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New post 08 Mar 2007, 21:40
You guys are hilarious =)
And just what's WRONG with wearing my Iron Maiden t-shirt under my dress shirt?!!! Isn't that a good way to stand out amongst the Indian crowd? How many Indians know the lyrics to 'Aces High'?

Another question -- is a black suit a gaffe? Almost everyone has suggested royal blue or dark grey, but I think black looks better.

Thanks for all the advice -- will keep everything in mind when I buy the suit.

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New post 08 Mar 2007, 21:55
Wear black if it makes you feel more confident.

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New post 09 Mar 2007, 02:04
I have never thought that black was appropriate for a business suit. It should be worn at weddings and funerals. Some navy suits are almost black under certain light if you want a really dark suit.

I tried to find a reference for this, and found the following guideline from GQ:

http://men.style.com/gq/fashion/stylegu ... lazers/595

Basically, they say that it's not forbidden, and some guys are able to carry it off; but people that wear black suits often give off the vibe that they are a priest or at a funeral. If you wear a black suit, you will stick out, and not blend in. My conclusion is don't do it for an interview. The last thing you want to do is stick out because of your clothes.

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New post 09 Mar 2007, 02:06
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You guys are hilarious =)
And just what's WRONG with wearing my Iron Maiden t-shirt under my dress shirt?!!! Isn't that a good way to stand out amongst the Indian crowd? How many Indians know the lyrics to 'Aces High'?

Another question -- is a black suit a gaffe? Almost everyone has suggested royal blue or dark grey, but I think black looks better.

Thanks for all the advice -- will keep everything in mind when I buy the suit.

On the D-day I don't think you'll be able to sing Aces High, coz of the "Fear of the interview" :-D

PS (off topic): Maiden will be in Bangalore (yes, you read it right) on 17th March!!

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New post 09 Mar 2007, 02:25
Wear this! You will definately stand out!

http://www.diwansaheb.com/glpcat/clnt_p ... d=10015302

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New post 09 Mar 2007, 06:46
I agree w/ Pelihu, black suits have many associations: funerals, weddings, secret service...

I think grey is the way to go because then you can wear black shoes and you're good to go. Theres is some moderate disagreement on whether you should wear dark brown or black shoes w/ a navy suit. But with charcoal/grey you can't go wrong w/ black shoes.

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I disagree... I mean I have heard the argument against black many times... but in the business world black has become very standard in recent years. I think black is a great color and guy in a good black suit makes me think of business... not funerals.

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New post 09 Mar 2007, 06:56
Mark - I guess I don't personally have those associations w/ a black suit (I'm pretty oblivious to details like what people are wearing), but I'm speaking more from what I've heard other people say.

I wear a black suit to meetings all the time, and once in a while someone will make a joke about me wearing a "power-suit" or something because they think it looks more formal than the navy, brown, light grey suits that other people are wearing.

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New post 09 Mar 2007, 06:58
Nothing wrong with going for "power" at an interview. :)

The association with weddings and funerals deal seems sort of "old skool" to me... Reminds me of that nonsense like no white after labor day and black after memorial day or whatever those crazy rules are that grandparents go for. :)

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I disagree... I mean I have heard the argument against black many times... but in the business world black has become very standard in recent years. I think black is a great color and guy in a good black suit makes me think of business... not funerals.

Black suits are less common in the US but definitely standard business attire in Europe. I think the best way to make it look less like funeral garb is avoid wearing a plain white shirt or to at least have a good tie to go with it and of course making sure its very well tailored. It looks bad if the shoulders aren't snug.

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New post 09 Mar 2007, 07:01
I actually also subscribe to the funeral crowd. I think black suits look sad, they just remind me of funerals, I dont know. Dark navy suits, on the other hand, you'll note, everyone agrees are fine - so why bother risking a black one?

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New post 09 Mar 2007, 07:01
I'm pretty bad w/ color coordinating. Can you wear a blue shirt and say maybe a red tie with a black suit?

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I actually also subscribe to the funeral crowd. I think black suits look sad, they just remind me of funerals, I dont know. Dark navy suits, on the other hand, you'll note, everyone agrees are fine - so why bother risking a black one?

Navy suits are conservative and borderline bland.

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I'm pretty bad w/ color coordinating. Can you wear a blue shirt and say maybe a red tie with a black suit?


Go grab the stuff you have in mind, lay it down on the bed, put the blue shirt into the suit, and throw the tie on top of the blue shirt. Take a photo of that, and I'll know :)

Generally speaking, yes, blue black and red will work.

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New post 09 Mar 2007, 07:10
I don't think that navy and grey are as striking as black. Black says you mean business.

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New post 09 Mar 2007, 07:11
What they said.

I don't associate black with funerals and as mentioned, the shirt is the key with black suits. A light grey or lavender shirt as opposed to a white one is the way to go. Another bonus of a black suit is the versatility - you can use it as formal and business attire. It can be dressed up or down depending on the shirt and tie.

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I disagree... I mean I have heard the argument against black many times... but in the business world black has become very standard in recent years. I think black is a great color and guy in a good black suit makes me think of business... not funerals.

Black suits are less common in the US but definitely standard business attire in Europe. I think the best way to make it look less like funeral garb is avoid wearing a plain white shirt or to at least have a good tie to go with it and of course making sure its very well tailored. It looks bad if the shoulders aren't snug.

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The next question: Pleats or no pleats? Recent trend has moved away from pleats, but what do you guys think?

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The next question: Pleats or no pleats? Recent trend has moved away from pleats, but what do you guys think?


No pleats for sure. I find pleats fluff up the waist area and I prefer the simpler, cleaner, sleeker look of no pleats.

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What they said.

I don't associate black with funerals and as mentioned, the shirt is the key with black suits. A light grey or lavender shirt as opposed to a white one is the way to go. Another bonus of a black suit is the versatility - you can use it as formal and business attire. It can be dressed up or down depending on the shirt and tie.

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I disagree... I mean I have heard the argument against black many times... but in the business world black has become very standard in recent years. I think black is a great color and guy in a good black suit makes me think of business... not funerals.

Black suits are less common in the US but definitely standard business attire in Europe. I think the best way to make it look less like funeral garb is avoid wearing a plain white shirt or to at least have a good tie to go with it and of course making sure its very well tailored. It looks bad if the shoulders aren't snug.


Ok ok...

How about this:

Black suits are OK if you like them
Navy Blue suits are OK if you like them

Deal? :)

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