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

Postby yuzu » Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:35 am

I have two (cheapish) suits: a medium gray and a black. According to the "conventional wisdom" of this thread, I need to buy a third in charcoal or navy. Seriously?

I'd never worn a suit (at all) to any interview in my life and it's never been a problem. And now many of you say that for an interview (even in California) only two colors are acceptable?

So, my request for advice: do I really need a third suit? Or, alternatively, which of these two is most presentable?

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

Postby Lincoln » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:42 pm

yuzu wrote:I have two (cheapish) suits: a medium gray and a black. According to the "conventional wisdom" of this thread, I need to buy a third in charcoal or navy. Seriously?

I'd never worn a suit (at all) to any interview in my life and it's never been a problem. And now many of you say that for an interview (even in California) only two colors are acceptable?

So, my request for advice: do I really need a third suit? Or, alternatively, which of these two is most presentable?


I would not buy a new suit just for interviews, provided that the ones you have fit you. I would be wary of wearing the black one, but I doubt it'll make the difference between getting a job and not, which is what you should be concerned about. If you do get a job where you need to wear a suit every day (e.g. judicial internship, Cravath...) I would definitely buy another suit. Since you say yours are cheapish, make it a nicer one.

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

Postby kalvano » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:50 pm

Black suits seem fine around here, if a little morbid.

Also, I've seen this a lot on here lately -

Weary - tired
Wary - beware of

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

Postby Lincoln » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:52 pm

kalvano wrote:
Weary - tired
Wary - beware of


My bad. Advice still relevant, despite my inability to spell.

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

Postby kalvano » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:54 pm

Indeed. I'm just being picky.

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

Postby Bronte » Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:28 pm

yuzu wrote:I have two (cheapish) suits: a medium gray and a black. According to the "conventional wisdom" of this thread, I need to buy a third in charcoal or navy. Seriously?

I'd never worn a suit (at all) to any interview in my life and it's never been a problem. And now many of you say that for an interview (even in California) only two colors are acceptable?

So, my request for advice: do I really need a third suit? Or, alternatively, which of these two is most presentable?


I think you're mischaracterizing the conventional wisdom in this thread. The conventional wisdom pertains to the best practices when purchasing interview attire. If you already own the item, the calculus is obviously very different. Regarding your particular situation, you do not need another suit. What you wear to the interviews plays a very minor role in your overall evaluation. You can wear either suit and be fine. If you are going to buy another suit for interviewing, however, buy a navy suit.

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

Postby 23402385985 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:46 am

One other pair of shoes:

http://www.shoebuy.com/johnston-murphy- ... 767/427791

What about these?

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

Postby traehekat » Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:56 am

joncrooshal wrote:One other pair of shoes:

http://www.shoebuy.com/johnston-murphy- ... 767/427791

What about these?


for interviewing? no way. the meltons are you best bet, everyone needs to own a pair of those so might as well get em now.

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

Postby Bronte » Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:12 am

traehekat wrote:
joncrooshal wrote:One other pair of shoes:

http://www.shoebuy.com/johnston-murphy- ... 767/427791

What about these?


for interviewing? no way. the meltons are you best bet, everyone needs to own a pair of those so might as well get em now.


Yeah go with the cap toes. They're preferable to those square toes in all circumstances.

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

Postby 23402385985 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:20 am

Perfect. Meltons it is. Thanks a lot, guys.

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

Postby Blessedassurance » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:21 pm

Didn't read through all the thread but can someone offer suggestions on what color of shirt and tie to wear with a charcoal striped suit?

Or provide the link for the suggestions by the bearded erudite? I could have sworn I've seen it somewhere on TLS.

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

Postby leobowski » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:16 am

Blessedassurance wrote:Didn't read through all the thread but can someone offer suggestions on what color of shirt and tie to wear with a charcoal striped suit?

Or provide the link for the suggestions by the bearded erudite? I could have sworn I've seen it somewhere on TLS.


