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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby Helmholtz » Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:40 pm

top30man wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:
0LNewbie wrote:What's all this about jos a banks not being as good as bb? I was thinking about hitting up their 70% off suits today.

Related note, I'm going for dark navy. Does the specific color of brown shoe I get to go with it matter too much? I'm sure they'll suggest something but I don't always trust their judgment.


Is Jos A Bank ever not having a >50% sale on at least one type of their clothing?

Haha this. They do sales all the time. I'd wait for the big sales. Look for the deal of the day if you only want one suit. In the last two weeks they have featured suits for cheaper than the current sale, including trios for 130 and signature suits for 170.


I've never shopped there and probably never well. I can never really tell what a "big sale" is, since their "retail prices" are such a smoke screen made to make people think they're getting a better deal than they actually are.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby kalvano » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:07 pm

0LNewbie wrote:
NoleinNY wrote:Yeah, right now JAB is having buy one suit, get 2 suits, two shirts, and two ties free.


Really? Does it vary by region? The thing I reported was from their website.

Except now I'm being made to question whether I should be purchasing from there at all.



There is a reason why they can sell their suits for $175. They are awful quality. But they'll last long enough for OCI / 2L summer, then you can afford some real suits.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby NoleinNY » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:55 pm

0LNewbie wrote:
NoleinNY wrote:Yeah, right now JAB is having buy one suit, get 2 suits, two shirts, and two ties free.


Really? Does it vary by region? The thing I reported was from their website.

Except now I'm being made to question whether I should be purchasing from there at all.


I've seen the ads in SoCal. Don't know if it is nationwide.

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Postby turbotong » Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:47 am

NoleinNY wrote:
0LNewbie wrote:
NoleinNY wrote:Yeah, right now JAB is having buy one suit, get 2 suits, two shirts, and two ties free.


Really? Does it vary by region? The thing I reported was from their website.

Except now I'm being made to question whether I should be purchasing from there at all.


I've seen the ads in SoCal. Don't know if it is nationwide.


Was also the same in Texas - guess it WAS probably nationwide

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Is Jos A Bank ever not having a >50% sale on at least one type of their clothing?


Yes. Every once in a while, they will mail out Thank You Gift Cards (I've gotten them ranging from $20-$30) with the requirement that you spend at least the amount on the gift card. They are usually valid for 2-4 weeks. During those 2-4 weeks, almost nothing is on sale (but you go in thinking you've got a good deal b/c of the gift card)

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby 23402385985 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:30 pm

Question on shoes for first year interviews:

http://www.shoebuy.com/johnston-murphy- ... 2864/22864 (this is about as much as I want to spend)

http://www.shoebuy.com/bostonian-andover/131868/304851

http://www.shoebuy.com/florsheim-dailey/30808/30808 (these look like they have too much rubber on the soles)

I am leaning towards the Johnston Murphy's or the Bostonian's.

Going with a charcoal suit (obviously) and black Fossil briefcase.

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Postby kaiser » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:33 pm

joncrooshal wrote:Question on shoes for first year interviews:

http://www.shoebuy.com/johnston-murphy- ... 2864/22864 (this is about as much as I want to spend)

http://www.shoebuy.com/bostonian-andover/131868/304851

http://www.shoebuy.com/florsheim-dailey/30808/30808 (these look like they have too much rubber on the soles)

I am leaning towards the Johnston Murphy's or the Bostonian's.

Going with a charcoal suit (obviously) and black Fossil briefcase.


I have Bostonians that are pretty much the exact same as those and they are great. I bought those and a pair of Cole Haan shoes and they looked real sharp for interviews. You can't go wrong with any of these brands.

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Postby 5ky » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:34 pm

No briefcase. Padfolio.

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Postby Lincoln » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:41 pm

5ky wrote:No briefcase. Padfolio.


Agreed. Briefcase looks contrived. I used a padfolio with my school's name on it and a redweld with additional docs at OCI.

I'd go with shoe alternatives 1 or 3. Look more formal. Just make sure they match your belt.

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Postby kaiser » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:45 pm

5ky wrote:No briefcase. Padfolio.


Def agree with this. No one brings a briefcase to OCI interviews. Just the folio resume-holder thing to hold resumes and business cards.

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Postby 23402385985 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:58 pm

Thanks for the tip on the padfolio, then! I'll pick one up soon.

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Postby 23402385985 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:00 pm

Oh, and since Google has not helped -- what the fuck is brushed veal?

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Postby Lincoln » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:01 pm

joncrooshal wrote:Oh, and since Google has not helped -- what the fuck is brushed veal?


It's used to make shoes that should not be worn at an interview or in a professional setting.

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Postby 23402385985 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:02 pm

Lincoln wrote:
joncrooshal wrote:Oh, and since Google has not helped -- what the fuck is brushed veal?


It's used to make shoes that should not be worn at an interview or in a professional setting.


Haha, thanks a lot. I even saw some men's clothing forum thing that had no idea what it was or not.

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Postby Lincoln » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:05 pm

joncrooshal wrote:
Lincoln wrote:
joncrooshal wrote:Oh, and since Google has not helped -- what the fuck is brushed veal?


It's used to make shoes that should not be worn at an interview or in a professional setting.


Haha, thanks a lot. I even saw some men's clothing forum thing that had no idea what it was or not.


Actually, I may be wrong. Shoe alternative 1 looks fine; not what I was thinking of.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby 23402385985 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:05 pm

Lincoln wrote:
joncrooshal wrote:
Lincoln wrote:
joncrooshal wrote:Oh, and since Google has not helped -- what the fuck is brushed veal?


