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So I'm looking to pick up a suit for a career fair and interviews I have on the horizon. I'm debating between a charcoal suit and a grey suit. The charcoal suit seems like the obvious easy choice, but I'd prefer to buy the grey suit because it's more versatile (Would like to wear it to a wedding in a few months as well as could wear it with black or brown leathers) But I think the grey suit looks a little too informal for an interview. Here's the two in question, let me know what the professionals of MM think. Also, not getting the vest on the grey suit.

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If you have light hair go charcoal, if you have dark hair go grey. The idea is to stand out, your trying to stick in memories here to be brought up at a later time.

The grey looks informal too because of the plaid shirt underneath it in the photos. I say go versatile and different. Every other dude is going to be wearing a dark suit with a white shirt and tie. Be different!

Take that grey suit and pair it up with a silk lighter color under shirt and be done.
 

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A grey suit is nice and versatile but it will be the same thing the other bajillion people interviewing will be wearing.

Here is what you want:
NAVY suit (two button and single vent jacket with flat front plants with no cuff)
White shirt with light blue box pattern
Navy blue striped tie ( navy tie with maybe two thin colored striped )
Tie bar ( details are what gets noticed )
Tanned leather dress shoes with matching belt.

Wear this and the employee with be thinking about meeting with you while he is interviewing the ones before you.

Something like this:






This is my go to outfit for important meetings.
 

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Tuxedo. Works for me. Alot of people say “youre just an interesting guy huh? We could use some variety around here. Nobody cuts up and has any fun on the job."
 

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Navy blue, white shirt, and a matching tie. For the interview/career fair, I'd stay away from the brown/tan shoes as that may be a bit "much" for a simple career fair. I wear navy and brown all the time, but people know my style and how I normally dress. Go w/ black, but that's my :2cents

Wear a nice watch as well and make sure you get your hair cut. Like John said...details.
 

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I rarely do as well, but it can be done.
 

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If you have light hair go charcoal, if you have dark hair go grey. The idea is to stand out, your trying to stick in memories here to be brought up at a later time.

The grey looks informal too because of the plaid shirt underneath it in the photos. I say go versatile and different. Every other dude is going to be wearing a dark suit with a white shirt and tie. Be different!

Take that grey suit and pair it up with a silk lighter color under shirt and be done.
I agree with this. The most informal thing about the grey suit is the unbuttoned plaid shirt.
 

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Killing me with this navy stuff. Navy has just never felt like my color, always been more of a grey kinda guy.... But I'll try one on when I go to pick one up. Good thing about Navy/Light grey is that I have way nicer brown loafers than my black. The blacks are just some cheap Calvin Kleins that I wear almost every day.

I'll look out for a shirt like the one John posted, as well, all my dress shirts are fairly worn and I could use a new one. Watch I have is a solid white face Citizen Eco drive with a silver bezel and brown or black leather bands.


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I'd go with black. Its what I wear to interviews. My school is pretty hardcore on getting us ready for interviews for our co-op program and after graduation. They stress either black or navy suits.
 

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Alfani is good for the money

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I'd go for the grey, it looks good but ditch the vest for the interviews.
Oh yeah, def no vest for interviews. Might pick it up for weddings and events though.

Black or GTFO.
I'd go with black. Its what I wear to interviews. My school is pretty hardcore on getting us ready for interviews for our co-op program and after graduation. They stress either black or navy suits.
Nope, Black is too cliche. That's reserved for funerals//upscale dinners//Going to classy establishments

Alfani is good for the money
I work for Banana Republic and get a sizeable discount on their suiting. I can get the 2-piece there for about $225 and they are made of a really nice lightweight wool. They also fit really well off the rack. Only need to have the pants hemmed and sleeves taken in a tiny bit.
 

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Wear a sleeveless NASCAR shirt, cut off jorts and work boots to the interview.
 

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My .02,

Dark grey suit says I'm serious. Depending on the job this could be good but if the work environment is younger and not so serious then you're going to look like you showed up at the wrong interview. You could make it work in a less serious work environment by wearing a black button up shirt with a printed tie with a dark grey background to match your suit.

Light grey suit says I'm professional but I'm not a stuffy corporate type. Again, depends on who and where you will be interviewing. White tie or bowtie would look good here.

Black suit says I'm a power broker. Best to leave the black suits to the higher ups unless you're going to be meeting with them. Then a black suit will tell them that you are in their league. If you're meeting for a promotion it will show confidence and that you feel you belong on their level.

Also, if you're somewhat tall and fit then a fitted single breasted jacket with straight leg slacks. If your physique is shorter and thicker then a double breasted jacket with a little looser of a slack.

I'd go either white or french blue shirt for the more conservative look or black or some other color(dark purple?) if you want your look to be a little lighter and not so serious.

Good Luck on your interviews!

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I talked to an interview specialist at my University, as I'm getting ready to graduate and interview. They said: dark suit; darker, simple, solid dress shirt (blue, gray, etc); and a conservative tie. No reds or bright colors, as this comes off over confident and intimidating for the interviewer. They said, look professional, conservative, and neat. Stand out by what you say.

Now, this is just advice, but my University has a very high pass rate for boards, etc., and has an excellent job placement rate.

Hope it helps.

EDIT: I agree that it does depend on the job you are interviewing for... obviously, if you are going for a job where creativity is highly valued, go for the "crazier", more fun look (artist, etc). For my particular profession, a more serious tone is required for obvious reasons. The employer won't care about who's more creative if someone's life is on the line, LOL. But, ya, it is totally different for each different profession.
 

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Don't forget to go to a good tailor! Nothing fits right off the rack (unless you get really lucky), and it will look bad if it doesn't fit right. Somebody in the HR department from my last job told me that they do notice this and it impacts their first impression of an interviewee. On another note, I'm personally a big fan of pinstripe suits.
 

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I would never buy a black suit. Its a waste of money. Everyone wears black and you want to stand out so they remember you. Go with the grey OP.

Just curious but is everyone at your BR gay? We just had a guy come work for us and said the entire staff at BR are major flamers :lol
 
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