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Old 11-05-2005, 12:27 PM
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What color of suit?

I'm a sophmore in studying in the field of accounting. I have a presentation that I have to give. With that, I have to go buy a business suit. I was thinking black was the color to buy, but of the three shops that I visited yesterday, I was told that black was not generally acceptable for most occasions, and that I should either go with blue or grey. This suprises me, it always seemed like black would be a good basic way to go, but it sounds like a black suit is "out there". Is there anyone with suit buying experice who can explain this to me? Thanks and happy benzing.
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Old 11-05-2005, 12:32 PM
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Depends on your skin tone, hair color, and maybe just a little on your eye color.

Depends on whether you're high or low contrast.

What are you? Black suits look good in some, not on others.

Never, ever, wear a tie that "matches" your shirt color.
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Old 11-05-2005, 12:38 PM
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Depends on your skin tone, hair color, and maybe just a little on your eye color.

Depends on whether you're high or low contrast.

What are you? Black suits look good in some, not on others.

Never, ever, wear a tie that "matches" your shirt color.
My skin toan if fair. My hair is brown, and my eyes are blue. I'm 5.5 and fairly slim.

Thanks again for the responce.
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Old 11-05-2005, 12:47 PM
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You can start with a dark greyish brown suit. Try a charcoal grey pinstripe or an oxford grey sharkskin. The key here is to direction attention to the face and get your face to light up. You do not want to be a mass of color without features.

If you pick a patterned suit you can wear a patterned tie or shirt, but it's more probable that you will get a patterned tie and solid shirt, so, pick a pattern that's different in size than your suit.

You're probably a low contrast guy and it's hard to say without really seeing you, but with the proper colors you can really bring forward your face and eyes, which is what folks should be noticing.
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Old 11-05-2005, 12:58 PM
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I'm trying to find a website for you but all the models are tan and have dark hair.
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Old 11-05-2005, 01:26 PM
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Old 11-05-2005, 01:46 PM
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In a conservative business setting, nothing is more appropriate than a navy blue suit.

Stick with a solid white shirt, button down at the collar.

You can never go wrong with the above.
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Old 11-05-2005, 02:10 PM
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Fashion is a very personal thing, but I would suggest a point collar instead of a button-down for a suit. I would save the button down for slacks, with or without a sport coat or tie.

I agree with the other comments about black, usually it is too formal for anything but funerals and maybe dinner galas, although some people (African Americans and Asians in my experience) can wear it with a little bit more flexibility.
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Old 11-05-2005, 02:19 PM
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In a conservative business setting, nothing is more appropriate than a navy blue suit.

Stick with a solid white shirt, button down at the collar.

You can never go wrong with the above.
As a former headhunter Gotta agree with Navy Blue nothing else. White shirt. When you buy the suit ask the guy to pick out a tie for you. DOn't wear white socks, or slip on shoes. Stay away from Neru jacket too! (:
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IMO blue suit means nothing venture nothing gained. When I first started out I got the normal dark blue, brown suits because someone said I had to have them. I ended up not wearing either because the color combos never worked for me. Not everyone looks good in blue, and dark blue is really the worst colors if you're fair haired and fair skinned. Unless you're a judge or undertaker, there's no reason these days to stick with "traditional" colors no matter what business you're in.

Stay away from the preppie look if you don't go to school out east, ditto on the socks and remember that the thicker the sock the less formal. Black Oxfords work for most occasions if you're even thinking of shoes right now.

Your goal, whatever color combination you decide to get, should be to wear colors which highlight your features and make people focus on you when you speak. You should be formal enough to convey authority without calling too much attention to your dress.
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If you wan't to get laid after the speech, wear something pimp. Tats help too.

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I'm a sophmore in studying in the field of accounting. I have a presentation that I have to give. With that, I have to go buy a business suit. I was thinking black was the color to buy, but of the three shops that I visited yesterday, I was told that black was not generally acceptable for most occasions, and that I should either go with blue or grey. This suprises me, it always seemed like black would be a good basic way to go, but it sounds like a black suit is "out there". Is there anyone with suit buying experice who can explain this to me? Thanks and happy benzing.
I am a trial lawyer (a prosecutor), so part of my job involves gaining the jury's trust and confidence.

black and browns are not very good colors. They invoke the wrong kinds of associations. (Brown = Hitler's Youth and Black = Mafia).

You cannot go wrong with blue or grey. Light pinstripes are nice in both grey and blue suits. White shirt or light blue shirt. Conservative ties.

President Bush, regardless of where you stand on the political fence, is a very good dresser. Watch what he wears and go for it. Governor Arnold is a Hollywood type, so his style of dress is too "out there." Don't imitate him until after you become rich and sucessful.

Remember, you want to gain people's trust and confidence. You are not out to make a fashion statement.

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Old 11-05-2005, 04:38 PM
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If you are going to own one suit, get thee to Brooks Brothers.

You're looking for the Navy 2 button suit. Not three and god forbid 4 button. Black lace up Oxfords or toe caps. White point collar shirt, button downs are for sportcoats.

If you don't have a BB around you are looking for Hart Shaefner Marx or Hickey Freeman.

Don't take chances and don't try to make a fashion statement.

Black suits are not business appropriate.
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Old 11-05-2005, 09:18 PM
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I attend Rutgers University where I currently have a class on business attire, interviews and anything related to that topic. We were told that navy blue works the best in a professional business setting. I have also been doing many internships at the big companies in New York City and for the most part people did wear navy blue suits. (Grey was also a color of choice).
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Old 11-05-2005, 09:40 PM
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This is getting to be a pretty gay thread...............

My 1st interview..a looong time ago, I made sure I had my Grateful Dead Skull-n-Roses t shirt under my white shirt, and navy suit!
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