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ace your job interview

Your resumé was polished and they loved your cover letter. Perfect. You got the interview. You know you can nail it, but one big question remains: what are you going to wear?

Dressing well for an interview shows professionalism and that you understand the culture you’re going to enter. It’s a great way to make the right impression and be memorable to the interviewer. It’s not rocket science, but there are some things you need to know.

Consider three things when picking your outfit:

  1. Industry — Would you wear the same thing to a conservative bank as you would to a casual tech startup?
  2. Job function/department — What flies in marketing may not be greeted as enthusiastically in accounting.
  3. Seniority — Younger guys should err on the safe side, versus someone more established in their career who has “earned” the privilege to dress with a little more flare.

The common theme here? Know your audience.

Unless you’ve been specifically told not to, wear a suit. You’ll look your best and most professional. It shows you respect the interviewers’ time and take this seriously.

Now, let’s get into the details.

THE SUIT
When dressing for a job interview, the safe play is a dark charcoal or navy blue suit. Charcoal tends to be the more conservative of the two — but you really can’t go wrong with either. If you’re having trouble deciding, once again: consider your audience. Paul Betenly makes an awesome starter suit in both charcoal and navy.

If you’re interviewing for a more senior position or a job in a more creative industry, a brighter blue or lighter grey suit can work too. A black suit is never okay unless the job is in the funeral business.

One last thing — please, please make sure your suit fits.

THE SHIRT
Your interview shirt should also fit great. Check out our video guide for finding the perfect shirt to make sure you’re doing it right.

For the style details, go with normal cuffs (not french), and a spread or semi-spread collar.

In terms of colour, solid whites and light blues are most conservative. These go well with any suit. Stenstroms and our own Gotstyle-Lipson shirts are both fantastic options.

For a bolder look, try a micro pattern. A geo pattern like the one below from Oscar works well.

THE SHOES
Never, ever wear a square toe dress shoe. Say no to square toe.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I recommend black or brown leather oxford dress shoes for an interview. You can’t go wrong with an oxford shoe in a business setting. The Gotstyle Cap Toe Derby Shoe is a perfect example.

Double monkstraps are a riskier alternative. Only consider these in situations where — you guessed it — you’re interviewing for a senior or less conservative role. And again, keep the colour to black or brown.

No matter what shoes you choose, make sure you give them a good shine and that you’ve worn them before. Often a new pair of dress shoes takes some time to work in, and the last thing you need is blisters on the day of your interview.

THE ACCESSORIES

Belt
First things first, your belt should match your shoes. Black with black, brown with brown. Keep your belt sleek and simple — no big buckles. Anderson’s black or brown pebbled belts are perfect.

Tie
Here is your chance to show some personality. Choose a colour or pattern that’s stylish and memorable — just make sure it’s setting appropriate and that it matches.

For creative industries (especially in the winter), add versatility to your formal look by trying a more casual, texturized knit tie. When choosing a tie knot, go with a half windsor or four-in-hand. Knots are not the place to experiment.

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Socks
Have some fun! It’s fine to show a little colour or pattern, as long as they don’t clash with the rest of your look.

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If you’re going to wear one, keep it sleek and understated.

Everything Else
Save the funky lapel pins, cufflinks, and tie bars for once you get the job.

Got any more questions? Our team of stylists is here to help, with private appointments and free wardrobe consultations. Book your appointment today at 416-260-9696 or info@gotstyle.ca.

Good luck (not that you need it). You’ve got this!

STYLE MANUAL
dress shirt fabrics

Last week we discussed 9 major patterns every man should know. Today we will explore dress shirt fabrics. Understanding the difference between some of these fabrics will not only help you flex your sartorial intellect but allow you to find the ideal dress shirt fabric for your needs.

Also check out our new Gotstyle Launch program which features a line of dress shirts, trousers, suits and leather shoes. Everything you need to build your wardrobe.

Before we break down the 10 major dress shirt fabrics, it is important to point out the fundamentals of what makes a great fabric.

