Should I buy a blazer as an intern?

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Hi everyone,

I want to know if I should buy a blazer for my internship at the FRBNY starting February. Based on what a recruiter told me, the program will be business casual with some business formal situations. I'm aware that business casual generally consists of slacks and a dress shirt - and maybe a semi-formal jacket. I like dressing more formal but I don't want to be out of place. Should I buy a blazer or stick with slacks and a dress shirt?

Comments (6)

Nov 26, 2018

Buy a navy blazer, it'll be useful for life.

Nov 27, 2018

420 blazer it

Nov 27, 2018

Isaia sportcoat.

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Nov 27, 2018

Agree that a blazer is generally useful, but "some business formal situations" means you will need at least one suit: if everyone else is in a suit, you will look under-dressed with blazer & tie.

For everyday wear, you will need a rotation of dress shirts fit your body, are made of quality fabrics. It turns out shirts different brands that have the same 15.5 X 34 label have wildly different sizing through the body, ranging from 48" of fabric around your belly button from Brooks Brothers Traditional to 37" for T.M. Lewin Super Fitted. If you'd rather not find your best fit via trial & error, there's an easier way to find a great fit for under $50 without ever setting foot in a store.

As an intern, your best approach will be to fit the style norms of the office. Solid blue and white spread collar shirts are "universal donors" which will work well in a conservative boardroom, but also not look out of place in business casual settings. Start out with the basics, and then add patterns once you get a sense for the dynamic range of the group.

Dec 1, 2018

Yeah, I'm already covered with the suit. I have 2 so far but I plan on buying another before my next internship.

In terms of shirts, I like ct. Their slim fit shirts fit better than bb and quality is close.

Dec 1, 2018