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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby stratocophic » Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:15 pm

Aston2412 wrote:
stratocophic wrote:Bitchin' cufflinks?


I'm going to wear my Ace of Diamonds cufflinks. And when they comment I'm going to say, "I've always got an ace up my sleeve!"
Above: how to win OCI in just 2 sentences

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby seriouslyinformative » Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:22 pm

It's precisely because people lack enough social awareness to tell what "within reason" means that TLS exists.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby Aston2412 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:24 pm

stratocophic wrote:
Aston2412 wrote:
stratocophic wrote:Bitchin' cufflinks?


I'm going to wear my Ace of Diamonds cufflinks. And when they comment I'm going to say, "I've always got an ace up my sleeve!"
Above: how to win OCI in just 2 sentences


Pretty sure I can land W&C with that line. Hah! And CDO told me they would be unattainable...

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby stratocophic » Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:30 pm

seriouslyinformative wrote:It's precisely because people lack enough social awareness to tell what "within reason" means that TLS exists.
And here I thought it was just because law students are uniformly neurotic.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby Helmholtz » Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:55 pm

Aston2412 wrote:Pretty sure I can land W&C with that line. Hah! And CDO told me they would be unattainable...


Why would White & Case be unattainable?

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby Aston2412 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:03 pm

W&C is Williams & Connolly to me. Maybe that's a D.C. bias.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby 09042014 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:15 pm

Any tips on where to buy a suit in Chicago. Not looking to go overboard, but I need something decent.

Also, for a second suit, is Gray, or Charcoal the way to go for interviews? I already have a navy.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby alirod12 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:05 pm

Go to Bloomies, they always have sales in men's suits, and treat your self to a nice Hugo Boss or Hugo by Hugo Boss suit. You can also go with Theory or Zegna. But something like that is nice/stylish enough to wear to a wedding, not a typical frump business suit.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby D-hops » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:10 pm

Desert Fox wrote:Any tips on where to buy a suit in Chicago. Not looking to go overboard, but I need something decent.

Also, for a second suit, is Gray, or Charcoal the way to go for interviews? I already have a navy.


Brooks Brothers is having their semi-annual sale right now which is a pretty good deal on some normally pricey suits if you want to go that route.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby 09042014 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:11 pm

D-hops wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Any tips on where to buy a suit in Chicago. Not looking to go overboard, but I need something decent.

Also, for a second suit, is Gray, or Charcoal the way to go for interviews? I already have a navy.


Brooks Brothers is having their semi-annual sale right now which is a pretty good deal on some normally pricey suits if you want to go that route.


How long does it last? Also, as a gay I trust your advice, Grey or Charcoal?

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby D-hops » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:12 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
D-hops wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Any tips on where to buy a suit in Chicago. Not looking to go overboard, but I need something decent.

Also, for a second suit, is Gray, or Charcoal the way to go for interviews? I already have a navy.


Brooks Brothers is having their semi-annual sale right now which is a pretty good deal on some normally pricey suits if you want to go that route.


How long does it last? Also, as a gay I trust your advice, Grey or Charcoal?


Charcoal. The sale ends Tuesday.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby 09042014 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:14 pm

D-hops wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
D-hops wrote:
Brooks Brothers is having their semi-annual sale right now which is a pretty good deal on some normally pricey suits if you want to go that route.


How long does it last? Also, as a gay I trust your advice, Grey or Charcoal?


Charcoal. The sale ends Tuesday.


Ok, I need to get on this deal.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby gp86 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:39 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
D-hops wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Any tips on where to buy a suit in Chicago. Not looking to go overboard, but I need something decent.

Also, for a second suit, is Gray, or Charcoal the way to go for interviews? I already have a navy.


Brooks Brothers is having their semi-annual sale right now which is a pretty good deal on some normally pricey suits if you want to go that route.


How long does it last? Also, as a gay I trust your advice, Grey or Charcoal?


Charcoal. Dark navy and charcoal are the two staple fabrics BB carries. Maybe take full advantage of the sale and pick up a charcoal pinstripe to add to your rotation for the SA your well-dressed self will land.

Also, I can't say this emphatically enough to everyone whining about shoes: just get a goddamn pair of black cap toes.

