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I am a junior in college and have begun interviewing with various financial firms (on and off Wall Street) for summer internships, which if all goes well, would turn into full-time offers in two years. My first of such interviews is this Monday with a boutique investment banking firm, and I am trying to get a respectable outfit together before then.

My dad has an entire closet full of Italian-designed suits, mostly Armani and Versace, and we are roughly the same size, at least he was about my size twenty years ago.

The problem is that 90% of the suits are double-breasted, peaked lapel numbers which, in my humble opinion, would be a bit over-the-top for an interview setting.

He does have two, one Versace and one Armani, that are a bit more modern and conservative, and seem to fit pretty well, although some amount of tailoring will surely be necessary.

Armani:

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The Armani is a charcoal, chalk-striped, two-button suit made out of a pretty heavy fabric, clearly more of a cold-weather suit. My first question about this suit is, would a chalk-striped suit be a bit too flashy or overstated for an interview? I also noticed when trying the jacket on that the shoulders seem a bit pointy. Is this normal for a suit made some time in the 80s? and would a tailor be able to do anything about it? Also, there is no slit (or vent?) in the back, which I tend to notice on suits of the modern day. Also the lapels seem a little wide.

Versace:

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The Versace is navy-blue, also pin striped, two button suit made of a lighter fabric than the Armani, but still pretty sturdy. Again, the jacket has no vent, and the shoulders seem a bit pointy, although the lapels are noticeably smaller.

The basic dilemma I face is either tailoring one of these suits, which may or may not be a bit outdated, or go to Men's Warehouse for a more modern, albeit more frugal look. My ultimate question to you is whether or not you think these suits are too outdated to be worn for an interview, or any other occasion for that matter.

Thanks for all of your help!
 

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Those suits are very outdated and are stereotypical of the suits from 20 years ago. Those suits have a low button stance and a low gorge. Suits today will have the opposite. But you want to stay away from those suits too. You should get a classic style suit. What is your price range? Men's Wearhouse isn't a good place to get a classic suit. I just had a look at the suits on the website, and most of those will look out-dated soon. For a similar price range, Jos. A. Bank is a much better place to get a suit. A suit of classic proportions will always look better than the current fashion.
 

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First off, good luck on your interview on Monday. It is a tough environment in the financial sector, but you seem like a young man who will succeed and asking for help like you just did is a sign of maturity. Not many juniors in college think about their future. I am constantly interviewing college and MBA grads and I rarely see internships at top firms during junior year of college. It always stands out for me at least.

With that said, getting back to your question and the responses so far, I would tend to agree, although by Monday I am not sure what even a tailor may be able to do. I would wear the suit that makes you most comfortable and puts you at ease as that is the most important thing. A white shirt, conservative tie, a firm handshake and knowing about the Company you are interviewing with and asking intelligent questions will dispel any issue with vent or no vent or pointed shoulders.

I would encourage you take advantage of some upcoming Holiday sales and see if you can get a classic navy and charcoal suit that you can wear for upcoming interviews or to a new internship. J. Press is a great suggestion but if you are in the Philadelphia area maybe Brooks Brothers or another traditional main line mens store may have something for you and get you off at a reasonable price.

Good luck.
 
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