romothesavior wrote:Wearing chocolate brown trousers with a blue BD dress shirt. What color shoes do you recommend? Would dark brown AE captoes be okay? Is black okay? Nothing looks quite right.
Anything goes with chocolate brown, but I would probably lean towards the brown shoes with the blue shirt involved.
moandersen wrote:I have a reception and dinner with attorneys one night, then a ton of interviews at the firm the next morning. Kosher to wear the same suit and just switch the shirt and ties, or should I bring two suits?
I would probably risk it with one, but it's up to you. The only real risk you're taking is that you get a plate of food spilled on you the night before and are fucked (in lieu of the extra suit, you might see if there are any late-night dry cleaners near where you'll be staying). Similarly, I once went to a firm reception that was catered by an Indian restaurant (which was odd, but delicious); that suit would've definitely smelled like curry the next day and would probably be noticeable. That would also be a risk if the attorneys invited you outside for a cigar or something at dinner. As such, bring some fabric softener sheets to rub on your suit just in case.
minnbills wrote:What do you guys think is a good price for a suit? I was at a department store last weekend and tried on this awesome dark navy suit. It was $695 though which seemed like way too much.
Never pay list for any off-the-rack suit. Ever.
Stuff that lists in the $500 to $600 range is generally worth $250, max. Stuff that lists under $495 generally isn't worth buying, unless it's on sale for really cheap. $695 list is a strange place where you end up with total crap (the same cheap suits you get from Men's Wearhouse, just with an even bigger fake name on it - instead of pseudo Ralph Lauren, it's pseudo Armani or something) but you also end up in the cheaper regions of really quality brands (Hart Schaffner Marx, for instance). If it's the former, they're not worth more than $250; if it's the latter, even the basic line is worth somewhere in the $300-$350 range (look for a Dillards Clearance Center near you; I saw a navy HSM Gold Trumpeter (which list at $900 and are very nice) on sale for under $200 last time I visited such a store).
As to how much you should spend, it's really a function of how much work you want to put in, and how much waiting you want to do. You can get two very good suits for around $400 total if you want to wait and watch for big sales (the easiest of these is JAB Signature under the next JAB super sale, but you can also wait for big sales at BB, Nordstrom, or peruse the selection anytime at the local Rack or Dillard's Clearance Center for an even better suit, although that's pure luck). Otherwise, you can get two eminently decent ($495-595 list) suits for under $400 total sometime in the next couple weeks (Lauren from Sierra Trading Post using their next email list coupon code - they're constantly sending out the codes, and Lauren is every bit as good as (indeed, it is often identical to) everything they would have at a Men's Wearhouse, only at less than half the price).