52
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Jerz wrote:
It does start on the 22nd. I think each year the sale starts on the day after Father's Day, so the people shopping for gifts for Dad pay the higher prices.

I went to the store her in Houston today, and can safely report that the Brooks Brothers sale starts tomorrow (running for a week). All 1818 suits will be 50% off, which at my store is $898 to$449. A pretty good deal, and I think the Fitzgerald is great for banking. It fits me the best of any of their models. Although, one downside is that major alterations (from what I was told, anything involving the back or taking in the sides) costs extra. Shorting the sleeves is free. Not sure how much work you guys would need done to the suit, but it might run you an extra \$100 or so.

I found that the Fitzgerald fit me best as well. I ordered a couple yesterday at the 50% discounted price. Hopefully we won't need significant alterations.
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