Monthly Archives: October 2008

How to Dress up for an Interview

First of all, we don’t want to make this an extremely long posting, so we’ll start out by saying that depending on where you want to get a job, you should dress differently. If you wear a suit to an interview at a McDonald’s restaurant, you won’t get the job. In general, you don’t want to be more overdressed than the person who is interviewing you. For example, if you are going for a job interview at a major tech company (as a software developer), then a tie might suffice depending on the specific company. You may want to drop by the company to see what the general attire is to get insider information on how to dress.

As long as you stick to the general rule that you don’t want to be much better dressed than the person who is interviewing you, you should be fine. Let’s now assume that the person who is interviewing you will be wearing a suit. In general, you want to wear a more subtle suit to a job interview. A charcoal or black suit is the best (like this: Sean John Brown on Brown suit). Try and skip on pinstripes. If you absolutely must wear pinstripes, you can choose “very” light/subtle stripes.

While dressing for your interview, please remember, the point of the interview is for “you” to be noticed and not your clothing. Therefore, you want to be professionally dressed but you don’t want to draw extra attention to your clothing. More and more people are wearing cufflinks on a daily basis and they do add a touch of professionalism so don’t be afraid of them. Just make sure to avoid anything too flashy.

Hope this helps,



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Free Designer Tie! Limited Time Offer.


We’re very excited to have arranged for any new members to our SuitVIP mailing list to get a Free High Fashion, 100% silk, designer brand tie. This is a limited time offer, so do sign up as soon as possible to take advantage of this offer. Because of limited availability, we are only allowing one free tie per household.

Please check out the following link for the Free Tie Offer (signup to the mailing list first):

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Belts 101. What to wear. When to wear it.


Alex Courtney from Boston, Massachusetts asked the team “what is the deal with belts? What do I wear and when do I wear it?” This is a great question that every guy should know the answer to.

Belts essentially serve two purposes: functional and aesthetic. If you are really wearing a belt to keep your trousers from slipping, then by all means go ahead. But, you’ll have to keep the aesthetics in mind along the way.

When you are wearing a belt, the most important aspect to consider is that it matches your shoes.  For example, if you are wearing a pair of black shoes, make sure to have a nice slick black belt. Typically, if you are wearing jeans, you’ll want to wear a thicker belt than what you would wear with your suit pants from

In terms of the buckle, metal is definitely in these days so a nice silvered colored buckle will serve you quite well. Be careful, though, not to use an oversized buckle since if it looks too flashy, it will defeat its original intent. Of course, this all depends on the occasion. If you are going out for a night of clubbing, being a little flashy is probably not all that bad an ideal; however, if you are looking for something professional, then try not to be too flashy.

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Suit Confidence

I recently had the pleasure of lending a beautiful Sean John suit to a friend. He had a wedding to attend, and believe it or not, didn’t own a suit. Now at the time, I was thinking what you’re thinking: “Who doesn’t own a suit!?!” Anyway, once I got over my initial shock, I offered him my black pinstriped Sean John suit that I’d got from SuitUpp in July. Luckily the two of us are nearly identical in size.

So after the wedding, this friend of mine met me at our frequent haunt. I couldn’t helped but laugh when he confessed to me that he thought the suit had magical powers.

“I don’t understand!” he said, “This SUIT! I think it has magical powers! The whole night, girls were hitting on me and guys were buying me drinks! It MUST be magical.” So, after stringing him along for a while, I explained to him that the suit wasn’t actually magical, but the phenomenon it inspired was. I was talking, of course, about Suit Confidence.

Suit Confidence is that empowered feeling that you get when you put a suit on. The difference that a suit makes is incredible really. Wearing a suit puts you in the “zone”… makes you feel better looking, taller, more charming, wealthier. And when you FEEL that you CONVEY it to the people around you. Think about the difference in the way people interact with you when you’re suited up, compared to when you’re dressed down. Do you think that difference has anything to do with your actual personality? It doesn’t. People are friendlier, more polite, and more accomodating because YOU are conveying a sense of importance.

So next time you’re having an off day, put on the suit you just bought from SuitUpp and talk to the first person you see.

-Justin Pinstripe Samlal

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NeckTie Accessories – Not in Fashion.

When we did our last photo shoot, Sean John Black Pin Stripe Suit, it was quite windy. Our model, Mike, decided to put on a tie clip so that the photos turned out perfectly.

Needless to say, we immediately told him to take it off. We don’t mean to sound harsh, but the reality is that these things are out of date. Some will tell you that they add a bit of class, but the truth is that they don’t.

Before we continue, though, we’ll give you a rundown of what types of tie accessories are available and which ones are acceptable and which ones are not.

Tie Bars and Tie Clips

Tie bars and tie clips are very similar. Tie bars are essentially a slide-in-bar that you can use to hold your tie onto your shirt. You basically slide one side of this bar onto the front of the tie and the other side under your shirt. Tie clips are basically the same thing except that instead of sliding it on, you clip it on… no surprise there! 🙂

Tie Tacks

Tie tacks are a bit more fashionable than tie clips and tie bars, but we still don’t recommend that you use them since they will likely damage your tie. Tie tacks are like cufflinks except they fasten your tie to your shirt.

Tie Straps

Finally, the only tie accessory that we do recommend is a tie strap. Good tie straps are not visible and they do the job of keeping your tie in place (if you use them properly). At the end of the day, though, they aren’t very necessary.


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