How to Dress for an Interview: Suits and More

by GRACE ORTELERE

The New Year may mean a new job. It’s that time, especially for college students looking for their first job or internship – interview time.

It is amazing how well education systems prepare us for that first interview. Advisers encouraged us to take an extra finance class, career services helped us format our cover letters, and teaching assistants helped us perfect our excel skills that we will use too often in the future.

However, all of that could be trumped by a failed first impression. Psychological studies show that hiring managers form opinions about your personality and intelligence within the first 30 seconds of your interview.

As a recent college graduate myself, the question of how I should dress for my interviews confounded me. My lawyer parents suggested I wear a suit, which for my field would have been too formal and awkward. But even my counterparts interviewing for investment banking jobs seemed to know next to nothing about what suit to pick and how to wear it. Continue reading

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Hickey Freeman and NBC Sports Team Up

On Friday, we outfitted the winner of the NBC Sport’s Sunday Night Football in America Follow The Ball Contest (well, that’s a mouthful!) at the Hickey Freeman store.

The winner, Steve, trying on suits in the Hickey Freeman store on Madison Avenue.

The winner, Steve, trying on suits in the Hickey Freeman store on Madison Avenue.

Steve and his wife, Katie, were flown in from Tampa, Florida by NBC Sports to visit 30 Rock where Steve would hand off the Sunday Night Football, which signed by every Sunday night football “Player of the Game” this season. Continue reading

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Embrace the Cold: The Essential Shearling Jacket

The mornings have been especially brisk these past few weeks. Whether commuting to work or dropping the kids off at school, the cold can make all those tasks almost unbearable. Instead of detesting the winter, we were looking forward to it thanks to the Sterling Collection Suede Shearling Duffle Coat. Read more for how to wear it.

Sterling Collection Suede Shearling Duffle Coat, available for a limited time only for $1,794.99 at hickeyfreeman.com

Sterling Collection Suede Shearling Duffle Coat, available for a limited time only for $1,794.99 at hickeyfreeman.com

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On Trend: The Roll Neck Sweater

From left: Michael Salamanca, Senior Marketing Manager; Mike Cohen, Hickey Freeman President; Brett Schenck, Hart Schaffner Marx President.

From left: Michael Salamanca, Senior Marketing Manager; Mike Cohen, Hickey Freeman President; Brett Schenck, Hart Schaffner Marx President.

We had to smile when these three all coincidentally wore roll neck sweaters to the office on Friday! Michael Salamanca, Senior Marketing Manager for Hart Schaffner Marx; Mike Cohen, President of Hickey Freeman; and Brett Schenck, President of Hart Schaffner Marx show that the roll neck sweater has made a resurgence this season, but each put a personal touch to the look. We’ll explain how you can master each look as well. Continue reading

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Men’s Formalwear: How to Wear a Tuxedo

This is one post in a series from our contributor Grant Harris.

Saying “I do,” accepting an award, speaking before a charity benefit – great life events are marked with celebrations. Those celebrations may require the quintessential piece of men’s formalwear: the tuxedo.

Here, we discuss the basics of the tuxedo from top to bottom, so your look matches the significance of the moment.

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Just like a suit, a tuxedo can be either single or double breasted. The main difference between a single-breasted suit and a single-breasted tuxedo is that a proper tuxedo will come with only one button. It lends itself to cleaner presentation and visually creates a longer silhouette for the wearer. Continue reading

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Details Magazine Editor-in-Chief: First to Wear the New Hickey Freeman Z Series Suit

Last week, the Wall Street Journal posts a segment called Work Wear: Style in the Office on its blog. The latest post featured various editors of the men’s magazine Details. Gaining insight on one of the most stylish magazines and the people who work there drew us in. We were even more excited when we saw Details Editor-in-Chief, Dan Peres, wearing  accustom Hickey Freeman suit fitted by Mike Cohen.

Details magazine Editor-in-Chief Dan Peres is the first to hang our new Z Series suit in his closet.

Details magazine Editor-in-Chief Dan Peres is the first to hang our new Z Series suit in his closet.

Peres is wearing a custom Hickey Freeman navy suit in the new “Z body” suit model. He’s the first person to have this new suit model hanging in his closet, as the Z body will be available in our fall 2013 collection, hitting stores in July.

We sat down with Mike Cohen to ask him what the new model has to offer. Beside the Hickey Freeman collaboration with Opening Ceremony, the Z Body model will be the slimmest model Hickey has to offer.

“The new model features a slimmer fit with a shorter profile and higher arm holes” said Cohen, “the sleeves are very trim and there is a soft, angular sloping shoulder with a soft rope.”

Additionally, the shoulder seams are turned and pick stitched to give the shoulder line more definition in this model.

The Z body suit will be made with a full canvas lining, as every Hickey Freeman suit, although our design team chose a more lightweight canvas lining of exceptional quality that will give this model a modern and contemporary feel.

Sterling Collection Navy Flannel Birdseye Suit, $1,295, available at hickeyfreeman.com

Sterling Collection Navy Flannel Birdseye Suit, $1,295, available at hickeyfreeman.com

We agree with Peres, who says in the article that a man can never have too many navy suits. With slight variations in the navy shade and many different fabrics to choose from, how could we pick just one? We like the Mahogany Collection Solid Navy Suit, $1,495, and the Sterling Collection Navy Flannel Birdseye Suit, $1,295, for a modern fit.

Peres continues to say that he is very comfortable in a suit. Not everyone feels this way—suits in the past have been stuffy and corporate looking, leading men to prefer casual dressing. Now that suits are becoming slimmer, like our new Z body, they make the wearer look young and refreshing.

Peres also named his fashion pet peeve; he hates when a man wears “mom jeans,” or jeans that are too big and billow. Comment below and share some of your fashion pet peeves with us.

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How to Wear: Superga x The Row Sneaker Collaboration

The coolest sneaker has arrived in NYC.

This past June, Steve Madden brought the Italian sneaker brand, Superga, to SoHo with the opening of a small store on Crosby Street.

Most recently, Superga tapped Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen as its newest creative directors. Known for their impeccable taste level and two successful design labels, they will be collaborating with the shoe brand for the Spring 2012 collection. Continue reading

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