Sunday, 30 September 2012

Dressing for the Interview or One Suit Four Ways: Part Two

This week's hypothetical interview is all about stepping up the career ladder; a more senior role at a corporate firm.

To accessorise the staple light grey suit, I have chosen a lilac cutaway collar shirt, a subtly patterned silk tie, a sensible cotton pocket square, folded and stuffed, and a malachite tie-clip; a respectable bit of 'fun' in the ensemble.

Whereas the interview for the creative role for the fashion brand was about showing off sartorial inventiveness, uniqueness and individuality, corporate roles, particularly senior ones, demand a sobriety in costume. The lack of an odd waistcoat is a nod to this, as is the choice of darker, oxblood shoes. The burgundy leather briefcase, maintaining the palette of the shirt and shoes, shows a maturity that the role demands and the tie is sufficiently quiet-but-interesting.

However, there's no need to lose all style personality. A lilac shirt is perhaps a bold choice for an interview, but it will be different from the wall of blue and white that the interviewer will be confronted with and the pocket square, despite the restraint, will also set you apart.

 Suit - Marks & Spencer

Tie clip - Vintage

Shirt - TM Lewin

Tie - Marks & Spencer

Pocket square - Tie Rack

Shoes - Doucal's

Briefcase - Vintage


Anonymous said...

Can you share your thoughts about trouser lenght? With or without turn ups I often find it hard to get them altered correctly. Especially on the back over the heels.

Thanks in advance!


Roger v.d. Velde said...

It's a nice ensemble. I particularly agree with the choice of a lilac shirt to accompany grey. Pink might look too frivolous, but the tilt toward blue in lilac works to keep it both formal yet interesting.

M&S seem to be still making suits with rather narrow lapels a la Mad Men.

Anonymous said...

What would you reckon is the best colour/fabric odd trousers for a traditional grey herringbone Harris-tweed jacket if it should be suitable for the city (which leave out cords...)?

Thank you!