Step one:  Identifying the core: is it cotton, man-made fibers or silk? Ideally, you want to stick with cotton as it is the undisputed king of dress shirt fabrics. A finely woven cotton fabric has all the properties a man could want from a garment worn close to the body: good heat and moisture conduction, durability, smoothness, and the ability to take shape when ironed.

Man-made fibers, on the other hand, don’t offer the same comfort as a cotton shirt but do have their own set of advantages. They are often wrinkle and stain resistant and can be ideal for budget minded individuals. Lastly, there is silk, often associated as a luxury fabric, silk offers that high sheen and light drape. It is great for bathrobes and boxers shorts but not necessarily for a shirt. The maintenance costs are high and long term durability low.

Step two: Know your ply. Ply is how many yarns are twisted together to make a single thread. Dress shirt fabrics are most often two-ply or single ply. Two-ply fabrics are generally superior to single-ply fabrics.

Step three: The count. Thread count indicates the size of the thread in the fabric and therefore how many threads per square inch and is often referred to with a number like 50s, 80s, 100s, 120s, 140s 160s, etc up to 200s. For example, 140s means there are 140 hanks (1 hank = 840 yards) of yarn in one pound. Higher numbers mean that the threads are finer which results in a softer, smoother and lighter fabric.

Step four: The finish. Often overlooked, the finish of the fabric is the production process used to actually mill the fabric. A 2-ply 200s fabric sounds impressive but if it’s made with low quality cotton by a dubious manufacturer then it is no better and probably worse than a 1-ply 50s fabric made by a reputable mill.

 10 Dress Shirt Fabrics

Oxford Shirt Fabric

Oxford Shirt Fabric

  • Similar to pinpoint oxford- slightly heavier thread and looser weave
  • Slightly rougher texture but is more durable than most fabrics
  • Symmetrical basket weave where one yarn may cross two yarns
  • Originally developed for sports, the oxford shirt is great as a casual button down shirt

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  • Woven fabric produced on the dobby loom
  • Characterised by small geometric patterns and extra texture in the cloth
  • Very similar to Jacquard, although technically different
  • Many dobby fabrics have stripes woven into them, although some are solid colors
  • The solid colors tend to have a faint stripe or dotted patterns woven in the same color as the base cloth

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  • A sturdy cotton twill textile- possibly coarser twill.
  • Typically softer, lighter versions of the fabric then that of your jeans
  • Great for casual wear

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  • A plain weave fabric with a colored warp and a white weft
  • Generally made with heavier yarns for a rugged,  blue-collar workwear appeal
  • Great for casual wear

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  • A dense, plain woven cloth, historically made of wool
  • A tightly woven fabric with a very simple over-under weave and slight sheen
  • Great for dressy occasions
  • Highly weatherproof and hard wearing

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  • Is a soft woven fabric, of various fineness
  • Typically fuzzy in feel otherwise known as brushed twill or brushed melange
  • Great for cooler weather like Fall/Winter
  • Ideal for casual wear

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  • Special type of construction in which each yarn is a combination of fibers that are dyed and not-dyed
  • Generally very thin and very smooth luxurious fabrics with a particular soft finish
  • These different colored cotton fibers are woven together for a feathered, intentionally inconsistent, somewhat organic look.

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  • Pinpoint (also referred to as pinpoint oxford) has a similar weave as oxford cloth but uses a finer yarn and tighter weave
  • More formal than oxford cloth, but less formal than broadcloth
  • Pinpoint fabrics are generally not transparent and are slightly heavier and thicker than broadcloths
  • Great choice for business shirts

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  • Made from a plain weave of fine yarns, creating a thin, soft, smooth, long-lasting fabric
  • Thin and breathable – great for under jackets or blazers
  • Can be slightly transparent due to it’s thinness
  • Does well with retaining smoothness after being ironed
  • Sometimes described as broadcloth (technically different, but pretty much the same)

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  • Distinctive diagonal weave
  • Soft, and a bit thicker and warmer than poplin
  • Has a tendency to wrinkle easily for some
  • Works under a jacket, but not quite as breathable as poplin
  • Seems to be difficult to remove stains from twill

Here are a list of fashion hacks that will make your life a little easier

When it comes to fashion, it seems like we always want more, more, more. We’re here to remind you that it’s about quality, not quantity. Most guys don’t have the time to do a major overhaul so we have a few grooming tips and fashion hacks on how to get the most out of what you purchase or what you may already own. Read on for 25 fashion hacks you need in your life.

