From thrift shop to employment opp: Lou Carlozo tries on his WalletPop duds for a high-stakes job interview
Liotta, you may recall, was the suave New York City fashion maven (and consultant to shows such as "Sex and the City") who took me to a Goodwill store in SoHo to see if we could find clothes worthy of GQ and a job interview for less than $50. Hey, Liotta must know something: He owns two uber-hip Amarcord Vintage Fashion shops in the Big Apple.
Sure enough we did it, snagging two shirts, dress pants and a pair of black leather shoes with the allotted dough and change to spare. You can view the original piece, and the video where I do the Best Mannequin Impersonation Ever, by clicking here.
But it's one thing to buy these clothes as an exercise in thrift -- and quite another to put them to the test in a real-live, every-impression-counts job interview. Call me fixated on getting the real story, but do WalletPop readers deserve any less? So I donned the stud duds for a Tuesday, July 21 job interview at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill.
The position: Assistant professor in charge of building a new journalism program.
The competition: Didn't meet 'em. But I'm assuming the other interviewees will all be dressed to the nines. And I want to be a Perfect 10. Which brings me to...
The duds: My Marco Liotta-picked navy blue slacks and J. Crew dress shirt with blue and brown vertical stripes, as pictured above.
I did have to make some concessions; it was too muggy to wear the sweater vest Liotta picked out, so I opted instead for a Zegna tie in my collection. Marco thinks I looked more relaxed without a tie, but this Zegna accessory does make me feel relaxed because it's so freaking stylish: navy blue with a pattern of small golden crests. Plus technically, it qualifies as quasi-thrift shop: Retailing at $130, I bought it brand new at a garage sale for a buck.
So how did the interview go? Fingers crossed on that one. But I will say that I felt great because I knew that I looked great in Marco's duds. And if another interview comes up, I'm going to be sure to wear them again...
..for example, if I interview for a full-time job at WalletPop! (HINT HINT!)...
You know, making coffee for the staff. (you're hired! -- eds)