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First day of work: Wear a suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by habeas_dorkus, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. habeas_dorkus

    habeas_dorkus Well-Known Member

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    I'm pretty sure I know what the answers are going to be, but I'm going to ask the question anyway.

    I start work at a medium-sized Northern California law firm soon, and I'm not sure whether I should wear a suit on the first day.

    Here's why I'm not sure: The dress code at the firm is business casual; people wear suits to meet with clients or go to court but otherwise do not. Also, since I've worked at this firm before (when I was a summer associate), it's not like I'm going to be meeting people for the first time -- they already know me. I'll be spending the day doing HR paperwork and other orientation-type tasks.

    I know it wouldn't hurt to wear the suit even when no one else will be, and normally I would default to that, but it also just doesn't seem quite right to me in this situation. It's not like an interview, and since 1) I know what the dress code is, 2) I won't be wearing a suit to work on most other days, and 3) I've worked there before, I'm not sure.
     
  2. grimslade

    grimslade Senior member

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    If you know the atmosphere in the office already, you're probably in the best position to judge for yourself. That said, if you really think a suit would stand out, I might be inclined to go with khakis and a blazer.

    That said, I'd probably still wear the suit and just take the jacket off when you get in. That way, you're prepared.
     
  3. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    i would wear the suit too.

    just to be safe. doesnt hurt to do that .
    i rather dress up for people i know more than for people i havent met out of respect , actually. i think it would be a good idea.
     
  4. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
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    sho'nuff Senior member

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    Hard2Fit Senior member

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    Wear a suit (FWIW, I used the 'quickreply' button).
     
  7. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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    I think you should wear a suit. On the first day you might do things like have your picture taken for your security card, website, intranet, etc. You want to be wearing a suit for that kind of thing.
     
  8. Steve B.

    Steve B. Senior member

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    Jimi Hendrix tie die and Levi's.
     
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    bespoken Active Member

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    Guess you know what to do now. Everyone seems agreed that you wear the suit.
     
  11. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    You should probably wear the suit - take your tie off when you arrive.

    However if you are well known around the office then don't. You are best placed to judge that not us.
     
  12. HomerJ

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    I think you should wear a suit. On the first day you might do things like have your picture taken for your security card, website, intranet, etc. You want to be wearing a suit for that kind of thing.

    On top of what everyone else said, good practical point.
     
  13. Viktri

    Viktri Senior member

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    I'd wear the suit, I did this for my summer job and so did my coworker who started at the same time as I did. the HRM said it wasn't necessary when we arrived but by then it was too late. Better to overdress than underdress.

    There was 1 man who started work and on his first day he came in with an untucked shirt and he had an unbuttoned collar without a tie. I would imagine to think it was embarrassing for him to walk around when everyone else was in a tie/shirt.
     
  14. Joel_Cairo

    Joel_Cairo Senior member

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    You should probably wear the suit - take your tie off when you arrive.

    What? who the hell takes their tie off upon arriving at work in the morning? Why'd you put it on then, for the commute?
     
  15. Kuro

    Kuro Senior member

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    Suit sans tie if the suit is cut slim, otherwise suit and tie.
     
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    teddieriley Senior member

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    Whatever you do, just be consistent. If you're the suit wearer in the office sans tie, then be that guy without feeling you are over dressed. You are an attorney, and just because other people want to stretch the concept of business casual to a golf polo and khaki's doesn't mean you should feel compelled to.

    The first couple of weeks I wore a suit no tie. I never got the sense that people thought i was overdressed. Actually, they thought I looked nice, as I should. I only stopped wearing suits because most of my RTW are ill fitting. If I get a good rotation of 4-5 MTM suits, I will go back to suit wearing in the office. In the mean time, I'm doing slacks and dress shirts.

    In all practicality, a suit sans tie is almost the same as slacks and dress shirt, because I always end up hanging my coat since I'm at my desk/computer 10-12 hours a day. You're a first year. All you'll be doing is diligence, legal research, and drafting docs that will be completely re-written by your supervising attorney.
     
  17. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    I think you should wear a suit. On the first day you might do things like have your picture taken for your security card, website, intranet, etc. You want to be wearing a suit for that kind of thing.

    Excellent point.

    I tend to wear suits anyway, but esp. try to look good on the first day of a job and it's partially to create a postive impression but also for the reasons odoreater mentions - ID badges, etc.
     

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