How many suits do I need for SA?

Starting SA soon in SF and I don't yet have a decent suit - the one that I wore for interview fits really badly. How many suits should I get for my SA? Honestly don't think any one would even notice, but should one be enough or do I need at least two?

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May 17, 2021 - 3:09am

Typically two should be more than enough (gray & navy) but you could get by with one. Just have 2-3 dress pants since usually you take the jacket off when working anyways

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May 17, 2021 - 2:11pm

Upcoming SA- I think 3 suits. Also suggest having 2 different colour/pattern shirts per suit so it doesn't look like you are wearing the same thing every week. Good luck with your internship :) 

May 17, 2021 - 8:03pm

One is fine. If you're in San Francisco, you'll probably be wearing company vest/fleece most of the time instead of your suit jacket anyway. Just make sure you buy +1-2 extra pants when you're getting your suit in case of wear-and-tear


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May 18, 2021 - 1:00am

Have you read up on the firms dress code? Highly likely you will be fine with one. I would recommend wearing it day 1 and from there you could rotate your outfits with 1-2 sport coats.

Jun 6, 2021 - 6:23am

Two is the best but get maybe 3-4 pair of pants given you'll likely need to cycle those most with your suit jacket getting much less use than you think. 

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Jun 6, 2021 - 11:25am

Seconded. You aren't really gonna wear your suit vests that often. And it's more comfortable to wear Pata corporate vest if you can get your hands on it. In the winter just wear a peacoat. Suit vests aren't really necessary unless client/high exec. level meetings.

Jun 9, 2021 - 10:24pm

To be clear I wasn't talking about the vests but rather the blazer unless you're outside the US and call suit jackets a vest. I have yet to see a suit "vest" worn outside of TV shows in both banking or PE.

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