How many suits should I buy? Summer Intern

I am a freshman and I am going to start a summer internship at a BB PWM local branch soon. I was wondering how many suits/shirts you guys recommend I should buy for the internship and what color (maybe one black and one dark blue?). I own suits but none of them fit me right now so I would be starting from zero. Also, is JC Penney and Macy's a good place to start or should I invest a little more money for higher quality? Thank you very much.

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May 22, 2014 - 8:31pm

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In a week you can get by with:
2 suits (Navy & Charcoal/grey)
3-5 shirts
5 socks
1 (2 if different color black/brown) belts
1 (2 if different color black/brown) pairs of shoes

for a whole summer,
5 Suits
10-15 Shirts
2-4 Shoes (matching belts)
6-10 Ties
40 Pairs of socks

Remember, look good, feel good, play good……

May 22, 2014 - 9:21pm

Make sure you even need to go full suit and tie first. Two or three suits (charcoal and navy colors, no pure black), but buy two pairs of pants for each. The number of shirts depends on how often you want to do laundry, but I'd say 10 should suffice. I got my summer intern suits from Macy's; you're a freshman, so I don't think there's a reason to invest in really nice suits yet.

May 22, 2014 - 9:54pm

Like goblan said, make sure you need a suit and if you do ask about casual Fridays-you'll only need 4 days of suits if so. Don't buy a black suit, they're more formal evening wear and not business suits. Grey and navy for the base of a wardrobe, skip stripes or patterns. You could probably get away with two suits if you can time your dry cleaning. 5 shirts, especially if you're living at home for the summer and laundry's easier. I don't know how much you can spend or how much a suit at JC Penny's or Macy's costs, but also check out places like Joseph A Banks. They have different levels of suits and they're always doing sales like 3 for ones. I've bought a few travel suits there and they're not bad.

May 23, 2014 - 12:25am

Call the reception and ask what the dress code is for the office, and what they would expect an intern to wear. It's pretty doubtful you'd have to wear a full suit to just fetch their coffee.

If you do buy a suit: do not buy black. Do buy dark blue or dark grey (charcoal) suits. Do not buy too many or anything too expensive, as you're only a freshman and your size will change.

Invest in at least ONE good suit, and bring it to an alterations tailor to make sure it fits. Alternatively, you can bring in your current suits to an alterations tailor, assuming the only issue is fit.

(Honestly, if you had run a search on this you'd see there are already a gazillion posts on this. But I'm a big House of Cards fan, so you're welcome)

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May 23, 2014 - 12:31am

How many shirts/pants needed for SA? (Originally Posted: 06/09/2011)

How many shirts/pants should a summer analyst have to last the next 2 months (working full time, only 5 days a week)? I'm only a freshman/sophomore, so I won't be graduating anytime soon. Also, I'm on a fairly tight budget so I'm cutting costs wherever I can.

And of the minimal number of shirts I should get, what specific colors/styles are "mandatory" and safe for a fresh SA to wear?


May 23, 2014 - 12:33am

You want around 8-12 for IB. S&T you can get away with 5-8.

Colors - Mostly shades of blue. one or two white. one or two gray/striped/pattern
Styles - As long as it fits well. look into slim/extra slim
Quality - Make sure its not see through,

Don't listen to the "Brooks Brothers else you're working for Verizon" comments. If you can afford BB, definitely get it. Well worth the money. But 8 shirts will run you 400+ at its cheapest. So if youre on a tight budget, go to macys or something. pick a 20-30 dollar brand. make SURE you have your correct size. neck and length.

trust me, nobody really cares what brand you wear as long as its a good fit and cant see through your shirt.

May 23, 2014 - 12:35am

but i WILL add. there is a noticeable difference after 5-6 washes. But if youre on a tight budget, an affordable brand at macys will last you the same.

May 23, 2014 - 12:38am

Century 21 but only if you have good taste...

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May 23, 2014 - 12:42am

Do I need to buy another suit? (Originally Posted: 02/11/2012)


I have an offer for a spring week at GS which takes 2 weeks. I only have one black suit and was wondering whether you think that'd be enough or if I need to buy another suit and if so which color I should go for?
The internship is in the investment management division, should that make any difference.

Thanks a lot

May 23, 2014 - 12:48am

Canali and Zegna suits are only like $1,700.

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May 23, 2014 - 12:51am

I think you should get a dark navy and a charcoal. You shouldn't wear black, but if you can't help it due to finances, it is what it is. You don't need to worry about getting all fancy and dropping a lot of cash, but you will need a couple of suits and one wont cut it.

Flake, I got a couple zegnas and I love the material. My favorite is a very dark navy armani though. That's my go-to for any important client meeting.

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May 23, 2014 - 12:52am

You need one suit...that is not black. A black suit is funeral attire. Just go buy a decent suit and get it over with. You will need it for interviews anyways.

If money is an issue, try second hand or a low end suit. Once you get to Jos. A Bank level quality, most people will not know the difference. Just take it to a good tailor.

I will say that those made to measure suit services are really quite good deals. You won't need it tailored either, so that is an extra savings.

May 23, 2014 - 12:55am
Angus Macgyver:
Hmmmm. I've always found this thing against black suits very strange. They seem very common in Asia.

It is also common to eat dogs in Asia.

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May 23, 2014 - 1:02am

You'll need braces and a tie clip too, GS is really strict on their employees looking smart.

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May 23, 2014 - 1:06am
Thanks guys.
One more question regarding ties. Is it better to go for plain ones or should they have stripes etc?

Both plain and stripes work, just make sure there is contrast. Be tasteful about it but on a slightly more conservative side.

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May 23, 2014 - 1:07am

If you're starting out, start with plain navy or plain charcoal. Then add stripes.
Don't wear the black suit, dude.

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May 23, 2014 - 1:08am

If you are going to work, don't wear black suits too often. Get yourself a break and try something catchy, like blue with self linnning, or white stripes etc

Jan 14, 2019 - 6:45am

You can buy how many pairs you want, it's up to you. You can also use formal i.e shirts and pants. According to me, you should use fancy colours like grey, royal blue and black also you can wear. If you are looking for formal wear, suits, blazers etc then Mens Wear shops in Amravati has all the latest collections.

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