Starting Out with your suit wardrobe

 Fresh out of academia, every man needs a suit. lt is required for many occasions, among them meetings with prospective employers, bankers, investors, and others in whom you wish to inspire trust. You may think your college navy blazer exudes polish, but you would be mistaken. The look is not appropriate for interviews and the Executive-level positions to follow. Unless you are applying to run a dorm.

As always, consulting a professional is the best way to come out looking like one. That means shopping with an expert who knows fine menswear. We  don’t mean your girlfriend.

We mean you should buy from someone who specializes in fine menswear, either at an upscale department store (good), a shop devoted to men’s clothing (better), or from someone who does wardrobe planning and custom tailoring for executives (best).

A t this level of retail, you should get sound achieve and the assurance of knowledgeable alterations should you need them, This is what Tom James Company does. Keep in mind that the 1notivau'on behind this first suit and the next few to follow is not to look fashionable and hip. You aren’t dressing to get dates here.

You are dressing to get hired, then promoted, which, come to think of it, will probably get you dates.

The looks we suggest are timeless, conservative, and always in good taste. There are millions of other professional clothing choices out there, some of them acceptable. But for now, we are less concerned with style than with a foolproof look. Save those expressions of your unique self for the more established phase of your life.

Right now, your primary goal is to look dependable, trustworthy, and confident. You want the person sitting across the desk or lunch table from you to feel comfortable and find you credible. While much of the impression is up to you personally, the way you package yourself also communicates these qualities – or doesn't.

Remember, this is your one and only suit. For the moment, anyway. We are certain it is the first in what will be a fine wardrobe. The kind of wardrobe housed in a mahogany closet, if you wish.


Plan ahead

Too many men assume the to-do list should read 1) Line up interview. 2) Buy interview clothing. The problem with this logic is that quality fit usually requires alterations. Finding the right pair of shoes in the right size may require several stops. New shirts will have to be laundered before being worn to release packaging folds. Clothing should look tresh, but never brand-new. The idea is to appear comfortable and seasoned in your executive look. The bottom line: You can't shop at 10:00 a.m. Monday for a 1:00 p.m. Monday interview. You may not be able to shop at 10:00 a.m. Monday for a 1:00 p.m. Wednesday interview. Pulling it all together for the way you want to look requires time and care. Shop at least a week before you will actually need the clothing. longer il it's custom made. Let this be a lesson in the value of advance planning. Throughout life, it will serve you well.


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