Virtual Spring Week Dress Code

Hi guys, I'm a freshman and am going to a "spring week," except it's virtual and I was wondering what you think I should wear for this? Should I wear a shirt and tie or would you advise something else? I truly have no experience with this type of thing.


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Jan 2, 2021 - 11:11am

Wear a suit and tie on the first day just to be safe.

See what others do further into the week and adjust accordingly. I.e. if the majority of participants aren't wearing a tie then it'd probably be fine to take yours off. 

Best of luck


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Jan 2, 2021 - 1:54pm

It's a bit of a ridiculous way to lose respect for someone, especially if the office norm is to not wear a tie. 

That said, I do agree that wearing a tie throughout an entire internship would be more likely to help you rather than hurt you. Unfortunately, I was one of those interns who would wear a tie everyday and then later on I found out my coworkers thought I was a twat for wearing it all of the time. Thus, adapting to the context is likely going to be the best play, provided you aren't assessing them haha. 

Also this summer, the majority of those cringe LinkedIn posts from IB's for virtual internships had dressed down interns. 


Jan 2, 2021 - 2:19pm

There's bad leaders, good leaders and excellent leaders. The excellent leaders are always going to be the most judging and demanding because they want to work with the best talent. You can't find the best talent if you don't have a discerning eye, right? 

So you can choose to do what you want, but when you make your own way and show that you are not one to give into the crowd then the excellent leaders - the ones you want to work for - will find you. 

Jan 2, 2021 - 2:54pm

I 100% agree that the best professionals aren't spineless people that give into the norm at the peril of their own values. As I said in my post, if most aren't wearing a tie, it would probably be fine to not wear one. In no way was I saying to not wear one, I was essentially saying it's up to them to decide.

Personally, wearing a tie, or not wearing a tie, during an internship has very little correlation to how good an intern may be. Dress sense in itself is a terrible measure for how someone performs. It can certainly show that they care, but I'd have more respect for an intern that dressed the way they deemed to be appropriate (and is appropriate) rather than a sycophant that dresses for the sole purpose of pleasing their MD by wearing, or not wearing, a tie.


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Jan 2, 2021 - 4:40pm

Not sure how the discussion got to this point, it's no longer productive and thus not worth the time.

All the best!


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