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Old 07-02-2012, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Armani should work! They will have staff who can help you put a corporate look together. Personally, I would skip wingtips but do get a nice pair of black laceups. Not sure about the red tie because red is a power sign. However, it has been a long time since I have interviewed anyone, so I am definitely not the expert--I just know what I like.
I will see what the Armani people have to say then.

Thanks for all the help.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:47 PM
 
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Don't go for any highly-stylized Armani or Prada look for a business suit. Their lapels, shoulders & fabric patterns are way too glam & busy for the corporate world. They're the kind of suits the Hollywood crowd wear to red carpet events. If you can afford it, check out Brooks Brothers, their Fitzgerald or Regent cut of suits. Also at BB they've got experienced sales associates who can help fit you. Often at Bloomingdale's and even Boss their sales staff is clueless at fitting & end-up just asking YOU whether it fits or not. You want a jacket that's really tight without causing the fabric to pucker & wrinkle when you button (and only button the TOP button of a 2-button suit).

Also take a look at BB's Peal & Co. black captoe derby. They're a bit pricey like $450 or so on sale, but you can get a similar style of shoe from Allen Edmonds or Nordstroms. Wingtips are okay but traditionally they're considered more flashy, and may not jibe with the image you're trying to convey. Remember to get a plain leather belt with a color that matches your shoes.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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I didn't think about Armani being too glam, but you might be correct. Good point about the belt. Let us know when you have the interview.
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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It depends upon the range of Armani, as to the look. An Armani Collezioni suit can run to $2k at a better department store, if you don't have an Armani boutique (not A/X or Emporio), but I don't think you need that for this interview. I agree with Brooks Brothers as a good starting point, and would stress conservatism should prevail over anything flashy. Kiton and Hermes ties might be good resources, as would be some Ralph Lauren ties (they should be since he got his start with ties); and, you could even use a good tie/shirt to dress up a more middle-of-the-road suit. Just be sure to have the suit tailored well, since even the best suit can look like burlap sacks if not fitted properly to you.

Unless you need a watch to be sure to get to the interview on time, don't wear one. It can distract you if you were to subconsciously glance at it, giving the impression of boredom, even if you were only glancing subconsciously. If you do wear one, be sure it is secured under a tight cuff, so you will not have the option of glancing at it. And, be sure your phone is turned off, not just set to silent, because that can also be a distraction, even if you don't check it as you may unknowingly start to reach for it and then stop yourself, resulting in a potentially awkward situation. For the duration of the interview, that's the most important focus, absolutely nothing else matters, so be sure to be ready to focus, removing potential distractions from the situation.
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:23 AM
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Don't go for any highly-stylized Armani or Prada look for a business suit. Their lapels, shoulders & fabric patterns are way too glam & busy for the corporate world. They're the kind of suits the Hollywood crowd wear to red carpet events...
I agree with this. One of my relatives is a manager in Philadelphia, who travels across the country to meet CEOs, and he definitely doesn't wear couture suits; he looks like a model from a Men's Wearhouse catalog, so, it's not necessary to spend a lot of money to look like a Hollywood celebrity in order to be hired to work with, and meet, wealthy clients. Your job credentials factor in more heavily than wearing the most expensive suit in the world.

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Old 07-04-2012, 01:23 PM
 
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Unless you need a watch to be sure to get to the interview on time, don't wear one. It can distract you if you were to subconsciously glance at it, giving the impression of boredom, even if you were only glancing subconsciously. If you do wear one, be sure it is secured under a tight cuff, so you will not have the option of glancing at it. And, be sure your phone is turned off, not just set to silent, because that can also be a distraction, even if you don't check it as you may unknowingly start to reach for it and then stop yourself, resulting in a potentially awkward situation. For the duration of the interview, that's the most important focus, absolutely nothing else matters, so be sure to be ready to focus, removing potential distractions from the situation.

That's an excellent point about watches & phones. Even during meetings i hate when i'm giving a presentation or even trying to outline certain points and ppl are glancing at their phones/texting/etc. They're clients so it's excusable but I would be so annoyed if a potential hire did that during my interview.
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Old 07-04-2012, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Great points. I guess I'll skip the watch and definitely make sure my phone is on silent.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Wherever women are
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Armani? Are you kidding me?

Black or grey suit, blue or white shirt, with a muted tie and black shoes. It's not rocket science. You're going to an interview, not the catwalk. Don't try to dress better than your interviewer. Flashy and power ties are reserved for people who are established in the game or already have a job with 10 years or more behind them. You are going to an interview. You know who the master is.

Dress and look contained. Speak slowly and confidently and get the job. Then you can buy salvatore ferragamo shoes and zegna ties.

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Old 07-05-2012, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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So I have a job interview in a week and a half or so and need to get a suit as the job is a managerial position and they are flying me down the east coast to meet at their corporate offices to discuss a job with me.

Any tips on certain colors, styles, and/or brands that would work the best? I don't want to look overdressed but at the same time I don't want to look like I don't know how to put a matching outfit together.

I am an Asian male with semi-tan skin, thin as a twig, and I stand at 5'11".

A friend of mine said that a gray suit with dark purple undershirt may look good? Not too sure what the guidelines are for picking out certain colors as I always like to stick to black lol.

Any advice is helpful! Thanks!
I hope you have already bought your suit since alterations will usually take a week. Definitely go with either a navy blue or charcoal gray suit. Buy a wool or wool blend suit. Go with a conservative style. Watch the Tonight Show and look at how Jay Leno dresses. Copy his style. Go with black lace-up shoes. I think wingtips are the best value, a good pair lasts for at least five years. Your belt should also be black and no large or fancy buckle. Socks should match your suit color. Buy a conservative silk tie. It should contrast with you suit. Red or maroon are good colors. Shirts should only be white or light blue, and no different color collars. Nothing worse than someone coming in for an interview with a black shirt. My first thought was, "Did this guy used to work for the Mafia?"
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Bought the suit yesterday and I am going to take it to get it tailored today! Thanks for all the help everyone!

And no, villageidiot1, I didn't use to work for the Mafia lol.
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