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The title really asks it all - i'm just curious whether business students should dress normal ( jeans t shirts) or should business students be in business casual clothing?

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  • LHDan's picture

    Just wear normal clothing. Generally professors will ask you to dress up for presentations. But, besides that they don't expect any different than any other professor.

  • Apple_iBank's picture

    In my experience, the business students tend to dress more nicely than your average non-business major. People typically don't wear business casual to class but it's obvious that they put some thought into their wardrobe. Then again, at my school it's not difficult to be above the mean in appearance/presentation, if you catch my drift

  • miz03's picture

    I just wear casual clothes (jeans, polo or T shirt) if I'm just in class and not presenting or have anything important (interviews, events, etc). Look decent if you have to present and don't dress like an idiot and you'll be fine.

  • oreos's picture

    how ever the fuck they like. it's university for gods sake.

    ""After you work on Wall Street it's a choice, would you rather work at McDonalds or on the sell-side? I would choose McDonalds over the sell-side." - David Tepper

  • patience's picture

    triple XL throwback jersey, 3 pointlessly heavy chains of any material preferably gold and some timbs. In all seriousness, wear whatever you want - just get the grades.

  • rpc's picture

    However they please..unless that means fubu jerseys and jynco jeans.

  • yeahright's picture

    I can't believe people are actually saying to wear this or that. You are in school, no one gives a shit. I wore sweatpants half the week.

    Frank Sinatra - "Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy."

  • Cruncharoo's picture

    Why would you be curois about this?

    This to all my hatin' folks seeing me getting guac right now..

  • duffmt6's picture

    "For I am a sinner in the hands of an angry God. Bloody Mary full of vodka, blessed are you among cocktails. Pray for me now and at the hour of my death, which I hope is soon. Amen."

  • In reply to oreos
    fours's picture

    Oreos:
    how ever the fuck they like. it's university for gods sake.

    this.
    there are 3-4 in my class that dress sort of business casual but i guessed they like it that way.

    i've given my presentations with an ear stud and v neck t shirts (srs). hardly matters unless you're in MBA program.

  • MindOverMonkey's picture

    As fratty as possible. Nothing less.

  • pplstuff's picture

    Although I fall into the "no one gives a shit" pile, I offer this tidbit.

    I have gone back to professors (specifically, my old Econometrics and Financial Derivatives profs) and asked if they would collect resumes from top students for F50 internships. So, on the off chance that ever happened in one of your classes, you should really be dressing so the prof doesn't think you're a slob.

    I'll do what I can to help ya'll. But, the game's out there, and it's play or get played.

  • Unforseen's picture

    I hate business students that wear suits/business casual just to go to class.

    They fall under the same category of people who wear french cuffs and two tone shirts in their BO job.

  • sandsurfngbomber's picture

    In all honesty, I dress like a homeless man until I have interviews/career fair/evening out with non-homeless looking people. I justify it because every second (and $) I save from not having to shave can be put towards learning/doing something to get me closer to my career goals.
    That being said, I plan on changing this habit as I become more efficient with managing time. Networking is talked about so much on these forums and I don't want to risk missing that small opportunity of meeting the right person and instilling the image of a dumpster dweller in their head.
    Today I had a brief chat with the head of the Finance dept at my college while looking I had crawled out of a cave and thrown a hoodie on (Chicago is too fuckin cold for anything else). I'm sure this dude knows the people I want to network with and I'm even more certain that no matter how impressed he might be with me he doesn't want to introduce that bummy looking undergrad to professionals.
    In other words, don't wear Brooks Brothers to class everyday but don't hurt your chances by being that sweatpants, hoodie and North Face guy either.

  • Tupac's picture

    dress too nice and the girls (and everybody else) will think youre a douche or weird.
    dress like you were raised white trash or whatever and everybody will treat you like it.
    so look nice but don't overdo it.
    ie, dress like a normal human being

  • conflict of interest's picture

    I dress horribly because I'm usually too tired to dress nice in the morning. A lot of times business casual is required for events, in those cases obviously over-dress rather than under-. I did have a professor though that said he and his colleagues felt that students in the business school did not dress nearly as well as they should to class, and that he had trouble taking some of us seriously in shorts and t-shirts or whatnot.

  • orangebull's picture

    jeans and shirt, khakis and polo, and business casual once/twice a week for certain meetings

  • GrandJury's picture

    Casual frat attire.

    Who the hell wears business casual/professional to their classes?

