Fashion Idiocy/Job Interview: What Shirt Matches?

  • kuroshiro

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    May 02, 2014 5:30 AM GMT
    I'm a terrible gay when it comes to dressing myself. I'm a t-shirt/jeans kinda guy. Problem is, I have a job interview tomorrow (another store manager position) and I don't own a suit. Why? I don't believe in them first and foremost and second... I don't have the money for one.

    Anyways, here are the type of pants I have:

    http://www.express.com/clothing/micro+twill+producer+suit+pant/pro/9201233/cat280012

    Mind you, they're a little darker than these... not quite the charcoal color.

    My shirt choices are as follows:

    [url]http://images.express.com/is/image/expressfashion/20_030_8010_817?$dcat191$[/url] <-- I suppose I could just wear this hah! I'm a sucker for darker colors, but everyone says the lighter shirts bring out my eyes a lot.

    Unfortunately I cannot find my other colors on there, but I have:

    - Purple
    - Reddish Purple
    - Light Green (rather bright)

    My tie selections are even more drab... I have a standard black tie, a grey with white/pink stripes and a green stripe one to match the others (basically I'm stuck with black). I guess I'm forced to pair the black with the blue and gray, but I'm not sure how tacky that'd look. I'd love to eliminate it altogether, but I don't want to look too casual.

    Hope some folks can help a dunderhead like me icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 02, 2014 5:39 AM GMT
    Go with the blue, it pulls together best with the pants and it's standard color professionally and easily goes with the black tie, IMO. The blue will look professional, but it's enough to keep the tie from looking too drab.
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    May 02, 2014 5:45 AM GMT
    Buy a suit! Every man needs a suit. It doesn't have to cost a lot… just get one.
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    May 02, 2014 5:52 AM GMT
    James_Thunder_Early saidGo with the blue, it pulls together best with the pants and it's standard color professionally and easily goes with the black tie, IMO. The blue will look professional, but it's enough to keep the tie from looking too drab.


    Exactly. Completely agrees with this.
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    May 02, 2014 6:12 AM GMT
    Lighter colors are more appropriate for suits. To me a button down oxford shirt is the only shirt for wearing with a suit or blazer.

    http://www.jcpenney.com/gifts/for-him/stafford-performance-pinpoint-oxford-dress-shirt-with-button-down-collar/prod.jump?ppId=16bb884&catId=cat100250013&deptId=dept20000014&&colorizedImg=DP0522201318040581C.tif

    The pictured tie is also a good choice. Their other ties on their own page all have that cheesy Sears / JCPenny look. I prefer a "repp" tie which is the diagonal stripes, but not the cheesy ones you see on the JCPenny page. More like these:

    http://tinyurl.com/lvk2kx4

    You don't have to buy a suit; go to JCPenny and tell the guy in the men's department that you need a blazer to go with slacks. The salesperson should preferably be an older guy, and not a woman. (Never get clothing advice from a woman, unless you're going in drag.)




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    May 02, 2014 6:17 AM GMT
    Jos. A Bank will have appropriate ties, and perhaps blazers as well. Not high priced like Brooks Brothers.

    http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/StoreListingView?langId=-1&storeId=11001&catalogId=10050&postalcode=&city=Albuquerque&state=nm
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    May 02, 2014 7:13 AM GMT
    Lol you need to save up and go out buy a suit or new clothes. I used to work with corporate America in the past. Just go with the classic/conservative, you'll be fine. Otherwise, they won't take you seriously with your wardrobe.

    A pair Black Slack
    A White or Blue, light blue shirt
    Red Tie, Yellow Tie
    Black or Brown shoe
    Clean shaven, clean cut look

    I saw a guy who showed up at a job interview a while back with a bright ass pink shirt, a bowl tie and Levi jean. (Shirt not tucked in, I reminded him Lol). Gays nowadays.


  • buddycat

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    May 02, 2014 8:01 AM GMT
    If your pants are a darker gray I would choose a shirt about that shade. The red/purple one sounds like the best choice. Your pants are neutral though. Any color would work but I prefer to match shades. If my pants are light, I pick a light color shirt. If they are medium gray, I would pick a medium shade shirt.
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    May 02, 2014 8:12 AM GMT
    Do what I do.

    Turn up to an interview in black suit, black shirt and an insanely bright tie.

    Last one I wore was fluro pink.

    Got a job offer.

    They spent the entire time constantly looking at my tie one even commented on how good it looked.

    I was all like "Yeah I know that's why I'm wearing it ;)"

    Although I'm pretty damned confident during interviews so it might have been that haha.
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    May 02, 2014 8:25 AM GMT
    James_Thunder_Early saidGo with the blue, it pulls together best with the pants and it's standard color professionally and easily goes with the black tie, IMO. The blue will look professional, but it's enough to keep the tie from looking too drab.

    The blue shirt is fine. Go to high end clothing store tomorrow morning to buy a tie; ask for help in selecting a tie to go with the shirt.
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    May 02, 2014 8:30 AM GMT
    hairyandym saidBuy a suit! Every man needs a suit. It doesn't have to cost a lot… just get one.