It's used to make shoes that should not be worn at an interview or in a professional setting.


Haha, thanks a lot. I even saw some men's clothing forum thing that had no idea what it was or not.


Actually, I may be wrong. Shoe alternative 1 looks fine; not what I was thinking of.


Well, I don't think #1 was brushed veal. I just saw that fit/finish floating around on other shoes. Some are listed as: black, black brushed veal, bordeaux, bordeaux brushed veal. Stuff like that.

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Postby Bildungsroman » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:06 pm

Lincoln wrote:
joncrooshal wrote:
Lincoln wrote:
joncrooshal wrote:Oh, and since Google has not helped -- what the fuck is brushed veal?


It's used to make shoes that should not be worn at an interview or in a professional setting.


Haha, thanks a lot. I even saw some men's clothing forum thing that had no idea what it was or not.


Actually, I may be wrong. Shoe alternative 1 looks fine; not what I was thinking of.

Looking around the internet, "brushed veal" just seems like a marketing term; the shoes that came up when I searched for it looked pretty normal.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby kaiser » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:07 pm

Brushed veal? Hmm, maybe I should get Italian food for dinner...

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Postby 23402385985 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:08 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:Actually, I may be wrong. Shoe alternative 1 looks fine; not what I was thinking of.

Looking around the internet, "brushed veal" just seems like a marketing term; the shoes that came up when I searched for it looked pretty normal.[/quote]

This silly thing on Zappos said, "Brushed veal for added comfort".

Does sound tasty, though.

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Postby Bronte » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:12 pm

Lincoln wrote:
joncrooshal wrote:Oh, and since Google has not helped -- what the fuck is brushed veal?


It's used to make shoes that should not be worn at an interview or in a professional setting.


Are you sure? These cap toes, http://www.shoebuy.com/johnston-murphy- ... 2864/22864, are quite interview appropriate. "Brushed veal" is just a Johnston & Murphy marketing term for corrected grain leather, which is leather that has an artificially applied texture because the leather is too low quality to use its natural texture. You'll probably find it on any shoe in that price range.

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Postby 23402385985 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:33 pm

Bronte wrote:
Lincoln wrote:
joncrooshal wrote:Oh, and since Google has not helped -- what the fuck is brushed veal?


It's used to make shoes that should not be worn at an interview or in a professional setting.


Are you sure? These cap toes, http://www.shoebuy.com/johnston-murphy- ... 2864/22864, are quite interview appropriate. "Brushed veal" is just a Johnston & Murphy marketing term for corrected grain leather, which is leather that has an artificially applied texture because the leather is too low quality to use its natural texture. You'll probably find it on any shoe in that price range.


So is brushed veal, then, OK?

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Postby Bronte » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:08 pm

joncrooshal wrote:
Bronte wrote:Are you sure? These cap toes, http://www.shoebuy.com/johnston-murphy- ... 2864/22864, are quite interview appropriate. "Brushed veal" is just a Johnston & Murphy marketing term for corrected grain leather, which is leather that has an artificially applied texture because the leather is too low quality to use its natural texture. You'll probably find it on any shoe in that price range.


So is brushed veal, then, OK?


Yeah it's fine. If you can wait, I would get the Allen Edmonds Park Avenues on sale at Nordstrom this summer for $200. Otherwise, having owned Bostonians, I can tell you that just about any shoe will be of a higher quality. I wouldn't pay more than $75 for them. What I'm trying to say is that I would go with the Johnston & Murphy out of the three mentioned above.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby 23402385985 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:31 am

Bronte wrote:
joncrooshal wrote:
Bronte wrote:Are you sure? These cap toes, http://www.shoebuy.com/johnston-murphy- ... 2864/22864, are quite interview appropriate. "Brushed veal" is just a Johnston & Murphy marketing term for corrected grain leather, which is leather that has an artificially applied texture because the leather is too low quality to use its natural texture. You'll probably find it on any shoe in that price range.


So is brushed veal, then, OK?


Yeah it's fine. If you can wait, I would get the Allen Edmonds Park Avenues on sale at Nordstrom this summer for $200. Otherwise, having owned Bostonians, I can tell you that just about any shoe will be of a higher quality. I wouldn't pay more than $75 for them. What I'm trying to say is that I would go with the Johnston & Murphy out of the three mentioned above.


Much appreciated advice. I am leaning towards the J&Ms myself. The problem with shopping at Nordstrom's is that I need a 13E shoe. They tend not to stock 13s let alone wide.

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Postby kalvano » Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:05 am

J&M makes a really good shoe for the price point. You can get better quality shoes, but not many for under $200.

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Postby leobowski » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:41 am

joncrooshal wrote:Question on shoes for first year interviews:

http://www.shoebuy.com/johnston-murphy- ... 2864/22864 (this is about as much as I want to spend)

http://www.shoebuy.com/bostonian-andover/131868/304851

http://www.shoebuy.com/florsheim-dailey/30808/30808 (these look like they have too much rubber on the soles)

I am leaning towards the Johnston Murphy's or the Bostonian's.

Going with a charcoal suit (obviously) and black Fossil briefcase.



The Meltons are much higher quality than the other two. Also ditch the briefcase and go with a plain black leather padfolio.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby c3pO4 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:58 am

FWIW, outside of NYC a black suit isn't as much of no-no. More important than charcoal or black is whether your suit is tailored and fits well. That's the key. I remember reading this and almost going out and buying a non-black suit at the last minute before my interviews last year, but I stuck with my perfectly fitting black suit and nobody looked at me like I was at a funeral.




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