What should summer interns wear?

Incoming SA at a BB and need to buy clothes for the summer soon. Should I expect to have to wear a suit in the office every day? not sure if the dress code would be different because everyone was more casual during wfh or because of the summer. 

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May 16, 2022 - 12:28pm
meep11, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Black dress shoes, slacks, various blue / white dress shirts. Keep a blazer and tie in your cubicle but don't wear them unless you have to. 

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May 16, 2022 - 12:30pm
Don't Call Me a Banker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I would recommend getting two suits - one navy, one charcoal. I think the days of wearing a suit to the office every day are probably over but it's important to have two classic, well-fitted suits on hand just in case. For daily wear, I'd recommend getting maybe 3-5 chinos in neutral tones (grey, navy, khaki, olive, etc.) and some nice button-down shirts with fairly standard patterns, probably at least five to be safe. J Crew, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Club Monaco etc. are all good brands to think about but anything similar should be fine. Not sure how footwear is looking in the office these days as my group typically has people wearing sneakers and those Cole Haan leather sneaker hybrids but to be safe I'd recommend getting a nice pair of black oxfords with a matching belt. Once you see how the group you're working with dresses you can always buy another pair of shoes (or any other article of clothing, for that matter).

Also, not sure why I feel this way but for some reason an intern in a vest feels wrong. I'd wait for that until you're a full time analyst.

Other random tips: always wear an undershirt so you can wear your dress shirt more than once a wash, have a neutral polo for WFH, pick a cologne that you enjoy and isn't too obnoxious, shave / get a haircut enough to keep yourself looking clean (yes, this still matters unfortunately), and don't wear a watch that's too nice (above $5k would be a rough cutoff). Plenty more has been written on this but that should be enough to get you started. Good luck!

May 16, 2022 - 12:40pm
IncomingIBDreject, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I understand your point but an undershirt can get very uncomfortable in the summer heat.


May 20, 2022 - 7:30pm
BoutiqueBaboon, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Uniqlo Airism shirts (or equivalent - lightweight breathable performance fabric) are the way to go. On a hot summer day they are more comfortable than not wearing an undershirt, no one wants sweat stains.

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  • Intern in IB - Cov
May 16, 2022 - 12:47pm

If wearing chinos and a nice dress shirt, is it necessary to tuck in? I know this is probably a silly question haha

May 16, 2022 - 12:57pm
WooBaccBaby, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have 3 suits. Dark navy, mid blue, and charcoal grey. Extra trousers for each. 4 white 4 blue shirts. Will be wearing a suit and tie everyday. Whole summer is an interview.

  • Investment Analyst in HF - Other
May 19, 2022 - 3:59pm

I can tell you that you'll come off as a hardo-this will fly in some groups and not fly in others, but if everyone around you is in a dress shirt + chinos and you're in a suit it'll be a net negative.

  • Quant in S&T - Other
May 19, 2022 - 8:07pm

People notice if you consistently dress well.

All you need is one dark navy suit (pants&jacket) w/ black belt, black leather shoes, & dark blue dress socks. Rotate through 6-10 dress shirts that aren't an obnoxious pattern or color. No tie. Take the jacket off when you get to your desk.

Super low maintenance & comfortable if you get the right shoes.

  • Quant in S&T - Other
May 20, 2022 - 7:24pm

Banana Republic's Oxfords w/ Ortholite insoles are the best I've tried so far. You do have to break them in tho.

May 20, 2022 - 7:33pm
chimpnotsimp, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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