More Interview Gear


Season’s Greetings to all.

No queries of the week this week due to the fact that most of the search terms were been there done that terms (meaning they were either covered in previous q & a posts or they were basic concepts covered in pictorial posts of the past. )

Here is a quick workup for an i-banking interview. In any interview the idea is to have your clothing be less noticeable and you more noticeable. Have them focusing on YOU and not what you are wearing. I would recommend wearing a square only if you know that its commonly worn in the office you are interviewing in and even after you have ascertained that KISS it – Keep it simple stupid and go with solids whites or at most blue, linen (recommended) or silk.

Here are some ideas to get you started.

All against a white shirt and light blue linen square. The question was asked based on a charcoal suit so its what I used.

A patterned blue and navy tie. Its there and its quiet. Thats all you want in an interview. It says, See? I do what I am supposed to.

Burgundy themed is also OK as long as its not a strong burgundy. again, avoid directing their eyes to your tie. Here is a grey and burgundy tie which works well with the charcoal and white. Again, subtle and not much more.

The same here. Its a burgundy and gold weave but as neither color is too strong it comes off as a subtle burgundy tie, with dots. Classic.

Remember, they aren’t looking to hire your clothing, they are looking to hire you!

Two down, one to go…


Much in the same way that paisley patterns can be any color, its important to note that the name glen plaid cannot be categorized nor limited to a color as the term merely indicates a pattern (see link for history on GP).  That’s why one cannot simply state rules to follow when pairing shirts, ties and squares to glen plaid.

This particular Glen Plaid had a very feint (almost imperceptible) light blue check in it which invited in the light blue shirt.  Youc an see it in the pictures below, and I will add another on Wed (11/4) as a closeup detail)

Otherwise it was primarily a black check.  This is where the ties I used (Blacks and  Burgundies) came in as follows:

First up is a Cesare Attolini weave with a lovely hand.  The grey in the tie would be acceptable in and of itself as it works well with the Black of the glen plaid.  This had the added benefit of being a slate gray which is tinged with blue.  The burgundy stripe in the tie wakes it all up.  Again for the square I used the same universaly colored square as in the previous post.  Its got so many colors it works with ALL the ties below. (PS:  MB, I didnt accidentally leave it in the pocket, enjoy!)

The second is a burgundy dotted weave. I thought it a nice subtle entry of burgundy which is a great color for the ensemble.

For a bold contrast, this twill print, with both burgundy and blue dost in the neats pattern works well.

Finally in the same vein of contrast is the black weave with the light blue flowers.

Tomorrow, the plaid suit/sportscoat.

Bulking Up with Fall


In the Children’s Boutique we have been receiving Fall merchandise for about a month now.  One of the items was this Hickey Freeman His First sportscoat, a rich worsted wool houndstooth with a black base and a delicate medium blue check in it.  A beautiful piece that threw me off a little with regard to shirts so I tried some things:

First a Blue  Shirt:

And settled on the Lilac (but will probably tweak it a little tomorrow) .

Keeping with the colorations I kept a familiar square from this season that we had used before with grey’s and burgundy highlights and a thicker weave tie that has a depth to it. The coat demands it. Here is what you get:

Swapping out the black tie with the lilac dots  for its burgundy brother (Both wonderful staple type ties) gives you this.

With heavy flannely fabrics like this you can easily and properly go with a textured wool type tie. The result when combining the coat/square and Tie (a cashmere and silk blend with a wonderful hand) was this:

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