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Hey ther SF crew, I have accepted an internship position at a large company in NYC for the summer. I will be working on fashion/entertainment related event coordination projects. I inquired about attire and received a reply that said its business attire, but not suits/ties. This includes dress shoes, shirts, slacks (not jeans) and a neat appearance. I'm trying to assess pieces I need to complete my work wardrobe. I'm a young guy who dresses well, but usually in designer type pieces (my latest acquisition being a Dior Homme shirt and a Neil Barrett summer shirt). I have some classic button ups by Lorenzini and Paul Smith, but I need help with pants and putting it all together. I need to be safe at first to get the vibe. What are some versatile dress pants/ shirt combos for summer wear that you would advise. I have shoes, but may look for another pair to keep things in rotation (don't want to ruin those Santoni's that A Harris tipped me off on... BTW-They should be great for the job.). I don't want to be that boring, underdressed intern, but don't want to turn my co-workers off by trying to hard. Any brands I should look into for the right look. I just want a bit of advice because I'm so used to the jeans and sportcoat with trendier (but not ridiculous) shirts. Can I wear a Dior shirt to work without looking like an idiot? It's a new setting on the Upper East Side for me, but I get the impression that it's more casual because it's the fashion related division. I guess I need to look professional, but not style-stupid. Any tips to be prepared? Pete
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Maybe you can start out a little basic and work your way into the clothes with more of an edge. Right now I'm thinking more along the lines of black pants and white button down, but all with a twist. As in black linen slacks and a white shirt with like epaulets or if the Dior shirt is white. Or what also comes to mind is a Prada button down I have in the traditional blue, but it is cut high, and straight at the bottom so as to not be tucked in (but with a different pair of pants, like a dark reddish brown). This way at first glance your dress may appear to be typical, or even boring, but for those who may wish to inspect deeper they'll see that your dress isn't all that normal. Therefore in the end to those who don't give a shit about labels, or fashion, you wont be throwing up any flags, but to those who may pay attention to such issues, like the female coworkers ;], you'll show a sly sophistication. In the end just remember to be comfortable with whatever you do, and have fun with it.
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Great advice. I don't want to be label dropping and would like to remain modest at first. I'll steer clear at first as to not look like a pretentious new intern (which I am not). I like to dress well, but remain fairly neutral, especially in a situation like this. Great advice. Pete
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Pete: Another look to try which I recently adopted for traveling and upcoming book signings is sort of  unstructured. Alberto ceramica fabric flat fronts, with primarily darker colored t-shirts, mocks, or polos, and unstructured sport coat. You could go with Zegna or Vestimenta (or Helmut lang or Dior Homme for that matter) flat fronts as well. The look is edgy but still very professional. You can of course hang the coat up instead of wearing it. You're probably better off wearing polo or mock in solid color in sit'n you described. I'm not sure where to find this stuff in Chicago, but can refer you to a couple of stores here on W Coast that I know can help you over the phone. Albertos are wonderful- about $150 and machine washable. Great fabric, feels great on and highly wrinkle-resistant. Vestimenta/Zegna $250-300 per pair, so I'm watching for sale. One of the stores here in SF has a blue/grey Vestimenta pair in particular that looks great.
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