  1. Throw out old clothes

    It seems so simple but clearing out your wardrobe of old, worn out clothes makes room for new ones. It also stops you from going back to old favourites and encourage you to try new styles. Check out Melissa’s video on closet clean up.

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  2. Get a hair cut

    Get a new or versatile hair cut.

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  3. Avoid  floppy collars

    Be wary of floppy collars! Using collar stays will ensure dress shirts look crisp.

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  4. Take care of your clothes

    Clothes are an investment and say a lot about you. Take care of your clothes with proper laundering, dry cleaning and storage.

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  5. Purchase an iron/steamer

    While you’re at it, get an iron or better yet, a steamer. It may take up a little extra time but wrinkly shirts look frumpy and distract from your entire outfit. Business Insider has a great article on the right way to iron a shirt.

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  6. Try new accessories

    Don’t be afraid to try new accessories like bracelets and rings. The smallest details can change and upgrade an outfit.

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  7. Use a simple leather wallet

    We work hard for our money so let’s keep it in a clean, simple leather wallet. Avoid stuffing receipts and too many cards in it as it can get bulky.

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  8. Get manicures

    Getting manicures isn’t exactly about being pampered or having a spa day. It means having your nails trimmed and cleaned. A hand massage is usually included which helps as we use our hands all day.

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  9. Travel pack properly

    Save time and space when travelling by learning how to pack properly. Certain fabrics pack better by being wrinkle resistant and bags like Hook + Albert’s are designed with travel in mind. It has a built-in garment bag and slots for shoes.

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    Hook & Albert Saffiano Leather Garment Weekender: $639

  10. Invest in a timeless watch

    A classic watch that goes with any outfit can elevate a look instantly. It’s a good idea to invest in a quality watch that can last years.

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  11. Maintain facial hair

    Keep facial hair neat and trimmed. A small detail in grooming can make a huge difference.

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  12. Make sure you have your 10 essentials

    A solid foundation is crucial for building your wardrobe. With these ten pieces in your closet, you can mix and match for all necessary events and start to add variety.

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  13. Invest in a pair of essential dress shoes

    Purchase a pair of essential dress shoes that are classic and timeless. It can go with a variety of outfits from going out to social parties to business meetings.

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  14. Learn to layer

    It’s a technique that can extend your wardrobe and create different looks.

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  15. Invest in a well fitted half canvas suit

    Have a suit that actually fits. This is a big one because a well-fitted suit can go a long way. If made-to-measure is not within your budget, no worries, get your suit tailored off the rack. Old suits can also be renewed by taking it to a tailor.

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  16. Wear cologne

    A signature scent can make you feel like a whole new man. But remember, less is more.

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  17. Upgrade your backpack or briefcase

    If a backpack or briefcase is what you carry and use everyday, make it an investment. Not only is it worth it for durability, it becomes an item that everyone associates you with. Choose one that matches your identity.

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  18. Upgrade your old shoe laces

    Get more milage out of your oxfords with laces from Stolen Riches.

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  19. Add a pop of colour

    Adding colour can be intimidating but start with something small and build it into your routine. We suggest starting with your tie, pocket square, lapel pin or shirt.

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  20. Upgrade your old socks

    It’s the first thing you put on in the morning so start it fresh. For low sneakers and the barefoot look, get yourself some no show socks.

