Talk About the Basics for Men - Your First Wardrobe

Remember an interview is a formal situation, so it's important to be aware of the details of your appearance. It's best to keep the color of your clothing muted and understated. The focus should be on you -- not on your clothes.
The idea here is to avoid anything that could distract the interviewer. A clean and neat professional appearance is an important step in making a good first impression.


Quantity vs. Quality
The two-piece suit in navy, or charcoal is the fundamental piece for your first wardrobe. Don't skimp where quality is concerned. It is better to purchase 1 or 2 quality pieces than several garments that look and wear poorly. Purchase the highest quality garments you can afford. It is worth the expense to have a quality suit that fits and cleans well. A superior garment will serve you for a long time.

In Addition to the Suit
Wear a pressed long sleeve white cotton dress shirt. You should be able to button all the buttons on the shirt, including the very top button. Wear a white undershirt under your dress shirt. Choose a tie that coordinates with the color of your suit in a simple pattern or a solid color, preferably silk.

When the colors of your clothing work well together, they are both pleasing to the eye, compliment each other --- and indicate that you've got what it takes to put it all together.

Shoes / Belt
The preference is black shoes with laces. Have your shoes polished and in good condition. Remember to wear dark socks that are high enough to cover your leg even when seated. Opt for a leather belt that matches your shoes.

Carry either a leather notebook or a portfolio big enough to hold your résumé and notepad.

Accessories for your look can include what you wear as well as what you don't wear.

Invest in a good haircut. Look clean and smart, not overdone. Have your nails trimmed and neat. Body piercing should not be visible, this includes earrings. The same rules apply for tattoos. Now is not the time to show off your body art. Other jewelry items should be at a minimum.

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