Any Recommendations on Attire for a Jr. Consultant?
Each time that I asked this question during my recruiting cycle (didn't matter if boutique, big 4, or) the response was "it depends on what you're doing."
As you can imagine, that answer isn't particularly helpful since there is such a wide range of outfits associated with consulting that each require completely different budgetary allocations (e.g., casual vs business casual vs business professional).
Of course, I don't expect to wear a t-shirt, but the price difference between a decent polo vs a quarter zip vs a button-up vs a sport coat vs a suit jacket can be hundreds or thousands of dollars-especially if I need to rebuild my work wardrobe with a 2-4 week supply.
For context into my future role: Joining ACN Strategy next summer in DC after I graduate.
I already sort of dress somewhere between casual and business casual because I prefer muted tones, small/no logo, and solid colors anyway, so adding to my work attire for that wouldn't be too crazy. I just also don't want to be underprepared, so would appreciate some insight into how I should dress in my day-to-day + when on client sites (I've heard standards can be higher when on site). Especially when it comes to shoes/boots/dress shoes.
Ideally, I'd want to be able to buy 2-4 weeks' worth of clothing (hence my citing potentially thousands in pricing differences), and I'd want it to be as interchangeable as possible so that things can be mixed and matched.
I know this post all may sound silly, but I was a wildland firefighter before making this career jump and finishing up my schooling, so the extent of my "dress code" before entering this world was basically anything that I didn't mind wearing under my nomex uniform and especially didn't mind being ruined by sweat, dirt, convective heat, or blood; most of which is typically thrown away at the end of a fire season, lol. Please forgive my smooth brain on this topic.
Thanks in advance.