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They don’t have to be Aldens, though I believe they are the best quality American shoe, but you should spend some money on them – AE is great, and JM has some high quality models. They are investments that will outlast random cheap shoes you buy for OCI, and people notice them. You can tailor a cheap suit to look great, but cheap shoes will always look like cheap shoes.

Just make sure that:
1) The laces are closed, like in the picture.
2) The soles are leather.
3) The shoes have just a simple cap toe, though a perforated cap is fine.
4) The toes are round, not square.
5) They’re black.

Black cap toes are the most basic shoe a man should have. I don’t care if whiskey brown matches your navy suit better, or if you think cap toes are boring and would rather get wing tips. You can buy those shoes and wear them when you actually have a job. First, just follow the most basic rule of men’s business wear and interviewing.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby 09042014 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:52 pm

How many shirts am I going to need for OCI? 2 or more like 4?

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby GeePee » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:56 pm

Desert Fox wrote:How many shirts am I going to need for OCI? 2 or more like 4?

How many days long is your OCI and how willing are you to wash shirts in between?

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby 09042014 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:58 pm

GeePee wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:How many shirts am I going to need for OCI? 2 or more like 4?

How many days long is your OCI and how willing are you to wash shirts in between?


2 days / weekend / 4 days / weekend/ 1 day

Sounds like I need 4.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby beachbum » Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:01 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
GeePee wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:How many shirts am I going to need for OCI? 2 or more like 4?

How many days long is your OCI and how willing are you to wash shirts in between?


2 days / weekend / 4 days / weekend/ 1 day

Sounds like I need 4.


Brooks Brothers, d00d. While you're looking for suits, take advantage of the buy 4/get 40% off sale on dress shirts.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby GeePee » Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:18 pm

beachbum wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
GeePee wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:How many shirts am I going to need for OCI? 2 or more like 4?

How many days long is your OCI and how willing are you to wash shirts in between?


2 days / weekend / 4 days / weekend/ 1 day

Sounds like I need 4.


Brooks Brothers, d00d. While you're looking for suits, take advantage of the buy 4/get 40% off sale on dress shirts.

Also, Charles Tyrwhitt has been having some pretty great sales. Very good quality dress shirts for $50.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby 09042014 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:20 pm

Yea it looks like I'm spending well over a grand tomorrow at Brooks Brothers, but it seems like a great deal.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby GeePee » Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:37 pm

Desert Fox wrote:Yea it looks like I'm spending well over a grand tomorrow at Brooks Brothers, but it seems like a great deal.

I have a charcoal Madison suit from Brooks Brothers, and it's great quality for the price.. Plus, you get in-house tailoring along with the suit, which is usually pretty good (or, at least, it is at the one near me). Will definitely buy again in the future, although I'm not sure if I can afford to dole out for a new navy suit this summer.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby Aston2412 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:53 pm

Try Macy's for shirts. You can get nice shirts from Macy's for equal to or cheaper than BB prices.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby ruski » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:51 pm

macys sucks for work shirts. their shirts are more for evening wear - you can tell because the vast majority of them are very dark shades, unless you want to shell out 70 bucks a shirt for the RL collection.

for shirts go to charles tyrwhitt - can buy online. can usually get them for 40 bucks each and the quality and patterns are excellent.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby daesonesb » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:55 pm

Desert Fox wrote:Yea it looks like I'm spending well over a grand tomorrow at Brooks Brothers, but it seems like a great deal.


It's a great feeling to get some substance to your wardrobe though. Well worth it.

Since you are already splurging on the suits, make sure your tie game is in order too. Good ties are crucial.

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby 09042014 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:58 pm

daesonesb wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Yea it looks like I'm spending well over a grand tomorrow at Brooks Brothers, but it seems like a great deal.


It's a great feeling to get some substance to your wardrobe though. Well worth it.

Since you are already splurging on the suits, make sure your tie game is in order too. Good ties are crucial.


Anyone got tips for ties? what type of color, pattens, etc?

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Re: Lets talk OCI suits (particularly shirts)

Postby thesealocust » Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:02 pm

What's good with ties is hard to describe in words. I'd recommend buying in person, atl east for your first few, and holding them up next to shirts and jackets.

Bright red can be aggressive (good? bad? who knows) but otherwise the tie is the one area where you can get away with a lot color / pattern wise, even for interviewing. The kinds of ties you see on presidential candidates are probably the most conservative, straight dark red and blue numbers, but I don't think you need to be quite that reserved to get a job.




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