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Old 11-29-07, 03:16 PM
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HELP! Suit/fashion/job interview question.

I am in the process of a career change and the clothes I normally wear to a job interview (nice business casual) probably won't work for me. I have an interview tomorrow morning and the recruiter told me I should wear a dark suit, white shirt and "power tie". The two suits I own are at least 10 years old and I'm worried I'll look like a doofus if I wear either of them to an interview (like a guy wearing a baby blue tux with a ruffled shirt to a black tie affair). I'm not sure if I have time to buy a new one, anyway but I have attached pictures of both of them. Which of these would be better? Will either of them work? Is the tie a "power tie"? Does it look ok with the suits? I can buy a new tie if not, so don't let that be a factor in which suit you pick. God and/or foo help me, I'm clueless.



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Old 11-29-07, 03:17 PM
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Also, I'll be getting whichever one I decide to use dry cleaned and I have no idea why my left sleeve seems to be longer than my right. WTF?
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Personally, I'd go for the pinstripe over the houndstooth, but that's personal opinion more than anything. I have no idea what constitutes a power tie, though, so go for the one with drunken leprechauns on it.

Good luck, and make sure you roll up your pants legs so they don't get all shredded in the chain!
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I'd go with the first choice. The tie is okay, but a little more contrast would be nice. If you go with the second, for God's sake, get the trousers pressed first.
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got a red tie? if so, wear it with the first suit.
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power tie = yellow : Go with the double breasted suit. If you go with the white shirt, yellow power ties with minimal pattern on it. not too loud. They work wonders probably why it was suggested
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Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
got a red tie? if so, wear it with the first suit.

just this one:
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go buy a tie. now, log out and go buy a tie. when you get home, burn that one.
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Yikes, those suits are showing their age. The houndstooth one isn't bad, but looks a little ill-fitting so go w/ the double breasted pinstripe. I haven't kept up w/ fashion myself, but I think most double breasted jackets now have 2 or 3 buttons instead of one. Single breasteds are around 4 buttons. Wear a yellow or gold tie. That tie looks older than the suits.

edit: and polish your shoes. Worn shoes show you don't care about your appearance, the shoes are old and you've been walking a lot like a job hunter.
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Originally Posted by kemmer View Post
just this one:
Best tie ever.

Second place:
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Originally Posted by jyossarian View Post
Yikes, those suits are showing their age.
****, I knew it. I wonder if I have time to buy a new one. Do you think I should?
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power tie = yellow : Go with the double breasted suit. If you go with the white shirt, yellow power ties with minimal pattern on it. not too loud. They work wonders probably why it was suggested[/quote]

added some links below for a view

http://www.neckties.com/products/MjI...rown_dots.html

http://www.neckties.com/products/MjE...rich_gold.html

http://www.boardroomties.com/benshnegoblt.html

NOT NOT NOT this kind
http://www.boardroomties.com/tommybahama18.html
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Old 11-29-07, 03:35 PM
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those red slippers are money.

wear those with a red tie.
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Do yourself a favor, get thee to Brooks Brothers, wear the dark pinstripe and tell them you need a power tie. You won't be disappointed. Burn the ties in your pic.

It's weird, the upclose pictures look like very different colors/styles. I like it from afar but up close they look outdated. The buttons give it away.

[edit] Ha! Jsharr had the same tie burning thought[/edit]

[edit] Yes, I think you should buy a suit. Don't let them talk you into something super expensive, start with a clearance rack and see if something fits - I've picked up some really nice suits that have fooled investment bankers that way.
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The double breasted one looks a little more dated/gangster to me. I actually prefer the second suit but it needs a bolder and more modern tie. A job interview is definitely a place for conservative clothes, but don't make the mistake of wearing something totally dull that doesn't let your personality come through.

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I can't tell you to spend money on a suit you may or may not need, but if the job requires it no matter where you work, it's not a bad idea to start investing in some good single breasted suits. Besides, getting the suit tailored and hemmed will take longer than a day unless they fit right off the rack.
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Originally Posted by Go_Fast View Post
those red slippers are money.

wear those with a red tie.
Cycling socks.
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Just ran it by a few fashion aficionado - they suggest a dark pinstripe, white shirt, purple tie (the yellow/gold is out).

Ignoring the hair:

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Old 11-29-07, 03:50 PM
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Speaking as a late-40's healthcare executive who hires people, the second is the better choice, although I am not thrilled with either. You just don't see many people wearing a double-breasted suit outside of the cast of "Guys and Dolls". White shirt with a red striped tie is always classic.
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I don't think you'd get any heartburn for the suit. Get it pressed.

Get a new tie NOW.
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Originally Posted by jyossarian View Post
I can't tell you to spend money on a suit you may or may not need, but if the job requires it no matter where you work, it's not a bad idea to start investing in some good single breasted suits. Besides, getting the suit tailored and hemmed will take longer than a day unless they fit right off the rack.
Seriously? I can order a suit in the morning and it'll be done by lunch for simple hems. My weight fluctuates way too much to get it completely tailored
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I like the first one better, but I think even a bit darker of a color would be nice. And I would go and get a darker shade of red for the tie. It's too bad you can't just dress up like a U-Bomber. You looked great in those pics!

Good luck with the interview, Kemmer!
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If I have to pick the lesser of two evils, then I say go with the double breasted suit; but get yourself some new ties. Take that Dr. Seuss tie and use it as a tie down on your bike rack, or for cleaning gunk out from your freewheel, but do not ever wear it.
If you're pounding the pavement doing the interview thing, you need to update your business wardrobe. Is this an executive or upper level management position that you're interviewing for? If not, then the recruiter's suggestion of a dark suit and power tie might be too formal and that can go against you in an interview. A good suit jacket matched to a crisp pressed pair of pants is a better option for a lot of interviews. (Although it does depend on the nature of the business and the level you're up for.)
I'm in biotech engineering, and when interviewing for lead engineer I wore a brushed cashmere jacket, pressed flat-front wool trousers, a white pinstriped shirt and a monochrome striped tie. Finished it with plain black lace-up cap-toe shoes. Not too formal, but definitely better than the "frat guy formal" of blue blazer and khaki pants with Sperry Top Siders and no socks.

Some hints: Maybe it's the camera, but you look like you've got a fair/pale complexion. Don't go with medium light colours because they'll emphasize that. Stick with medium dark solid colours for your suits. No light pinstriping because that will wash out your complexion. I'd stay away from the yellow tie suggestion for the same reason. Warm accents are your friend. Rose, lavendar, anything with a hint of red in it to bring out any ruddiness you've got. No yellow (jaundice) or pale to medium blue (cyanosis).
If your shoes are around the same age as the suit, get new shoes. No loafers. 12 years ago a pair of kilted tassle loafers might have cut it. Not any more. Lace up plain front or cap toe. Wingtips if you're up for a top management spot with the company.
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The first suit is fine. Suit fashions don't change that much and thats a pretty timeless double breasted suit. Wear a single colour tie. Power dressing is all about wearing the darkest colour suit however in an interview situation I think that that suit is dark enough. Personaly I do wear a black suit in such situations but thats because its the only suit I have. I would get the cuff length fixed if you have time but other than that don't sweat over the suit. Your confidence will be more important.

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Seriously? I can order a suit in the morning and it'll be done by lunch for simple hems. My weight fluctuates way too much to get it completely tailored
Pant hems are easy. Cuffs can take time if the buttons need to be relocated and if the jacket needs to be taken in.
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