grash wrote:33 inch waist at the moment. On a diet, and fully expect to go down to 165ish with a 31-32 inch waist. I may not be rail thin, but I'm skinnier by far than the average dude, and a 3.5 inch tie feels odd to me.
Given that the average dude in America has a 40 inch waist and is pushing morbid obesity (which is a lot less fat than you think it is), that's not saying much. A three inch tie would be very appropriate for you, but you probably wouldn't want to ever dip below 2.75 inches to the realm of true skinny ties.
geoduck wrote:I actually do see businessmen in 3 piece suits around here in Seattle. I'll be doing OCI in Minneapolis, so I don't know yet how much 3 piece suits are worn around there. I like vests because they look cleaner and more classic, not snazzy. It also makes most shirt tuck-in issues irrelevant.
But if the consensus is that it's too much... Though I would still be interesting in hearing what he of the long post has to say on it.
The group is correct: no three-piece suits at an interview.
The three-piece has really crossed the line from looking classic to looking formal. Nowadays, they are at their most appropriate at events where, were this 1920, you would've been wearing semi-formal morningwear or eveningwear. In other words, events where you could plausibly get away with wearing a tuxedo (balls, openings, weddings, etc.), but don't want to. As I mention somewhere in the megapost, businesswear is not formalwear.
Now, you can get away with wearing a three-piece in the office, but I wouldn't wear one in any situation where I wouldn't alternatively wear a very bold and intricate paisley tie. A non-court day at the office before heading direct to an Inn of Court dinner? Absolutely. An interview? Never.
If you really like the look, it would be fine to go with three-pieces on a daily basis (except for interviews and other really important business things), but realize that it's a little like choosing to wear a bow tie on a daily basis - you are certainly properly dressed, and lots of lawyers choose to go down that stylistic road, but you'll always be "that guy in the three-piece/bow tie," never just "that guy."
Pufer wrote:Do not wear a tie bar
If anything you're wearing specifically draws the attention of an interviewer, take that shit off for your interview. Feel free to wear your tie bar in any context other than an interview.