Want your opinion on a suit! Please help!

  • bmoney1

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    Aug 24, 2011 5:41 AM GMT
    All right, so I am preparing for interviews for pharmacy school. I am starting to look for a suit to wear as it is a pretty formal interview setting and a suit is expected. Without knowing anything about me (as the interviewers would not), which style suit would make a better first impression?


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    I love the look of a three piece suit! I would go for a dark or charcoal gray color with, most likely, a white shirt and bright, but not over-bearing tie. I also like that you can take the jacket off without risk being too casual. The interviews will be in mid to late March or early April, so I won't have to worry about heat being a factor.


    OR the, to me, boring and to be expected, more common, two piece suit.

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    I mean, there is nothing wrong with just a regular suit. But it is clear as of now I am thinking more of the three-piece look. Please, please, please be honest. I only get one shot at a first impression. How you look and present yourself will inevitably be a major part of the interview process. So any suggestions you have to offer are greatly appreciated!
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:45 AM GMT
    I'd say go with the 3 piece because you say you love the look of it.

    Basically if you feel good wearing a 3 piece then it can improve your confidence, rather than wearing a suit that you don't like.
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:46 AM GMT
    I view the three-piece suit as a quirky fashion choice, appropriate for some formal party-like events. It looks out of place in a business setting. It says "this is a formal thing, but I'm not taking it that serious".

    That two-piece you posted with the high 3 buttons is really dated.

    I suggest the one-button 2-piece

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  • bmoney1

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    Aug 24, 2011 5:52 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidI view the three-piece suit as a quirky fashion choice, appropriate for some formal party-like events. It looks out of place in a business setting. It says "this is a formal thing, but I'm not taking it that serious".

    That two-piece you posted with the high 3 buttons is really dated.

    I suggest the one-button 2-piece

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    Most people are trying to steer me away from the 3 piece, but your reasoning is different than anyone else's so far. That is definitely not the message I want to convey. The best reason anyone have given for not going that route. Thanks.
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    Aug 24, 2011 6:53 AM GMT
    I'm not a fan pin stripe. It's too mobster-ish. The suit that Ariodante is ideal for an interview. Dark grey or black, 2 button jacket, no pleats on the pants, black shoes. It may seem plain, but it's sharp and very professional in an understated way. Depending on the type of job, I'd wear a white shirt instead of a colored/patterned one. If you want something semi-interesting, you can choose a dark tie with subtle colors/patterns on it. Also, I'm on the fence with skinny ties. Apparently, it's coming back into fashion. But I don't know if it would look good for a job interview. Again, I suppose it depends on the type of job.
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:57 PM GMT
    Well..There a lot of 2-piece suits that are far from boring.. I think a classical 2-piece suit is great for the situation.. and don't think that it will make you one of the many.. Sometimes a 3-piece suit is not a sign of individuality and originality but for a desperate act to draw attention... But whatever you choose, REMEMBER: The people will be mostly interested in your interview, rather than your suit.. plus, we gays look fabulous in everything icon_biggrin.gificon_smile.gif
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 24, 2011 6:07 PM GMT
    It sounds like you know what you want.I`d go with the three piece suit white shirt,bright tie.If you feel comfortable in that,you`ll do best at interview.
    Regardless of fashion,make sure the suit fits you! I see so many guys wearing formal clothes that don`t,and it`s not good.....
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    Aug 24, 2011 6:11 PM GMT
    I bought a suit from Indochino a while back and I've gotta say it's one of my favorite suits I have in terms of fit so far. Anyway, in the long run, I'd say get the three piece suit since you can always skip the vest if you want, but if you just get the two piece, trying to find a vest later on will be difficult since there might be a mismatch in fabric/color. As far as dressing for the interview goes...I actually wouldn't wear a three piece rather a two piece instead...
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    Aug 24, 2011 6:12 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidI view the three-piece suit as a quirky fashion choice, appropriate for some formal party-like events. It looks out of place in a business setting. It says "this is a formal thing, but I'm not taking it that serious".


    I agree. I think the three-piece suit makes you look less serious. It also makes you look a little fussy and uptight. I don't think an interview is the place to really get fashion forward. For example, I wear bow ties but I wouldn't wear one to an interview. I don't want to be the bow tie guy. I'd rather be the guy that answered their questions really well and made them feel like I'd fit into their organization/school or whatever. I can bust out the bow tie, or you can bust out the three-piece suit, when they get to know you.

    Also, you call two-piece suits boring but there are great cuts out there. You don't have a picture so I can't tell your build but I like english suits a lot on me. I buy Hickey Freeman and Charles Tyrwhitt and Hugo Boss. Most of the Italian suits add too much padding in the shoulders that I don't need/want.