    Ditto
  • Suetonius

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    May 02, 2014 9:09 AM GMT
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    hairyandym saidBuy a suit! Every man needs a suit. It doesn't have to cost a lot… just get one.


    Ditto

    His interview is tomorrow. There is no way he could buy a suit and have it altered in time. Save the suit for future interviews.
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    May 02, 2014 12:29 PM GMT
    Suetonius said
    bon_pan said
    hairyandym saidBuy a suit! Every man needs a suit. It doesn't have to cost a lot… just get one.


    Ditto

    His interview is tomorrow. There is no way he could buy a suit and have it altered in time. Save the suit for future interviews.

    But he ought to get a suit anyway. Everybody should have at least one. Dark or medium gray is best if you only have one. Jos. Bank is affordable.

    For a job interview try to look like the person who now has the job.
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    May 02, 2014 3:54 PM GMT
    kuroshiro said

    - Purple
    - Reddish Purple
    - Light Green (rather bright)


    These are acceptable choices if you're interviewing to manage at, say, Meineke. Too bad you can't interview shirtless.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 02, 2014 4:16 PM GMT
    I think you are getting some good input. It would be interesting to hear about the store you are interviewing at.. but I wouldn't give it either.

    I like an up to date approach, grounded, but never boring.
    Sort an appreciation for the need to look professional and the tradition of looking nice, but yet showing that you are an open minded, flexible young manager with some great fashion ideas.

    I like the idea of the blue shirt and the pants. I'd encourage you to get a new tie, the reason is that you aren't very excited about the black tie and clothes need to make you feel good. If you have time, look for a great tie you really like.

    Let us know how it all goes!
  • kuroshiro

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    May 02, 2014 8:44 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice, guys. The only problem with me getting a suit is the fact that it'd probably have to be tailored every time I wear the thing... my size fluctuates a lot. I'll look into getting one for the future though. But it'd probably be overkill here in NM anyways considering summer is right around the corner haha.

    The place I'm interviewing with is Sprouts.
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    May 02, 2014 8:53 PM GMT
    kuroshiro saidThanks for the advice, guys. The only problem with me getting a suit is the fact that it'd probably have to be tailored every time I wear the thing... my size fluctuates a lot. I'll look into getting one for the future though. But it'd probably be overkill here in NM anyways considering summer is right around the corner haha.

    The place I'm interviewing with is Sprouts.


    Consider the cost of a decent suit vs. the cost of your education. Unfortunately, people do judge on appearance.
  • kuroshiro

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    May 02, 2014 9:04 PM GMT
    Let's break that down:

    Education Debt: $104,000
    Suit: ~$200-$250

    Rough Income: ~$2200/month

    Rent: $600
    Student Loan Payments: $600
    Credit Card: $100
    All Utilities/Insurance: $300
    Monthly Groceries: ~$300
    Monthly Gas: $100

    Soooo that leaves me with ~$200 (if that ever happens, which it doesn't) left. That's moreso "emergency" funds. Those funds are almost non-existent when it comes to saving up for other stuff.

    Let them judge if they may. Someone making an earnest effort can't hurt!
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    May 02, 2014 9:08 PM GMT
    A nice sportcoat and slacks will suffice. I've purchased several sportcoats at places such as Ebay and Goodwill...Zegna, Harris tweed, Burberry...many for less than five bucks each.

    Once you get the job, you never have to wear it again. Getting a job is a game. Show you are a player.
  • kuroshiro

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    May 03, 2014 1:34 AM GMT
    It was kinda funny... I was a tad overdressed. I went sans tie because I couldn't tie it right to save my life, so it was interesting. It was a very relaxed, very flowing interview.
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    May 03, 2014 2:25 AM GMT
    Its good to invest in a suit that fits.

    First off. Never wear clothing that overly distracts from the interview. Few exceptions due apply but stick classy simple styles. I'll email u some of my looks okie just for u to get an idea of what I'm talking about.
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    May 03, 2014 2:29 AM GMT
    kuroshiro saidIt was kinda funny... I was a tad overdressed. I went sans tie because I couldn't tie it right to save my life, so it was interesting. It was a very relaxed, very flowing interview.

    Better to turn up over dressed then under dressed.
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    May 03, 2014 2:37 AM GMT
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    kuroshiro saidIt was kinda funny... I was a tad overdressed. I went sans tie because I couldn't tie it right to save my life, so it was interesting. It was a very relaxed, very flowing interview.

    Better to turn up over dressed then under dressed.


    Yesh...

    I had an interview a few days ago...However it was kinda stressful...
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    May 03, 2014 6:29 AM GMT
    kuroshiro saidIt was kinda funny... I was a tad overdressed. I went sans tie because I couldn't tie it right to save my life, so it was interesting. It was a very relaxed, very flowing interview.

    Hehe. And then there are these "rules", for example, how long should the tie be? The front section should come down and the tip just start to cover the belt buckle. It can take me forever to get that length correct, tying and retying.
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    May 03, 2014 6:39 AM GMT
    Ehhh

    Apply for jobs that don't cause this weird sense of stress ....