Cheap Clothes for College Student - Networking Events - Women

Do I need to buy nice suits for networking events at my non-target college? I have 2-3 from H&M and places like Allen Solly. I'm outside the US for the summer and bought some stuff from Allen Solly. I don't know if that's a good brand but the clothing looks nice. I've never shopped for professional clothing except at H&M so I don't have anything to compare them to. Do I need to buy stuff from Burberry etc for networking events or can I wait until the interview? Most of my event shave a business casual dress code, so I have a few pants (from GAP) and shirts lined up. I can afford to buy a suit from Banana Republic. I don't know if that's considered a "good" brand in the Finance industry.

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Aug 31, 2019
noname2019:

Do I need to buy nice suits for networking events at my non-target college? I have 2-3 from H&M and places like Allen Solly. I'm outside the US for the summer and bought some stuff from Allen Solly. I don't know if that's a good brand but the clothing looks nice. I've never shopped for professional clothing except at H&M so I don't have anything to compare them to. Do I need to buy stuff from Burberry etc for networking events or can I wait until the interview? Most of my event shave a business casual dress code, so I have a few pants (from GAP) and shirts lined up. I can afford to buy a suit from Banana Republic. I don't know if that's considered a "good" brand in the Finance industry.

The most important thing is how you look in the clothes. You can buy a Tom Ford and look like a monkey, or you can get a H&M and look brilliant and vice versa. I would not focus to much on branding especially in this kind of event. What I would focus on it's the style and the way I look. I've saw plenty of women dressed in high end brand clothes that look like baboons.

So it's all about the look and style. Focus of that and forget the brand for a second. Wear something that looks good on you and gives you confidence wearing it.

What's your style? What do you plan to wear?

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Sep 1, 2019

My style would be wearing neutrals and super simple. I've been really into patterned pants lately like
these
https://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=44103301...
two
https://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=46778300... .

For business casual, I was thinking khaki blazer over a navy blue sweater (it's thin not chunky or wool. Not sure if it is a sweater). I have my black and dark grey suits from H&M and a couple of white button up blouses for business professional events.

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Sep 1, 2019
noname2019:

it's thin not chunky or wool. Not sure if it is a sweater)

A jumper? I would go with a casual outfit rather than a business suit at this type of event.
I tend to avoid business outfits at this type of events perhaps it's just me but I've noticed that people are more likely to be open an interact with you in a casual outfit at this kind of events.

Sep 1, 2019
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