    And, since you mentioned it, stay pretty simple on the shirt and tie. You said it was a "pretty formal" interview so white shirt is good with a red or blue tie with some mild pattern.

    You don't want them to remember your clothes. You want them to remember you.

    And, of course, good luck and let us know how it goes!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 24, 2011 6:17 PM GMT
    I'd probably go with the two piece, but I like the three piece suit.. I just think
    it might be a little stuffy for your interview.

    But you're leaving out the kind of tie... I hate certain ties.. blah! Wear a conservative, blue or gray tie, that doesn't have stripes and flows well, but
    isn't a distraction. Wear a white dress shirt.

    Also I don't know how you style your hair, but make it a conservative day.
    Also be confident in your mannerisms. Once you've made your decision, determine yourself, that you look like a million bucks and you are going to
    make a great impression based on your mannerisms and friendly nature.
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    Aug 24, 2011 6:24 PM GMT
    two piece. And hard to tell about color since you dont have a pic of yourself.
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    Aug 24, 2011 6:34 PM GMT
    Personally I'm not a fan of any of the suits you posted. Grey seems to casual, and I'd agree with ario on the three piece suits being more fashionable and not as formal. The key to buying a suit is the fit. Just make sure it looks good on YOU. Yeah some GQ model might look sexy in the suit, but if it looks like crap on you don't buy it.

    Speaking of GQ here's a short little guide I found online that may or may not help:

    http://www.gq.com/how-to/fashion/200608/how-to-buy-a-suit-slideshow#slide=6
  • bmoney1

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    Aug 25, 2011 10:00 PM GMT
    jsnlin saidI bought a suit from Indochino a while back and I've gotta say it's one of my favorite suits I have in terms of fit so far. Anyway, in the long run, I'd say get the three piece suit since you can always skip the vest if you want, but if you just get the two piece, trying to find a vest later on will be difficult since there might be a mismatch in fabric/color. As far as dressing for the interview goes...I actually wouldn't wear a three piece rather a two piece instead...


    Exactly what I was thinking. I may go for a very well-cut 3 piece suit and. Just skip the vest during my interview.
  • bmoney1

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    Aug 25, 2011 10:09 PM GMT
    imasrxd said
    Ariodante saidI view the three-piece suit as a quirky fashion choice, appropriate for some formal party-like events. It looks out of place in a business setting. It says "this is a formal thing, but I'm not taking it that serious".


    I agree. I think the three-piece suit makes you look less serious. It also makes you look a little fussy and uptight. I don't think an interview is the place to really get fashion forward. For example, I wear bow ties but I wouldn't wear one to an interview. I don't want to be the bow tie guy. I'd rather be the guy that answered their questions really well and made them feel like I'd fit into their organization/school or whatever. I can bust out the bow tie, or you can bust out the three-piece suit, when they get to know you.

    Also, you call two-piece suits boring but there are great cuts out there. You don't have a picture so I can't tell your build but I like english suits a lot on me. I buy Hickey Freeman and Charles Tyrwhitt and Hugo Boss. Most of the Italian suits add too much padding in the shoulders that I don't need/want.

    And, since you mentioned it, stay pretty simple on the shirt and tie. You said it was a "pretty formal" interview so white shirt is good with a red or blue tie with some mild pattern.

    You don't want them to remember your clothes. You want them to remember you.

    And, of course, good luck and let us know how it goes!


    The assertion that the 3 piece suit might make me look less serious is pretty much the deal breaker. If you two think it, there is a good likelihood that other's will agree.

    The more I hear it, the more I accept that a 3 piece suit may not be best for a pharmacy school interview. And you're right- I don't want them to consciously remember my clothes, just remember that I was dressed very well and professionally. Thanks for the input- much appreciated.
  • bmoney1

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    Aug 25, 2011 10:11 PM GMT
    swmrh911 saidPersonally I'm not a fan of any of the suits you posted. Grey seems to casual, and I'd agree with ario on the three piece suits being more fashionable and not as formal. The key to buying a suit is the fit. Just make sure it looks good on YOU. Yeah some GQ model might look sexy in the suit, but if it looks like crap on you don't buy it.

    Speaking of GQ here's a short little guide I found online that may or may not help:

    http://www.gq.com/how-to/fashion/200608/how-to-buy-a-suit-slideshow#slide=6


    Thanks! Have not had time to check out the article yet, but definitely will.

