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Spartans of Style: Picking the perfect suit

Meredith Collier

Issue date: 3/6/09 Section: Focus
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Meredith Collier

and Colin Lux

Resident Style Mavens

So you've sent in your applications, polished your résumé, and practiced all the right answers to those tough interview questions. Now all you have left is to ace that interview, and whether you're applying to graduate school or your first job, don't walk out that door without double-checking our tips for looking perfectly professional.

Normally in the fashion world, it is appropriate (and recommended) to wear statement outfits, but for interviews, this rule never, ever applies - no exceptions. Remember: before you start speaking to potential employers, your outfit has already said volumes about you. With that in mind, our number-one piece of advice to you is to be brave and invest in a classic two-piece suit.

When choosing a suit, look for quality over quantity. Sure, you're going to have to cash a couple of work-study checks to pay for the suit, but as young professionals, a suit is the most important piece in our wardrobes. For both men and women, stick to solid, dark, and neutral colors. The most traditional color is black, but chocolate brown, navy, and dark gray are also acceptable. When looking at the fit of a suit, a gentleman's lapels should lay flat along the chest, with no pulled seams. Guys should be able to wrap their arms around themselves without the sleeves pulling up or becoming too tight and constricted, and the buttons should match up evenly without stretching across their midsections. When women are selecting suits, they should look for a jacket and skirt set. A classic pencil skirt would be more appropriate for an interview instead of a pantsuit. When selecting jackets, make sure the shoulders of the jacket line up with your shoulders - droopy, overhanging shoulders make you look like you're a kid playing dress-up. Ladies, when you're choosing a cut for your jacket, look for a princess-cut jacket, or a jacket that comes in at the waist. This cut of jacket is flattering on everyone and won't make you appear boxy or large around the middle.
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