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First job out of academia, is my style appropriate ?

selwane33

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Hi guys,

I am soon starting a new position in a consulting company in Europe. It's my first "real job", as I've spent my first year out of college working in a research lab (where there was absolutely no dress code).

What do you think of my style in terms of fit/coordination in this photo: outfit

And regarding my new business wardrobe, I bought two navy blazers, the suit you can see in the image, five iron free dress shirts from Seidensticker and two Meermin laofers. What other items would you suggest I add (I have a preference for European brands as they are easily accessible in France where I am based).

Thank you for your advice!
 

Hₑighthere

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The main thing I'd suggest adding is a tie, but if that's not the answer you were looking for, I suggest seeing whether the shirt collar can be worn more loosely, as in these photos. At the moment you look dressed-down (suit with no tie) without looking at ease (collar almost fastened). I don't know what's standard in French consultancies, though.
 

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The main thing I'd suggest adding is a tie, but if that's not the answer you were looking for, I suggest seeing whether the shirt collar can be worn more loosely, as in these photos. At the moment you look dressed-down (suit with no tie) without looking at ease (collar almost fastened). I don't know what's standard in French consultancies, though.
I would second this. That ensemble screams out for a tie. If you want to go tieless you should opt for a more relaxed suit with a less sombre colour.
 

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First question: how do your colleagues dress? Did you get any indication when you interviewed? If not, maybe look at the company homepage to get a feel for the general vibe. For example, wearing a tie when no one else does is likely to stand out. It could be good, it could be bad - I seem to recall France being pretty strict on hierarchy and dressing "outside of your league" might be frown upon, but I mostly worked with France 10+ years ago, so things might be different today.

Second: what kind of consulting? There's a big difference between the expectations in finance, in marketing and in tech.

Oh, and I would suggest posting pictures in the post, not as a link. Don't add extra steps for people to help you :) (and at least some of us have a habit of not clicking on links from strangers)
 

Mr Tickle

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Shoes look a bit laid back to me, compared to the suit that is very formal (even without a tie).
 

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