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Like OMG, what should I wear?

  1. Yellow shirt

    9 vote(s)
    23.1%
  2. Black shirt

    8 vote(s)
    20.5%
  3. Tan shirt

    3 vote(s)
    7.7%
  4. Maroon plaid shirt

    7 vote(s)
    17.9%
  5. Black tie

    7 vote(s)
    17.9%
  6. Blue tie

    9 vote(s)
    23.1%
  7. Red tie

    7 vote(s)
    17.9%
  8. Black pants

    14 vote(s)
    35.9%
  9. Blue pants

    9 vote(s)
    23.1%
  10. No pants

    15 vote(s)
    38.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Apr 24, 2005 #1
    Like OMG, what should I wear?!?!?!?!

    Alrighty, so I've got a college interview tomorrow, AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO WEAR.

    So naturally, I turn to a group of physicists to dress me.

    So cast your vote for what my outfit should be made of, or voice your opinion, and I will dress according to the will of the masses (whom happen to be physics enthusiasts). You can choose multiple options, so choose your favorite shirt, pants, and tie color and I'll go according to public demand.
     
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  3. Apr 24, 2005 #2

    SOS2008

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    So by NY time you will be going to sleep when votes are being cast...I assume you've set your alarm clock to check this when you get up in the morning? :rofl: I'd say conservative -- The blue pants, with either the tan or plaid shirt, and the tie will depend on the color(s) of the shirt. No jacket?
     
  4. Apr 24, 2005 #3

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    I voted maroon plaid, with blue pants and red tire. You'll stand out. :biggrin:

    Actually what do you have? Grey pants, white shirt, yellow or maroon (with pattern) tie and dark blue jacket seems to work. Or perhaps tan pants.

    My wife hates my color combos, so I let her pick.

    You should definitely wear pants though. :biggrin:
     
  5. Apr 24, 2005 #4
    I'd go for the dark colors, black pants and shirt. Seems you have a tendency for them anyway (guessing that your avatar is you). Your interviewer will see that you chose an outfit that suits your particular style, yet is also classy and appropriate. The blue tie adds a little color and makes a big difference. Red and black may be too harsh.
    Why the 'no pants', unless ofcourse you think that will help?
    Shoes are important too.
     
  6. Apr 24, 2005 #5

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    :rofl:
    Agreed--These are "power colors" that would only be appreciated in a ruthless corporate environment.
    Especially if you are being interviewed by a female who may want to date you.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2005 #6

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    Yellow shirt/Blue tie/Black pants.

    Just my opinion. I love yellow and pink dress shirts.
     
  8. Apr 24, 2005 #7
    It's only 10:25 here now, and I have the fortunate ability to stay up very late, so I'll be able to track public concencus as it forms within the United States.

    I'm going to a liberal arts college in Connecticuit (I can't even spell the damned state's name), do you really think that conservative is the way to go? Traditionally I've been fond of the yellow shirt, blue tie, blue pants combo, but it's not really conservative, more like boarder-line crazy, but then people realize it's just yellow and blue and chill about it.

    What I have is what's listed; I could borrow a tie from my dad, but those are all my own clothes.

    The avatar is a picture of Brad Pitt from the movie 12 Monkeys. He's in so much dark clothing becuase he was doing a secret recon mission in which he kinapped his father and let all the animals out of the zoo.

    Well, springtime in New England is just such a beatiful pleasant time, I thought it might be acceptable on certain particularly nice days. No problem with the shoes, I got those covered, only own one pair, and that's the pair I'm wearing.

    In an effort to try to sway the vote, here's a CGI of what I would look like with my favorite outifit on:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/wasteofo2/shirt.bmp
     
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  9. Apr 24, 2005 #8

    mrjeffy321

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    Black pants, shirt and tie, and dont forget the black shoes, socks and hat.
     
  10. Apr 24, 2005 #9

    Moonbear

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    I voted for the yellow shirt (a little color to help you stand out, but not too loud; don't wear the black shirt, to us old fogey's it makes you look like you're in the mob). Tan is a little drab. I can't be certain about the maroon plaid without seeing it. Some plaids are too busy or loud, others will look too casual, and either way, it presents challenges for matching ties and pants.

    I voted for the blue tie. Blue on yellow looks sharp. The red tie, if it's a darker red, would be okay too. Save the black tie for fancy dinner parties (or wear it with the black shirt to really look like you're in the mob).

    And I voted for the blue pants (I assume navy blue; if it's some other shade of blue, ignore my vote). The black pants would go just as nicely, so either one would be okay. Oh, and whichever pants you wear, make sure you wear matching socks (blue with the blue pants or black with the black pants). Black shoes are required for either outfit, not brown (at least I know most men's wardrobes only have black or brown shoes).

