This suit "too much?"

I'm currently in the military so I don't have a large collection of business attire. All I ever have to decide is am I wearing camouflage or dress blues today. That being said I do have a few suits and I'm trying to figure out what is best for b-school interviews and eventually work. The suit that fits me the best is one I had made when I was living in China(photo attached hopefully). It fits the best since it was tailored but it is a dark gray with light gray pinstripes and I've seen a lot of posts on here that pinstripes aren't such a great idea as you stand out too much. However my only other suit that I have is black and I feel like that is too much of a funeral type suit for an interview. Any thoughts?

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Oct 23, 2011 - 12:05pm
Frieds, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Although I would suggest going with a non-pinstripe suit, you're going to a B-School interview. A pinstripe suit is more than fine, but if you're concerned just wear your dress blues. This way, there is no way in hell that you can be accused of being anything but formal.

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Oct 23, 2011 - 12:52pm
drstrangelove, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I don't like it too much to be honest, the stripes are a bit too bold and thick for my tastes. I would get a dark navy or maybe a dark grey type suit instead. Not too similar with US Military culture but if your dress blues would fly, I would take those over this.

Oct 23, 2011 - 1:18pm
Nick G, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Is this a joke? There's no way in fucking hell I would wear a bold pin stripped suit to an interview (unless it was for a senior position.) I know I've been known to fuck around here but please, take it from someone on the other side of where you are trying to be. Don't wear that suit. Definitely go with the plain one. A bold pin stripe like that could easily come off as ostentatious for an entry position.

Oct 25, 2011 - 3:14pm
Blue Baller, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Nick Gers:
Is this a joke? There's no way in fucking hell I would wear a bold pin stripped suit to an interview (unless it was for a senior position.) I know I've been known to fuck around here but please, take it from someone on the other side of where you are trying to be. Don't wear that suit. Definitely go with the plain one. A bold pin stripe like that could easily come off as ostentatious for an entry position.

He's interviewing for b-school, not a back office operations job you stupid piece of shit.

Oct 23, 2011 - 1:31pm
APAE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Show up in your blues. Done and done.

I am permanently behind on PMs, it's not personal.

Oct 23, 2011 - 3:16pm
ParappaTheDapper, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Dress blues is universally good advice, whether you're in the military or not. If you're not, and HR ever calls to get your service record, just doctor some up on the fly and send 'em on in. Just keep the game going.

always move forward never sleep like a shark, bro
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Oct 23, 2011 - 5:08pm
APAE, what's your opinion? Comment below:
ParappaTheDapper:
whether you're in the military or not. If you're not, and HR ever calls to get your service record, just doctor some up on the fly and send 'em on in. Just keep the game going.
Worst idea ever, for the record. Forging records should never be done, least of all with military service.

I am permanently behind on PMs, it's not personal.

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Oct 23, 2011 - 6:20pm
mappleby, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Turns out I do have an old dark navy suit as well that I can wear. It's a cheaper quality fabric but still fits pretty well. Can anybody explain to a person not in the finance world why wearing a pinstripe suit is arrogant? I've seen that in multiple places on this forum but never quite understood it.

Oct 23, 2011 - 8:58pm
ParappaTheDapper, what's your opinion? Comment below:
mappleby:
Turns out I do have an old dark navy suit as well that I can wear. It's a cheaper quality fabric but still fits pretty well. Can anybody explain to a person not in the finance world why wearing a pinstripe suit is arrogant? I've seen that in multiple places on this forum but never quite understood it.

Wearing a pinstripe suit makes you look like you run the oldest established permanent floating craps game in New York, plain and simple.

always move forward never sleep like a shark, bro
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Oct 23, 2011 - 6:27pm
Frieds, what's your opinion? Comment below:

In a nutshell, it's a matter of conservative business practice. Usually, you see people wear solid color suits or suits with thin pinstripes to meetings in order to look conservative and professional when you meet someone for the first time, although it really does not matter. Honestly, wear what you want, suit-wise. You don't have to conform to the cookie cutter look that everyone else does. As long as you look the part (Suit and tie, shined shoes, etc.), it really doesn't matter whether you wear a pinstripe suit or not. As long as you're not wearing a two-tone shirt, you're fine with whatever suit you decide to wear.

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Oct 23, 2011 - 10:36pm
rickyross, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I think the dress blues would be solid. Honestly, no one gives a shit what you wear except the morons on this forum.

People tend to think life is a race with other people. They don't realize that every moment they spend sprinting towards the finish line is a moment they lose permanently, and a moment closer to their death.
Oct 26, 2011 - 6:34pm
Rupert Pupkin, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hopefully, everyone suggesting the blues is joking, but just in case you're taking their advice seriously-don't. Besides, even though you're probably an officer and can't be expected to know simple things (joking...mostly), you should know that dress blues aren't the equivalent of a suit. If anything you would wear your service uniform. Either way, don't wear a fucking uniform...it makes you look like a tool and it can also reinforce the stereotype of military people having a difficult time transitioning into civilian settings.

Oct 27, 2011 - 3:18pm
Nick G, what's your opinion? Comment below:
NickTheRichard:
Hopefully, everyone suggesting the blues is joking, but just in case you're taking their advice seriously-don't. Besides, even though you're probably an officer and can't be expected to know simple things (joking...mostly), you should know that dress blues aren't the equivalent of a suit. If anything you would wear your service uniform. Either way, don't wear a fucking uniform...it makes you look like a tool and it can also reinforce the stereotype of military people having a difficult time transitioning into civilian settings.

Very well said.

Oct 28, 2011 - 5:18pm
Blue Baller, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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