Dress code confusion

The email for coffee chats said "business casual", but I saw students who showed up in full-on suits with ties. Am I misinterpreting the idea of business casual? Does "business casual" mean not a full suit with tie? Do women have to wear suits in business casual?

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Oct 29, 2015 - 4:36pm

Thank you. I just felt totally out of place when I saw these students wearing complete suits and I did not have a blazer, just a blouse and suit pants. Took me an hour last night to research business casual...

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Oct 29, 2015 - 6:48pm

I actually have a wedding coming up and the dress is "business casual". I also had to look it up to see exactly what business casual was. It feels weird to go to a wedding and not wear a suit, etc but ya don't want to be "that guy" that wore a suit to a business casual event!!!

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Oct 30, 2015 - 1:20am

Thanks! I guess I was freaking out for no reason...

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Oct 30, 2015 - 1:21am

Bad idea to wear a suit to a business casual interview? (Originally Posted: 05/06/2013)

I am applying to a summer job and the inverviewer who I talked to said it will be a group interview, business casual. Is it a bad idea if I wear a suit to stand out?

Oct 30, 2015 - 1:22am

If it says business casual you should wear business casual. Wear a blazer over an oxford with slacks... You could also wear a casual looking suit without a tie...


[quote=Dirk Dirkenson]Shut up already. Your mindless, reflexive responses to any critical thought on this are tedious. You're also probably a woman, given the name and "xoxo" signoff, so maybe the lack of judgment is to be expected.[/quote]
Oct 30, 2015 - 1:23am

If they said business casual, wear business casual. Suit no tie if you don't want to look like you just stepped off the yacht.

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Oct 30, 2015 - 1:26am

So, before you even get an offer, you are already ignoring your potential future employer's requests? Just want to make sure I understand where you're coming from.

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Oct 30, 2015 - 1:29am


Navy blazer, chinos, sperrys, bright colored socks, no undershirt, polo oxford (note: must be polo). Shotgun a couple beers before the interview and pack a fatty during the interview to set you apart.

Sperrys with socks? GDI.

MM IB -> TMT Corporate Development -> New Ventures
Oct 30, 2015 - 1:31am
"That dude is so haole, he don't even have any breath left."
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