    1. You would look like a try hard.
    2. It's uncomfortable as fuck when you try sitting in those things they call seats.
    3. Puts unnecessary wear and tear on your nicer clothes.
    4. There's no point. Lloyd Blankfein isn't going to walk into your class randomly and offer you a FT offer because you happened to wear one of your suits you got at a 3-for-1 deal at Jos A. Bank.

  • GoodBread's picture

    I rocked a Fubu hoodie from time to time in undergrad and I don't believe it affected my grades the least bit.

  • Panic's picture

    I always had to smile when I saw people wearing suits when attending lectures. However, when there are industry guest speakers I think it wont hurt to dress up.

  • EtherBinge's picture

    I have to head to work immediately after classes, so the suit is necessary.

    On other days, I've been told I dress like a hipster/Yakuza gang member.

  • Dr. Shakalu's picture

    Wear pajamas for all anyone cares. There's no need to wear out your nicer clothes to undergrad courses. Just make sure that you look presentable for presentations, networking events, and interviews.

  • Assets's picture

    you are too young, just enjoy college...

  • TheKing's picture

    However the fuck you want. Is this serious? If you wear business casual to class every day, people are going to think you're a massive tool and you will develop a terrible reputation. Good God, man!

  • idragmazda's picture

    How have you made it this far in life?

    Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis - when I was dead broke man I couldn't picture this

  • rufiolove's picture

    srsly? ain't nooooooobody got time fo dat!

    wear a sweats and a hoodie, and not a single fuck will ever be given... i rocked jeans and a hoodie in the fall / winter and shorts and a tee in the spring summer pretty much without fail... no one cares what you wear... it isn't a fashion show... this is likely a bit different in an MBA program where a lot of people have a stick up their ass and are paying a lot of money for what is likely their last shot to break from their current career trajectory and take a blind leap into the sexier pursuits in the world of financial services, but if you already worked in banking / pe / hedge fund feel free to wear whatever you want

  • BTbanker's picture

    I see MBA student dress it up for sure, but unless you're giving a pres, OCR, or attending networking events, only wear frattire.

    -vineyard vines
    -polo
    -southern tide
    -j crew
    -brooks
    -patagonia
    -sperry
    -the north face

  • CaR's picture

    I would like to respectfully posit that you don't stand a chance in the first place, so go ahead and wear whatever you want bro. Rock some jorts, a sweater vest and Homer Simpson slippers. Fuck it, just disregard all human life and wear crocs. Seriously, how mindless do you have to be to ask anonymous opinions on an internet forum about what to wear to school? Did your space ship just land on Earth? You're for sure the kid that raises his hand to ask questions just for the sake of doing so, to prove to the rest of the prestigious undergrad b-schoolers that you're here and ready to rock the CAPM model. "So, when I turn in my assignment, should I flip it upside down so no one sees my answers? Do I have to wash my hands before doing this assignment?" You give me allergies, Henderson.

  • The Kid's picture

    MSF here ... let's see, this week I wore a hoodie and sweatpants (with b-ball shorts underneath, obviously) to most classes, probably wore jeans to one or two classes. Being comfy is a top priority for me. Do whatever you want.

    Some try hard who wears business casual to every class actually made a joke in class about my attire and received a couple laughs from some people in the class, however this dummy didn't think before he opened his mouth and I responded right back with a joke about how he didn't get any offers and I did, which received a roaring ovation from the entire class and a very salty look from that guy and me having a new such-nemesis.

    Moral of the story, don't be that guy.

  • In reply to CaR
    The Kid's picture

    CaR:
    I would like to respectfully posit that you don't stand a chance in the first place, so go ahead and wear whatever you want bro. Rock some jorts, a sweater vest and Homer Simpson slippers. Fuck it, just disregard all human life and wear crocs. Seriously, how mindless do you have to be to ask anonymous opinions on an internet forum about what to wear to school? Did your space ship just land on Earth? You're for sure the kid that raises his hand to ask questions just for the sake of doing so, to prove to the rest of the prestigious undergrad b-schoolers that you're here and ready to rock the CAPM model. "So, when I turn in my assignment, should I flip it upside down so no one sees my answers? Do I have to wash my hands before doing this assignment?" You give me allergies, Henderson.

    I always wonder how people like this react after reading spot-on honest responses like this to their ridiculously dumb questions... The kid who posted probably stopped reading your post once he realized it wasn't what he wanted to hear and then started putting in some online orders of clothes from the brands other people posted about.

  • heretoask's picture

    At my school people wear anything they want, but presentations are business professional.

  • In reply to The Kid
    YourAss's picture

    The Kid:
    I responded right back with a joke about how he didn't get any offers and I did, which received a roaring ovation from the entire class and a very salty look from that guy and me having a new such-nemesis.

