Buying a new suit (new primary suit) what color?

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  1. Kevin Farley

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    I have an older ('93) green-grayish double breasted, but I've (ahem) expanded a bit, and it's pushing sausage casing style now, according to my wife. [​IMG] So I'm getting a new one. I'm definitely getting single breasted this time (more versatile) and I'm debating gray/charcoal grey/navy. This will be my first "good" suit. I'm starting to hit the job market (software/IT in northern california, wish me luck!) and wondering what you guys think.
     
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    When I was interviewing last summer I got both a light grey suit and a dark navy / black suit. Both colors were appropriate for my interviews. I think you'd be good with either one.
     
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    For interviews, I'd go with dark navy, but not black. Black is for social functions and funerals... but that's my opinion.

    Mike D.
     
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    There was recently a long thread about this. Personally I wear brown very well so I'd go with browm, but you're not me. You can't go wrong with charcoal. I recommend Jos. A. Bank, they have good stuff at reasonable prices.
     
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    Navy
     
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    I haven't interviewed in a while but back in the day you NEVER wore a brown suit to an interview. Dark gray is timeless, as is a nice navy blue suit.
     
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    Charcoal or Navy
     
  9. Kevin Farley

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    Thanks guys!
     
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    Since you are in I.T. you may want to consider NAVY, since BLUE is the old IBM (big blue) colors and defacto uniform. If your interviewer has any background w IBM it would be well recived, at least subliminally.

    HOWEVER, if you are applying at APPLE you may want to go grey. hehe.

    If you read any professional books, they always recommend your first suit to be navy, then dark grey, then light grey, then a fasionable brown or other color, then start over again.

    If you are overweight, you should consider vertical pinstripes, they are slimming.

    Last, but not least, SPEND THE MONEY for a decent suit. If you arent spending at least $400 (and it is a sale item at that!) then it is not worth getting.

    Cheap suits are obvious and make anyone look bad.

    One quick way of checking the quality of a suit is to hold the trousers up so you are only looking through one layer of fabric (often in the seat). Look at a light source or a brighter area of the store. If you can see through it fairly easy then it is a poor material and will wear out or tear early.

    Good luck!
     
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    Almost forgot:

    Don't go black. Every lint in the world will show.

    Get 100% wool. In Norcal it works well for hot and cold days.

    A couple of good stores to consider:

    Jos A Banks
    Mens Wearhouse


    DO NOT GET IT AT A DEPARTMENT STORE!! Though there are some good ones there, at least at these two stores I know you wont get 'hozed'.
     
  13. Lew Crippen

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    If you have only one suit, it should be navy or dark (charcoal) gray. 100% wool will give the best look by far and will likely wear the best as well. It will certainly be the most comfortable in any climate. If you have only one suit, get a medium-weight for the most versatility.

    Get a plain suit. Don’t consider pinstripes, glen plaids or herringbones if you only have one suit. People will remember the pattern and pretty soon know that you have only one. No one will know how many you have if it’s a plain, dark suit.

    Use different shirts and ties to vary your look.
     
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    To MarkHastings
    re: assumption that he is overweight:

    "...I've (ahem) expanded a bit, and it's pushing sausage casing style now,"

    Any more questions, Master of the Obvious?
    (friendly sarcasm)


    To Philip Hamm
    re: Department Stores

    I agree that some dept stores are adequate or better, but it can be hit or miss. Even in Macy's. They can put the $199 suits in the same place as the $1000 suits. It is good to shop there if you know what to look for, bad if you don't.

    At the men's stores I mentioned nearly all suits are of reasonable quality, and, more important, the salespeople are usually very helpful (and tasteful). I bet he needs at least one tie also, and maybe a shirt. I'm just more comfortable with the consistiency of men's store quality in this case. The chances are lower that he'll get hozed there.

    I also agree with Lew Crippen that if this is to be your ONLY suit and you will be wearing it fairly frequently, then go with plain, no patterns or stripes. Us colored shirts and ties to create variety.

    And WHATEVER you do, DON'T put a hankey in your suit pocket!
     
  17. MarkHastings

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    Eric,

    That's why I suggested getting a black suit...

    To quote a commedian: "I'm wearing all black now because I'm gaining weight"

    Black hides all [​IMG]
     
  18. Justin Doring

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    Your first suit should be a 100% wool, two button, single breasted, dark gray one. Your second suit should be the same, albeit navy blue. Dark gray is a bit more formal than navy blue and therefore works for every occasion (dark gray is better for weddings and especially funerals). Also, don't buy a cheap suit (anything less than $500) and make sure to get it properly tailored. And don't forget a decent pair of black shoes.
     
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    Just a comment - The high tech industry here is very casual - I would look at what people in the company wear in a similar position and take your cues from there - i work for a very large HW/SW company and no one from the CEO down wears a suit except for salespeople. A nice jacket and pressed slacks would be appropriate here for all non-sales positions for interviews. This mostly applies to high tech companies - for government, IT consulting a suit is appropriate.
     
  20. Paul O

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    ditto on the cheap suit - look for a hand-sewn suit if you can afford it. $500 suits that are marked down to $299 are $299 suits - don't be fooled, there machine made with fused lapels and linings. Unfortunately a good quality hand-sewn suit is likely to start at $800. You can find a good suit at a department store - Saks, Bloomingdales, Nordstroms, Brooks Bros and Macy's (at least in large metropolitan areas - Macys in smaller locations dont stock expensive suits)
     

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