Short answer: white is your safest bet for a shirt. Pale blue, lavender and pink are advanced options that you can look into at a later date. Plain white too! No stripes or designs. Your tie should be striped or pindot design with a simple design/ colors. No crap like cartoons, artwork or paisley designs. Here's a couple examples of ties that I would wear with that suit:
http://www.thetiebar.com/order_page.asp ... nValueIds=
http://www.thetiebar.com/order_page.asp ... nValueIds=


Long answer: Pufer's megapost is on page 6 of this thread, and is basically spot-on for interviewing purposes: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=63606&start=125

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

Postby Blessedassurance » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:52 am

Thanks.

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

Postby turbotong » Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:06 am

I bought a pair of the allen edmonds. Damn, those are expensive. My advice is to go a half size smaller than what you're used to wearing.

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

Postby chem » Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:11 pm

Hey everyone,

I need to buy a new pair of everyday shoes. I know this is more for interview shoes, but it is also a clothing mega thread. I live in OK right now, and everyone wears cowboy boots. Ill be ending up either in DC, Virginia, St Louis, or Nashville, so I was wondering if cowboy boots would be too hick. Also, are they comfortable? I've had sperry's boat shoes for the past 2 years, and those were pretty comfortable

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

Postby traehekat » Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:57 pm

turbotong wrote:I bought a pair of the allen edmonds. Damn, those are expensive. My advice is to go a half size smaller than what you're used to wearing.


just bought a pair at nordstrom rack for 220 the other week. brown hinsdale wingtip, which i guess have been discontinued. happy with the purchase, but still expensive even at outlet.

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

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:23 pm

Would a shoe like this be a problem:

http://www.zappos.com/product/7896775/color/3

Note: Already own them and have done mock interviews in them where no one has commented. Just want to be sure...

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

Postby Veyron » Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:58 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Would a shoe like this be a problem:

http://www.zappos.com/product/7896775/color/3

Note: Already own them and have done mock interviews in them where no one has commented. Just want to be sure...


Slip-ons are only appropriate for interviews if said interviews are in a jail.

Get this in black instead:

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/bost ... 6spc%3D198

Note its essential qualities: lace up, cap toe, oxford.

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

Postby mrloblaw » Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:05 pm

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

Postby mrloblaw » Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:08 pm

traehekat wrote:
turbotong wrote:I bought a pair of the allen edmonds. Damn, those are expensive. My advice is to go a half size smaller than what you're used to wearing.


just bought a pair at nordstrom rack for 220 the other week. brown hinsdale wingtip, which i guess have been discontinued. happy with the purchase, but still expensive even at outlet.


On the plus side, they're super comfortable and, if the leather is properly cared for, will last practically forever. I've been trying to talk myself out of buying a couple more pairs of AEs for months now.

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

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:55 pm

I don't have a navy suit so, which would be better?

A black suit with very thin red pinstripes or just a plain black suit?

Kind of looks like this

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

Postby 20130312 » Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:57 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I don't have a navy suit so, which would be better?

A black suit with very thin red pinstripes or just a plain black suit?

Kind of looks like this [img]RED.jpg[/img]


...For what? :shock:

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

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:01 pm

InGoodFaith wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I don't have a navy suit so, which would be better?

A black suit with very thin red pinstripes or just a plain black suit?

Kind of looks like this [img]RED.jpg[/img]


...For what? :shock:


Well I will assume that that's a no on the pinstripes... haha. For an interview

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

Postby kalvano » Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:03 pm

Black with red pinstripes? That's the type of thing that shows why people advise against wearing any sort of patterned suit. In what world would that be appropriate for legal interviews or even a job?


I actually kind of like the way it looks, but that would in no way be appropriate for an interview. Think conservative.
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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby 20130312 » Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:03 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Well I will assume that that's a no on the pinstripes... haha. For an interview


Hmm... are you white?




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