    The suits I posted are one's I found with a simple google search. Not in any way the exact cut or style I had my mind set on. I was thinking a. Dark dark gray or black color, white shirt and nice tie. But just to avoid confusion, I don't necessarily like either of the suits I posted either! Was just giving everyone something to reference 2 and 3 piece suits quickly.
  • bmoney1

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    Aug 25, 2011 10:18 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI'd probably go with the two piece, but I like the three piece suit.. I just think
    it might be a little stuffy for your interview.

    But you're leaving out the kind of tie... I hate certain ties.. blah! Wear a conservative, blue or gray tie, that doesn't have stripes and flows well, but
    isn't a distraction. Wear a white dress shirt.

    Also I don't know how you style your hair, but make it a conservative day.
    Also be confident in your mannerisms. Once you've made your decision, determine yourself, that you look like a million bucks and you are going to
    make a great impression based on your mannerisms and friendly nature.


    I think I'll go for the 2 piece after overwhelming advice to lose the 3 piece suit idea from everyone I've asked. I am also convinced not to try to get too flashy with anything. I'll find a very well cut suit (2 piece) and have it tailored to fit me perfectly.

    I think for a professional interview such as this, I'll let my personality and answers resonate through their minds...NOT whether or not they liked my 3 piece suit.
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    Aug 25, 2011 10:18 PM GMT
    Here's my advice if you have one suit for business. Two-button or three-button. Probably two-button would be better. Dark color, either charcoal, blue, or black. Avoid pinstripe or other pattern. Also avoid the peaked lapels in your second image; settle on the tried-and-true single notch.

    Used to work at Neiman Marcus when going to school, so saw and wore lots of suits. Now work in a legal setting and see lots of folks interviewing, litigating, etc.


    The three-piece suit is a little stilted or irreverent or dowdy. I'm not sure which. In any case, you don't want to raise eyebrows or cause to the interviewer to ponder the same question I am about the one suit you have for business.

    I think the interviews will take for granted you have a good suit and will want to hear you. You want your suit to connote understated elegance and gravitas. In a way, it should quickly recede into the background. Besides being a dark color and single-breasted with a single notch, the suit most of all has to fit right, especially in the shoulders.

    Now if I were buying a suit to round out a closet full of suits, I would opt for the peaked lapel single-breasted suit in your second photo. Great for dinner parties, restaurants, and certain days in the office. Very sexy. It would, however, be terrible for a serious interview.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Aug 25, 2011 10:19 PM GMT
    I say go with a peacoat-cut suit (like the last one you posted) but GET the 3-piece version. You can wear it without the vest and it looks great-- my favorite suit is a Dior like that and it looks fantastic. If the occasion arises for a 3-piece, then you have it.

    Tips:
    -Smile and laugh
    -Firm Handshake
    -Act like you are comfortable in your surroundings even if you're not
    -Don't sit until offered a chair
    -Be a "person" and not an "interviewer"-- feel free to talk about other interests outside of your work that make you an appealing person to be around.
    -Do research on the program and be prepared with 3 or 4 reasons that this program is the one that is best for you
    -Don't tell dirty jokes.

    PS. They're not going to judge you on the style of your suit.
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    Aug 25, 2011 10:26 PM GMT
    Since you are mere 145 at 5'11" a 3 pc suit will make all that fabric hang from your bones. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Go to a clothier and have one made. You are too thin to find off the rack that won't make it appear baggy.

    ALWAYS have your suits made no matter what your stature. They look 100% better always. icon_wink.gif

    Good luck on your interviews! icon_biggrin.gif
    Hope you do well!

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    Aug 25, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidI view the three-piece suit as a quirky fashion choice, appropriate for some formal party-like events. It looks out of place in a business setting. It says "this is a formal thing, but I'm not taking it that serious".

    That two-piece you posted with the high 3 buttons is really dated.

    I suggest the one-button 2-piece

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    Clean, cool, sophisticated and now.


    THIS!
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  • waccamatt

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    Aug 25, 2011 11:30 PM GMT
    I work for a financial institution and if someone came into an interview in a three piece suit I would probably think they are trying too hard. You want to look good, but not like you're trying to impress with your clothes. A nice two piece dark gray or dark blue suit would be appropriate with a white or french blue dress shirt and a tie.
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    Aug 25, 2011 11:56 PM GMT
    I personally like the three piece by indochino.com that you posted! However for what you are interviewing for you need to be as conservative as possible. Tho the three piece is a classic, it is considered to be very trendy. So go with two piece... on second thought get the three piece and don't wear the vest for the interview. Then wear all three pieces on another occasion or go without the jacket and wear the pants and vest or the vest with jeans. The combinations are endless!