    Oh, really?
    Your offers were from the KKR and TPG, right?
    you're a creep buddy...

    - MVP

  • adapt or die's picture

    I've never been into low rent dressing (sweat pants, hoodies etc). You're not in a gym. My highschool was private and required coat and tie which doesn't seem like alot of fun when you're that age but I think it's a good thing and I believe more public schools should use dress codes.

    My MSF had a dress code which did not bother me in the least. I think it helps prepare some people for the real world. You can say things like "I'll dress however the fuck I want, jorts, hoodies, whatever" but people are judging you at all times and most don't respect that presentation.

    Also, good luck with women when you're 22 - 30 dressing like a 7th grader.

  • In reply to YourAss
    entourage's picture

    Your Ass and Adapt are spot on... why kick someone when their down .... for now.... for all you know he may get the baller offer and you wish you could reach out for an info interview/ referral 2-10 years from now

    undergrad is fair game...grad school is different....business school is a business in some respect

  • In reply to BTbanker
    GrandJury's picture

    BTbanker:
    I see MBA student dress it up for sure, but unless you're giving a pres, OCR, or attending networking events, only wear frattire.

    -vineyard vines
    -polo
    -southern tide
    -j crew
    -brooks
    -patagonia
    -sperry
    -the north face

    Patagonia is FaF.

    However, I would not consider wearing stuff like Brooks, ST, and VV consistently to everyday classes.

  • In reply to GrandJury
    BTbanker's picture

    GrandJury:
    BTbanker:
    I see MBA student dress it up for sure, but unless you're giving a pres, OCR, or attending networking events, only wear frattire.

    -vineyard vines
    -polo
    -southern tide
    -j crew
    -brooks
    -patagonia
    -sperry
    -the north face

    Patagonia is FaF.

    However, I would not consider wearing stuff like Brooks, ST, and VV consistently to everyday classes.


    I mean, I don't go to class lookin' like this queer, but VV is definitely the shit.
    http://www.vineyardvines.com/Mens-Spring-1-Look-3/...

  • thedude12r43w's picture

    Just dress however you want man. Personally I wore a dress shirt with jeans and v-neck sweater or some other banana republic type knit in the winter but thats just my style. Sometimes wore khakis and a shirt. When the weather is good wore shorts and a t-shirt. Point is some people like to dress a bit nicer without being tools, etc.

    Just be yourself and wear whatever style of clothing you like. You don't have to specifically dress a certain way unless you are presenting or going to some kind of event. If your one of those people who likes to dress nice and thats your style (not deliberately doing it) then by all means go for it. People who judge others for their appearance in casual setting such as class (whether people dress up or down) are massive tools and need to realize that they are irrelevant and their opinion is worthless.

  • Plato's picture

    Don't be a tool. This applies to almost everything about business school. Ask yourself constantly, "Am I being a giant tool?" before you make any decision.

    Why would you post this on a Web forum?

  • dolph's picture

    I can't believe this is even a question

  • The Greater Fool's picture

    Its pretty simple, if you're an undergrad and wearing business casual everyday chances you're a douche.

  • VolatileMonster's picture

    Old t-shirt, sweats, sweater, and running shoes. Jeans + T-shirt if you want to be fancy. Who cares... other than presentations. =/

    Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies.

  • packmate's picture

    haha, the kids who wear business casual or higher to class are tools.

  • In reply to packmate
    Plato's picture

    packmate:
    haha, the kids who wear business casual or higher to class are tools.

    Exactly. Or FOBs who think wearing Armani Exchange makes you cool. Same kids who show up with ridiculous watches and ties to interviews - they all suck.

  • In reply to packmate
    Tupac's picture

    packmate:
    haha, the kids who wear business casual or higher to class are tools.

    that pretty much sums up anything you were wondering about bschool apparel

  • AgainstAllOdds's picture

    Three piece suits, cuff-links, contrast collar, and patent leather shoes.

    AgainstAllOdds

  • aempirei's picture

    It's time to learn a valuable lesson. You are not a unique snowflake. Look presentable if you don't have a presentation but don't be a douche and go business casual or worse to every class.

    My name is Nicky, but you can call me Dre.

  • Bobb's picture

    Pretty sure I wore sweatpants and a sweatshirt everyday to class in college, all about comfort

  • littlebitconfuzzled's picture

    Don't dress like a hobo, but you don't need to wear a suit unless you have some event/job right before/after. If its a class small enough for the professor to know your name, you should at least make a decent impresson.

    Isn't this common sense? I feel like girls get this more than guys.

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