    The most important thing is to be sure your clothes are pressed, your hair combed, your anti-perspirant applied, lay off any cologne you might ordinarily wear, you should either be clean-shaven or neatly trim any beard or 'stache you have, and to just generally go in with a neat, tidy look. College interviewers are more accustomed to things like facial piercings (if you have any) than job interviewers, but you still might want to consider removing anything other than a simple stud in the ear if you do have any visible piercings, just in case you get the one stuffy old interviewer who is distracted by piercings.

    Remember to speak clearly and act confident (but not cocky). Give your interviewer a firm handshake at the beginning and end of the interview (no limp handshakes, but don't crush their bones either).

    Good luck!!!!!! :smile:
     
  11. Apr 24, 2005 #10
    Both the blue tie and blue pants are a rather dark navy blue, the kind that might be confused for black in a memory or poor lighting.

    I don't even think there are blue socks in my whole house; lucky that my pants are long enough to not show my socks if I'm careful about it.

    I don't have any piercings or facial hair or anything like that, so no worries on that front. I don't bother with crap like cologne, and always make sure I've got an anti-persperant on. I keep my hair short enough that all I have to do is wash it and it stays in place, so again no worries.

    Moonbear, I like your sense of style, coincides perfectly with mine so far as I can tell...
     
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  12. Apr 24, 2005 #11
    I like Moonbear's advice. However, unless you have blonde hair, light eyes and light complexion. I would stay away from flashy, bright colors; it focuses attention away from where it matters which is your face. I would go for a medium to dark shirt.
     
  13. Apr 24, 2005 #12
    My god, are you serious?

    There are so many little damned rules about clothing that I'm totally unaware of. I have a dark complexion, nearly black hair and dark brown eyes; am I seriously not supposed to wear bright colors?

    If that's the case, well then screw that, I'll go against the grain and still wear bright colors; I'm not giving up that yellow shirt.
     
  14. Apr 24, 2005 #13
    And wear nice shoes.
     
  15. Apr 24, 2005 #14

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    If the color looks good on you and you're comfortable and confident wearing it, go with it. To be honest, most interviewers won't remember your face long no matter what you wear, so if something helps you stand out from the sea of kids showing up wearing a white shirt, red tie and black pants, even if it's just "oh, right, he's the one who wore the yellow shirt," that's a benefit, as long as it isn't, "oh, yeah, he's the one who showed up looking like a slob" or "the one who showed up dressed like he was ready to hit the clubs."

    If you're afraid the yellow is going to be too bright, go with the tan.
     
  16. Apr 24, 2005 #15

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
    The bare basics: Just make sure your clothes are clean and pressed. No stains, cat hair, holes, etc. Make sure your shirt isn't wrong side out. Socks should match. Double knot your shoe-laces so they don't come untied. And don't forget to wear your winning smile. :smile:

    I'm sure it will go great. Good luck!
     
  17. Apr 25, 2005 #16

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    Heh heh. Is the shirt really as yellow as the color you chose for that image? If so, it might be a tad too bright for an inteview. :frown: I'll bet you look fantastic in that outfit, but maybe not for an interview...dang! (Though, if you ever decide to grace us with a photo for the member photo thread, that's the outfit I request for it.) You just don't know who will be interviewing you, and don't want to give the wrong person the wrong impression. As much as I hate to do it to you, I'm going to have to change my recommendation to the tan shirt. Tan and blue still look good together. Um, but with a blander shirt, does your dad have any ties that have a little bit of a pattern to them? Not something that screams "Dad's tie" but maybe something that has a blue background (to go with the blue pants) but that has some other colors in it? Otherwise stick with your blue tie.

    Now you know how us women feel when we're trying to get ready for a date! :rofl:
     
  18. Apr 25, 2005 #17

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    Any time you wear a tie with blue jeans, you are sending a mixed message.
     
  19. Apr 25, 2005 #18

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    I never considered fashion a factor when dating. I thought ease of removal was more relevant... hmm. No wonder I'm single.
     
  20. Apr 25, 2005 #19

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    For you or for her? For guys, about the only thing that criterion eliminates are button fly jeans. :biggrin: I hate those.
     
  21. Apr 25, 2005 #20

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    Another advice, make sure you tie is tie with a windsor or half-windsor knot. It may seem rediculous but must knot people use does not make a good impression. Also, the windsor knot always impress the ladies. :wink:

    http://www.tie-a-tie.net/windsor.html
     
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