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Guidance Sought: An Engineer's Wardrobe

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

As someone who is about to graduate with a degree in electrical engineering, I'm curious to know what those in similar fields are wearing day-to-day to The Office.

 

Some background:

 

I am a former accountant. I have long since ridded my closet of those suits (most of which were terrible dated) and, unfortunately, took to the student lifestyle a little too much. Having lived in jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers over the last few years, I need to update my wardrobe to something more befitting. Pun intended.

 

First step was an interview suit. Mission accomplished.

 

What's next?

post #2 of 13
Go get some AE or A&F jeans, plenty of AA made company logo tshirts from conferences, and finish with new balance, ASICs, or vibram five fingers. You will fit right in at the Valley.

And to dress up, north face fleece vest and some checked shirts from jcrew, uniqlo if you are hip.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hmm.

 

Next?

 

(To be clear: this is the look I'm trying to avoid, without looking especially out-of-place.)

post #4 of 13
Button down, khaki/jeans, sports jacket/cardigan. Epaulet does advertise the look well. Or uniqlo and jcrew for less iGent look.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Button down, khaki/jeans, sports jacket/cardigan. Epaulet does advertise the look well. Or uniqlo and jcrew for less iGent look.

Yup. Khakis, a nice striped oxford, penny loafers and a sweater will never look that out of place in an informal environment. Jeans if it's really casual, but just wearing nice leather shoes, a shirt with a collar, and jeans that fit will elevate you quite a bit above the average these days.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

Epaulet looks interesting, thanks!

 

This is along the lines of what I've been thinking, so I'm glad I'm not too far off base.

post #7 of 13
From my days:
Normal days

Shirts from modern tailor (really anything that fits well, and the cloth isn't luxurious otherwise wear tear much easier) wouldn't matter in terms of pattern

Trousers various
Rotation of good fitting dark grey, light grey and khakis or beige trousers

Shoes: Ae would be fine, if you don't have the dough get something cheap for now, save up then buy. You could go on and on here. As long as not Spoo tastic. I wore c&j dbs normally

Casual fridays
polo and jeans my staples. More than enough info on these in threads. All good as long as they fit you well

Sneakers for shoes

If you have field work, always white t shirt and jeans. Those overalls get freaking hot !!!!!!! (I.e if in epc or energy etc)
Edited by AxlJack - 2/10/13 at 4:55am
post #8 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Go get some AE or A&F jeans, plenty of AA made company logo tshirts from conferences, and finish with new balance, ASICs, or vibram five fingers. You will fit right in at the Valley.

And to dress up, north face fleece vest and some checked shirts from jcrew, uniqlo if you are hip.

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post #9 of 13
TheMangelo, welcome to Stryleforum.
Congratulations on your up and coming graduation. Whereever you work, as the new grad, you are going to be required do site work for sure whether you want to or not. Most companies will do this to you to give you experience, which you will benefit from anyway. You have one suit at present, so you are ok for now. You probably won't need it very much. Better invest in:
  • 2 pair safety rated steel-toed shoes or boots with rubber or nylon soles.
  • hard shell down-filled jacket
  • hard shell down-filled vest.
  • several pair of chinos.
  • several work shirts and undershirts
  • a few pairs of decent work gloves
  • a utility belt to carry tape measures and gear.
  • a decent ruck sack (nap sack), also to hold gear or a change of clothes
Once you start, talk with and get to know the senior engineers. Ask a million questions and they will be happy to teach you. They'll give you the best advice as to what will serve you the best within the firm. Marks Work Warehouse and Eddie Bauer are going to be essentials because you will certainly get dirty doing field work. No need to invest in nicer clothes yet. At interview, ask if work clothes are a requirement and if the company can get you a discount on such things. Some do and others do not.
Don't toss your streetwear just yet. You'll find that you are still going to be wearing a lot of it.
What you can do is to purchase a sport coat or two, one in tweed. These are powerful accessories to your wardrobe and can be dressed up or down, yes even with denim. Wishing you success in your career.
post #10 of 13
And read Styleforum 101!
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the wishes, welcome and advice, Man of Lint.  :)

 

I'm not too concerned about the workwear as my specialization will have me working mainly on software or, at most, in a hardware lab — think oscilloscopes and logic analyzers. I should have been more specific; certainly, were I specializing in power engineering, I'd need plenty of construction-grade gear.

post #12 of 13
What h=job will you be doing. If you are an engineer in the field you may well want much more of the same, easy to wash and not a disaster if damaged.
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

GBR, see the post above yours.  :)

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