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Business Casual--What to wear?

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Hello everyone!

 

I have lurked this site for awhile and finally decided to make an account. I am starting an engineering internship this summer and want to get my dress up to par. I have a navy and charcoal grey suit, however the setting is business casual. Currently I have a few pairs of nice casual rubber soled shoes I can wear around (two different Allen Edmonds, Mephistos, and another slip on leather loafer I can't remember the brand of. Also I have the Allen Edmonds Park Avenues as my dress shoe.

 

What sort of pants and shirts should I look into getting? Khakis and polos? Slacks and a button down Oxford? Also this will be in Raleigh, NC so it can be quite humid during the summer. I was thinking of checking out some linen shirts. Let me know what you fellows think. Thanks for the advice!

post #2 of 7

I think having a nice combination of khakis and slacks are going to do well. Definitely ask around to find out what your future coworkers like to wear. This can give you a good sense of what is okay and not okay at your firm. Oxford shirts are nice and classic will definitely have that business casual look when you tuck it into some slacks. 

 

If you are leaning more towards khakis and a polo try matching the outfit with a nice looking watch that you are not too scared to get damaged if you are working in a hands on environment. Definitely not go with titanium watches because they can scratch easily. Perhaps a watch made out stainless steel will do you well because you can practically match it with about any outfit. I go a lot more in depth about finding the right watch in my little blog about watches

 

There are plenty of great looking watches that won't cost you a fortune (less than $200) and last you for a very long time. 

 

Definitely look into linen shirts as well because they are super breathable. Get multiple basic colors so you can match it with your khakis and slacks. :) Hope this helps you out a bit! 

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Originally Posted by Krister View Post
 

Hello everyone!

 

I have lurked this site for awhile and finally decided to make an account. I am starting an engineering internship this summer and want to get my dress up to par. I have a navy and charcoal grey suit, however the setting is business casual. Currently I have a few pairs of nice casual rubber soled shoes I can wear around (two different Allen Edmonds, Mephistos, and another slip on leather loafer I can't remember the brand of. Also I have the Allen Edmonds Park Avenues as my dress shoe.

 

What sort of pants and shirts should I look into getting? Khakis and polos? Slacks and a button down Oxford? Also this will be in Raleigh, NC so it can be quite humid during the summer. I was thinking of checking out some linen shirts. Let me know what you fellows think. Thanks for the advice!

 

I would focus on some nice chinos and button down shirts....something just like this 

 

 

 

The stuff in the photo is from Epaulet New York, which is actually a great place to get everything you need.

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the tips fellows, but it sounds like you both are recommending the basics to start with. I've already got my basic wardrobe aresenal. I am looking to expand it a bit. Do you know of anywhere to get some good dress socks that are not necessarily solid colors? Could be any pattern.

post #5 of 7

For sock variety you could try herringbone, dots, stripes, argyle, birdseye. The SF affiliate vendors/sponsors (Kent Wang, NoManWalksAlone, etc.) sell various socks 

 

Pants cut from a light, tropical wool are cooler for me in humid summers versus chinos.

post #6 of 7
The only right answer for what to wear to work is to go to work on your first day a little overdressed, observe how people there are dressed, and then dress the way everyone else is.
post #7 of 7

What is best for you will depend on your workplace definition of business casual. In the bay area darker jeans and clean sneakers are normal, in some offices it is dress pants only no polo shirts and have to wear conservative colors. 100% cotton chinos and a button up shirt is the way to go. You can add in polos or sweaters to mix it up. Add in Cords in the winter and linen blend pants in the summer. Cotton or linen sweaters are best for the summer. Wool or cashmere for the rest of the year. Navy and burgundy would be the first two color sweaters to get, grey is too boring. V neck, crew, or shawl sweaters are best for office wear. Pleated pants generally come with a higher waist and a less form fitting shape, but they drape better, are less restrictive, breathe better, and the crease helps to prevent wrinkles. The trend now is to go with lower rise and more tapered flat front pants. Either way you can make it work if you take the whole outfit into account. The most conservative shirt colors are plain white, blue, pink, and small patterns of these colors. Generally the larger patterns on shirts are more casual. Stay away from dark solid colors like green red and especially black for shirts. For pants colors you have a lot of options, grey, charcoal, navy, nantucket red, olive green, white, khaki, brown, black. Especially when you are starting out it is just about matching what others are wearing to fit in. Muji has great socks, 90 degree bend instead of what everyone else has. Pair of thieves socks are some other fun ones, at target.

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