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  21. Update your glasses

    Glasses frame your face and certain styles can give you a completely different look. There are plenty of websites that you can get custom shades for budget prices like Warby Parker.

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    Photo credit: Warby Parker

  22. Have a tailor

    Having your own tailor is a sign of manhood.  A tailor can fix buttons and zippers, take in clothes, hem pants, etc. All these details matter when you want to make a good impression. Click the photo for a list of reasons why you should have your own tailor.

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  23. Learn to wear a scarf

    Adding a scarf as an accessory is an easy update to a basic t-shirt. Rock a waistcoat or a leather jacket with it and you’ve got a celeb worthy look.

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  24. Hire a stylist

    Gotstyle offers free personal styling services. Drop in either location or make an appointment info@gotstyle.ca.

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  25. Buy clothes that are double duty

    Buy pieces that can do double duty. The jersey blazer is a piece you can pair casually with Zanerobe’s to brunch, or dress up and paired with a button down for nights on the town.

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STYLE TIPS

No matter where you go you’ll notice that tapered sweatpants called “jogger pants” are one of the hottest new trends in menswear. We’ve been carrying them for over three seasons and can attest to the fact that once you get one- chances are you’ll be back to get more. In today’s style video Melissa shows you some of our latest styles now available for the FW’15 season. From the famous Zanerobes to the new knit joggers from Wheelers, J.Lindeberg and John Varvatos there’s more choice than ever before which means there are more ways for you to work this hot style trend into your daily wardrobe. Press play to learn more.

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PRESS

Call us biased but when you have Lennox Lewis lead a pack of 23 awesome celebrities down your runway during Toronto Men’s Fashion Week there’s no contest that your show just shut it down. That was the scene last week when we teamed up with TOM* to sponsor and style their annual celebrity Men’s Fashion4Hope charity runway show.

Hosted at College park the event was a sold out success- and quite possibly one of the most entertaining shows of the week. Not shocking when you consider that you have a collective of athletes, musicians, actors, youtube superstars and a few politicians strutting their stuff. Perhaps the only thing more interesting than the characters in the show was the fact that each celebrity was outfitted in our latest Fall/Winter styles. That may not seem to impressive at first until of course you take note of the fact that we dressed everyone off-the-rack, ranging From 6’4 Lennox Lewis down to 5’5 Senator Tobias Enverga- there were no special orders or made-to-measure, absolutely everything featured on the runway was off-the-rack! Scroll down to see all the outfits.

Special thanks to our resident stylists Shaeleigh Afton & Sharad Mohan for styling our celebrities.

All photography by: Shayne Gray

TOM* TORONTO MEN’S FASHION WEEK

MEN’S FASHION4HOPE RUNWAY SHOW

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Lennox Lewis in Gotstyle private label Blazer and shirt & Jacob Cohen jeans

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Jagmeet Singh in Zanerobe Black Cyamo Extra-Drop Chino, Gotstyle Silk Camo Tie, Paul Betenly Van Wool Vest, Weber Tie Bar & Marco Nils Micro Woven Knit Peak Lapel Overcoat

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Jus Reign in Zanerobe Navy Speck Sureshot Jogger, Stenstroms Basic White Cuff Dress Shirt, Doro Lapel Pin & Hilton Double Breasted Blazer

Suki in ZANEROBE chino, oxford shirt, Tiger of Sweden wool bomber, Vitaly Design necklace and bracelet.

Suki in ZANEROBE chino, oxford shirt, Tiger of Sweden wool bomber, Vitaly Design necklace and bracelet.

