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What to Wear to Nail Your Next Job Interview

I generally call bullshit on supposedly ironclad style rules: Always match your belt with your shoes. Don’t mix gold with silver. No fur shorts after MLK Day. I picture the guy who wrote those rules 100 years ago as some lonely, swaggerless curmudgeon intent on replacing joy with uniformity. But dressing for a job interview is a rare instance when I agree with the grump. Wear a suit and tie. (Try Zara for one that won’t make you look like an accountant.) Sure, it may be the only time your future co-workers will see you wear it. But the biggest hurdle is letting them know you’re serious. Trying too hard is better than trying to fit in. Suit up.


(Topman)


(Topman)
 

I’ve tried to do the “air tie,” but it just looks like I forgot my tie. What am I doing wrong?

Easy! Wrong shirt. Your collar is probably too spread and it looks like something is missing. Solution: You can get a killer pointed-collar, air-tie-ready shirt at Cos for less than a hundred bucks.


(Ted Baker)

I need new luggage. Would a matching set make me look like an expert traveler or an ad for a luggage company?
It works if they’re cool bags like the ones Filson makes. The best look for a traveler, though, isn’t “expert” but “explorer”: duffel bag from Morocco, backpack from Brazil, toiletry bag from a defunct Italian boutique. Find pieces that work together but tell different stories. The bonus is you’re not gonna snatch 12 black roller bags off the carousel before you find yours.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Man Ring, Man
I’m always on the hunt for unique rings—I wear eight every day—and Brooklyn-based LHN is my latest find. Each ring is one part tattoo artist, one part treasure hunter, one part hopeless romantic, with a patina that makes it look hard-won, even if your quest to acquire it only involved submitting your PayPal info.