Shirt patterns?

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I tried searching for this but surprisingly couldn't find any clear answers.

What sorts of shirt patterns are acceptable for IBD office wear? My current guess is just plain white/light blue for formal offices (+tie)? What about business casual? Are shirt patterns like gingham, pinstripes, windowpane, etc. with subtle color - read: not neon orange, bright red, lavender, etc. - acceptable in either business formal or casual offices?

College kid shopping for an off cycle IBD internship coming up. Please excuse the fashion ignorance.

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Sep 17, 2015

Word for word the advice I got from a BB SVP:

"Wear a fuckin' plain white dress shirt. White's the only acceptable color, maybe powder blue like that guy has. That's OK too".

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Sep 17, 2015

Would generally stick to plain coloured shirts with an optional patterned shirt for Friday when you can stretch your legs a little more. Even so, keep the patterns muted.

Sep 17, 2015

And this is for both business formal and business casual? Thanks for the replies guys!

Sep 17, 2015

I'm not sure about business casual environments. Doesn't that mean you can wear sweatpants on Fridays?

My guidance was based on a formal, front-office work environment. Some more progressive places will have no ties on Friday or maybe even sweater with collared shirts and no jackets.

Sep 18, 2015

Stick with plain white and light blue shirts to be on the safe side. Patterns are less formal, but honestly, no one cares. As long as your shirt is not neon green or hot pink, no one will think anything of it.

Sep 18, 2015

Gingham is acceptable. Obviously white and light blue is safe, but gingham is fairly common in business casual workplaces.

Sep 18, 2015

Thanks for the replies guys. I'll stick to white/light blue with maybe a couple patterned ones and just see if others are wearing anything like that.

Sep 22, 2015

Look around and see what everyone else is wearing.

Sep 23, 2015

When you guys talk about "solids", does that include textured weaves like herringbone? Assuming all fibers are the same color, does that count as a solid?

Nov 5, 2015

Instead of posting this here why not just wait until you get to work and see if anyone is wearing those kinds of shirts

Nov 5, 2015

Grow a pair...

Nov 5, 2015

I've seen lots of checks here.

Nov 5, 2015

when you get there you will realize unless your doing something really crazy nobody cares

Nov 5, 2015
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