Hey guys, Right now I'm a 19-year-old student going to school for my Business degree. I'll hopefully be majoring in Marketing, and graduating in two or three years. Right now my wardrobe is extensive, but consists mainly of jeans, 'casual' dressy pants, and 'casual' dress shirts. I need to update my wardrobe for the future, and think it would be a good idea to plan now. This will be a lengthy post but I'll break it down into sections, because I know how much you all love to respond to numbered questions on posts. Here it goes. I'll be needing clothing to wear to interviews and also internships. Like I said I'll be going for business/marketing. 1. When interviewing for an internship, should I wear a suit? 2. What is the usual dress code for an intern? 3. I know so many of the business positions now have a 'business casual' dress code, so what items do you recommend? If I go into marketing, what would you expect the dress code to be? 4. For an interview suit, is navy better than a darker gray? For some reason I hate navy blue suits - I just can't stand navy suits for some reason and prefer a dark gray. 5. Right now I work part-time at a retail position, so I just have a few pairs of cheap black pants I don't mind getting dirty. I have a few nicer items of clothing, I'll just list what I have that I could possibly wear and hopefully someone could tell me if it would have a place in the office. - Olive/taupe Burberry suit, SB, 2-button, pleated pants - Canali 2-button SB jacket, micro houndstooth pattern that looks dark gray from a distance - Inexpensive 3-button jacket in black from Kenneth Cole - Dress pants in brownish-olive, black, and beige from low-level makers such as Nautica, Polo, and DKNY - Dress belts in black and brown - Conservative, yet inexpensive ties in a variety of colors and patterns (DKNY, Brooks Bros, Perry Ellis) 6. I have a ton of shoes, but I am missing conservative dress shoes. Could anyone recommend a pair that will last for a few years that could be had (on sale of course) for around $150? I know most of the dress shoes that retail at $150 are junk, but I know how easy it is to find shoes 50% off. I'd like something that shows a sense of style. 7. I have about 80 'dress' shirts that I like to wear untucked with jeans, but I wouldn't be able to wear a single one with a tie. The problem is that I need a shirt with a 17" neck, yet I take a 38 or 40 in a suit, so 17" shirts are way too baggy in the waist. All the shirts are 15-15.5" so they fit properly in the chest, and I just unbutton the top few buttons. I have learned how to take in the sides of a dress shirt (up to the armpits), but I cannot change the chest size without deconstructing the whole shirt. Are there any places where I could find a really slim fitting 17" 34/35 shirt, other than Jantzen or another custom job? 8. As far as ties, what should I look for? I do a lot of thrift shopping and pick up some nice ones whenever I come across them, but at places like Sak's Outlet I find Zegna, Charvet, and Versace ties for $30-60. Are these worth picking up? I checked out the 'Interviewing' article on Andy's website and got a lot of useful information. I appreciate all of the help.
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4/14/04 at 9:20pm