Menswear

Job Interview Dressing: A Paradox

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For today’s interview I wore: solid blue cotton suit – Oxford | purple and white striped cotton pocket square – M.J. Bale | pale blue cotton Oxford Shirt – Marcs | cream and white diagonally striped silk necktie – Oxford | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | tobacco brown leather Brogues – Trenery |

 

I had an job interview for a new position in my existing 9-5 today.

It has really been a while since I have had a formal interview process. I was a little surprised at how nervous I found myself, and to be honest I couldn’t even tell you how I performed at the job interview. But I feel fine about that certainty because I was wearing a nice new suit to the interview with a long-lost silk necktie and a shirt that I love.

However, I cannot say that I enjoy or even like wearing a suit, and the connotations of a suit as a garment that you wear to a job interview probably have a lot to do with that. And yet despite my distaste for the humble suit, I actually see the worth in wearing a suit to an interview. It’s partially for you, to put you at ease and make you feel like you’re correctly dressed for the occasion and ready to take the panel by storm. And it is partially for the panel and your potential employer.

You see the paradox of a job interview is that it is both your chance to demonstrate your individual worth, and a test to ensure that you can conform.

I may not like that my employer’s dress guidelines state that it is not appropriate for me to show up to work every day in sweat pants and a tank top under a blazer, I realise that the fact that my employer has a dress guidelines document indicates that they are trying to create a workplace culture among a group of vastly disparate people without the use of a demoralising uniform, and in order to do so they need to guide people into some semblance of uniformity.

So I may not like it at all, but I respect that it is necessary, and I wear a suit to a job interview.

 

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Tailored to your needs

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Wearing: slate blue union cloth blazer – Braddon Tailors | purple and white striped cotton pocket square – M.J. Bale | navy blue cotton button-down Shirt – Euromerican Tailors, Hong Kong | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | navy slim trousers – M.J. Bale | whiskey brown leather loafers with tassel – ASOS |

 

My first experience with having something tailored did not exactly go to plan. I purchased two blazers from a travelling Tailor, who measured me and advised me on fabric choices, linings, and how the blazers should fit on my frame. I left my appointment $1,500 poorer, but feeling very satisfied that my tailored blazers would arrive perfectly fitted to my form. And I truly thought that they did. I fell in love with the blazers the second that I unwrapped them, and marvelled that they had my names stitched inside the pockets, that there were pocket squares made out of the same fabric as the lining, that there was contrast stitching around the last button hole! I was so impressed that I went on to order four shirts the next time that he was in town!

However, as time moved on, I came to think of my beautifully tailored blazers and shirts as a burden. (more…)

Autumnal Style Edits

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Wearing: cream cable-knit sweater – Oval Dice, Harajuku Tokyo | blue multi-checked business shirt – Reserves | brown leather belt – Sportscraft| heavily distressed Arc 3D tapered jeans – G-Star Raw | tobacco suede Chelsea Boots – The Ball & Chain |

 

The season is finally upon us, and as the leaves start to discolour and drop from the trees and that biting cold creeps so deliciously into the evening air, it’s time to start thinking about the Autumnal style edits that we’re going to be making to our wardrobes. It’s time to take down those boxes of warmer pieces that you’ve stashed away in the hotter months, to check that things still actually fit, and to start putting together a list of items that you might need to pad out your wardrobe for those colder months ahead. I’m lucky in that I have moved recently, and as a result have had to not only take stock of just what I own, but to downsize my wardrobe. This means that there is now plenty of room for any Autumnal updates that I might be looking to make.

Today I am sharing the three Autumnal wardrobe updates that I am most looking forward to making. (more…)

Something Old, Something New

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First Day of new job outfit, I’m Wearing: navy single-button blazer – ASOS | blue cotton plaid button-down Isherwood shirt – Acne Studios, ebay | grey cotten pocket square – Mizu | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | navy cotton trousers – M.J. Bale | navy cotton socks with white polka dots – Happy Socks | whiskey brown leather brogues – Trenery |

 

I started a new job in a different area today, and naturally I wanted to make a good impression with my new team. I’m sometimes at a loss for how to dress for certain occasions, but when it comes to the first day in a new job, I always repeat to myself “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”. Yes, this is more widely known as a piece of superstition handed down for women on their wedding day, but in my humble opinion the “Something Old…” rhyme has a very important place in steering you towards success in dressing for your first day! (more…)

Bright Shades: My views on How to wear

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Wearing: navy pinstriped blazer – Rembrandt Sartorial, thrifted | orange and white checked button-down shirt – Polo Ralph Lauren | chambray monogrammed pocket square – Mizu Brand | midnight blue silk necktie with skull and crossbones motif – Express Design Studios, ebay | black leather belt – Raphael Steffens | bright blue cotton trousers – M.J. Bale | sea blue leather Chelsea boots – Squire |

 

Bright shades can and will liven up any outfit that you happen to bring them to, but there is a fine art between wearing bright shades of colour and letting them wear you.

It is true that I am not the biggest fan of bright shades, and aside from the occasional pop of white I tend to like to keep things at the darker end of the spectrum with lots of variations of the colour navy, and a few muted shades of blue or orange thrown in for good measure. I love these colours and I love the way that they look on me, but it is important to change things up every once in a while to avoid getting yourself stuck in a wardrobe rut. (more…)

Backpacks – A Friday Fixation

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Saint Laurent Hunting Rucksack in navy blue canvas and black leather – AU$ 1,015.00

 

I’ve always said that a backpack is a bag for school kids and lesbians. As far as bags go, backpacks have to be one of my most hated items, and something that frankly do not deserve to be considered under the banner of luxury. They are, however, practical to a fault, and something that I am now considering purchasing as a work bag. I turned 30 not too long ago and I work a 9-5 desk job. Between this and my Blogging I lead the definition of a sedentary life style, and it is starting to really affect me. (more…)

Dressing the part: a work story

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NOTE: I did actually wear this to work, but it never made it to the Blog, so using this as a stand-in for today’s story time.

 

The other day my colleague and friend Chris mentioned that someone in the office had asked him “Has Grant been cautioned about how he dresses?” Naturally I was a bit stunned by this, because while I am never the picture of perfect corporate attire I am never grubby or what I would consider poorly dressed.

It turns out that the person in question had noticed that I have started dressing more corporately aligned, and wondered if this was because I had been told to? My friend thought that this was rather hilarious, and made the comment that I had probably just run out of clean clothes (thanks Chris, really).

What this has shown me (ridiculously, after seven years in the Public Service) is that as dry as the accepting and encouraging of diversity as it is; people are still paying attention to what I wear on a daily basis. It really is a strange realisation to have, because 90% of the time I am fairly confident in saying that I am dressing whole heartedly for myself. This however in turn begs the question: should I be? (more…)