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Huse Madhavji in Sand Plaid Blazer, Mastai Ferretti Blue Shirt, Tiger of Sweden Black Herris Pants, Amanda Christensen Pocket Square & Doro Flower Lapel Pin

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Teddy Wilson in Sand paisley shirt, Strellson Contrast Slim fit blazer, A Christensen Pocket Square, Horst Tie, In God We Trust- Ridge Tie Bar & John Varvatos Bowery Jeans

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Todd Keirstead in Sunwill Grey Traveler Wool Blend Pants, Duchamp White French Cuff Dress Shirt, A Christensen Pocket Square- Girls, Gotstyle Navy Contrast Lapel Blazer, Dion Silk Bowtie & Duchamp Facet Square Tie Pin- Black

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Ajay Fry in Lab Charcoal Check Suit, Sand Paisley Shirt, Amanda Christensen Pocket Square & Doro Flower Lapel Pin

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Alan Snoddy in J.Lindeberg Wool Fleck Jean Jacket, J.Lindeberg Fleck Wool Trouser, Vito Blue Micro Print Shirt & Jin Qun Silk Solid Tie

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Allan Altman in Sand Micro Floral Shirt, Not Your Father’s Suit Plaid Sportcoat, Hook + Furl Lapel Pin, Amanda Christensen Pocket Square & John Varvatos Jeans

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Benjamin Ayres in Lab Abstract Check Suit, Tiger of Sweden Steel 1 Cotton Shirt LT Blue, Weber Tie Bar & Horst Grey Polka Dot Tie

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Dejan Loyola in J Lindeberg Wool Check Pants, DIBI Striped Tie, Marco Nils Grey Micro Print Blazer, VITO Grey Button Up Shirt & A Christensen Printed Pocket Square

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Dan Talevski in John Varvatos Moto Jogger, Zanerobe White Oxford Shirt, Zanerobe Salem Knit Cardigan, Lab Blazer with Ribbed Cuffs & Tiger of Sweden White High Tops

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Gabe Grey in Tiger of Sweden Green Evert Suit – Mirco Print Shirt by SAND, Strellson Tie & Doro Lapel pin

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Kevin Brauch in Tiger of Sweden Herris Solid Pants, Mood of Norway Edvard Slim Jacket, Tiger of Sweden Denzel Tuxedo Shirt & Jin Qun Silk Puff

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Michael Lafave in Gotstyle Dinner Jacket, Stenstroms Tuxedo Shirt & Hiltl Pants

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Mike Ward

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Morgan Cameron Ross in Zanerobe Dynamo Denim, Zanerobe Sevent Ft LS Rib Cuff Oxford Shirt Navy & Kent and Curwen Tan Trench Coat

 

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Rainbow Sun Francks in Hardy Amies Navy Tux Jacket & Trousers, Sand Dot Pattern Shirt & Jin Quin Black Pocket Square

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Tyrone Edwards in A Christensen Pocket Square, Tiger of Sweden Evert Large Check Dark Blue Suit, Sand Mini Paisley Shirt, Dibi Grey Tie & Weber Tie Bar

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Saad Rafi in Dion Bow Tie, Stenstroms Tuxedo Shirt & Lab Fleck Tuxedo,

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Senator Tobias Enverga in Dion Black Bow Tie, Paul Betenly Black Tuxedo, Denison Boston Floral Black Scarf, Jin Qun Silk Puff & Gotstyle Basic White Dress Shirt

 

PRESS

Gotstyle recently teamed up with Robert Cribb and The Toronto Star to host Mankind’s inaugural man-makeover contest. The contest required people to write to us expressing why they or in many cases their spouses needed a dramatic head-to-toe makeover. After pouring through 100’s of letters both Founder Melissa Austria and Robert Cribb found their lucky winner, Daniel Rocchi.

Daniel, a father of two and a drama teach openly revealed to us that he’s a living, breathing Value Village mannequin. Nearly every piece of apparel attached to his body on the day we spoke could be traced back to the shelves and racks of the Villages. Now there’s nothing wrong with Value Village as a haberdasher. But as the winner of Mankind’s inaugural man makeover contest proves, real money spent on something fresh delivers a lift to male confidence and cool.

This is where we stepped in to give Daniel a $1000 Gotstyle makeover- the end result? Press play below and then click here to read the full story behind Daniels transformation.

STYLE MAKEOVER WITH

ROBERT CRIBB & THE TORONTO STAR

 

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